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Fire in Mongar destroys more than 1,000 acres of forest

unnamed-3First fire Tsamang gewog in about 30 years

Disaster: Forest officials, Desuups, official of Kurichu Hydro Power Project and villagers are trying to contain a forest fire in Tsamang and Saling gewogs in Mongar.

The fire that occurred on March 5 has damaged over 1,000 acres of chir pine forest, including community forests and parts of Phrumsengla National Park since .

The fire broke out at about 4pm from above Phrumsengla National Park .


State Mining corp.’s maiden venture to be a coal mine

Groundwork on the Bangtar colliery has been completed and DGM approval awaited

Minerals: Two months after its incorporation, the State Mining Corporation (SMC) is hoping to start a coal mine by end of the year.  But without the mineral policy in place, there is no document defining and identifying strategic minerals.

As per its terms of reference, SMC is required to mine strategic minerals of high value.


International Women’s Day – picture an equal world!

On every 8th of March since 1975, thousands of events have been organised on International Women’s Day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women all over the world. But this is not merely an observance; it is also an opportunity to call for greater equality.

International Women’s Day in 2015 is celebrated under the theme “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” We are asked to envision a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices about her body and her future: participate in politics, get an education, have an income, decide when and whom to marry, when or whether to form a family, and live in a society free from violence and discrimination.


Focus point

Urban tax revision under consideration

A move aimed at enabling class ‘A’ thromdes to be self-sustainable

Township: To meet at least some portion of the current expenditure and enable class ‘A’ thromdes to be financially independent, a possibility of revising urban taxes is being looked into.

A task force to review the 1992 taxation policy for urban area has also been formed comprising officials from the finance ministry, National Land Commission, works and human settlement ministry’s department of human settlement and four thromdes.


Bangkok referral fund ball in OAG court

The misappropriation first came to light in 2011 due to huge outstanding bills with some hospitals there

Embezzlement: Following more than four years of investigation on the misappropriation of referral funds by the former head of chancery at the Bhutanese embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, the case is now with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) forwarded the case to the OAG last month.


Ambassadors present credentials to HM, call on PM

Diplomacy: The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Bhutan, Tomasz Łukaszuk and the Ambassador of Egypt to Bhutan, Hatem Elsayed Mohamed Tageldin presented credentials to His Majesty the King yesterday at the Tashichhodzong.
His Majesty the King also granted an audience to the Ambassadors after the credentials ceremony.
Later, the Ambassadors called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. Ambassador Łukaszuk said he is fortunate to be the first ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Bhutan. Lyonchoen and the ambassador discussed education and sustainable energy.

Animated film producer files piracy police report

na-zhen-alu_175Ap Bokto Picture courtesy: Athang Animation Studio

Ap Bokto, a full-length animation, has leaked through unauthorised sources

Copyright: The producer and director of the first Bhutanese 3D animation film, Ap Bokto, filed a police complaint yesterday afternoon, after the animation film leaked more than a month ago.

Athang Animation Studio produced the film, which took over two years and cost about Nu 4.5 million. About 30-team members were involved in the production.

The popular animation film that features the voice of comedian Phurba Thinley was an instant hit among children when it was released last September.  It was screened until December.


Picture story

Food Matters: Students of Gyalpoizhing Higher Secondary School in Mongar catch up over a meal of rice and chickpeas during their lunch break. Schools have however already complained that the centralsied procurement system has not helped them feed better meals to students.


Airlines, passengers affected by Kathmandu airport closure

Aviation: Almost 250 Drukair and Bhutan Air (Tashi Air) passengers were affected as a result of the closure of Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan international airport on Wednesday.

The airport was closed after a Turkish Airlines aircraft, carrying 224 passengers, skidded off the runway on landing and ended up on the adjacent grass surface with a collapsed nose gear. There were no fatalities or major injuries.