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Black-necked crane numbers to Bumdeling have stabilised

img-214112 black-necked cranes arrived in Bumdeling last year

Over the last ten years, the arrivals haven’t shown too much variation

Wildlife: The number of black-necked cranes arriving in Bumdeling valley in Trashiyangtse is slowly starting to increase, records maintained with Bumdeling wildlife sanctuary (BWS) show.

After declining steadily from 2005 until 2011, the number of cranes arriving has been increasing for the past two years, although marginally.

From 123 cranes in 2010, the number decreased to 102 in 2011.  It was the lowest number [... Read More]

One way or the other, the water sources are drying up

Farmers claim foresters don’t check indiscriminate tree felling; the latter says the former is doing the cutting 

Zobel: An increase in the felling of trees has caused water shortage in Zobel gewog, Pemagatshel, according to villagers.

Villagers and gewog officials are worried about the impact the rise in construction activities and the felling of trees along the Kherigonpa to Tshelingkhor forest, which falls under the gewog, would have on the community.

According to villagers, this was [... Read More]

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Ambassador of Bhutan to the Maldives, Pema Choden presented her credentials to the President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoon on August 25. Pema Choden is the tenth ambassador of Bhutan to Maldives since diplomatic relations were established in 1984.


Two more Indians sentenced for gold smuggling

Nine Indians sentenced so far in three smuggling cases

Verdict: The Paro district court yesterday sentenced two Indian nationals to two and a half years in prison for smuggling 3.53 kilograms of gold worth Nu 8.764M through Paro international airport in May this year.

The court established that accused Noushad Khazilane Ebrahim and Jamal Powal Chalkara, both from Kerala, India attempted to smuggle gold, which was brought from Dubai via Bangkok, to their home country, [... Read More]

Dagana student diagnosed with ruptured eardrum

Update: The 17-year-old student from Dagana, who was allegedly beaten by the school principal, was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum, a medical examination including forensic tests, at the Thimphu referral hospital yesterday confirmed.

Medical examination by the ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon at Thimphu referral hospital found a hole in the right eardrum of the class VII student of Drujegang HS.  The school principal had allegedly beaten and slapped the student on August [... Read More]

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Nuns train nuns: Five nun trainers trained 20 other nuns from nunneries across the country on women’s health issues in Paro last week. The training was organised by the Bhutan Nuns Foundation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).


Gender discrimination may be deeply ingrained

DSC_2034Panelist discuss socio - cultural factors as an enabler for women’s empowerment yesterday

Culture and tradition conspire against giving women equal status and their rightful place in society

Forum: Praying to be reborn as men in the next life, and not allowing females to enter a goenkhang (sanctum sanctorum), were some of the social and cultural factors that came up for discussion yesterday at the third multi-stakeholders’ forum that was held on the role and contribution of women in economic development.

Participants, mostly women, raised this issue during [... Read More]


The rub of the (gender) green

At the tender age of 19, in 1992, Kinley left school to marry a husband chosen by her single mother.  She had been in class VII.  She failed the final examinations and wanted to repeat, but that was her last chance.

An average student, Kinley had already failed the then class VI board examination and repeated.  She convinced her mother that she would quit school if she failed again.  When she did, the happiest person was [... Read More]

Bhutan makes official request to Japan for 1,450 power tillers

Consultation: Bhutan officially requested Japan for 1,450 power tillers during its annual consultation, which was held in New Delhi earlier this month, according to the foreign affairs ministry.

Besides reviewing and assessing current Japanese-assisted projects in Bhutan, an official request for the power tillers was also submitted to the Japanese government.

Some projects the Japanese are assisting Bhutan with currently include the rehabilitation of the Taklai irrigation system in Sarpang, improvement of rural power supply, [... Read More]

Villagers want ngar thram surveyed

For various reasons certain areas could not be covered in the last survey of 2012

NLC: The villagers of Phangkhar and Trong gewogs in Zhemgang are urging the national land commission (NLC) to complete the survey of those land reflected as ngar thram (old) in 2012, as surveyors rushed to wind up the survey before the December 17, 2012 deadline.

The land recorded in ngar thram was not surveyed because of location, shortcoming of survey [... Read More]

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