UNDAF: The UN systems in Bhutan will provide more than USD 79M (more than Nu 4.8B) for the country’s 11th Plan under the UN Development Action Framework (UNDAF).
Titled “Bhutan one program” the framework was signed between Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) and the UN agencies during the sixth country program board meeting held yesterday at Terma Linca resort in Thimphu.
UN resident coordinator Christina Carlson said following global economic crisis many developing partners including [... Read More]
…is how UN-supported programs in Bhutan for the last six years may be described
Meeting: United Nations (UN) supported programs in the country in the last six years were successful, UN officials said.
UN resident coordinator, Christina Carlson, said Bhutan saw significant improvements in health, education, and policy innovations in environment and governance sectors in the 10th Plan with lots of success stories.
“In the last five years, there has been progress towards meeting the millennium [... Read More]
Watermill owners claim they have not been fully paid for maintenance work
URA: Three people of Ura gewog in Bumthang have lodged complaints against their gup for refusing to pay people money they were entitled to, for watermills maintenance and Matsutake festival, among others.
The complaints were lodged to anti-corruption commission and agriculture ministry.
The gup had received a fund of Nu 0.3M from Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) for maintenance of watermills in Ura. He [... Read More]
Anti-corruption day: Four schools of Yangchenphu, Motithang, Nima and Pelkhil participated in an inter-school debate competition themed “The present generation upholds better values than the earlier generation” that Changangkha school in collaboration with Anti-Corruption Commission organised. Students also performed skits and dances.
More than 400 monks from dratshangs in Lhuentse and Mongar are reciting prayers presided by His Holiness the Je Khenpo
Religion: His Holiness the Je Khenpo, Trulku Jigme Choeda, is conducting Moenlam Chenmo, great prayer ceremony, in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar, to bring peace and harmony in the country.
More than 400 monks from dratshangs of Autsho in Lhuentse, Kilikhar, Chaskhar and Mongar are reciting prayers in the weeklong Moenlam Chenmo that began on December 8.
His Holiness and the monks will perform Neten Chudrug, ceremony for 16 arhats, and recite Zangchoed Moenlam.
This is the first Moenla [... Read More]
Much to the relief of planners and the government, the UN system has committed more than USD 79M for the 11th Plan under the UN Development Action Framework (UNDAF). The commitment is an increase from what it committed for the 10th Plan, and the one extra year for planning the 11th Plan.
Against the backdrop of donors withdrawing support, and a declining official development assistance, the UN system continuing its support to Bhutan, reaffirms that the [... Read More]
Deserted: A tunnel in Korlung was dug to carry out Kholongchu DPR a year ago
KHP: Despite assurances from the home minister and Parliament representatives, villagers in Trashiyangtse are still skeptical about the progress of the 650MW Kholongchu hydropower project (KHP).
Yangtsepas are beginning to wonder whether the project has been deferred yet again, or scrapped, with no sign of work kicking off, or talks happening surrounding the project.
The KHP construction was seen as an initiative that would make the east, particularly gewogs in Trashiyangtse like Khamdhang and Jamkhar, [... Read More]
One of the two drashas at Phudroegoenpa
Perched above the Haa highway, the quake-hit monks’ hostels are in a rundown state
Monastery: Phudroegoenpa, one of the sacred monasteries in western Bhutan, is connected with a feeder road, has electricity and is not far from the capital city, or from one of the most developed dzongkhags, Paro.
Apart from the monastery that sits majestically on a ridge above the Chuzom-Haa highway, the facilities for the 21 resident monks are in a sorry state. [... Read More]
Labourers sort oranges for export to India
With the B’desh strike holding up exports, this might be the oranges’ last hope
Mandarin: If the ongoing strikes in Bangladesh continue, Bhutanese exporters will auction rather than export the oranges.
This was decided in an emergency meeting among Bhutan exporters association, Department of Agriculture and Marketing Cooperative (DAMC) and Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and industry.
The meeting was held after the association reported that continuous strikes in Bangladesh, the main market, have left many exporters [... Read More]
Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk interacting with other ministers during the Bali ministerial meeting held between December 3 and 6
Small nations observed big ones play and mulled whether they should join too
WTO: The initial uncertainty of joining WTO given the disagreements among powerful member nations, which also questioned the organisation’s global role in trade was, by the end of the meeting, removed.
Economic affairs minister, who represented the country as an observer at the meeting at Bali in Indonesia assured the WTO process in Bhutan would receive utmost priority.
Ministers and top officials from [... Read More]