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Rehab first, detox later

The fight against substance abuse begins with prioritising between the two facilities

Drug: The absence of a national detoxification centre may weaken Bhutan’s fight against the growing issue of substance abuse, but without a rehabilitation centre, the country is unarmed to even begin the fight.

To address the increasing cases of relapse among drugs users and the number of people waiting for rehabilitation services after detox, the country needs a rehabilitation centre more than a [... Read More]

Haa judge to preside over lhakhang Karpo corruption trial

UntitledLhakhang Karpo construction site (File photo)

No conflict of interest says Supreme Court

Judiciary: The Haa district court judge will preside over the lhakhang Karpo case after the Supreme Court Chief Justice gave the green signal in an order that will be dispatched today.

Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk in his order said that there is no need for the judge to recuse himself from the case after a thorough study of his submission.

Conflict of interest cases should involve matters directly related [... Read More]

Youth head for bars …. not for a drink but for a cause

IMG_1148A youth volunteer speaks to a bar owner on responsible alcohol business and consumption

Advocacy: At a time when youth are being blamed for alcohol-related problems, seven youth have initiated an awareness programme targeting the source of alcohol.

Go Youth Go is on, what they call, a pleading campaign, where they visit bars in the capital city and advocate responsible alcohol business and consumption. “Youth are branded as alcoholics and drug abusers in our country, so we want to change this mindset and let them know we’re here [... Read More]

Marginal food loss due to storage, say officials

The damage, counter to what agriculture officers claim, is around one percent

FCB: Despite storing food in warehouses that were built decades ago, and contrary to what agriculture officials said, food loss due to storage issues is insignificant, according to Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) officials.

For instance, FCB officials said, of the total 1,991.70 metric tonnes (MT) of food purchased last year, loss due to storage was one percent, which is 19.917MT. “The causes [... Read More]


Too much chop and change

I’s an expressway!  No, it’s an urban road network.  Wait, It was a road link, but now it will be an expressway.

Confusing?  Yes.  But more confusing are the decisions authorities take to ensure the 6.2-kilometre long double lane Babesa-Thimphu road is safe for motorists and pedestrians.

In the latest development, at least in planning and not actually on the road, the Thimphu thromde has decided to remove the 11 speed bumps that also serve as zebra [... Read More]

Babesa road to revert to expressway

IMG_20150129_164216Pedestrians wait for vehicles to pass before walking over a zebra crossing below the Throwa theatre

The speed bumps/zebra crossings will give way to pedestrian underpasses

Thromde: In a move that may surprise many, Thimphu thromde will reconvert the Babesa road into an expressway, by removing the recently constructed speed bumps, which also served as zebra crossings, and replacing them with pedestrian underpasses.

The thromde plans to initially construct four pedestrian underpasses, costing Nu 10M each, on the Babesa road.  The underpasses are being funded by the Indian government.

They are expected [... Read More]

From impaired to instructor

DSC00547Dorji Nedup

An inspiring story of a young boy coming up trumps despite being given a bad deal

Profile: Dorji Nedup is an instructor at Draktsho Vocational Training Centre for Special Children and Youth in Thimphu.  From Goshing in Zhemgang, the thirty-five-year-old is visually impaired.

Dorji lost his vision when he was 14.  He woke up one morning and could not see things clearly.  He was in the 6th grade.  His mother consulted lamas and performed rituals.  [... Read More]

Women, chief beneficiaries of electrification

IMG_0354Empowerment: The power house supplies electricity to more than 60 households

Sengor’s micro hydel project transforms their lives infinitely for the better

Power: When a home gets power supply, it empowers women.  That’s what happened in Sengor chiwog in Saling, Mongar when a micro hydropower plant (MHP) was built eight years ago.

It reduced the burden on women of gathering firewood, particularly during winters, when the men leave behind their wives and children to take the cattle to lowland grazing pastures.

Tshogpa Kelzang Peljor said that all [... Read More]

Picture story

The three-day Sarpang tshechu ended yesterday with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengyed thongdrel (the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche)


Winter youth engagement programme inspires students

Cultural-performance-by-the-studentsEngaged: Students present a cultural programme during the closing of the Winter Youth Engagement programme yesterday in Gyalpoizhing

Youth: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay attended the closing ceremony of the month-long 2nd Winter Youth Engagement Programme, yesterday.

The programme held at the Gyalpoizhing higher secondary school began on December 29. It was initiated upon the command of His Majesty the King.

The programme, which had 824 female student participants, was organised to meaningfully engage socio-economically disadvantaged girl students. It was also held to enhance their knowledge and skills, build confidence and competence, level the [... Read More]

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