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2008-09-03 06:00:19

Excerpt from report in English by the website of Bhutan's autonomous national newspaper Kuensel on 3 September [by Tenzing Lamsang] [Wednesday] 3 September: The managing director of the Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC), Sangay Gyaltsen, was detained on Monday at 9 p.m. by the police as part of a major Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) investigation into mining activities in the mining-intensive Samtse District [southwestern Bhutan]. The investigation pertains to a period...

2008-09-01 06:00:24

Excerpt from report in English by the website of Bhutan's autonomous national newspaper Kuensel on 1 September [by Ugyen Penjore] 1 September: The shortage of sand from riverbeds is going to grow, warns the Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC). This alarm comes when construction owners are already facing an acute shortage of riverbed sans, which is considered better in quality. NRDC believes that with the increase in construction activities and Punatsangchhu-I [hydroelectric...

2008-08-12 09:01:06

Text of report in English by the website of Bhutan's autonomous national newspaper Kuensel on 12 August 11 August: The Motion Picture Association of Bhutan (MPAB) has hauled 10 people to court for illegally copying and distributing two unreleased local films. The seven women and three men were accused of distributing "Lengo II" and "The 49th Day" produced by Chencho Dorji and Namgay Tshering respectively. The secretary of MPAB, Sherub Gyeltshen, said that the association had no choice but...

2008-07-23 09:00:49

Text of report in English by the website of Bhutan's autonomous national newspaper Kuensel on 23 July 23 July: The 130m ngultrum [approx 3m US dollars] Paro airport runway, which was resurfaced recently, will be repaired after it was found that there were several areas of poor quality work, according to Druk Air officials. A Druk Air official said: "The decision to repair the runway was taken in June after a meeting between the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and Dantak officials."...

2008-07-21 15:00:56

With reference to earlier announcement dated July 21, 2008 titled "Tata Power takes 26% equity stake in 114 MW Dagachhu Hydro Electric Power Project being developed by The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB)", wherein was inadvertently mentioned that the Company had acquired 26% equity stake in 114 MW Hydro Electric Power Project being developed by the Royal Government of Bhutan, Tata Power Company Ltd has now informed BSE that the Company has agreed to acquire the said stake. The Company has...

2008-07-16 06:00:44

Text of unattributed report headlined "Bhutan PM seeks ties with India on health" published by Indian newspaper The Asian Age website on 16 July New Delhi, 15 July: Impressed by the working of India's premier health institute -- All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), neighbouring Bhutan wants to provide the same facilities to its people and has sought cooperation from India. Bhutan has urged India to help in building a super-speciality medical college modelled after AIIMS. Prime...

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2008-02-13 12:30:00

The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Panthera Foundation announced plans to establish a 5,000 mile-long "genetic corridor" from Bhutan to Burma that would allow tiger populations to roam freely across landscapes. The corridor, first announced at the United Nations on January 30th, would span eight countries and represent the largest block of tiger habitat left on earth. Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, director of Science and Exploration Programs at the Wildlife Conservation Society, said that...

2006-02-03 01:30:39

By Biswajyoti Das GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - The people of the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will have to wait for their first chance to vote after astrologers convinced their absolute monarch the stars were stacked against democracy. King Jigme Singye Wangchuck has been slowly pulling his isolated mountain state into the modern world and declared his desire to relinquish some of his powers. A new draft constitution has been drawn up and was to have been put to the people in a...

2005-12-17 05:56:22

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - About 60 people were injured when Indian police used batons to push back hundreds of Nepal-based Bhutanese refugees who were trying to enter India and then return to Bhutan, police and witnesses said on Saturday. About 100,000 ethnic Nepali Bhutanese have been living in camps in eastern Nepal on the border with India since Bhutan's king stripped them of citizenship or forced them to leave after they campaigned for democracy in the early 1990s. On Saturday,...

2005-07-27 07:33:32

By Terry Friel TIMAI REFUGEE CAMP, Nepal (Reuters) - In the dark silence of a bamboo and thatch hut in eastern Nepal an old woman is dying. Skeleton thin, mouth puffed open with cancer and eyes no longer seeing, she sits cross-legged, cradled by the bare muscled arms of a young grandson. Her family sits watching, each impossibly shallow and almost imperceptible breath like her last. Like her husband a few months ago, she is dies a prisoner in a strange land, exiled for the last 15 years...


Latest Bhutan Reference Libraries

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2012-06-14 12:58:35

Symbol: PIWA3 Group: Gymnosperm Family: Pinaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Tree Native Status: L48    I Synonyms:   PIGR10 Pinus griffithii McClell. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:IL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division  ...

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2009-04-07 16:08:20

The Greater Yellownape (Picus flavinucha) is a species of bird found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist mountain regions. The adult is large and has a prominent yellow-crested nape and throat. It is mainly a dark olive-green bird with gray underparts. The crown is brownish and the flight feathers are...

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2008-09-11 15:56:47

The Short-billed Minivet (Pericrocotus brevirostris), is a species of bird in the Campephagidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist mountain habitats.

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2007-12-21 12:14:47

The Takin (Budorcas taxicolor), is a goat-antelope found in heavily forested areas of the Eastern Himalayas. Takin are found in bamboo forests at altitudes of 2,000 to 4,500 meters (6500 - 14500 feet). There are 4 subspecies that are recognized. They are the Mishmi Takin, Golden Takin, Sichuan Takin, and Bhutan Takin. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Takin stand 3 to 4 feet at the shoulder and weigh up to 770 pounds. Takin have large muzzles and eyes with noticeably small ears....

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2007-12-18 15:03:44

The Northern Plains Gray Langur (Semnopithecus entellus), is a species of primate in the family Cercopithecidae. It is found in Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and possibly Bhutan. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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