Monday, December 22nd, 2014 - 10:58 PM
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Lapses in implementation?

Anywhere in the world, immigration laws and laws regarding citizenship are stringent.

Implementation of these laws is tougher and even tougher is penalties for violating them.

The recent story of a mother, sentenced to six years in prison, for violating the country’s immigration law, but was released for a couple of months because she was pregnant, has many discussing the issue.

Besides the one she just delivered at the national referral hospital, she had two other children to [... Read More]

Rollback on unguided tourist rule

IMG_5972The ladder leading to the lake is one of the risky spots

The dzongkhag has had second thoughts in view of likely negative impact on the industry

Mebartsho: The initial decision Bumthang dzongkhag tshogdu made in November to disallow unguided tourists at the spiritual site, Mebartsho in Tang, has been called off following more deliberations.

One main reason that led to the change in decision was that it would affect tourism industry in the country.

Instead, the dzongkhag has now decided to come up with safety measures at [... Read More]

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Good news: Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee informs residents of Babesa about the recently completed Asian Development Bank funded drinking water project in the locality. The municipality will start supplying the water soon.


Abattoir survives ban motion

Pragmatic business sense prevails over religious sentiment … for now

DT: Although the proposal didn’t come through, closing the existing abattoir (slaughterhouse) in the district was one of the main issues the recent three-day dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) of Tsirang discussed before it ended on December 21.

While a few DT members were for the proposal, it could not be endorsed, after a majority of the members went against it.

Goserling gup, Kharka Bahadur Tamang, informed the [... Read More]

The curse of cordyceps collection

IMG_0791The process: The series of activities that occur during the auction before the cordyceps hit the market (File photo)

The pell-mell rush for pelf has caused much degradation of highly vulnerable habitat

Conference: As much as the collection of cordyceps has helped improve the livelihood of people living in the highlands, it has also caused degradation of the alpine habitat.

The impact of collecting Ophiocordyceps sinesis (known here as Yartsaguen bub) on the environment was shared during the third forestry conference in Samtse.

A 2013 study on the impact of collecting cordyceps found that land [... Read More]

A cool way to sell milk

IMG_9886The cooperative’s chairman Gauri Shankar fills a cup with ice cream at the unit’s opening yesterday

A group of Hangay dairy farmers have invested in an ice cream plant to maximise returns

Cooperative: Called Choling Yargay Daytshen, a group of 25 villagers of Hangay in Trashicholing (Sipsu) gewog, Samtse has found a new way to generate income.

With their newly opened ice cream manufacturing plant, the members are confident the plan will not only help them generate income, but also help the rest of the villagers to sell milk.

The manufacturing unit [... Read More]

Documentary wins mountain film award


TGMI: A documentary on Bhutan’s attempt in trying to prevent a catastrophic glacial lake outburst flood in Thorthomi, Lunana was selected as the best mountain film.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICMOD) in Kathmandu awarded “86 Centimetres,” a documentary by Tshering Gyeltshen of TGMI and Peterjan Van Der Burgh from Netherlands USD 1,000 and a certificate.

The documentary tells the story of Tashi, a young Bhutanese man from Paro, who joined a team of [... Read More]

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A trucker helps another get his vehicle, which had its fuel frozen because of cold, started at Dochula on Saturday. The snowfall caused a number of cars to remain stranded at the pass on the previous day. Many travellers had left their cars behind and walked for more than five kilometres to be received by relatives who drove from Thimphu until Hongtsho.


Druk Chapchab wins Druk Wangyel  

DSC_9206Druk Chapchab archers call for more kareys

Archery: The freezing evening was set on fire, when the finalists of Druk Wangyal archery tournament, foreign ministry and Druk Chapchab construction, went all out to give spectators a rousing game.

With both teams completing a set of 25 points each, the final set went into extra time.  That was when Druk Chapchab, led by its proprietor, went on to win in style.

Having trailed by a point 20 to 21, the enthusiastic team hit [... Read More]

India sweeps most trophies

IMG_0958Winners of the 21st Bhutan Amateur Golf Championship with RBG Commandant, General Dhendup Tshering

Golf: Tshendra Dorji, 24, started golfing since 2000 through a program for youth. Since then golf became his passion and even represented Bhutan at many international tournaments.

He expected to win the 21st Bhutan Open Amateur Golf Championship, 2013, held at Royal Thimphu Golf Club from December 19-22.

Tshendra Dorji said his performance fell short of his expectations in the first day, albeit taking home three trophies.

He came third last year.

Besides emerging as third runners [... Read More]