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The Edenlab has landed (or soon will, in Bhutan)

The world-renowned environmental education UK project is about to take a bow at BhIF

After an impressive run for 14 years in the United Kingdom (UK), Eden Project, the famous environmental education attraction from the UK, is making a foray into Bhutan, landing as Edenlab.

Edenlab, the international creative partner of Eden Project UK – one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations – will stage interactive, immersive artistic events and installations to promote environmental sustainability and [... Read More]

FM to go on “authorised absence”

Breaking News: Foreign Minister Rinzin Dorji will be on “authorised absence” to prevent controversy and conflict of interest when the Office of the Attorney General prosecutes him on behalf of the government.

He will be on authorised absence until the case is resolved.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will take over the portfolio of Foreign Minister.


Freeze on new religious structure constructions

The idea is to focus on existing edifices, given limited manpower and other resources

Circular: Construction of new religious structures, including lhakhangs, temples, choekhangs, tshokhangs, chortens, tshamkhangs and drashas, is frozen for the next two years.

The home ministry issued a circular last month, notifying all ministries, dzongkhags, religious organisations, corporations, private agencies and individuals not to accept applications for new constructions.

The decision was made after the department of culture (DoC) faced difficulties in managing [... Read More]

Govt. sticks to its transfer stand

BDBL’s capacity to provide basic financial services is its unique selling point

Management: The government has not reversed its decision to hand over operation and management of the community centres from Bhutan Post to the Bhutan Development Bank ltd (BDBL).

The opposition party, in a press conference held on January 21, had said that the government should reconsider its decision, on grounds that quality of services offered at the community centres would deteriorate.

Information and communication [... Read More]

DPT asks court to dismiss sedition allegations

The party maintains it won’t execute bah

Court: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) representative said the defendant Dasho Paljor J Dorji failed to substantiate any of the allegations against the party during his rebuttal to its libel suit, yesterday.

“He is simply repeating the charges levelled against DPT by one party in its electoral campaign and certain section of media,” the party’s representative, MP Ugyen Wangdi, said.

He also submitted that some allegations were not at all [... Read More]

First Bhutan International Festival from Feb. 14-23

BHIF: Bhutan International Festival, the first of its kind, will be held in Thimphu from February 14 to 23.  The 10-day festival will celebrate Bhutanese music, culture and arts.

The festival will be organised also to commemorate the 35th birth anniversary of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and the ‘Visit Bhutan Year 2015’.

The festival will enable local artists and musicians to collaborate with [... Read More]


Traffic safety, first and last

Ap Sha is a strict taxi driver now.  He will not let mothers with infants sit in the front seat of his taxi.  He is adamant that his passengers are buckled up.  At zebra crossings, he slows down and lets pedestrians cross.

After attending the daylong session on road safety, the Thimphu-based cabbie is aware of road safety rules.  It was not his first time attending such training.  He didn’t follow because nobody followed.  The penalties, [... Read More]

Increasing number of farmland being left fallow

unnamedUmsang village

Agriculture: With increasing wild life attacks on their crops, the villagers of Umsang in Chumey, Bumthang have been turning away from farming.

Wild life attacks on crops is a major cause for giving up farming according to the villagers.

“Cultivation is difficult for women, who make up most of the population is the village and wild life attacks on crops made farming worse for us,” Namgang Dema from Umsang said.

Therefore, the village moved to yathra [... Read More]

Commercial cultivation of bamboo yet to take off in Radhi

DSC01289Almost every household in Radhi grow bamboos

Resources: When villagers of Radhi first started planting bamboo to fight land degradation about seven years ago, no one had the slightest idea of the income it would generate in the years to come.

Today, almost every household cultivates bamboo in their back yards and fields. It all started in 2006 through the agriculture ministry’s sustainable land management project, which initiated the plantation.

A bamboo pole costs Nu 100 while its rhizome fetches about Nu [... Read More]

As for human-wildlife conflict, prevention is better than cure

Tackling the root cause of the growing problem is the only sustainable solution

Discussions: More than finding a solution, human-wildlife conflict, which is becoming a growing challenge in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, needs to be prevented.

At a discussion on “Taming human wildlife conflicts in the HKH: forest management or crisis management”, representatives from the region shared that, despite having several measures in place, human-wildlife conflict has been on the rise.

The issue is [... Read More]

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