Tuesday , October 13 2015

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  • Rural homes to gain more from domestic tariff policy

    The draft policy is expected to iron out the conflicting objectives of the electricity Act 

    Electricity: If the draft domestic electricity tariff is any indication of benefiting the domestic consumers, then rural domestic households are likely to enjoy additional subsidy on their free electricity.

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Man electrocuted in Uruk

Accident: A 36-year-old technician with Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) died yesterday in Chumey BHU, Bumthang after an electric shock flung him off the Uruk substation.

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Tax exemption on books unconstitutional: opposition

Although the intention is good, the government is urged to abide by the laws in place 

Duty: While the intention is appreciated, the government’s decision to exempt the payment of customs duty and sales tax on all books imported this year, according to the opposition violates Article 14,

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Transporting private timber is not an emergency: OAG

Defendant Rinzin Dorje is liable to restitute Nu 111,640 for misusing pool vehicle

Judiciary: Submitting the grounds of appeal against the Haa court ruling in favour of the former foreign minister yesterday, the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) prosecutors requested the High Court Bench I to interpret whether the pool vehicle the defendant had used can be construed as pressing and emergency personal need.

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Caterpillars, silk kiras and lots of cash


Cordyceps: The bucolic setting of Tsento gewog in Paro becomes a busy bazaar once in a year around this time. For two days, the gewog centre becomes a mini town with rows of temporary shops lining the entrance to the centre.

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Five potential butterfly subspecies found


UWICE: At least five new butterfly subspecies are likely to be discovered in Bhutan if claims from Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) are confirmed. Subspecies are a division of species of plants or animals considered lower than the species distinguished genetically from other such similar species. UWICE’s ...

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Crowding in compact dens


ILCS: At this time of the year, Trongsa remains covered in thick fog. And the hilltop in Taktse, where the Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS) sits, is wet. Nineteen-year-old Sonam,

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Mechanising more Bhutanese farms


A target to increase the mechanisation percentage of arable land from two to 20 percent is being pursued 

Agriculture: The Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) is targeting a 20 percent increase in farm mechanisation. Currently, only around two percent of arable land or around 65,000 acres is considered partially mechanised.

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Plot owners see red on red zone


The 14 plot owners are willing to take the risk and start constructions if they are not compensated at market rates or given land substitutes  Land: After 14 plots under Trashigang Township were declared as red zone in 2013, the disgruntled plot owners are crying foul over the procedures involved in the classification.

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My Country, My Town

  • Read on road: Implied in that homily is the fact that hell can always do with another hand. Photo by Tempa Rabgay, Mountain Hazelnut Venture, Mongar
  • The woody riddle: When is a tree like a pencil? When one end is sharpened! Photo byJimba Dorji, Mountain Hazelnut, Trongsa
  • Flower petsWith a little imagination (as shown here), a lot of stuff can be put to use and not laid to waste. Photo by Karma Dupchu, Kuensel
  • Sign out: As the road’s been dug up, it’s going to be a go-slow zone with or without the warning Photo by Karma Dupchu, Kuensel, Thimphu
  • Red hot: Helmet needed when consuming these chilis in case your head explodes. Photo by Tashi Dawa,In-charge,Tingtibi Extension Office