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Black bears attack calves, perturb villagers

IMG_4729Milking cows and calves are secured within barb-wired fence near Zhabjithang, Chhoekhor

No solution at sight as yet 

Wildlife: Of late, farmers of Dhur and Chhoekhortoe of Bumthang have begun tethering their cattle, particularly milking cows and female calves, to the posts near their houses.

Since last year, there have been cases of some of their cattle falling prey to a black bear.

With winter about to set in, bears, the villagers said normally settled for easy prey to stock themselves up before they went into hibernation.

Villager of [... Read More]

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Supreme Court justice Tshering Wangchuk talked about how media and judiciary can work together and asked media to specify what their expectations were of the judiciary during the opening of the three-day media, ethics and judiciary workshop that began yesterday in Thimphu.

Organised by the Department of Information and Media in collaboration with UNDP, and conducted by Dr. Venkat Iyer, a senior lecturer [... Read More]


Closing the judge-journo gap

An ongoing workshop in the capital, perhaps the first of its kind, hopes to create a better working relationship between journalists and the judiciary.

The two and half day workshop, which kicked off yesterday, has about 30 reporters, government spokespersons and lawyers participating.

Such an initiative is most welcome. The working relationship between the judiciary and the media could definitely do with some improvement.

While the larger and more significant debate is always about the independence of the [... Read More]

Give chipoens what is due their services

IMG_2229A tshogpa with one of his chipoen in Radhi

Elected local leaders suggest salary and other monetary benefits for the post

LG: With villagers showing growing reluctance to be saddled the responsibility of a chipoen (village messenger), local government officials are suggesting the government consider monetary benefits.

Village chipoens normally look after a village comprising of several households and usually function as messengers in local government level.

They settle minor disputes arising among villagers and arranges logistics for guests visiting the communities.

Radhi gup Jigme Namgyel [... Read More]

OAG seeks clarification on consensual sex provision

The High Court had recently exonerated a man who had married a 16-year-old minor  

Update: Lawyers from Office of the Attorney General (OAG) last week appealed to the Supreme Court seeking its interpretation on the provision of “consensual sex” between a minor of 16 years and those above it.

This comes after the High Court some time in August exonerated a 22-year-old man who was convicted for raping a minor.

Reversing the Trongsa court’s ruling, [... Read More]

India visit, a success

IMG_1901Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay with the Foreign Minister Rinzin Dorji following him, at the airport yesterday

The foreign minister said this in the context of the relationship it deepened with the neighbour and the commitment for funds it received for the 11th plan

Visit: With both objectives of deepening the Indo-Bhutan relationship and mobilising the resources for the 11th plan met, the prime minister’s first visit to India in the capacity, Foreign Minister Rinzin Dorji said was a successful one.

“Immediately after the present government came to power, the first main [... Read More]

A platform for short film making talent

IMG_4744Rehearsal: Happy Valley artistes practice at the CFM for the festival

A number of first-timers will be showcasing their work at the festival that starts today

Beskop Tshechu: Ugyen Dorji, 27, has been interning for more than a year with the graphics section of the national television station.

Now one of his dreams is about to come true. Last week his first attempt at a short animation film was shortlisted for screening at the Beskop Tshechu, the only animation, documentary and short film festival held in [... Read More]

Goongtongs – Symptom of rural-urban migration

_2Bidung village in Trashigang

The phenomenon of absentee landlordism is commonplace in northern Trashigang

Migration: Despite modern amenities like road and electricity reaching most villages, life is getting better for most farmers in the east.  But this has not stopped them from leaving their villages in northern Trashigang.

The number of absentee landlord, or goongtong, spiralled over the years in the gewogs of Shongphu, Bartsham and Phongmey in Trashigang, according to local leaders. “The number of goongtong has increased, [... Read More]


Germany: Conserving, recycling, innovating

I’m highlighting Germany as a country, which has managed itself so well over the years in spite of its dependence on a lot of imports, but survived well due to its efficiency, productivity and could create sizeable capacity of exports.  In the same context, let us see what is happening in Germany these days.

If the United States consumes resources, Australia produces them and Germany manages them.  Home to the world’s fifth-largest economy, with an annual [... Read More]


Bhutan out of SAFF Championship

SAFF Games: Bhutan vowed out of the SAFF football championship after losing 2-8 to Maldives yesterday evening.

What was thought to be a good competition, Bhutan even led the match 2-1 for a few minutes in the first half. But their chances of winning the first game of the tournament was shattered when  goalkeeper Leki was sent off in the 45th minute for bringing down the Maldivian striker just outside the penalty area.

Maldives took [... Read More]