Limited budget to blacktop Kharbandi-Pasakha road

Though the Kharbandi- Pasakha road leading to the country’s biggest industrial estate, Pasakha has been in terrible condition for years, the Department of Roads (DoR) has received only Nu 20mn for maintenance which will cover two kilometers of the road. DoR’s Chief Engineer, Dorji Wangdi said that with the budget allocated they can only do […]

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Laya sees change in toilet habits after the first Royal Highland Festival

Sanitation was a major issue for Layaps and tourists visiting Laya four years back. Now major changes can be seen in the sanitation habits of the highlanders. Now Layaps have shifted to flush toilets and SATO pan from pit toilet. Laya is located 3,800m above sea level. Laya has a population of more than 1,000 […]

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Green-coloured number plates introduced for electric vehicles

Green-coloured number plates for electric vehicles were launched in Thimphu on Thursday. According to the UNDP Bhutan, the move is expected to be a low-cost way of encouraging wider public to switch to electric vehicles to beat air pollution and keep Bhutan carbon negative. The launch of the green registration plates was graced by Yab […]

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Butterflies shift their habitat due to climate change

The wings are scarlet with broad black margins and each forewing tip has a diagonal white patch. The butterfly, Red Lacewing (Cethosia biblis) looks playful. It is a new species that was discovered in Bumthang this year. Like Red Lacewing, Rose Windmill and Common Peacock are abundant in southern region but now these butterflies are […]

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Need for better coverage of climate change by media

Lack of reporting by the mainstream media to report on the overarching effects of climate change and how it could go about was one of the discussion in a two-day workshop on “Climate Change, Solutions and the SDGs” which was organized by the UN in partnership with Journalists’ Association of Bhutan (JAB) , WWF Bhutan and ICIMOD at Paro earlier this […]

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Media faces challenges in combating climate change

Strengthening local data on climate change, identifying environment heroes, use of info-graphics in media and need of story grants on climate change were some of the recommendations during the two-day workshop on ‘Climate Change, Solutions and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ on September 3-4 at Paro. The workshop also discussed on journalists facing difficulty in […]

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Female farmers guard their crops against wild boars in Bjemina

It is drizzling and wet in Bjemina in Gidakom, Thimphu. Aum Dema, 32, wears her rain-coat, gumboots and a broad-brimmed hat for protection against the rain. Aum Dema is ready for the night. She is not going far, but to her guardhouse in the middle of her paddy field. Wild boars have been ravaging her […]

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