August 15 with Uma Sharma

Bhutanese throughout the country joined India in the celebration of her 67th Independence Day, a day of import for Bhutan and the region. The celebrations were highlighted by the performance of world famous classical Indian dancer Uma Sharma, relatively unknown to the locals, at the RAPA hall. Bhutan is the …

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Suspect re-arrested after decades

A 48-year-old suspect involved in robbing a lhakhang in Rubisa gewog, Wangdue Phodrang in 1988, who had escaped from police custody 25 years back, was rearrested on May 10, 2013 at Mongar by the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP). The suspect, from Rubisa gewog, had broken into the Tshokhorlo lhakhang and …

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Human-Wildlife conflict


The conflict between man and wildlife has been an unending journey since time immemorial. 40% of the country’s total land area has been reserved for conservation and 60% is mandated by the Constitution to remain under forest coverage for all times. More than 70% of the population depends directly on …

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BIL launches ‘Insurance on Wheels’


People can just walk up to a mobile office found stationed at different locations during different times to get insurance services. Bhutan Insurance Limited (BIL) launched its mobile insurance service, ‘Insurance on Wheels’, the first of its kind in Bhutan, on August 3 in Thimphu. The initiative aims to provide …

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Another CPC to help combat crime

The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) inaugurated its fourth community police centre (CPC) yesterday at Babesa after the success of the other three CPCs in the capital, which has helped in reducing crime rates. Records with the police show major offences like chorten vandalism, burglary, larceny and mischief, battery and auto …

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Cordyceps face a threat of extinction


The increased number of the Cordyceps collectors every year poses a threat to the sustainability of the resource. A survey conducted by the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment found that the collectors were ignorant about the threat and also seemed least bothered by it. An official from the …

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Of apolitical voters and postal ballots

The process of casting votes through postal ballots, while deemed by many as a convenient way to exercise one’s own franchise, is at the same time, the only set mode for a section of people mandated to stay apolitical. Many in the civil service feel the government servants should be …

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Suicide case on the rise in the country

Going by Bhutanese laws, committing suicide or attempting suicide is not an offence, but assisting a suicide is regarded as a crime. Perhaps for this reason those who rest their final decisions on this self-terminating move are most prominently increasing in numbers. Records maintained with the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) …

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