As per ECB study, this is the best option to get women into power
Gender: While the government is yet to keep its pledge, and the need for one still debated, it’s not quota or reserved seats that would get women to participate in running for elected offices in the country.
About 51 percent of the voters said educating women was the best reform to enhance women participation in the electoral process, in a study [... Read More]
Epidemic: To step up surveillance against the spread of Ebola virus disease (EVD), the worst epidemic in recent times, public health officials in the country met with various agencies yesterday.
Public health department’s chief program officer, Dr Karma Lhazeen, said representatives from civil aviation, airlines, and immigration were briefed on the disease and the measures that had to be taken to combat the spread of EVD.
“These sectors will have to take major roles and [... Read More]
Former secretary of the royal secretariat and cabinet, Dasho Kunzang Wangchuk, popularly known as Shingkhar Lam, passed away at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital in Thimphu on the evening of October 16. He was 86.
He was admitted to the hospital a week before, after suffering from a weak immune system. He had been bedridden for almost 10 years.
Born in March 1928 in Shingkhar, Bumthang, Dasho Shingkhar Lam began his career as a tozeb [... Read More]
Aid: The European Union has trebled its financial assistance to the country for the period 2014-2020 to euro 42M from the previous amount of Euro 14M (2007-2013).
The trepled assistance amount is aimed at strengthening civil society, supporting local governance and developing rural livelihood, such as enhancing food and nutrition security and generating employment opportunities.
A press release from the European Commission states the increased assistance commitment was following the EU’s appreciation of efforts the [... Read More]
A large number of our senior citizens are finding themselves pushed to the edge of society. We don’t require statistics to tell us that. We know because they are there, starkly visible, in and around our prospering neighbourhoods.
Yet the reality that is unfolding before our very eyes continues to escape us. Perhaps we are blinded by our need to serve ourselves first. And in this trail of honouring ourselves before any other, we have failed [... Read More]
Road widening of the Chuserbu-Nangar section is due to start early next year
Roads: Road widening of the East-West lateral highway between Chuserbu, Trongsa, and Nangar, Bumthang, is slated to commence by early next year.
So far, 13km of the Chuserbu-Nangar highway has been surveyed. Survey works began from mid-September and are scheduled to be completed by December.
With the government planning to shorten the current two-day journey required on the 333km East-West lateral highway to [... Read More]
Given the ubiquity of the activity, a need was felt to ensure it was safe, systematic, and controlled
Blasting: Around 31 junior engineers and assistant engineers with the Department of Roads (DoR) from its nine regional offices across the country now have hands-on experience in safe, systematic, and controlled blasting.
The training, initiated by the department, concluded yesterday. Along with the engineers, there were 18 trainees, who were already blasters but not certified as specialists.
During [... Read More]
Countries in the region agree to set up working group for planned information superhighway
Internet: More affordable internet is one step closer for the Asia-Pacific, especially landlocked countries like Bhutan, after countries in the region agreed to set up a working group for a planned information superhighway, at the fourth session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) ICT committee.
At the ESCAP ICT committee meet, held between [... Read More]
While most farmers have run out of the resource, those in Punakha worry about overflowing lakes
Water: Of late, farmers of Rubesa village, in the central district of Wangduephodrang, are in search of new water sources for drinking and irrigation purposes.
Although water sources in the locality started drying up a few years ago, farmers did not face acute water shortage like they do today.
This, according to the Rubesa gup, Gyeltshen, was because of timely [... Read More]