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Seized medicinal plants get comfy in customs office

The Revenue and Custom officials in Samtse confiscated two and half sacks of semi-dried Pipla, worth approximately Nu 37,500 at fair market value on April 22 from an Indian driver. Officials usually do not inspect Indian vehicles passing through the border gates when they return after a Sunday market. But, …

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Import Indian timber to conserve Bhutanese forests

The yearly increase in demand of timber has led to shortage of about 2.8mn cubic feet and the Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) has decided to import from India. The NRDCL is currently awaiting confirmation from the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Ltd. (WBFDCL). The confirmation from the Indian …

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Water problem seeps into Gosarling

It’s been more than a year since the people of Tsirang have grappled water crisis. And presently the farm works in Gosarling gewog have come to a near-standstill. “It’s been months that we didn’t do any work in our field because there is no water or rainfall in the village. …

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Porous borders: a boon for goons, bane for the law

To contain illegal trades in the northern and southern ends of the country is a most challenging task for Bhutanese law enforcement authorities. As a result, illegal trading of medicinal plants is up and on the rise. Trans-boundary illegal collection of medicinal plants is rampant in Bhutan although enforcement officials …

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Change in import method will not affect vegetable vendors

The announcement, of the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) as the wholesale agent for all the vegetable vendors was a cause for concern among the vendors who are already worried over the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA)’s decision to stop issuing Indian Rupee from June first week. Lyonchen Jigmi Y. Thinley, …

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New SAARC Secretary General

“Bhutan has not only progressed but has matured a lot in its political system since its transition to democracy,” said the new SAARC Secretary General Ahmed Saleem who made his first visit to Bhutan since he assumed the post last March. During his visit he met with Bhutanese counterparts from …

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