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GoI approves 303 SDPs

Meeting: The government of India has approved 303 small development projects (SDP) worth Nu 4.55B, including the 46 projects in the first batch of SDP for the 11th Plan.

This was sealed during the second Bhutan-India SDP committee meeting held in the capital yesterday.

The projects include blacktopping of gewog connectivity roads, construction of farm roads, irrigation channels, suspension bridges, water supply scheme and additional facilities for 12 schools under School Reform Programme across the [... Read More]

Minister accepts blame for delay and promises fast implementation

Land Act: Four months past its deadline, the agriculture ministry is still uncertain when it can lease out tsamdro and sokshing.

In May, agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji said the process of leasing tsamdro (pastureland) and sokshing (leaf litter collection) would start in July with the onset of the fiscal year.

The minister accepted blame and apologised for not leasing tsamdro and sokshing, starting July this year, as announced.

“I take full responsibility and I’d like to apologise to everyone [... Read More]

His Holiness the Je Khenpo confers scarf on Japanese monk

DSC_0959Lam Hakuho Kiyokawa

Lam Hakuho Kiyokawa completed Buddhist studies and a three-year retreat in Bhutan

Ceremony: His Holiness the Je Khenpo yesterday, conferred Toedtse Jim, or official recognition scarf on a Japanese monk, Hakuho Kiyokawa, for his successful completion of Buddhist studies and three-year retreat in Bhutan.

Hakuho Kiyokawa studied Buddhist philosophy and literature for five years in Tango Buddhist institute, and went into a three-year retreat in Cheri meditation centre, Thimphu.  He also learned rituals and ceremonies [... Read More]

Societal norms, main cause for violence against women and girls

15639686357_060e76a8c8_oHer Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck addresses the conference Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran

+20 Beijing: Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck highlighted the urgency to eliminate violence against women and girls at the opening of the ministerial segment of the Beijing +20 review yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand.

“Violence against women and girls is one of the biggest violations of human rights,” Her Majesty Gyalyum Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck said in her address.

Her Majesty also highlighted issues of violence against women and girls in the region and the [... Read More]

NC passes LG entitlement bill

Council: The National Council unanimously endorsed the Local Government Entitlement Bill 2014 yesterday after incorporating a few changes to the bill National Assembly endorsed.

All 23 members present voted ‘yes’ to the Bill, which will be discussed in the assembly.

The Council on Monday approved that tshogpas should be entitled to paid leave, in contradiction to the Assembly’s decision last session.

The good governance committee’s deputy chairperson, Tempa Dorji, reported the decisions of the committee after [... Read More]

Editorial

In the interest of the herders

The need to review the tsamdro (pasture land) rights started with a good intention.  The vision was to make it available to the needy, by first reverting all tsamdros to government land.

The idea was to lease the tsamdros within 10 years of the Land Act 2007 coming into effect.  There are three years left and the government has made little headway.  In the meantime, people are becoming anxious.  The execution is not going as planned.

On [... Read More]

Now, OAG’s ‘dozen’ against former councillor

These follow the 12 pieces of prosecutor evidence presented against the former NLC official

Land Case: The Office of the Attorney General presented a dozen pieces of evidence to substantiate charges of manipulation and tampering documents against the former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen.

Chang Ugyen was accused of tampering and manipulating documents to insert seven acres of land in Lubding, and change his 0.02 decimals land in Omkha to 3.02 acres in his thram.

OAG’s [... Read More]

World Toilet Day workshop

image4Sanitation: Monks learn sanitation practices as Bhutan observed World Toilet Day at the Dechenphodrang monastic school in Thimphu yesterday Photo: SNV

The aim is for the monk community to take ownership of their own facilities

Dechenphodrang:  Although the toilets for the monks at the Dechenphodrang monastic body look like any other, it has a different story.

The pipes are blocked, toilets pots are worn out and dirty, the floors are wet, walls are stained, and water trickles from closed taps.

There are about 15 units in the toilet and, despite their poor condition, the monks cover their [... Read More]

Don’t close school, parents appeal

IMG_8732Jigmeling primary school in Bebzur, Tang

The gewog has come up with many reasons why a central school is not good for little kids

Jigmeling  PS: Parents of students in Jigmeling primary school (JPS) in Bebzur village in Tang, Bumthang, have written to the gewog administration not to close the chiwog’s only school with the introduction of a central school in Tang.

Surprised by the petition, the gewog administration, which was unaware of the development, also wrote to the dzongkhag to [... Read More]

Man convicted of minor rape appeals to higher court

Crime: The 20-year old man, who was convicted for the rape of a 16-year old girl and sentenced to nine years imprisonment by the Gelephu dungkhag court on November 7, has appealed to the higher court yesterday.

There was no ground of appeal mentioned in the appeal letter.

According to the verdict, the girl and the accused were meeting over the phone for two years but met in person in July this year.

The girl told [... Read More]

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