Friday, April 25th, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Highlanders disagree with officials on cordycep rules

IMG_0776Laya gup raises concerns at the meeting

Permit fee, royalty and number of collectors dominates issue

MoFA: Local leaders from the highlands are not happy with the agriculture ministry’s move to increase permit fee for cordycep collectors, royalty for exporters and reduction in the number of people allowed to collect the priced fungi.

At the annual stakeholders’ workshop on cordycep value chain in Thimphu yesterday, forestry officials announced that the permit fee for cordycep would be increased to Nu 1,000 from Nu [... Read More]


Welcoming Spring

The frost has fled and the chill is gone. And the yesterday’s evening rain settled the dust to bring a perfect morning.

If spring is the other name of freshness and a new beginning; it brings with it ample prayers and hopes. The peach blossoms, plants and flowers, waking from a long slumber, fields starting to wear green and the days getting longer, is indeed the season to look forward to.

Some may say that the peach [... Read More]

Tashi Air plans second aircraft

Aviation:  Despite losses, Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air) plans to expand its fleet to two aircraft in September.

The move indicates the private airline’s commitment to its international services.

Tashi Air CEO Phala Dorji said that “there’s no turning back” in spite of heavy losses being sustained by the airline. While figures were not released, he said the airline is far from even breaking even. But it was also pointed out that the market is improving.

The [... Read More]

The forbidden bridge in Gasa

IMG_0534No way beyond: The bridge opens only once in three years

Belief: An iron bridge near the Gasa tshachu leads to a dense forest where the local deity Dendup Norzang is believed to reside.

The bridge, about 100m, opens only once in three years. It is for the natives to perform rituals to appease their local deity. And for the rest of the year, the bridge remains closed, especially for outsiders.

The bridge was built sometime in 2002 with a budget of about Nu 0.45M.

Residents feel [... Read More]

Olakha automobiles workshop roads to improve

DSC_5599The automobiles workshop area in Olakha

Road: The once blacktopped roads are hardly visible with potholes all over. Apart from automobile waste and water seepage, the area is also strewn with litter, and often sewage tanks are overflowing.

More than five years after its relocation to Olakha from Changzamtog , the automobile workshop area, today, is back to the old state.

About 67 automobile workshops operate at Olakha spread on about 13 acres of land.

Vehicle owners complain of the area being [... Read More]


The former Secretary of National Land Commission (NLC), Dasho Sangay Khandu, was appointed as the Chairman of Druk Holding and  Investments Ltd in accordance with the Royal Kasho issued on 5 March 2014.

He formally assumed the office from March 10.

Former Zimpon Wogma, Pem Chewang, replaced Dasho Sangay Khandu as the NLC secretary.


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Drukpol 3 – Yeedzin 0

DSC_2139Battling in the rain: Drukpol defenders (orange) deflecting the ball away from their goalpost

‘A’ Division: Drukpol FC hammered Yeedzin FC 3-0 yesterday and registered their second win of the Thimphu A division league.

Yeedzin FC is yet to register their first win of the league.

Drukpol dominated the game right from the start and maintained the ball possession right to the end.

Rinchen Dorji scored Drukpol’s first goal at the 11th minute of the game.

Just a minute left to end the first half, Yeedzin winger made a remarkable cross [... Read More]

Election Act is comprehensive: CEC

Assembly’s Legislative Committee sought feedback for amending the Act

Law: The Election Act, 2008, is ‘practical and working’ and there is no need to amend it,  according to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of Bhutan, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi.

On March 10, the Legislative Committee of the National Assembly wrote to the CEC, secretaries of the political parties and the home minister for feedback on the Election Act as they were reviewing it for amendment. The [... Read More]

Unemployment benefit scheme to cost govt. Nu 3B

Jobs: The government will not be able to introduce the unemployment benefit scheme for youth as pledged, said labour ministry officials.

The scheme is estimated to cost the government about Nu 3.08B during the 11th Plan.

Under the unemployment benefit scheme, the government promised to provide cash incentives to the deserving unemployed youth until they get employed.

Labour secretary Pema Wangda said the expense was calculated taking the national poverty line of Nu 1,704.84 as the [... Read More]

Rehabilitating Radhi’s wetland

IMG_8772Villagers of Khudhumpang constructs a causeway to protect their fields

Flood: When the Gamri watershed project was planned in northern Trashigang in 2008, four gewogs including Radhi was declared as falling under critical watershed.

Watershed specialists from SNV warned farmers and planners to limit construction activities to avert major land degradation in the area.

Six years later, Radhi is in the midst of initiating  rehabilitation works for wetland conservation. A flashflood hit Dekiling village in August 2010. A similar flood hit  Khudhumpang in 2013. There [... Read More]

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