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Twelve trekking routes to be revived

trail-2The Jomolhari trail is a popular trek (file picture)

This despite (or maybe because) only 7 out of every 100 tourists opt to trek in Bhutan Tourism: Contrary to the earlier statement, Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) officials, yesterday, said works are on to revive 12 trekking routes, mostly in the east, as announced by the prime minister last month. Lyonchoen announced 11 new trekking routes and hiring of two helicopters at the Pacific Asia Travel Association conference in Thimphu on February 6.  However, TCB officials, in an earlier interview, said they have not [... Read More]

Eyes on the consultancy business

Consultancy is a lucrative business anywhere in the world.  At home too, it has already become an industry.  From development work related consultancy about a decade ago to now service centric, the industry is booming. And like many lucrative ventures, it also raises many questions.  One thriving such consultancy is found in the education sector.  The increasing number of students leaving educational institutions, coupled with the shortage of colleges and stark unemployment in the country, is feeding the firms.

Khanduphung looks forward to a rosy future …

… at the kickoff  of a long awaited farm road, whose construction has only just begun Development: It’s not just dust that’s in the Khanduphung village air.  The construction of a 2.7km farm road that will link Khanduphung to the gewog road is only in its fifth day, but optimism is in the air for a better life. Khanduphung in Serthi gewog is about an hour’s walk from the Lauri gewog centre road point.  Serthi is 21km from Jomotsangkha dungkhag.  Construction of the road is [... Read More]

Behavioural change key to tackling diarrhoea

Women-trained-as-mason-at-DagorBhutan today has basic sanitation covergae of 95 percent (file photo)

A regional meet in Paro is looking into ways to alter hygiene attitudes Health: Diarrhoea continues to be a top 10 disease in Bhutan as a result of poor sanitation practices and, in particular, the poor state of toilets and associated facilities. This was pointed out at a regional meet being held in Paro, where representatives from seven countries are exploring ways to change hygiene behaviour. Department of public health executive engineer, Sonam Gyaltshen, said that, despite high water and sanitation coverage, the incidence of [... Read More]

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Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday handed over six sack loads of controlled substances seized from smugglers since 2011 to the Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency.    

Bhutan falls 12 places on press freedom ranking

But it is still the best in the region Report: Bhutan’s press freedom ranking fell by 12 places last year according to the latest World Press Freedom index, released last month. Bhutan was ranked 104 out of 180 countries with a score of 32.65 out of a possible 100, a higher score being worse.

E-cars – Still few and far between

Until there is comparable infrastructure, they’ll be outnumbered by fuel driven vehicles  Transport: Despite the government’s quest to make Bhutan a hot spot for electric vehicles, for every electric car sold, there are about 100 fuel-powered cars hitting the roads in Bhutan today. In the last one-year, about 50 electric cars, mostly the Nissan Leaf, were sold in the country.  However, in six months since the import ban on vehicles was lifted and revised tax imposed, records show that a total of 2,572 new vehicles [... Read More]

Placement firms told to follow Australian immigration rules

VISA: The Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) has notified all education consultancy and placement firms (ECPFs) to declare their involvement or assistance on visa applications that they forward to the Australian High Commission. Many Bhutanese have been paying up to Nu 15,000 for ECPFs to find them colleges and universities in Australia, and other countries, and to aid them in processing the visa formalities.

Catch ‘em young, to stick to the straight and narrow

The ACC recently held a youth sensitisation on social auditing programme Corruption: To build a community of awakened youth with high integrity, moral values and a sense of intolerance towards corruption, a youth sensitisation on social auditing programme was held at the Centenary Youth Village in Thimphu on March 7. The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) chairperson, Dasho Neten Zangmo, engaged in a dialogue with 35 youth that comprised Royal Institute of Management (RIM) trainees, students, youth volunteer, community based scouting members and officials from the [... Read More]

Langthel files petition with Supreme Court

The people of the gewog took exception to the detention of their gup by the district court Trongsa: Aggrieved with the district court detaining their gup Lham Dorji last month, the people of Langthel gewog in Trongsa last week filed a petition with the Supreme Court, seeking protection of local leaders, and to take the drangpon to court. On February 12, the district court detained the gup for 24 hours, after he failed to report as a witness for a monetary case that he had [... Read More]

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