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Himalayan Black Bear released

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Wildlife: A Himalayan Black Bear, which was trapped in a cable snare in Zabasa village in in Kabisa, Punakha was rescued and released unhurt into the wild on December 23.

The female bear, which weighed 88 kgs and is about five to six years old is the ninth bear the Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health Section of the Wildlife Conservation Division has rescued, released and rehabilitated to date this year.

She was trapped around 2am [... Read More]

Fire destroys more than 100 acres of forest

DSC_1219Smokey: Areas around Kuenselphodrang remained veiled as fire razed more than 100 acres of forest yesterday

A child playing with a matchbox is alleged to have started the fire

Forest fire: Thimphu city was briefly  under a thick blanket of smoke yesterday when a forest fire that started opposite Bap lhakhang raged on for hours  destroying more than 100 acres of blue pine forest.

About 300 people including Desuups, members of armed forces, forestry officials and volunteers battled the fire that burned for about eight hours, completely gutting hundreds of spices [... Read More]

Picture story

Sixteen potential players were chosen from the winter Taekwondo coaching camp in Phuentsholing to represent Chukha Dzongkhag in the up coming 11th National Taekwondo Championship in Thimphu. In collaboration with the Bhutan Taekwondo Federation and BOC, the Chukha Dzongkhag Taekwondo Association organised the camp to mark the National Day celebrations. It ended yesterday.

     

Eight years and counting

unnamedPrecarious: Working on the rocky cliff is dangerous and time consuming

The difficulty of constructing the Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway

Highway: It is no place for the weak heart to work. Looking down at the Kurigongri river from the spot where attempts are being made to cut out a road, hairs stand on end and goose bumps appear on the body.

At the dead end of the Nganglam side of the Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam road, a man has perched himself on a machine. He is inserting explosives in the holes [... Read More]

Six more Bhutanese visas cancelled

Australia: The Australian High Commissioner office in India confirmed yesterday that visas of six Bhutanese working in Perth, Western Australia, were cancelled recently.

This takes the number of  visas of Bhutanese cancelled to eight in three months.

Australian deputy high commissioner in New Delhi, Bernard Philip, said the immigration and border protection department has cancelled the visas after an investigation found that the six student-dependents violated working-hour limitation, one of the conditions of the visa.

A [... Read More]

Airlifted injured monk stable

IMG_6119Recuperating: The dart was removed within hours of reaching the referral hospital

A flying dart hit the teenager on the chest during a game of khuru in the village

A 16-year-old monk was airlifted from Sombaykha, Haa to the referral hospital in Thimphu yesterday after a dart (khuru) hit him on the left side of his chest.

The monk, Dechen Tshering was injured around 11.15 am during a game of khuru.

Sombaykha BHU’s health assistant Jambay Lham said she was immediately informed and according to her report to the health [... Read More]

Regulation to protect investors

Shares: To bring about transparency and legal framework in issuing and allotting shares, the economic affairs ministry has finalised the regulations for public issue of shares.

The regulation will bring about clarity in the process of generating capital through shares and protect small investors from high-risk securities.

The registrar of companies, Karma Yeshey, said there were no regulations earlier. The  Companies Act and other procedures involving initial public offering (IPO) governed the share issuance and [... Read More]

Six convicted one acquitted in drug peddling case

Verdict:  The High Court has upheld the Thimphu district court’s verdict that sentenced a man to nine years in prison for drug peddling, but acquitted another man in the same case.

Recently, seven men received prison terms ranging from three months to 14 years. But two of them, Hanok Rai and Birkha Bahadur Rai, appealed to the High Court. Birkha Bahadur from Darla gewog of Chukha dzongkhag escaped a 9-year jail term after the [... Read More]

Editorial

English II exam should be held again

Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) has now confirmed that English II question paper for Class XII’s board examination had leaked.

We are hearing that questions were passed through short message service (SMS) among students. Some students got the questions the night before the exam.  Others learnt about it just a few hours before they entered examination hall. We are also hearing that it all started from a school in Paro.

If further investigation is [... Read More]

Citizens’ initiative portal to bring Bhutanese together

DSC_1064Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay was the first volunteer to register

The move is expected to revive the tradition where people helped each other

BCCI: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday launched a website, Bhutan Citizens’ Initiative, which is hoped to bring together the Bhutanese community to help each other.

The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) developed web portal would draw and register multidisciplinary volunteers to deliver free services to the needy members of the Bhutanese community.

The website www.bhutancitizensinitiative.com has two parts, one where citizens from [... Read More]

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