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YDF president, Her Majesty Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck in Bangkok

unnamedHer Majesty the Queen Mother with the officials of PMNIDAT

Visit: To explore possibilities of collaboration and partnership in drug education and rehabilitation services between the Princess Mother National Institute for Drug Abuse Treatment (PMNIDAT), Bangkok and Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF), the President of YDF, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck is in Bangkok for a two-day visit Vice president of the foundation, Her Royal Highness, Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, is accompanying the Queen Mother. Possible areas of collaborations with regards to effective treatment module, capacity enhancement, occupational skills-based programmes for reintegration [... Read More]

Earning while they’re learning

IMG_20150112_161628A student services a car at Lobesa

Many students take up various temporary services during the winter vacation Youth: To help reduce the financial burden on their parents, several students in Wangdue have started to make use of their winter vacation by going from door to door in search of temporary jobs at automobile workshops, incense factories, construction sites and hotels in town. Usually, students, most between 15-18 years, come in groups of three to 10, and ask for work, a construction company owner said. After knocking on several doors, a class [... Read More]

S/J’s first moenlam chenmo draws thousands of devotees

IMG_6803The moenlam chenmo is presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo

Prayer: More than 3,000 devotees from Samdrupjongkhar and the nearby eastern dzongkhags have gathered in Samdrupjongkhar middle secondary school to attend a weeklong moenlam chenmo (great prayer ceremony), which began yesterday. Presided over by His Holiness Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choeda, this is the first moenlam chenmo to be conducted in Samdrupjongkhar with about 200 monks and nuns from Thimphu, Pemagatshel and Samdrupjongkhar dratshangs.  The dzongkhag and thromde initiated the moenlam chenmo, which will be an annual event henceforth, through their own contributions, and donations [... Read More]

National basketball coach leaves

IMG_7024Thank you: BOC secretary general Sonam Karma Tshering gives a momento to coach Kiyong Kim

Sports: The Bhutanese basketball coach left more than able basketball players after his two-year tenure. Kiyong Kim and Youn Myung-Gu of Sunhwa girls’ school, Korea, gifted Bhutan Olympic Committee and the federation with more than Nu 2.4M worth of sports-wears including tracksuits, t-shirts and sports shorts yesterday. The coach is known for his rigorous training, which earned Bhutan its first 3 on 3 basketball victory against Maldives at the South Asian Beach Games at Hambantota, Sri Lanka last year. Kiyong Kim said that he has [... Read More]

Money does grow on trees

IMG_9622Namdrupcholing community forest

Just ask the community forest management project beneficiaries of Uruk village  Income: Uruk villagers have found a solution to their financial needs.  The community forest management (CFM) in Namdrupcholing has matured and earnings from trees harvested are loaned out to villagers, saving them time and money. Sale of surplus timber fetched the community an income of Nu 550,000. “CFM decided to give loan to save the villagers from the long banking process for small agricultural loans,” the CFM chairman, Tshering Samdrup, said. “The CFM has [... Read More]

Bhutan open to clean and green business- PM

unnamed-1Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with Indian PM Narendra Modi and Gujarat’s Chief Minister Anandiben Patel at the 7th Vibrant Gujarat Global summit in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Lyonchhoen called on investors with sustainable business ideas to visit Bhutan Summit: For investors with clean, green and sustainable business ideas, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said, Bhutan is open to business while addressing the 7th Vibrant Gujarat  global summit yesterday in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India. “For that reason we welcome investments in renewable energy and hydropower, organic farming tourism, education and information technology,” Lyonchhoen said at the Mahatma Mandir hall in Gandhinaga. Mixing some Hindi in between, which the gathering applauded, Lyonchhoen said the Vibrant Gujarat [... Read More]

Lyonchhoen calls on PM Modi


Visit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay called on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10, soon after he landed in Ahmedabad, India. The two Prime Ministers discussed matters of mutual interests on tourism, hydropower, mining, education and cooperation in areas of security. Lyonchhoen also visited Sabarmati Ashram, once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi where he lived for about 12 years with his wife Kasturba Gandhi and the Kids city where children are given an opportunity to learn about different professions through role-play. En route to the Kid’s [... Read More]

From quota system to empowering women

IMG_9904Lyonpo Dorji Choden

Until the election Act is amended, focus on capacity building Politics: The focus at the moment, when it comes to women in politics, will be on capacity building and creating a conducive environment for women to enhance their participation rather than introduction of a quota system. Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden, who is also Bhutan’s first woman minister, said the emphasis is on “promotional activities” towards women empowerment and capacity building to boost confidence so that women can take part in politics. Women [... Read More]

Whoever leaked English II will be traced and punished: PM

IMG_9817With the Press: Lyonchhoen responds to questions on education, tourism and the secretaries surrendered to the RCSC at the 14th meet the press in Thimphu yesterday

BCSEA board to decide within two days Education: The government will trace every student, teacher or government official that was involved in leaking the Class XII English II paper and penalise them, the Prime Minister said yesterday. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said regardless of the decision the BCSEA board takes; the government is determined to find out the person responsible for distributing the questions. “Every student who distributed the questions by SMS, we’re going to find them and penalise them because this is not done,” Lyonchhoen [... Read More]

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