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Collection of Dochu Kewa allowed with permits

Flora: Individual households can now collect Paris Polyphylla, a plant believed to have medicinal properties, with permit from the forest field offices in the country.

Paris Poyphylla is known as Dou Sethochem/ Dochu Kewa in Dzongkha, Thoksampa in sharchop kha and Satuwa in lhotsham kha.

It grows at an altitude up to 3,300 meters and blooms well in places with moist and humus rich soil under a forest canopy of full to partial shade. The plant is found in eastern, central and western parts of the country.


Nine-year old allegedly raped by former stepfather

Crime: Wangdue police has detained a 38-year old Punatshangchu employee for allegedly raping a nine-year girl.

The man had been married to the girl’s mother for six years, sources said, but were not together anymore. The mother had filed the case.

Sources said on June 11 evening, when the mother was about to give the daughter a bath, she observed an unusual smell from the girl’s under garment. After asking repeatedly, the daughter revealed that the former stepfather had raped her. The mother immediately reported the case to police.


To empower shazo as wood industry

IMG_6302Applying lacquer in Yangtse

Handicraft: The introduction of more parks, wildlife sanctuaries and community forests has shrunk the collection areas of raw materials for shazo (wood carving) practitioners in Trashiyangtse.

Shazo is the main source of cash income for the community of Yangtse.  Shazo needs bha and zapshe (burrs) to carve these abnormally grown woody knots into dhapa (bowl), phorp (cup), plates and wine glasses.

These raw materials are available in Bumthang, Dagana, Chukha and Zhemgang.

Although permits are issued for extraction of burr from these protected areas, getting the raw materials takes more than a permit.


Town community night patrol

IMG_8913Volunteers question a driver after the vehicle had entered the bazaar after 9pm

Security: It’s 9pm, holding a long cane and torch each, about six people in a group gather near the Tsangchuthama bazaar in Samdrupcholing dungkhag.

These people are on voluntary patrolling. They patrol the bazaar the whole night.

Describing it as an old practice, these volunteers that comprise of shopkeepers from each shop, said this practice had begun since the 1990s when there were security threats.

After which the communities have been patrolling and people had decided to carry out what was initiated by their elders.


The way we are forced to bring up our kids

DSC_7510Learning through TV

June is burning at the best of the season’s height. And I am walking. There are two little guys I need to meet – one aged seven, and other five. These two little guys speaketh not their mother tongue but Hindi.

Changedaphu in Thimphu is an interesting place. Kids are growing up in ways different than all others. Needs dictate everything. Through the maze of city camps I go, and there at the heart of the miniature city, I find a house. Two little boys get at me straight.

“Kaun hai tu?” asks the elder dude. His name is Kinley.  I say I want to have some good time around.  He is not convinced. “Dhimak nahain hein tera,” says the second guy, Kinley’s younger brother. I apologise and tell them that I possess no white matter at all. They think I am harmless and play around. My Hindi is all wrecked.


The story behind Thunder Motors

I founded Thunder Motors in 2011 encouraged by the policies of the government to promote electric vehicles and my own vision for a clean and green Bhutan using only renewable energy. The Tax Revision Act of 2011 reduced taxes on electric vehicles to zero percent. This was a huge motivation factor. This was also inline with the on-going government’s efforts to launch electric vehicles (EVs) in Bhutan. The Department of Energy launched EVs in Bhutan on World Environment Day on June 5 2009 and the first electric cars were introduced in Bhutan.


Picture story

Thousands of devotees from Mongar gathered at the Yakgang temple yesterday to watch the ter (treasure) dances and get blessings from the ters discovered by Pema Lingpa. Pema lingpa’s son Sangda had settled at the Yakgang Lhakhang where the 700 years old ters were kept.


Focus point

The high price of preparedness

Emergency communication system to cost Nu 488M, estimates DDM

Disaster: It will cost over Nu 488M (million) to put in place an emergency communication system for the country that can withstand all forms of disaster situations, according to the department of disaster management (DDM).

DDM director Chhador Wangdi said telecommunication infrastructure is the first to snap during emergencies.  The 2009 and 2011 earthquakes, he said, had shown that regular communications fail during emergencies.


Consultation on tsamdro compensation begins

MoAF: The agriculture ministry has begun sensitising and consulting local leaders and implementing agencies, like livestock, forestry and land record offices across the country, on the draft tsamdro (pastureland) compensation guideline and leasing guideline and its management plan.

Sensitisation and consultation of the guidelines has been completed in nine dzongkhags.  Tsamdro compensation worth Nu 14.7M (million), which was piloted in Punakha, is now complete.