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Bhutan becomes 96th contracting party to Revised Kyoto Convention

Photo​The ambassador to Brussels Sonam Tshong with W​CO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriy​a ​​

Customs: Bhutan became the 96th contracting party to the Revised  Kyoto Convention, with the country completing the procedures to join the international convention on the simplification and harmonisation of customs procedures on September 15. The international convention took place at the World Customs Organisation (WCO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Bhutan’s ambassador to Brussels, Sonam Tshong, during the international convention, thanked WCO for its support for the development of the customs sector in the country. The ambassador also said the government valued its cooperative relation with [... Read More]

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Desuups: The 13th batch trainees of integrated Desuung training program prepare for rafting session yesterday. Chief justice Lyonpo Sonam Tobgay will attend the passing parade today at Tencholing, Wangduephodrang.    

Caretaker withdraws battery charge against GAO and gup

In a separate incident, a ‘catfight’, the two women involved may be prosecuted by OAG Crime: Paro police have detained three women and a man for their alleged involvement in two different battery cases that occurred in Bitekha on September 15. The Naja gewog gup and gewog administrative officer (GAO) were detained for allegedly battering the gewog caretaker on the morning of September 15. The GAO was detained on September 16, after the 55-year old gewog centre caretaker lodged a complaint with the police, alleging [... Read More]

512 jobseekers sent abroad so far

Which is a drop in the ocean, as the overseas employment program intends to send 30,000 in all Labour: Almost a year after the initiation of the overseas employment program, the labour ministry and the overseas employment agencies together managed to send 512 jobseekers abroad so far. The government initiated the overseas employment program to attain the full employment status, as pledged by the government, for which 82,000 jobs have to be created by 2018. Under the overseas employment program, 30,000 jobseekers are to be [... Read More]

Unique sculptures commissioned for Damphu moenlam thang

DSC_1687The venue: Moenlam thang (ground) in Damphu

Religion: The sculptures of Yuem Juma Lhazey (Lord Buddha’s mother, Mahamaya) and Sey Duenkuen Drukpa (Lord Buddha) will be built on the moenlam thang in Damphu, Tsirang. The project that has been awarded to a Thimphu-based artist in June is expected to be complete by June next year.  The project cost has been estimated at Nu 2.6M. The dzongkhag culture officer, Chimi Yuden, said that the sculptures are the first of their kind to be built in Tsirang. “During the eighth moenlam chhenmo last year, [... Read More]

Residents disgruntled over defunct streetlights

IMG_20140918_135000Most streetlights along this road are defunct

Two years after installation (2009) they broke down and haven’t been fixed since Melphey: Melphey residents are disgruntled that most of the streetlights on the road to their extended town in Trashigang are defunct. More than half of the 75 streetlights, installed in 2009 at a cost of Nu 3M, are currently not functioning.  The streetlights starting breaking down two years after their installation. Questions are being raised why the municipal office is taking so long to fix the streetlights. Melphey resident Tashi Wangyal said [... Read More]

Nga Ga Mo – The tale of a search for one’s identity


Review: Gyem Dorji returns to the silver screen with a new movie Nga Ga Mo (Who Am I?), a story about a young boy searching for his identity. The movie unfolds as Gyem Dorji finds an abandoned baby in the forest near his village in Punakha. He plays the role of a lama, who takes care of the lhakhang in the village. Not finding anyone near the baby in the forest, he decides to take the responsibility to raise the child. Gyem Dorji takes care [... Read More]

When Bhutan was welcomed into the comity of nations

UntitledPhoto: Michael Rutland

On September 21, 1971, Bhutan became the 128th member of the United Nations.  The UN is an organisation based on the principle of sovereign equality of its members To mark the occasion, the government declared three days of national holiday.  In the capital, the government organised a grand celebration at the Lungtenphu archery ground.  The highlight of which was an archery match. The best archers from Wangduephodrang and Paro dzongkhags travelled to Thimphu to contest and entertain.  The game, played in traditional style with bamboo [... Read More]

GoI approves budget for road widening

Work on the 546km Thimphu-Trashigang highway will complete within 11th Plan period MoWHS: With the budget for widening of the 546km Thimphu-Trashigang highway approved by government of India, widening work will commence soon. During a consultative meeting held yesterday with contractors on the scope of the widening and upgradation work of the highway, works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden, said that all contractors should be responsible and maintain the quality of work. “Contractors should know that the works aren’t given as kidu,” the minister [... Read More]

Cabinet approves REC restructure

Update: With cabinet’s approval, the Royal Education Council (REC) will be merged with the education ministry’s department of curriculum and research development (DCRD). It will continue to be known as REC, with two departments under it.  A department of teacher development, and the current DCRD, renamed as department of curriculum development, will be formed under the restructured council. The cabinet, sources said, approved the proposal on restructuring Royal Education Council during its latest meeting on September 16. A task force team, led by the director [... Read More]

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