Cordycep collection continues to tangle boundary issues

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Cordyceps: A week ago, Dangchu gewog in Wangdue issued cordyceps collection permits to 250 people.

Valuing Bhutan’s natural capital

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class="p1">Resource: To educate people on the importance of valuing natural resources and tap into its capital, a four-day training on “Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach and InVEST” (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) concluded in Paro yesterday.

Man sentenced for sex act video

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Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday sentenced a 31-year-old man to a year and a half in prison for making a video of him having sexual intercourse with a 24-year old woman in Gelephu in February this year.

A rethink on the reserve?

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Given the huge volume of import from India, opinions differ on the merit of hoarding so many dollars

Currency: Bhutan is rich in hard currency reserve, but poor when it comes to rupee, begging the question why hold on to hard currency when the volume of the country’s trade is the maximum with India?

Major quake likely to cripple mobile cellular services

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Telecom: It is likely that the country’s mobile cellular services will become unavailable in the event of a major disaster hitting Bhutan.

When the April 25 earthquake struck Nepal, mobile cellular services even in Bhutan were affected.

Not seeing aye to aye

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NC and NA remain at odds on whether commissioners/constitutional post holders need first to resign from civil service

Amendment: The National Council did not accept the amendment that commissioners and members of constitutional offices need not resign from the civil service on their appointment, as endorsed by the Assembly to the Entitlement and Service Conditions Act for the holders, members and commissioners of the constitutional office of Bhutan (amendment) bill 2014.

When opinions differ…

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When the National Assembly passed the Entitlement and Service Conditions for Commissioners of Constitutional Offices (amendment) Bill, repealing the provision that requires commissioners and members of constitutional offices to resign,

Passing the buck on a pledge?

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Govt. says it awaits pvt. sector proposal so as to set up three new colleges in the east

Education: Establishing three new colleges in the east would not be possible in a short period of time, but upgrading the existing ones would address immediate issues, home minister Damcho Dorji said at the Assembly’s question hour session yesterday.

What happened to a power tiller each to chiwog?

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Agriculture: If there is no ox, how can a work to be done by an ox be really done? The question is critical, indeed. That was the gist of National Assembly’s question-answer session with agriculture minister yesterday.

Diversifying and reforming subjects

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Education: In a move towards preparing students better in classrooms, so that they are exposed to varied fields of study, the department of curriculum, research and development (DCRD) is working on diversifying subjects that are taught in schools.

Widow awaits compensation

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Her husband, a municipal worker, died at the work site due to a collapsed wall on April 1

Accident: On April 1 Man Maya Rai, 74, lost her husband when a wall collapsed on him as he was cleaning a drain by the roadside.

Gamrichu gorges on paddy fields

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What the river gives with one hand (irrigation), it takes away with the other (erosion)

Disaster: When do farmers not welcome monsoon?  Ask the rice-growing farmers of Buna in Trashigang.

The much-needed rains are on its way, but farmers are worried, lest it might take another portion of their paddy fields.  For the last many years, some 27 households of Buna had been literally witnessing

Lhamoizingkha branch in-charge goes on the lam

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BoBL: The Bank of Bhutan limited’s (BoBL) in-charge in Lhamoizingkha, Dagana has gone missing since May 11, after it was found that he had allegedly misused the bank’s fund.