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Six officers set to leave for Liberia for UN peacekeeping mission


As part of Bhutan’s ongoing UN peacekeeping engagement, six officers, including a female officer, from the Royal Bhutan Police will soon leave for a yearlong assignment at the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

This is the first time that police officers from Bhutan will be participating in a UN peacekeeping mission under the UN Police (UNPOL).

The six police peacekeepers are Lt. Col Passang Dorji, Lt. Col. Dorji Khandu, Lt. Col. Jatshola, Lt. Col. Wangchula, Lt. Col. [... Read More]

Legislators and judiciary divided on age of consent

Amending the provision in the Penal Code could make girls more vulnerable, say NA

Penal Code: The National Assembly (NA), the highest legislative body in the country, didn’t feel it necessary to amend the provisions of the penal code related to consensual sex.  But law practitioners and those implementing it feel otherwise.

The need to revisit one particular provision in the penal code emerged after the people of Dagana dzongkhag submitted a proposal to the [... Read More]

India to expedite alternate route to Pasakha

DSC_1879Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale (right) and the Consul General in Phuentsholing, JK Sharma

Visit: A 1.2km alternate route for heavy vehicles traveling between the Pasakha industrial area and Bolan Chaupati in Jaigaon, will be expedited according to Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale.

The route is expected to ease traffic congestion in the two border towns and also reduce transportation costs for industrialists.

In his first visit to Phuentsholing and Jaigaon yesterday, the ambassador met with Bhutanese and Indian officials, including those of the Indian security agency Sashastra [... Read More]

Is our education system conducive to entrepreneurship?

Discussion: Bhutanese education system may inculcate value and skill through innovative teaching-learning methods but its not conducive to entrepreneurship.

A panel discussion on if the Bhutanese education system was conducive to entrepreneurship was held yesterday evening as part of the ongoing Global Entrepreneurship Week’s program in the capital.

One of the panelists, member of parliament and former vice chancellor of Royal University of Bhutan, Zangley Dukpa, said Bhutanese education was based on the British-Indianised one, [... Read More]

BOiC approves Bumthang dairy farm project

The applicant, though, is one of the lucky ones as many have applied to no avail

Loan: Business opportunity and information centre (BOiC) approved a dairy farm project worth Nu 1.35m from Chokhortoe, Bumthang.

The project, BOiC officials said, was among the 427 project proposals received since the centre opened on August 28.

The project applicant, Kezang Dorji, said officials from BOiC called him a few days ago, confirming the approval. “They said they’d release Nu [... Read More]


The central school comeback

The petition from parents in Jigmeling to the gewog office not to shut down the primary school in the village is a timely reminder to policy makers, who are in the midst of working on centralising schools in the country.

Besides the consultation at all levels, the issue raised by the villagers comes as a good feedback, a sincere concern of the centralisation policy.  Parents, especially those in rural areas, are not vocal during consultations, but [... Read More]

Asia-Pacific region reaffirms women empowerment

DSC07871-2Gyalyum Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck interacts with a participant from the region Photo : Yamin oo

Gender: The Asia and Pacific conference on gender equality and women’s empowerment: Beijing +20 Review in Bangkok, Thailand, ended yesterday with the adoption of the ministerial declaration.

The ministerial declaration reaffirms the commitment made by countries in the Asia-Pacific region at the Beijing declaration on women empowerment and gender equality. The countries are to work towards eliminating inequality, as a matter of human rights and for the region’s development and prosperity.

The Beijing declaration was adopted during the fourth World Conference on [... Read More]

What it takes to be a woman entrepreneur

On “feminine power and women entrepreneurship” day, a panel discussion on ‘breaking the glass ceiling and empowerment of women”

Conference: Women need as much support as men to become successful entrepreneurs.

Husband’s support for married women and father’s support for the unmarried is one of the driving factors in succeeding, say women, who have started or aspire to become successful entrepreneurs, at the global entrepreneurship week.

One of the panelists, Ugyen Lhamo, proprietor of Druk Associates, [... Read More]

Headhunter rumours do the rounds in Nganglam

DSC_0347An overview of Decheling gewog where rumours of khekpa is rife

People suspect the proximity of the Kuri-Gongri hydropower project may be the spur

Khekpa: Rumours of “khekpa” or headhunter, which have been spreading rapidly in Nganglam, are untrue, say authorities.

Police and dungkhag officials announced that residents should not worry after the rumours caused fear among the communities.

Many villagers under Chokhorling, Decheling and Norbugang gewogs have even begun patrolling their villages at night, according to gewog officials and villagers. People have been frequently calling officials [... Read More]

Tuskers damage crops in Samteling

Sequence-71-(1)Jumbo menace: The two elephants that damaged crops in Samteling gewog, Sarpang

Wildlife: Two elephants destroyed banana trees and uprooted tapioca plants in Samteling village in Gelephu on the night of November 19.

The owner of the crop, Padam Maya, 66, said she was at her neighbour’s place when the incident occurred.  She stayed at the neighbour’s house after helping them harvest paddy.

Although her neighbours called and informed her about the elephant rampage, she could not go and guard her crop, as it was late.

But her [... Read More]

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