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No more bringing guns and bullets into Bhutan

RBP: The import of guns and bullets into Bhutan has been banned from this month. The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) made this announcement in the media and on its website, earlier this month. In its announcement, RBP referred to section 11 of the Fire Arms and Ammunition Act 1990, which bans the import of firearms and ammunition by the general public, for its recent decision. However, section 11 does allow for the purchase and import of ammunition for “authorised firearms”. But whether this will continue [... Read More]

Private schools may soon outnumber govt. ones

Due to the increasing number of applications and the proposed rationalisation policy  Education: The education ministry’s private school division has received 36 project proposals for starting private schools in various parts of the country since 2011, records show. Of the 36 proposals, five got ministry approval last year, while one was approved in 2012. Currently, the division is studying the proposals, said officials, most of which have acquired land, and are in the process of obtaining clearance for construction or readying structural designs. In 2011, [... Read More]

Lapsed project to be replaced by public beneficial one

EDCITY: With facilities like road, water, and bridge already established at the scrapped Bhutan Education city (BEC) site, the government will look into establishing a project beneficial to the community. Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden made this announcement, while answering a question on the project’s future, posed by Dogar-Shaba constituency representative, Kezang Wangmo. Besides stating that a beneficial project would be established, the minister provided no further details about it.  The minister, however, did delve into why the education city was terminated. “The [... Read More]

A ‘learning’ mission to Denmark

Representatives of all five parties leave today with a view to ‘strengthen democracy and party machinery’ Politics: In an effort to strengthen democracy and the party machinery in Bhutan, representatives of all five political parties will leave today on a “learning” mission for Denmark, a country considered one of the best functioning democracies in the world. Like Bhutan, Denmark is also a constitutional monarchy.  A multi-party system is also followed, but the country is known for its high degree of cooperation between the political parties [... Read More]

A million dollars more from tourism industry

This was due to a 10 percent increase in the number of tourists from outside the region BTM 2013: With the increase in tourist arrivals, mainly those from outside the region, the country’s USD earnings increased by about USD 1M. The 2013 Bhutan tourism monitor (BTM) showed that the increase in tourists from outside the region was by about 10 percent compared with previous year.  The earning in 2012 was USD 62.8M, while in 2013 it increased to USD 63.5M. Of the 116,209 tourists, who [... Read More]

Green Shoots of National Happiness

2014-06-01-16-51-26-01My Green School: An Outline Author: Thakur S Powdyel Pages: 63 ISBN: 978-99936-53-12-7 Nu 175

Review: The  opening lines of My Green School: An Outline set the target and the tone of T S Powdyel’s meditation on the Educating for Gross National Happiness Initiative of the Bhutanese government. Every nation needs a dream to beckon it and to edify it to a purpose beyond the mundane and the momentary. Every person needs a vision that calls the mind to a realm that stays and satisfies. Every man, woman and child yearns for joy ‘that stills the tooth that nibbles at [... Read More]

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A three-day workshop on Education for International Understanding (EIU) was held for Thimphu teachers at Yangchenphu Higher Secondary from May 29 to 31. EIU is a value based approach to education where the children grow up with the values of culturing peace, respecting the essence of sustainable development, globalisation, human right and cultural diversity.    

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Dr Dorjee Kinlay was appointed as the representative of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in the Kyrgyz Republic last week. Dr Dorjee Kinlay from Kashi, Wangduephodrang started working with FAO since 2000 and worked with the agriculture ministry, World Wildlife Fund representative and concurrently Honorary Executive Director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature in Bhutan.    

PM and cabinet ministers take the biggest cut

DSC_0448Break: National Council Chairperson, Dasho Sonam Kinga and Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay leaves for refreshments after the question hour session yesterday

Members unhappy with revision for lower grades Revision: After more than six hours of confusing discussions, the National Assembly yesterday finally endorsed the pay revision for civil servants, local government, constitutional post holders, cabinet ministers and the prime minister. The Prime minister would be drawing Nu 180,000 a month and cabinet ministers, Nu 130,000, a raise of 131 and 67 percent respectively. This is the highest percent of raise in this revision. But it was not before rigorous debate and thorough confusions that the decision [... Read More]