English | Dzongkha Friday, September 20, 2019

Hydro-Pressure Sensor wins the best idea at innovation for disaster management workshop

A device to check the water level in lakes and ponds, hydro pressure sensor won the best idea pitched at the workshop on innovation for disaster management at the College of Science and Technology (CST) in Phuentshogling. Thirty-five students and faculties from CST and Sherubtse College and CST took part in the three-day workshop.

Towards climate resilient agriculture in Bhutan

To assist Bhutan combat climate change and its impacts, the United Nations (UN) in Bhutan will be spending 40 per cent of their resources to work on climate action. Agriculture is at the forefront of the various projects planned under climate action. This is highlighted in the UN in Bhutan’s annual result report released yesterday.

Protecting the water source of Damphu town through PES scheme

Beginning this month, the residents of Damphu town in Tsirang will have to pay Nu 3.11 monthly as a Payment for Environmental Services (PES) for the people of Thakhorling and Khuchi-Darachu. This is because the main water source of the town, Pawkhola falls under the community forest of the two chiwogs.

e-PEMS & GIFT launched

To enhance public financial management and to promote cashless payments, electronic Public Expenditure Management system (e-PEMS) and Global Interchange for Financial Transaction (GIFT) payment system was launched in Thimphu today. With the launch, any individual or business entity can claim the payments online from the government in about two hours’ time, which usually takes up to at least two days.

Need specialised guides to promote ecotourism

Despite Bhutan being home to a wide array of flora and fauna including some endangered and endemic species, it is not a top ecotourism destination. This according to the Director-General of Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) could possibly be due to lack of ecotourism specialised guides.

GCF approves US$25.3 M for Climate-resilient Agriculture in Bhutan

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved US$ 25.3 M in support of Bhutan’s efforts to prepare and adapt to climate change and ensuring that Bhutan is heading towards low carbon and climate-resilient developments. The fund was approved at its 23rd Board Meeting held on July 7.

Highlanders reaping the benefits of 3G services

People of Lingzhi and Soe Gewog under Thimphu Dzongkhag are now connected with the third generation mobile network (3G) services. From improved and faster administrative works to communicating with families, 3G services have benefited the people of these remotest villages in Bhutan.

NEC kick-starts Zero Waste Hour

In efforts to reduce producing wastes and dedicating at least an hour to collecting them, the National Environment Commission (NEC) kick-started it’s Zero Waste Hour in the capital today. Led by the Prime Minister, more than 150 people from various governmental agencies, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and volunteers took part in the cleaning campaign and collected over a hundred sacks of wastes.

NA adopts the motion for a policy to substitute import of LPG

The National Assembly yesterday adopted the motion for a policy to substitute import of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) by promoting the use of electric energy and electrical appliances by waiving off the existing 20 per cent customs duty and five per cent sales tax on spare parts of such appliances.

Bhutan pursues climate resilience with National Adaptation Plan

Bhutan stepped up its response to climate change with the launch of a project to advance its National Adaptation Plan focused on water yesterday. 

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