First forest fire in Thimphu

A forest fire that began around 2:30pm near the Semtokha dzong in Thimphu on friday destroyed about an acre of land before it was completely contained. Forest officials, police, dessups who were on their way to Wangduephodrang for a forest fire awareness programme and students from the Royal Institute of Management managed to contain the…

Gaping holes in hydropower polices

Thimphu: The government has violated the Bhutan Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy (BSHDP) 2008 by not giving the agriculture ministry the one percent electricity royalty in cash for integrated water resource management. This is among the numerous non-compliance and discrepancies in the hydropower development policy and programs, the National Council’s review found. “Government must ensure compliance…

Two rivers turn blue in Meghalaya

  Jowai: At least two rivers in eastern Meghalaya have turned blue again apparently due to “high acid content”, resulting in death of scores of fishes. The Lukha river in East Jaintia Hills district and certain sections of the Myntdu river in West Jaintia Hills district have changed their colour to a bright sky blue…

A tale of three gibbons

he old jungle saying in Arunachal Pradesh was: thou shalt not slay a Hoolock Gibbon. But the primates are now easy prey in low-lying areas of the state. A family of three gibbons finds itself in the cross hairs. Will they be able to make it to safety?