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Most project-tied assistance projects approved

DSC_3242Done deal: Foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji and secretary DPA&ER Sujata Mehta at the signing of the minutes of the meeting yesterday

GoI approved 48 projects during the third round of the development cooperation in talks yesterday Thimphu

11th Plan: The government of India approved 48 projects, under the project tied assistance, during the third round of the development cooperation talks yesterday in Thimphu.

The two governments finalised 84 projects under the project tied assistance in the 11th Plan, which was the main focus of the talks.

As the first year of the plan has already passed, the [... Read More]

Poverty slashed by half…

…extreme poverty slated to end in 2036

Report: Eradicating extreme poverty is achievable for Bhutan in 22 years time, going by the current pace, the country’s first poverty assessment report says.

Notwithstanding the projection that the country’s multidimensional poverty rate would stand below 10 percent in 2018, in just five years (2007-12), poverty in Bhutan was cut down by half, from 25 percent to 12.7 percent.

Using the internationally comparable USD 1.25 per day poverty line, [... Read More]

Police bust Thimphu gift shop selling tobacco

Crime: The Royal Bhutan police (RBP) raided a gift shop located on Norzin lam, opposite the old Bank of Bhutan in Thimphu yesterday, and confiscated tobacco products worth about Nu 50,000.

Police found 3,600 packets of chewing tobacco (baba) and about 143 packets of Wills cigarette (1,435 sticks).

Narcotic drug enforcement unit’s officer in-charge, captain Sonam Tashi, said they raided the house and storeroom beside the shop and found the tobacco products.  Most of them [... Read More]

15 tigers confirmed in RMNP

Wildlife: About 15 royal Bengal tigers are confirmed to be roaming in the forests of the Royal Manas National Park (RMNP), forestry officials confirmed.

This was found out from camera trappings set by RMNP and the Manas National Park in India in a transboundary tiger-monitoring programme initiated from February to April.

Officials from RMNP said camera traps have captured 25 tigers in the parks, 13 in RMNP, 11 in MNP and two found in both [... Read More]


Moral standards on social media

By sundown yesterday, the photo of a young couple that committed suicide went viral.  Those on social media were recipients of the graphic photo, either willingly or unwillingly.

There was no control on social networking sites; because of the interconnectivity between friends and friends of friends, it showed up.  Those receiving the image were disturbed, but even so, links were shared and comments made.   A lot of questions asked too.  One would be, ‘Who would [... Read More]

Menchuna builds its own farm road

WP_20140906_002The farm road will hugely benefit the community of Menchuna

Kilkhorthang: Community members of Menchuna, Kilkhorthang gewog in Tsirang are building their own farm road.

Villagers said that, without a road, development activities were restricted.

To get the road built by the government required certain criteria to be fulfilled, like the community having to be at least three hours walking distance from a road, or the benefit of the road had to reach at least 20 households.

Menchuna has 12 households and is about a 10-minute [... Read More]

Kidnappers make hay with Bhutanese SIM cards

The fact that they are using local telecom services puts them within 15km of the border

BT: An advantage for kidnappers across the border in negotiating with family members without being detected is the use of Bhutanese telecommunication services.

In almost all the kidnapping cases, kidnappers demanding ransoms use B-mobile services, as the network is available across the border.  This also means that the kidnapers making calls from B-mobile numbers are not far from the [... Read More]

Making the most out of milk

IMG_20140910_161906Lucrative: Pam villagers turns to livestock

The Pam Dairy Cooperative was one of the first of its kind and remains one of the most successful

Enterprise: It is the nearest village to the Trashigang town.  The land is fertile, although not flat, and can grow almost everything.  But Pam village, about five kilometres from Trashigang, town has never specialised in growing or rearing anything until recently.

They grew potatoes and were idle most of the summer.  The poorer lot worked in [... Read More]

Strict rules on Sue shamu collection

The intention is to integrate harvesting under non-wood forest products rules

Mushroom: With Seu shamu (exidia), commonly called jelly mushroom, fetching better prices every year, foresters have now joined villagers in protecting the precious fungus.

To tighten their grip on collection of non-wood forest products (NWFP) like Seu shamu, collection of the fungus, which has began in Tang, Ura and Chumey in Bumthang, can only be done by forming farmers’ groups.  Farmers will now have [... Read More]

Picture story

Eminent member of the National Council Tashi Wangmo speaks to women entrepreneurs of India and Bhutan yesterday at Terma Linca resort, Thimphu. A 51-member women delegation from Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) ladies organisation (FLO) are in the country from September 10 to 14 to expand and explore business opportunities.


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