UN assistant secretary general and foreign minister with UNICEF representative and works and human settlement minister by their sides launch UNICEF’s situation analysis of children in Bhutan, 2012 report yesterday at the end of the Round Table Meeting
RTM: The end of the two-day round table meeting was characterised with exchanges of smiles and hand shakes aplenty outside the convention centre yesterday.
All that escaped from the lips of donor country representatives and that of the recipient, the Bhutanese delegates about the meeting, was that it was “good”.
While donor agencies and nations to the country were convinced with its presentation of the 11th Plan, Bhutanese officials were gratified with the donors’ assured [... Read More]
The flip side of that would be loss of trade concessions and declining support it enjoys today
Report: The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the United Nations would recommend Bhutan’s graduation from Least Developed Countries (LDC) in 2018 to then take effect in 2021.
So it was stated in a UNDP report that its economic advisor Richard Marshall presented during the 12th Round Table Meeting on December 11.
Three indicators of Gross National Income (GNI) [... Read More]
Following feedback from the Haa Dzongkhag about the old Bank of Bhutan branch office building being inhabitable after it was hit by the tremors in 2011, the BoBL recently relocated its branch office a bit further from the town near the Bhutan Power Corporation office building. The new branch office,say bank officials, is bigger and caters to the increasing banking needs of its [... Read More]
Against the Dollar, the Rupee has reached 60:1 ratio today
INR: After the Rupee plummeted to a record low of almost Rs 69 against the Dollar, it has regained strength after almost two months.
Today the Rupee is being traded at Rs 60 against a Dollar.
A combination of several factors contributed to the Rupee’s climb.
India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India’s new governor Raghuram Rajan, as soon as joining office implemented a range of [... Read More]
The confiscated tablets and pills that the defendant was caught with
Crime: Tsirang district court, on December 10, sentenced a 34-year-old man to nine years in prison for smuggling controlled substances.
The accused was detained since October 19, after police confiscated 2,060 capsules of proxybon, 24 tablets of relipen and 34 tablets of N10. He was arrested around 6.30pm from a bar, which is run by his wife, near the Rangthangling gewog centre, about three kms towards Sarpang highway from Damphu town.
Police tracked the man [... Read More]
The 12th Round Table Meeting (RTM) concluded yesterday, with Bhutan’s development partners, both multilateral and bilateral, committing continued support, some even committing to triple their assistance in the 11th Plan.
For Bhutan, every RTM is important, because our five-year plans are discussed with donor countries to ensure better alignment of development assistance to national priorities. However, the 12th RTM is even more important, as Bhutan has reached an important transitional stage in the development process.
By the [... Read More]
The heartwarming stories of three beneficiaries of medical kidu brought back from the brink
Health: It was a normal routine check-up that Wangchuk Lhamo, 32, took her two-month old son for to the Gelephu hospital, when she heard of a visiting paediatrician from Thimphu.
A series of queries ensued, which made the mother anxious. Her son didn’t have any problem, except “a rapid breathing”. He was a normal baby and weighed 3.8kg at birth.
The paediatrician, [... Read More]
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Haoling Xu yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen said Bhutan is privileged to have UNDP co-hosting the Round Table Meeting and congratulated Mr Xu on his appointment. Mr Xu reassured UNDP’s commitment to continue its cooperation and support in fulfilling Bhutan’s development objectives.
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Lee Yun-young, who was in the country to attend the 12th Round Table Meeting and host the Korean Film Festival, called on the Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen thanked the Government of Republic of Korea for continued assistance through KOICA since 1995, and most recently for supporting the Bhutanese Film Industry. They discussed on [... Read More]
Dzongkhag tshogdu in session
Trashigang DT has decided to champion the farmer’s cause with the govt.
Tshogdu: Calling it a pressing national issue, Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) resolved to take up the issue of wildlife damage to crops in villages with the government.
The decision was passed during fourth DT on December 11, after local government officials raised concerns.
“Crop damage from wildlife needs immediate attention,” Trashigang DT chairperson, Kinzang Dorji, said.
He also said, since most of the local government [... Read More]