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The greening of the judiciary

HC to have a green bench dedicated to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and devoted to environmental cases 

Environment: To hear and settle disputes on environment cases, the country’s highest appellate body, the Supreme Court, is working on constituting a green bench in the High Court, and allowing public interest litigation for environment issues.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk said the green bench would be established in honour of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, who has been a champion of environment, and chaired by the chief justice and high court justices.

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Gov’t floats tender for online office suite

Its one-year contract with Google Apps ends next month

E-Governance: The government is currently in the process of evaluating bids for an online office suite.

Its one-year subscription with Google for its online office suite, Google Apps, ends at the end of next month.

The government decided to seek external funding to continue its use of an online office suite, last year and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to provide the funds. The government paid Nu 9 million or USD 250,000 for its one year subscription of Google Apps.

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Many interested in conserving Bhutan’s environment: PM

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During his recent US visit, lyonchoen solicited and received funds for the Bhutan for Life initiative

Conservation: Bhutan’s biggest ever project for environment conservation, worth more than USD 80M (million) will be launched in December and run for the next 15 years.

Bhutan for Life, an initiative targeted at improving conservation of the country’s protected areas, seeks to create and pump in at least USD 10M annually to manage the parks and biological corridors.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said while the country was doing its best to conserve the environment, it was not enough. “We need enhanced revenue now in the form of a fund,” he said.

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Focus point

A boost for the Bhutan for Life initiative

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay has returned from his 10-day trip to the United States a happy man.  There is every reason to be so.

He visited the US to promote the Bhutan for Life initiative and solicit funds to make that happen.  At the end of the visit, Bhutan’s partners in this noble initiative, philanthropists and multinational corporations, together have already committed USD 40 million.

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Seven children adopted annually

With the enactment of the Child Adoption Act of Bhutan, 2012, the process has been streamlined

NCWC: At least seven children were given for domestic and international adoption annually in the last eight years, records with the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) show.

Last year saw the highest number of babies given for domestic adoptions at 12, followed by 10 in 2008, and eight each in 2011 and 2013.  Seven children were adopted in 2012, four in 2010, five in 2007 and two in 2009.

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Bhutan’s observance of Earth Hour today

Environment: Bhutan will join over 172 countries to observe the Earth Hour today to unite people in addressing issues of climate change.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bhutan, in collaboration with the Green Bhutan project, department of forest and park services and Thimphu thromde will inaugurate the Earth Hour garden in Zilukha.  Student volunteers of Royal Thimphu College and Zilukha middle secondary school will plant tree saplings in the Earth Hour garden together with officials.

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Picture story

Dzongkhag officials, local leaders and the business community came together on March 26 to make Bumthang an exemplary town by setting a record in cleanliness. Themed “A Tribute to K4, Let Us Adopt R4”, the mass cleaning campaign which will be an annual event was held for the upcoming three day Peling Tshechu at Lingka, Wangdicholing Palace.
The people of Bumthang have come up with a R4 strategy -reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse to achieve their target of making the tourist hotspot as exemplary town.

    

Gomphu-Pangbang could miss deadline

Road: Following delayed release of funds, the Gomphu-Panbang highway could miss its 2016 deadline according to the Department of Roads (DoR) regional office in Tingtibi

“Gomphu-Panbang could probably miss its 2016 deadline by one financial year, which was proposed earlier in June 2013 work plan,” DoR chief engineer, Pravat Rai said.

The chief engineer said that the road will now be completed only by 2017 after work slowed down following the delayed release of budget.

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An 80-year-old against the elements

SAM_0937Angay Mindu and her hut

At an age when people are past retirement, Angay Mindu is busy rebuilding her quake-hit home 

Profile: She is in the twilight of her life.  The neat silver crop of hair, the weather-beaten face and sagging eyelids tell it all that Angay Mindu has lived her life.

At 80 years old, she should have retired to a life of prayers or to the comforts of her children and grandchildren, but Mindu, popularly known as Angay Jala to the locals of Sergithang in Tsirang, is still trying to make her old and lonely life comfortable.

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