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Only 19 white-bellied herons in the country

For the first time in 19 years, no heron was sighted in Phochhu and Mochhu which once host highest and oldest known population in the country By Tandin Wangchuk The White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis Hume 1878) is a large heron species of the family Ardeidae, order Pelecaniformes, found in freshwater ecosystems of the Himalayas. It is categorized as critically endangered …

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Bhutanese chilies an all-time hot favourite

By Chimi Wangmo Sergithang Gewog in Tsirang has become a hotbed for Bhutanese chilies, or popularly known as the Sha ema. A farmer, Dhan Ghalley, from Sergithang reported that early Bhutanese chilli (Sha Ema), the most preferred spice in our Bhutanese diet has been booming at their village in Tsirang for the last two years. The chilies have been cultivated …

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Slowing the Great Himalayan Glacier Melt

Curbing Air Pollution remains the Key to battling this growing global threat By Tandin Wangchuk Black carbon deposits originating from factories, cooking and vehicles are compounding the effects of climate change to speed up the melting of the Himalayan glaciers. Further, more aggressively curbing black carbon emissions can slow glacier melt and improve the security of water resources in the …

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Asadha Poornima, celebrating a common heritage

Staff Reporter The Embassy of India, Thimphu yesterday hosted an ‘In Conversation’ Dialogue on the “Relevance of the Teachings of Lord Buddha in the Age of Technology with prominent Bhutanese scholars who represent the Bhutan Chapter of the International Buddhist Confederation. The Chief Guest at the function was HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck, a member of the esteemed Royal Family …

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A bumpy business for taxis in the capital

By Tashi Dendup The covid-19 pandemic has put a temporary brake on the transportation and aviation industry, and taxi business has fared no better. With increasing incidences of lockdowns across the country, especially in the southern Dzongkhags, taxi drivers have now started thronging the streets of Thimphu in a desperate bid to make a living. The number of taxis operating …

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