Highland economies in crisis as Cordycep yields plunge


Having immediately asserted itself as the primary, and most lucrative, source of income in the highlands since harvest legalization in 2004, Cordyceps (Ophiocordycepssinensis)has since been on the decline but the steepness of the recent plunge in yield has become serious cause for concern to both highlanders and the government as …

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Waste mounting on private land

In the absence of a proper garbage disposal system Dagapela bazaar has been grappling with waste being dumped all over the settlement. Now the situation has gotten worse with residents targeting private vacant plots to dump waste say frustrated land owners. “There are plastic bottles, batteries, and used computer equipment, …

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New butterfly species sighted in JSWN Park

Picture Courtesy: Kado Rinchen (JSWNP)

The Khaki Silverline, a rare butterfly species, has been spotted in Tongtophey, Trongsa dzongkhag, within the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. The Khaki Silverline was spotted last month by senior forester, Kado Rinchen of the Langthel Park Range office, while surveying and exploring the butterfly diversity in the park. The …

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Lyonchhen meets Modi


On the sideline of the BRICS – BIMSTEC Outreach Summit in Goa, India, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay on 17th October called on to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and conveyed the greetings and warm wishes of His Majesty the King. Lyonchhen informed PM Modi that Bhutanese fondly recalls PM Modi’s visit to …

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Lyonchhen meets Nepal PM

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay met with Puspa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister of Nepal and congratulated him on his election as the Prime Minister of Nepal. Lyonchhen also wished the Prime Minister and his delegates “belated happy dashain” and shared that on the command of His Majesty the King, Hindu Mandir for …

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Tackling traffic congestion during Thimphu Tshechu

Traffic Police urge people to carpool or use just one car per family   Thimphu Traffic Division, Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) expects an increase in traffic flow during the festive occasion of Thimphu Tshechu this year. RBP stated there is 11 percent increase in vehicle numbers compared to 2015. Therefore, …

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First female Gup is re-elected

Namgay Pelden and Pema Wangmo Tamang are the only two female Gups in the country and both happen to be from Dagana, Gesarling and Tashiding. They both worked together in Tashiding Gewog as a NFE instructor. Being the first female Gup in a country, 33 year old Namgay Pelden has …

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BoB launches INR prepaid and JCB cards

Bank of Bhutan launched INR prepaid card, that can be availed even by those without BoB accounts. It allows travellers withdraw INR 50,000 per month from any MasterCard enabled ATM in India and also use for shopping through POS machines.The card is valid for 3 years.  For replacement or renewal, …

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Bear rescued from pension colony


Wildlife Conservation Division officials rescued a Himalayan Black Bear, weighing about 51 kgs, from the Pension Housing colony in Thimphu on September 18. Colony residents who saw the bear in their backyard kitchen garden first tried to chase it away. They informed the rescue office in Taba when the bear …

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