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A caretaker to the rescue

care-taker-teaching_nDawa Tshering

Lack of teachers helps one fulfill longstanding dream Education: Twenty-seven-year-old Dawa Tshering from Haa was 18 when he decided to quit school.  Laying aside his dream of becoming a teacher, Dawa stayed home to deal with the many “personal problems” he had to go through.  But he didn’t banish his dream, not one bit, from his mind.  He would be a lopen one day. Father of two, Dawa joined Rangtse primary school (RPS) in Haa as a caretaker in 2007 at a salary of Nu [... Read More]

A sports meet for special children

IMG_1930Finishing line: Tandin Dorji of Changangkha school beats Bikash Mishra (2nd) and Yudu Raj in the 100-metre hand cycle race at the national sports competition for persons with disabilities yesterday

Occasion: They sang, danced, ran and jumped.  The 150 students with disabilities participated in the first national competition for children and youth with disabilities at the athletic ground in Thimphu. It was a fun day for the students, most of them not bothered about winning, as they enjoyed in the warm sun among friends and parents, who had come to support and cheer. Students competed in track and field events, jumps and hand cycle racing, sometimes running off track.  Four of them, two male and [... Read More]

Performance agreements are doable : PM

IMG_4990Prime minister Tshering Tobgay at the meet the press yesterday

Lyonchhoen says there is no compulsion on the gewogs to sign the compacts LG: Whether gewog leaders sign the performance agreements with their dzongkhags or not will make little or no difference to the central government. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said, not all local governments have signed the contracts and they don’t have to. “There’s no compulsion on local leaders in the gewogs to sign the performance agreements,” lyonchhoen said yesterday at the meet the press session. “Whether the gewogs sign the agreements or not is [... Read More]

Govt. limited to dialogue in resolving abduction case

IMG_5002Curious: One day after the launch, Business Opportunity and information Centre is overwhelmed with people enquiring about the opportunities they provide.

Security: The families of the four people, who were kidnapped 22 days ago from Sarpang, received the latest call from the kidnappers on August 26. Home minister Damcho Dorji said the kidnappers have reduced their ransom by almost half their initial demand, but the amount, however, is much higher than what the families of the victims could afford to pay. “We hope that they’ll come to a compromise and that our people would be released safely,” lyonpo Damcho Dorji said at the meet the press [... Read More]

Seven Langthel landowners yet to receive substitute plots

IMG_5669MHPA’s permanent colony under construction on the acquired land

MHPA: About seven land owners of Dangdung, Langthel in Trongsa have not yet received land to substitute that which Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHPA) acquired in 2012 to construct a permanent colony and the project guesthouse. Two years ago, MHPA acquired 48 acres of land in Dangdung, where its colony stands half completed today.  The project acquired both wetland and dry land, under the condition that it would either compensate the landowners with monetary benefits or substitute land.  Each landowner owned between 10-30 decimals of [... Read More]

BOiC opens to business

DSC_2183Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and Indian Ambassador, Gautam Bambawale, launch the BOiC yesterday

The centre will target those unable to pay high interest for loans, or offer collateral ESP: By the time the fifth year ends, the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) targets to help establish 6,000 small and cottage enterprises in the country. Starting today, the centre, launched yesterday by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay  and Indian ambassador, Gautam Bambawale, in the capital, starts business.  Those who have been waiting to put up a small or cottage industry business proposal can do so. During a press conference [... Read More]

Black-necked crane numbers to Bumdeling have stabilised

img-214112 black-necked cranes arrived in Bumdeling last year

Over the last ten years, the arrivals haven’t shown too much variation Wildlife: The number of black-necked cranes arriving in Bumdeling valley in Trashiyangtse is slowly starting to increase, records maintained with Bumdeling wildlife sanctuary (BWS) show. After declining steadily from 2005 until 2011, the number of cranes arriving has been increasing for the past two years, although marginally. From 123 cranes in 2010, the number decreased to 102 in 2011.  It was the lowest number of cranes recorded by the sanctuary since 2001.  In [... Read More]

Gender discrimination may be deeply ingrained

DSC_2034Panelist discuss socio - cultural factors as an enabler for women’s empowerment yesterday

Culture and tradition conspire against giving women equal status and their rightful place in society Forum: Praying to be reborn as men in the next life, and not allowing females to enter a goenkhang (sanctum sanctorum), were some of the social and cultural factors that came up for discussion yesterday at the third multi-stakeholders’ forum that was held on the role and contribution of women in economic development. Participants, mostly women, raised this issue during the forum’s question hour session, which had focused on how [... Read More]

Gaselo HSS’s egalitarian initiative

IMG_0035In uniform: Students of Gaselo high school queue for their mid day meal

All wear the same uniform with rubber slippers and use the same steel plates and mugs Time Out: It is easy, cheap and hygienic to go to Gaselo higher secondary school in summer. The gap between rich and poor, at least in appearance, is non-existent, for they wear the same uniform and eat in standard plates.  Students simply put on their uniforms and flip flops, without the hassle of polishing shoes and searching for stockings, and head to classrooms. The new initiative implemented during monsoon, [... Read More]

GEF-funded project to Rinchending goenpa’s rescue

PIC_0157The Rinchending Goenpa in Phuentsholing

Along with other landslide-prone infrastructure, mitigation measures are to be initiated  NAPA (II): Built some four decades ago, the Rinchending goenpa in Phuentsholing is one of the landmarks that most locals and tourists from across the border visit every day. The tall areca nut trees, prayer flags, pigeons, and flowers instantly appeal to the visitors.  However, what is known by few of these visitors is that the goenpa is located at a place that’s prone to landslides. Every summer, heavy rains wash away three to [... Read More]

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