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Community forest sows discord, say local leaders

unnamed-4Resources: Without a community forest, farmers from other gewogs use the forest resources from Kalapang village in Saling, Mongar

A schism has been created between those who are members and those who are not 

DT: Local leaders of Mongar have proposed to do away with the community forest because it creates disharmony among people.

The idea of establishing community forest was good, say the local leaders, but problems have ensued due to it in the gewogs and villages.

Balam mangmi Thinley said people in his gewog have become enemies due to community forest.  Before the [... Read More]

Monpas in need of monks

IMG_2050-(1)Monpa villagers of Ritey

Bon practitioners of Ritey are in dire need of Buddhist ritual conductors in times of death

Community: The huge mountains surrounding remote Ritey village in Sarpang, residents claim, are filled with treasures.  Some, they say, were revealed.  Many more remain hidden.

The Monpas, living in the Black Mountain range, boast that their village was the first place Guru Rinpoche visited in the eighth century.  Guru Rinpoche stopped in Ritey on his way to Bumthang.

Tandi, 70, [... Read More]

Newborn found abandoned in forest

The baby boy is now in a stable condition at hospital and a hunt is on for the mother

Birth: Search is still on for the mother who had abandoned her newborn baby boy near Trashigang town towards Rangjung.

The infant, who is still under observation at Trashigang hospital, is in a stable condition, hospital officials said.

Trashigang police said a shopkeeper informed them around 11am yesterday, after he found the baby crying at a sparsely [... Read More]

Bhutan at the chess Olympiad in Norway

Bhutan-TeamTeam Bhutan got its first international win in chess against Swaziland yesterday ( Photo: www.chess24.com)

Competition: Bhutan defeated Swaziland in its first ever appearance at the ongoing Chess Olympiad being held in Norway.

Five players are representing Bhutan at the chess tournament.  The team members are the top five ranked players of the recently held premier national chess championship in Thimphu.

Cheda, 38, who won the national championship, leads the team, followed by the Rai siblings, Anand, 23, and Binod, 22. Karma Sonam, 19, and Tandin Wangchuk, 18, also comprise [... Read More]

Report exonerates quarry over cracked walls

IMG_5547Damages? Karma Dorji points to the cracks on his house, which he claims the recent blasting in Gedaphu has widened

A notification has been issued stating blasting was not responsible for said damage

DGM: The department of geology and mines (DGM) yesterday issued a notification informing Gedaphu community that the cracks that had developed on the walls of their house were not caused from blasting nearby.

According to the notification, relevant teams, consisting of mining engineers, were sent on July 21 to the mining site in Gedaphu to verify the allegations, which five households had [... Read More]

Indian ambassador presents credentials

20140805-907A9756Ambassador Gautam Bambawale

Diplomacy: The newly appointed Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, presented his credentials to His Majesty the King at Tashichhodzong, yesterday.

Mr Bambawale replaces ambassador VP Haran, who served in the country from January last year.  Mr Bambawale is India’s 16th ambassador to Bhutan.

“It was an honour to be able to present credentials to His Majesty the King within 24-hours of my arrival in Bhutan,” said the ambassador in a statement following the presentation [... Read More]

Bhutan to chair the 7Oth session of UNESCAP

Diplomacy: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay will formally assume the Chairmanship of the 70th session of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok on August 7.

The prime minister will be in Bangkok from today until August 9.

As Chairman, lyonchhoen will guide the work of the Commission for a year, a press release from the foreign ministry stated. “This is the first time Bhutan will hold this important office at the [... Read More]

Five-year old falls three floors off a building

Accident: A five-year old girl has been referred to a hospital in Guwahati, India after she fell from a three-storied building in Gelephu yesterday.

Gelephu hospital’s surgeon Dr Prabhat Pradhan said, the girl suffered severe head injury and is in critical condition. “There was swelling in the head and she was vomiting when she was brought to the hospital,” he said.  “She wasn’t responding to any stimulation.”

The incident occurred around 4pm.  A passerby saw [... Read More]

To lower telecom service costs in region

That’s the task before the Telecommunication Regulators’ Council being held in Paro 

South Asia: Bringing down the cost of telecommunications services, such as mobile cellular data roaming charges in the region, will be one of the major issues deliberated during the 15th South Asian Telecommunication Regulators’ Council underway in Paro.

Information and communications minister, DN Dhungyel, inaugurated the three-day council meeting, which began yesterday.  The minister highlighted three issues that he said required “urgent intervention.”

Despite [... Read More]


Finding a solution

The recent blasting at Gedaphu mining area has exposed a lot of controversy, besides marble and stone, to be mined.

Every blasting is followed by residents complaining to the department of geology and mines of the damages it is causing to their houses.  In recent times, it has become more severe, with residents even appealing to courts, apparently not happy with the investigations of the DGM.

Mining in Gedaphu or Jemina has been dogged by controversy for [... Read More]

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