Pasighat reaffirms opposition to big dam

by Chandan Kumar Duarah People of Pasighat region in Arunachal Pradesh resists big dam building in Siang river, the upstream of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo) in India. People of Siang districts in Arunachal Pradesh have been agitating against more dam building on Siang river, the main water flow of Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo) from Tibet, China.… Read More Pasighat reaffirms opposition to big dam

Bhutan and Nepal – 2 ‘least developed countries’ that could change the face of Asia

Because the development performance of least developed countries (LDCs) has been so disappointing, only four have graduated to developing country status in the time since the category was established in 1971. None of these are in Asia. According to a recent UN report, “48 of the world’s most vulnerable countries will lose ground in economic development… Read More Bhutan and Nepal – 2 ‘least developed countries’ that could change the face of Asia

Environmentalists emphasises to dredge wetlands to minimise flood problems

Wetlands, tributaries and low lying lands filled up with sand, silt and sediment must be dredged to control flood problems in Assam. Dredging the Brahmaputra is not a sole solution to minimise the flood and erosion problem of Assam. Scientists and experts say that the sole plan to dredge the riverbed will not help to… Read More Environmentalists emphasises to dredge wetlands to minimise flood problems

Nepal’s Glacier Lakes Are Hazards and Opportunities

DHANANJAY REGMI AND JEFFREY KARGEL Recent articles in the different national newspapers have discussed Imja Lake lowering and disaster mitigation initiatives undertaken by the Nepal Army and Hydrology and Meteorology Department (DHM). Though informative, the articles missed information about glacier lake formation, why they are dangerous, and whether lowering the lake water levels means that… Read More Nepal’s Glacier Lakes Are Hazards and Opportunities

After a bland new year, Bhutan is reversing an import ban on India’s toxic chillies

Dawa Gyelmo The new year lacked flavour for Zangmo, a villager in Bhutan’s western district of Haa. She had been looking for fresh green chillies to prepare hoentey—a dumpling-like dish served exclusively during the annual Bhutanese festival of Lomba—but none was to be found. As per tradition, on the night of Lomba, which is celebrated… Read More After a bland new year, Bhutan is reversing an import ban on India’s toxic chillies