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Tracing the footsteps of cordyceps collectors

Spring is a season of opportunities for Bhutanese nomads living in the northern fringes of the country. But the opportunities are hard-earned. Cordyceps (“Yatsagunbub”) collectors don’t have it easy when they go looking for the “fungus-worm” but then they are not ones to give up easily. Preparation is done many …

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For low carbon tourism in the coming days

The Association of Bhutanese Tour Operator (ABTO) launched a low carbon tourism project for sustainable tourism in February this year. It is funded by the European Union (EU) Switch Asia Programme which is the largest international donor and also the strongest global advocate of sustainable development. The EU Switch Asia …

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Gangs transcending borders

Bhutanese businessmen who trade across the border are quietly befriending local gang members of Jaigaon and other neighboring Indian towns so that they do not have to face unnecessary hassles while going about their business, especially while importing and exporting materials, according to reliable sources who wanted anonymity for fear …

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Air India may operate in Bhutan

With the domestic airlines, Bhutan’s air service industry took a leap forward but bigger plans are reportedly in place. Sources told The Bhutanese that the state-owned Air India is planning to operate in the country and dialogue is on between the Royal Government and the Government of India (GoI). The …

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A nature park for each dzongkhag

A few years from now, almost all the twenty dzongkhags in the country might have a nature recreational park each. The success of the pilot Royal Botanical Park (RBP) at Lamperi has given the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) enough confidence and reasons to start replicating it in …

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Dr Tobgyel shoots off Loseling

Yesterday, four matches were played in the ongoing basket ball tourney of the schools of Thimphu Thromde. In the first match, Loseling Middle Secondary School girls popularly known as Changjiji school girls played against the Dr Tobgyel team and  saw Dr Tobgyel beating Loseling 12-4. But in the boy’s match, …

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REDD-iness

Bhutan stands to gain but various issues need to be considered Bhutan is slowly gearing towards developing a national strategy on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD +). However, there is skepticism from various quarters at the country actually becoming a signatory to the mechanism. REDD+ is a mechanism that establishes incentives for developing countries to …

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