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Parliament for children

Students and trainees below 25 years of age will be considered children 

Democracy: Bhutan will have children’s parliament, elections for which will be held later this year.

Representatives of 153 democracy clubs from across the country will gather at the Kuenray (congregation hall) of Punakha dzong to sign the Constitution of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament (BCP) on June 2, coinciding with the coronation of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dasho Kunzang Wangdi said the outcome of the signing will be the BCP. “Sometime in September, we will have the elections for the BCP,” he said.


Committee members responsible for tendering lapses: OAG

DSC07363Foreign minister Rinzin Dorje and the tender committee members arrive at the court

Court: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) asked whether the court would accept a decision that the tender committee had made by signing a document for which no meeting had been held to discuss the actual awarding of contract work.

This issue arose after the Haa district court on May 26 summoned seven dzongkhag level tender committee (DLTC) members, including foreign minister Rinzin Dorje, who was the then chairman as the dzongdag, to testify on how the decision was made in the ongoing Lhakhang Karpo case .

The members submitted that the decision to award the contract of sawing timber to LD Sawmill at the original quoted rate of Nu 37.70 per cubic foot (cft) was taken by the DLTC  based on the finance ministry’s directive.


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Consecration: Dorji Lopon Kinley of the Zhung Dratshang consecrated the Drolma Nyishu Tsachi Thongdroel at the newly constructed Tara Zhingkham Lhakhang in Pangrizampa, Thimphu yesterday.


Bank seizes tipper trucks from loan defaulters

IMG_8718Grounded: The bank seized the trucks about two weeks ago

Local transporters lay the blame for their predicament at Dungsam Cement’s door

Transport: Following a default in loan repayment, the Bank of Bhutan in Nganglam recently seized five AMW tipper trucks from local transporters to be auctioned.

However, these transporters have now alleged that it was Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL), which should be blamed for making them default on their loan repayment.

Although, the bank’s rule and regulations do not allow the bank to reveal information about the loan defaulter, bank’s media focal person said these transporters were issued loans based on the capacity and as per the loan’s term and condition.


An urban dilemma

The living environment in urban Bhutan is changing so fast that it clashes quite often with our cultural and traditional norms that are an integral part of everyday life.  Expectations are great that, as we live in close proximity, we should adjust to the changing environment for harmonious coexistence.


Highway to Lhamoizingkha nearing completion

DSC05523A bridge over the river Raidak

It is expected that the town will be connected by July

Road: Lhamoizingkha will soon be connected with a highway.

This comes more than three years after the Raidak to Lhamoizingkha highway construction commenced in October 2011.

Although just an 18km stretch, officials said it was the two major bridges over the Raidak river that consumed most of the time. However, more than 80 percent of the bridges have been completed today.

A major part of the road has also been blacktopped.


READ Bhutan opens seventh centre in Haa

IMG_0079The centre’s library has 3,000 books

READ: Rural Education and Development (READ) Bhutan opened its seventh centre at Yangthang village in Bjee, Haa on May 27.

The centre is dedicated to the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and to mark the national reading year by providing the community with reading materials, officials with READ Bhutan said.

The centre was funded by a group of students from the Singapore American School (SAS) in Singapore, who formed a READ service club at the school and raised funds to establish a READ Centre in Bhutan. A group of students accompanied by two teachers also visited the construction site at Yangthang a few months ago.


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The Department of Forests and Park Services and the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI), Republic of Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 27 at Terma Linka Resort, Thimphu. The MoU is expected to establish relations between the two agencies to enhance programmes in forestry and natural resources. Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji attended the signing. KREI is a government-funded research institute geared towards developing agricultural and forestry policies for the balanced development of urban and rural areas.


To break the silence

IMG_0418A teacher demonstrates how to make reusable sanitary pad to YHS students

Bhutan observe International Menstrual Hygiene Day

Health: To break the silence and build awareness on menstrual hygiene, Bhutan observed its first International Menstrual Hygiene Day, yesterday with the female students of Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School and four other schools in Thimphu.

Although no study has been conducted to determine the level of menstrual hygiene in Bhutan, health and education officials say it has improved drastically compared with the past.

Comprehensive School Health Division’s deputy chief programme officer, Deki Tshomo said unlike in the past, most schools today teach students to sew reusable sanitary pads. Along with that, students are also taught on methods of washing the sanitary napkins.


Armyworms infest maize in Tsirang

20150527_145253Maize plants affected by the outbreak being discarded

Nabaray and Darjay villages reported an outbreak last week

Infestation:  Some farmers of Rangthaling gewog in Tsirang have started uprooting their maize plant after they found their field infested with an army of armyworms.

The first outbreak was reported a week ago when six households of Nebaray village complained to the gewog agriculture extension office.

Farmer Budhi Maya Gumdhan said she is worried that the pest might not leave them much to harvest this year and would push them to buy feeds for the cattle and chickens.

“I am uprooting all the affected plants and feed it to my cows to prevent its spread,” she said.