A database on Waterbirds

The Annual Waterbird count initiated by Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Environment (UWICE) in Bumthang under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests has captured a range of water- birds species including the most endangered species like white-bellied Heron, Black necked Crane and Pallas’s Fish Eagle. This is the institute’s …

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RBP to deploy police personnel in gewogs

The RBP is coming up with a new initiative, Gewog Based Policing, where 3 to 5 police personnel will to deployed to gewog centres to address chorten and lhakhang vandalism, the most common crime in rural areas. The initiative is also aimed at increasing security and safety in the villages. …

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A Green Corporation


To promote a clean and green environment, one of the Governments’ initiatives, the Green Bhutan Corporation Limited (GBCL) was inaugurated in Semtokha last week. At the inauguration, the minister for Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji said that the inspiration to establish GCBL was drawn from His Majesty’s message delivered …

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Gasa’s organic bounties get recognition


For the first time two vegetables had been certified organic by BAFRA in accordance with the Bhutan Organic Certification System (BOCS) Guidelines 2013 viz. garlic and potatoes from Khatoed Geog in Gasa . This registered farmers’ group is the Rangshin Sonam Detshen from Khatoed Geog. Khatoed Gewog, at an altitude of 2300-2900 metres …

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2nd Gakyed Gatoen, Festival of Happiness

The opening ceremony of the “2nd Gakyed Gatoen – Festival of Happiness” was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister for Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Bhutan Office on 6th January 2017 at Ariya Hotel, Thimphu. The catalogue for the festival was also launched during the occasion. …

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Highway Zebras or Highway snails ?

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High schools and colleges are on breaks and Thimphu is crowded. Given the already high concentration of vehicles in the Thimphu region (53 percent), traffic is slower than ever in the winter months. While not as bad as conditions in regional countries like India, Nepal or Bangladesh, for the average …

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Officials rescue critically injured Sambar Deer


Forest officials from the Paro Range Office rescued a female Sambar deer in Tsento gewog that was critically injured after being chased by a pack of strays. The forest official with the Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health Section (WRAHS), Gyem Tshering, said that the deer’s forelimbs were completely broken and …

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Gearing up for the fire season


Besides stern legislation and regular public awareness, the department of forest and park services has come up with various innovative initiatives to prevent forest fires this season. One of these initiatives is pre-prevention measures such as fire breaks to reduce spread of a potential fire and facilitate effective suppression. “Fire …

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