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Cordyceps revenue highest since 2004

The average price per kg has hit a new high of Nu 0.7M, compared to Nu 0.065M then

Trade: The 671kgs of cordyceps sinensis, worth about Nu 469M auctioned this year is the highest it fetched since the collection of the fungus was legalised a decade ago.

Although less by six kgs from last year’s collection, agriculture officials say, its the highest revenue earned to date.

Department of agriculture marketing and cooperatives’ director (DAMC), Dorji Dhradhul, [... Read More]

A cyber fraud victim seeks justice

Crime: Following a major cyber fraud case, a Thimphu electronics supply firm, which nearly lost USD 0.191m, has lodged a fraud case against its supplier in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

After almost two months, the businessman got his money, which is about Nu 11.514m in September, with the help of Interpol and  Bhutan National Bank officials’ interventions.

Lorig Enterprise, which won a contract to supply computer and IT equipment to government offices, was importing supplies [... Read More]

Picture story

Cleansing: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (centre), Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and Yangsi of Lam Sonam Zangpo conducted Rio Sangchoed (mountain smoke offering) at Chelela in Paro on October 18.

    

What caused the ‘swollen legs’ in Zhemgang school?

A health team is here to determine whether or not it was due to nutritional deficiency

Gomphu LSS: A team of health officials from Thimphu is in Zhemgang’s Gomphu lower secondary school to investigate suspected cases of “peripheral neuropathy”.

The team will come up with the result of what caused the 35 boarding students swollen legs.

The health team, consisting of a dietician, two public health lab technicians, a health ministry program officer and a nutrition [... Read More]

Drangmaling’s lost battle with wild boar

unnamed-19Helpless: A farmer examines her lost crop after a wild boar raid

The only straw to cling to is compensation from gewog conservation committee funding

Wildlife: Every year, villagers of Dranmaling in Tsamang, Mongar only reap half the harvest spared by wild animals.

With an increasing incidence of wild boar depredating their crops, villagers said the battle between farmers and wild animals has become intense.  So it has been for decades.

Located about 50km from Mongar, villagers of Dranmaling mainly grow maize as cash crop.

As the crops begin [... Read More]

Editorial

Women, rise!

As the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) prepares to hold by-election for the post of gewog tshogde tshogpa in Pemagatshel and Zhemgang, we need to pause and look back on the journey we have made since we became a democracy six years ago. At the same time, we need to commit ourselves to making amends wherever we have fallen short, and forge ahead.

We will be doing a great disservice to our society if we fail [... Read More]

First ‘daylighting’ done at MHPA

IMG_8476Health minister triggering the blasting of the final chunk of rock between two sections of the MHPA head race tunnel

The tech term refers to the linking of two tunnel sections, in this case, adits one and two

Hydropower: Marking another milestone, Mangdechu Hydro Power Project (MHPA) executed its first ‘daylighting’ yesterday with the linking of two different tunnel sections, adits one and two.

Daylighting is an occasion when two tunnels or segments of a tunnel are linked.  An adit refers to a section of the tunnel.

With yesterday’s daylighting, a total of 2,595m of the [... Read More]

ACC detains two; one admitted to hospital

Land case: Former Chang gup Naku, 76, who the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) detained in Thimphu police station in connection with a land corruption case, has been admitted to hospital.

ACC arrested him on October 16 and used the police’s detention facility as part of its investigation.  On the court’s remand order, the police let ACC use their detention facility, sources said.

On the second day of his detention, Gup Naku was taken to the [... Read More]

The welcoming chiwog of Doongmana

unnamed-17Tshogchang: Every night guests are offered an assortment of beverages and fruits

The hospitality en route to this remote scattered settlement in Lauri, S/J is renowned

Village: Greetings, smiles and offerings of refreshments and food are common on the way to Doongmana chiwog, Lauri gewog in Samdrupjongkhar.

Despite the arduous uphill walk, the warm hospitality of the village is what makes the trip worthwhile.

Doongmana village in Jomotsangkha dungkhag is almost a six-hour walk from Depsang in Serthi gewog.  It is a remote scattered village of about 50 [... Read More]

Opinions

Dasho Shingkhar Lam (1928-2014)

The last of the Second King’s consummately gifted officials died on October 16, aged 86.

Obituary: Shingkhar temple and village atmosphere shaped the formative years of Kunzang Wangchuk.  Reciprocally, Kunzang Wangchuk as Dasho Shingkhar Lam lifted it out of its obscurity during the heyday of his career towards the end of the reign of HM the 3rd King, getting bestowed the highest honours of orange scarf and Heart-Son of Bhutan award.

The land where a [... Read More]

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