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Many interested in conserving Bhutan’s environment: PM

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During his recent US visit, lyonchoen solicited and received funds for the Bhutan for Life initiative

Conservation: Bhutan’s biggest ever project for environment conservation, worth more than USD 80M (million) will be launched in December and run for the next 15 years.

Bhutan for Life, an initiative targeted at improving conservation of the country’s protected areas, seeks to create and pump in at least USD 10M annually to manage the parks and biological corridors.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said while the country was doing its best to conserve the environment, it was not enough. “We need enhanced revenue now in the form of a fund,” he said.

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A boost for the Bhutan for Life initiative

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay has returned from his 10-day trip to the United States a happy man.  There is every reason to be so.

He visited the US to promote the Bhutan for Life initiative and solicit funds to make that happen.  At the end of the visit, Bhutan’s partners in this noble initiative, philanthropists and multinational corporations, together have already committed USD 40 million.

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Seven children adopted annually

With the enactment of the Child Adoption Act of Bhutan, 2012, the process has been streamlined

NCWC: At least seven children were given for domestic and international adoption annually in the last eight years, records with the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) show.

Last year saw the highest number of babies given for domestic adoptions at 12, followed by 10 in 2008, and eight each in 2011 and 2013.  Seven children were adopted in 2012, four in 2010, five in 2007 and two in 2009.

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Bhutan’s observance of Earth Hour today

Environment: Bhutan will join over 172 countries to observe the Earth Hour today to unite people in addressing issues of climate change.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bhutan, in collaboration with the Green Bhutan project, department of forest and park services and Thimphu thromde will inaugurate the Earth Hour garden in Zilukha.  Student volunteers of Royal Thimphu College and Zilukha middle secondary school will plant tree saplings in the Earth Hour garden together with officials.

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Dzongkhag officials, local leaders and the business community came together on March 26 to make Bumthang an exemplary town by setting a record in cleanliness. Themed “A Tribute to K4, Let Us Adopt R4”, the mass cleaning campaign which will be an annual event was held for the upcoming three day Peling Tshechu at Lingka, Wangdicholing Palace.
The people of Bumthang have come up with a R4 strategy -reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse to achieve their target of making the tourist hotspot as exemplary town.

    

Gomphu-Pangbang could miss deadline

Road: Following delayed release of funds, the Gomphu-Panbang highway could miss its 2016 deadline according to the Department of Roads (DoR) regional office in Tingtibi

“Gomphu-Panbang could probably miss its 2016 deadline by one financial year, which was proposed earlier in June 2013 work plan,” DoR chief engineer, Pravat Rai said.

The chief engineer said that the road will now be completed only by 2017 after work slowed down following the delayed release of budget.

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An 80-year-old against the elements

SAM_0937Angay Mindu and her hut

At an age when people are past retirement, Angay Mindu is busy rebuilding her quake-hit home 

Profile: She is in the twilight of her life.  The neat silver crop of hair, the weather-beaten face and sagging eyelids tell it all that Angay Mindu has lived her life.

At 80 years old, she should have retired to a life of prayers or to the comforts of her children and grandchildren, but Mindu, popularly known as Angay Jala to the locals of Sergithang in Tsirang, is still trying to make her old and lonely life comfortable.

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Local haven for domestic violence victims

Rabilal Acharja from Chuzagang, Gelephu is the go-to guy to help out in these affairs

Gelephu: It was almost midnight when Rabilal Acharja received a phone call from his friend, last week.

Soon after the phone call, he was at the neighbour’s house to settle a fight between his friend’s daughter and her husband.  He brought the wife to his home to prevent the husband from hitting her.

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Let the people decide

Resolving the issue of meat/alcohol during rituals and last rites will warrant popular support

Culture: Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu on March 26 decided to consult the people first on whether the use of meat and alcohol during rituals and funerals should be discontinued.

Drepong gup Sangay Tenzin raised the issue, saying that, irrespective of their economic status, everyone spent a lot on performing elaborate rituals for the dead, which have today become an expensive affair. “If the members agree, the decision would help the poor from spending on meat and alcohol,” he said.

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