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Nationwide consultation on education underway

DSC_0091Sherig consultation: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and education minister Mingbo Dukpa launch the nationwide consultation to evaluate the country’s education system

As part of an ongoing review process in preparation for an Education Blueprint 2014-24 Feedback: In what could perhaps be the biggest to date, the education ministry yesterday launched a nationwide consultation that’s expected to galvanise the people in evaluating the country’s education system. The comprehensive month long consultation which will be done through field surveys, focus group and panel discussions, online forums, social media, interviews and zomdus is expected to reach more than 20,000 people across the country. After almost an hour long meeting [... Read More]

Living under the shadow of fear

IMG_0616All quiet: Norbugang village near the Gelephu-Sarpang highway

Neither Norbugang nor its now free abductees can breathe easy for the foreseeable future Kidnap: Norbugang village in Sarpang is quiet.  It is not yet dark.  The eerie silence here is heavy and ominous.  The Sarpang-Gelephu highway, just a few metres above the village, with no vehicles, is grey and deserted. Here, the villagers wind up their chores early, have a quick dinner, and go to bed, because it is not safe to stay up late.  Kidnappers could be lurking about. Chauri Maya Tamang, a [... Read More]

Doongmanma PS – A school on WFP life support

DSC_5955Food for thought: Feeding program has improved students’ attendance in school

The only way to keep students in attendance is to feed them two square meals daily Education: Students of Doongmanma primary school don’t go to school for education alone. Since 2008, the school started providing two meals a day through the World Food Program (WFP), which, according to school authorities, was a blessing. The meals, besides improving their health, also brought tremendous change in the students’ attendance.  The school is located in Doongmanma chiwog under Lauri gewog in Jomotshangkha dungkhag. Principal Sangay Dorji said, in [... Read More]

The “Imagine Civil Society” dialogue

IMG_0651Participants discuss the role of civil society

Discussion on some of the unanswered questions of what a CSO really is BCMD: Civil society organizations (CSO) in an emerging democracy like Bhutan need to work together for them to play their role of bringing changes and filling up gaps that are left unattended. The roles and need of civil society were discussed yesterday during the “Imagine Civil Society” dialogue that the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy had organised. The dialogue, which ends today, also discussed some of the unanswered questions of what [... Read More]

Work on Khitsang underway

DuksumOn track: Ancillary works in progress

More than half the infrastructure is in place and it’s due to be completed by next August Township: Installation of basic infrastructure for Khitsang township in Trashiyangtse is expected to be completed by the third week of August next year. More than 50 percent of infrastructural works, like the internal urban road network, sewer pipelines and water supply, have already been completed. Trashiyangtse’s municipal engineer, Jigme Tshewang, said formation cutting of 5.3km internal road has been completed, and a 2km trench to lay water pipes [... Read More]

Cataract surgery camp treats 196 elderly patients

eye-camp-2Eye camp: Health officials distribute steroids and antibiotics to the patients

This was a first by the Himalayan Cataract Project for the east HCP: About 196 elderly patients underwent senile cataract surgeries at Trashigang general hospital during the two-day cataract surgery camp that ended yesterday. Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), a non-governmental organisation for eye care that has been supporting Bhutan since 2000, organised the surgery camp in collaboration with the health ministry. A surgical team from Nepal conducted the surgeries, where people from all the six eastern dzongkhags availed the service.  Patients were screened from villages [... Read More]

Bangkok hospital to assist JDWNRH

DSC07070Dr Gosar Pemba exchanges the MoU with Bangkok hospital’s vice president Dr Chatree Dnangnet

Facilities and telemedicine services on offer to JDWNRH will help cut down referral costs MoU: To reduce patient referrals to hospitals outside the country, the Bangkok hospital will help build facilities at the Thimphu referral hospital, and provide telemedicine services. To make the commitment official, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the two hospitals yesterday. Through collaboration of telemedicine, health officials said doctors in Thimphu could consult specialists in Bangkok hospital for advice.  Besides, they are also expected to seek feedback of various cases [... Read More]

Truckers gripe about tardy loading

DSC_5817Delay: Truckers wait near the factory to load the cement

The cement factory though avers that the fault lies with the truckers wanting to overload DCCL: Everytime truckers drive into the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) in Nganglam to get their load, they are irked with the factory taking more than three days to load their trucks. Some 35 truckers, including Indian truckers, who come to collect cement, blame the wait on the factory failing to produce the required amount of cement on time, or it running out of raw materials to produce enough cement. [... Read More]

Groundbreaking ceremonies for Punakha and Wangdue courts

IMG_2883Ground breaking: Swiss ambassador Linus Von Casterlmur, Chief Justice and other dignitaries at the event

Funded by ADC and SADC, the two-storey buildings will cost about Nu 50M each Judiciary: The constructions of Punakha and Wangduephodrang district courts officially began yesterday with the conduct of salhang tendrels (ground breaking ceremonies). The actual construction of the two courts will begin from January next year, and is scheduled to be completed within a period of two years. Jointly funded by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SADC), the two-storey court buildings were estimated to cost about [... Read More]

National Women’s squad to compete in SAFF

IMG_9106Women’s team trains at Changlimithang

Football: The National Women’s football team is undergoing rigorous training to compete in the third edition of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) women’s cup in Pakistan, next month. Last year the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) has selected 25 women from the inter dzongkhag football based on the performance, skills, techniques, physical ability and mentality. But the team is deprived of proper training time since then. BFF’s head of women division, Kinley Yangchen Lhamo said the team is being trained at the eleventh hour. “We get [... Read More]

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