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Understanding Malaysia’s community based tourism

IMG_8926Bhutanese delegates attending a talk on community tourism

A 36 member delegation from Bhutan is on a study tour in Malaysia Visit: Despite witnessing two airline tragedies last year, tourist arrivals in Malaysia recorded a growth of about 9.6 percent from the previous year and an earning of about USD 15B. The arrivals include 2,051 Bhutanese tourists in 2014 from January to October, records with Malaysia’s tourism and culture ministry show. Bhutanese tourists visiting Malaysia increased by almost six fold since 2013, during which time the country recorded only about 357 Bhutanese tourists.  [... Read More]

Ambitious library project for schoolchildren in Thimphu and Zhemgang

IMG_3026Teachers participates in training on reading skills, strategies and book management

354 ‘reading corners’ are to be set up in all sections of pre-primary to class III Reading: The Bhutan Children’s Book Initiative (BCBI) will establish 354 classroom libraries, also called reading corners, in all sections of pre-primary to class III in primary schools in Thimphu and Zhemgang, by March. The pilot project in the two districts will target children from early childhood care and development (ECCD) till class III, and it is expected to benefit over 9,000 children in 57 primary schools and seven ECCD [... Read More]

Jigme – A film for our times

vlcsnap-2015-01-30-17h31m43s236Jigme — A mediamaX film

The movie tackles a burning issue – drug addiction – with a realistic yet sensitive touch Review:  It is this, the art of filmmaking, indeed.  In an age when films are made not with any social purpose but to eke an easy living out of it, Kencho Wangdi (Bonz) has a lesson or two to give the brain-dead and wasting Bhutanese film industry of the day. In “Jigme,” a film about young people struggling to get out of drug addiction, Jigme Yosel Jigme brings out [... Read More]

A malady called rural-urban migration Part IV

Stuffed-Tiger-3Desperate or clever? Many farmers resort to using stuffed toy tigers to scare monkeys

Undoubtedly, the proliferation of the malaise called “Goongtong” in the Eastern dzongkhags has been mainly caused by: Wildlife predation and, Youth abandoning village homes in search of better livelihood. However, there appears to be a number of other players that aggravate the problem further. They can be identified as:   Zhabto Lemi/Goongdung Woola Poor access to markets Puritanical/Dogmatic religious beliefs Baby sitting Divergent census Vs real population figures   Zhabto lemi/goongdung woola: You may call it Goongdung Woola or you may choose to call it [... Read More]

Haa judge to preside over lhakhang Karpo corruption trial

UntitledLhakhang Karpo construction site (File photo)

No conflict of interest says Supreme Court Judiciary: The Haa district court judge will preside over the lhakhang Karpo case after the Supreme Court Chief Justice gave the green signal in an order that will be dispatched today. Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk in his order said that there is no need for the judge to recuse himself from the case after a thorough study of his submission. Conflict of interest cases should involve matters directly related to money or a family member. “Further, the parties [... Read More]

Youth head for bars …. not for a drink but for a cause

IMG_1148A youth volunteer speaks to a bar owner on responsible alcohol business and consumption

Advocacy: At a time when youth are being blamed for alcohol-related problems, seven youth have initiated an awareness programme targeting the source of alcohol. Go Youth Go is on, what they call, a pleading campaign, where they visit bars in the capital city and advocate responsible alcohol business and consumption. “Youth are branded as alcoholics and drug abusers in our country, so we want to change this mindset and let them know we’re here for good,” Sangay Thinley, who initiated the programme, said. The advocacy [... Read More]

Babesa road to revert to expressway

IMG_20150129_164216Pedestrians wait for vehicles to pass before walking over a zebra crossing below the Throwa theatre

The speed bumps/zebra crossings will give way to pedestrian underpasses Thromde: In a move that may surprise many, Thimphu thromde will reconvert the Babesa road into an expressway, by removing the recently constructed speed bumps, which also served as zebra crossings, and replacing them with pedestrian underpasses. The thromde plans to initially construct four pedestrian underpasses, costing Nu 10M each, on the Babesa road.  The underpasses are being funded by the Indian government. They are expected to be completed by next year. The move comes [... Read More]

From impaired to instructor

DSC00547Dorji Nedup

An inspiring story of a young boy coming up trumps despite being given a bad deal Profile: Dorji Nedup is an instructor at Draktsho Vocational Training Centre for Special Children and Youth in Thimphu.  From Goshing in Zhemgang, the thirty-five-year-old is visually impaired. Dorji lost his vision when he was 14.  He woke up one morning and could not see things clearly.  He was in the 6th grade.  His mother consulted lamas and performed rituals.  But nothing helped.  He had gone blind. And then life [... Read More]

Women, chief beneficiaries of electrification

IMG_0354Empowerment: The power house supplies electricity to more than 60 households

Sengor’s micro hydel project transforms their lives infinitely for the better Power: When a home gets power supply, it empowers women.  That’s what happened in Sengor chiwog in Saling, Mongar when a micro hydropower plant (MHP) was built eight years ago. It reduced the burden on women of gathering firewood, particularly during winters, when the men leave behind their wives and children to take the cattle to lowland grazing pastures. Tshogpa Kelzang Peljor said that all homes in Sengor today have electric cooking appliances and [... Read More]

Winter youth engagement programme inspires students

Cultural-performance-by-the-studentsEngaged: Students present a cultural programme during the closing of the Winter Youth Engagement programme yesterday in Gyalpoizhing

Youth: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay attended the closing ceremony of the month-long 2nd Winter Youth Engagement Programme, yesterday. The programme held at the Gyalpoizhing higher secondary school began on December 29. It was initiated upon the command of His Majesty the King. The programme, which had 824 female student participants, was organised to meaningfully engage socio-economically disadvantaged girl students. It was also held to enhance their knowledge and skills, build confidence and competence, level the playing field with other students, and keep them away from [... Read More]

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