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Eight priority sectors earmarked for gender mainstreaming

Comprehensive study of issues and opportunities for women has been completed

Report: Looking at eight priority sectors, “Bhutan Gender Equality Diagnostic of Selected Sectors”, a report launched last week by the works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden, provides a comprehensive study of issues and opportunities of women in these sectors, to be considered during gender mainstreaming.

The Asian Development Bank, United Nation (Bhutan) and the National Commission for Women and Children identified the sectors.

The [... Read More]

Blasting did not cause cracks: Investigation

 Mining: A recent investigation carried out using ground vibration measurement instruments concluded that blasting at the four mine and quarries in Gidaphu are within safe limits, and does not have any damaging consequences on the structures nearby.

The investigation was carried out for three days during which six blasts were carried out.  Of the six, the instrument picked up only three instances of blasting, the report states.

The report, however, states that the equipment used [... Read More]

Companies get a rap on the knuckles

They’ve been warned for not regularising workers with them for more than six months

Labour: Labour officials from the regional office in Samdrupjongkhar have warned companies in Pemagatshel for not regularising temporary workers, who have worked more than six months with the companies.

Officials have notified the companies to provide details of the number of temporary workers, and justify why they were not regularised.

The regional office, during a routine awareness campaign, last week, found out [... Read More]

Editorial

Exploited labour exposure?

Labour officials in Samdrupjongkhar have taken a bold decision.  They have warned companies in Samdrupjongkhar and Pemagatshel for not regularising temporary workers, who had been working for more than six years.

While we wait for the follow up actions, it would be interesting to know what will happen to the companies and the workers themselves.  The rule is clear.  Companies, which employ workers on a temporary basis, should regularise them after six months.

This will have repercussions.  [... Read More]

‘Exorbitant’ electricity bills leave Phangkhar aghast

Huge lump sum amounts for months on end have been claimed from this rural gewog

BPC: Gewog officials of Phangkhar in lower Kheng, Zhemgang, wrote to Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) officials to reassess and reduce electricity bills, after BPC charged lump sum amount of Nu 1,500 to Nu 9,000 for eight to 12 months.

Those households fall under low voltage users, meaning they will get 100 units free electricity.

Phangkhar gup, Rinchen Lungten, said BPC officials [... Read More]

Motithang residents want cell phone tower relocated

IMG_20140831_175707Children play in front of the tower in question

They fear the close proximity of emissions may have an ill effect on their health

Radiation: A group of Motithang residents are concerned that the radiation being emitted by a cell phone tower located in their neighbourhood is causing them ill health.

Information and communications minister DN Dhungyel confirmed that residents living near the Druk Holding and Investments office in Motithang had submitted such a complaint.

“It was also reported that the case was submitted to [... Read More]

Picture story

Loud and clear: Rinchen Kuenphen students who made their own sports equipment from waste for the annual school sports meet drives home the message of managing waste

   

Local leaders relent to sign agreement

They did so after a briefing on the government performance management system by Gasa dzongda

Compact: Local leaders of Gasa on August 29 signed the performance compact with Gasa dzongda, after they were convinced that there were alternatives to achieve targets even without budget in the current fiscal year.

Gups refused to sign the agreement earlier, saying there wasn’t budget for some of the agreed works reflected in the agreement, and insisted on a review [... Read More]

The Mongarpa who fought a bear

Wildlife: Sixty-two-year-old Ugyen is the talk of Robtangkhar village, Ngatsang gewog in Mongar, after he fought a bear in a surprise encounter.

The farmer, who rears cattle with his daughter at a brangsa (cattle shed) near Korilla, met a bear while searching for his lost cow on August 6.

Ugyen was returning to his shed as it was getting dark, when suddenly he heard some noise by the path.  On closer look, he saw a [... Read More]

Gewog struggles without BHU

DSC_5686Village doctor: Budhiman tends to a fellow villager

Unfortunately, due to its low population, it does not qualify for one, as per health policy

Samrang: Falling sick in Samrang gewog is an extra burden.  The remote gewog doesn’t have a basic health unit (BHU).  The nearest health centre is an hour’s walk away, in the neighbouring gewog, Pemathang.

Hot and humid, the weather makes people prone to common illnesses.  The 98 people living in the gewog depend on a village health worker, whom [... Read More]

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