To ensure that the govt. receives the royalty it is entitled to
Cordyceps: To encourage highlanders to declare their total cordyceps (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) collection faithfully and to pay royalty to the government, agriculture ministry has made marketing methods for the prized fungus flexible.
Whether a collector participates in an auction or not, he or she has to pay a royalty of Nu 8,400 for a kilogram of cordyceps collected. The royalty of Nu 8,400 and permit fee of Nu 510 was revised last year, subject to 20 percent increment once every two years.
UWICE at Lamai Gonpa provides the premises for the institute
UNESCO: The UNESCO Madanjeet centre for South Asia forestry studies at Lamai Gonpa in Bumthang was inaugurated yesterday, fulfilling a cherished dream of late UNESCO Ambassador Madanjeet Singh, who aspired to create a network of institutions of excellence across all SAARC countries.
The late Madanjeet Singh, an Indian artist, writer, diplomat and philanthropist, was the UNESCO goodwill ambassador from the year 2000.
DT: Local leaders and the members of the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) in Samdrupjongkhar declared Samdrupcholing as the yenlag thromde yesterday.
Lauri gup Pema Dorji argued that thromde should be in Jomotsangkha because the dungkhag was less developed compared with Samdrupcholing. Martshala gup Yenten Dorji said that it would be cheaper for the government to establish a thromde in Samdrupcholing.
Football: Countries competing in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, starting from the preliminary round, will get USD 300,000 each to bear the expenses of competing for the World Cup.
FIFA has sent a letter to the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) conveying the same. BFF officials said they have not received the money yet.
FIFA development officer, (Dr) Shaji Prabhakaran, said that if the federation (BFF) has applied for the budget, they should be getting it within seven to 10 days. “It’s your money, you’ll get it,” he assured.
Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay met with seven security personnel who are leaving the country shortly to serve as UN peacekeepers in four UN peacekeeping missions. This will bring the total number of Bhutanese serving abroad as UN peacekeepers to 18.
Tourism: The number of tourists visiting Merak and Sakteng in Trashigang has gone up after a drastic drop in 2013.
About 149 tourists visited the two remote gewogs of Trashigang in 2014. In 2013, Sakteng wildlife sanctuary (SWS) recorded only 29 tourist arrivals. A total of 495 tourists have visited the two gewogs after the launch of ecotourism in 2010.
Situation under control: remaining fowls in infected area culled
H5N1: After confirming bird flu as the cause of what killed 16 birds below the lhengye dhensa (ministerial enclave) in Motithang on April 4, agriculture officials culled 16 more birds yesterday to prevent the spread of the disease.
National incident command committee decided to cull the remaining birds in the area after an emergency meeting yesterday. The meeting was called after test results of samples of the dead birds from the thromde workers’ colony tested positive for bird flu or avian influenza (H5N1).
The test results from the OIE regional referral laboratory in Bhopal, India arrived on April 14. The culled birds were covered in polythene bags and buried.
One former civil servant under detention
Corruption: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating three alleged corruption cases in Phuentsholing and Samtse simultaneously.
One of the cases is the illegal transaction of land in Phuentsholing, linked with the ongoing investigation into the fraudulent transaction and transfer of land in Thimphu.
Ferreting out those involved in the copyright infringement of the film Ap Bokto
Piracy: The producer of the popular animated film, Ap Bokto, managed to narrow down to four suspects allegedly involved in copyright infringement of the film almost two months after it was leaked.
Athang Animation Studio’s proprietor, Karma Dhendup, who produced the film, said there were also people from his organisation among the four involved. Right after the film was leaked in February, Athang Animation Studio started its own investigation.
The queries covered a wide range of issues from currency to politics
Relations: The Indian ambassador, Gautam Bambawale will be rooting for Bhutan to win its upcoming World Cup qualifying matches with China, it was revealed at a talk on the relationship between the two countries given at the Royal Thimphu College, yesterday.
Ambassador Bambawale was responding to the first question from the audience following his presentation on where he sees relations between the two countries in the next 15 years.
An exchange student of Chinese origin from the USA, after exchanging greetings with the ambassador in Mandarin, in which he is fluent having served in China for several years, pointed out that economic relations between Bhutan and China were bound to improve, as evident with the growing number of Chinese visiting the country. She questioned how long it might take for diplomatic relations between Bhutan and China to be established.