Recap: “Temporary” election officials participate in a group work where they share experiences to churn out feedback for future elections
Learning from experience program starts in Punakha
ECB: A code of conduct for party coordinators during elections was one of the needs national observers expressed following the second parliamentary elections the country had this year.
Whether it was intentional or simply out of ignorance, party coordinators were criticised for violating election laws.
The observation was presented at the opening of learning from experience program (LEP), which the election commission of Bhutan (ECB) kick-started from Khuruthang in [... Read More]
For the safety of regional tourists, a system of ‘guided tours’ ought to be in place, say operators
Tourism: That regional tourists should be accompanied during their stay in the country is a lesson the drowning incident in Mebartsho, Bumthang last month has taught, say tour operators.
For the safety of regional tourists, a system of ‘guided tours’ should be in place, even if they do not come through them, said tour operators.
Tour operators said, [... Read More]
A week long (reyo sangchey) purification ritual performed at Thimphu Zangdopelri ends tomorrow with wish fulfilling ritual (sampa lhendrup tshokhor). It was organized by Zangdopelri lama Sangga Dorji with more than 20 monks. The rituals started on November 25. It was organized for the well beings, tsa-wa-sum, peace and prosperous of the country.
A mandarin depot is under construction at Tokarong to store and package oranges for export to Bangladesh from next month.
Horticulture: For the last three years, mandarin business has been declining in Gomdhar, Wangphu, Orong and Samdrupcholing dungkhag in Samdrupjongkhar.
Mandarin is the main cash crop to farmers of Gomdhar, Wangphu, Orong and gewogs in Samdrupcholing dungkhag, including Martshala. The dependence on mandarin for livelihood, however, has become inconsistent, with its production plummeting by the year.
“Mandarin production in our village has been diminishing since 2011 and this year’s production is much lower than last [... Read More]
New signboard: One that looked out of place amid those that rallied cabs area-wise
Where litigation failed, the thromde is now banking on the Land Act to acquire the lot
Update: The Thimphu thromde’s decision to acquire the taxi-parking area located adjacent to the fuel station at Lungtenzampa, is not right and fair, according to Tashi Commercial corporation’s (TCC) legal representative.
The representative, Tandin Dorji, said that, in the course of litigation, TCC has missed many opportunities while they had the ownership. “Keeping in view of all losses, opportunities, [... Read More]
Band-Aid solution to a much deeper problem
Photo: Karma Dupchu
School principals say the thromde needs a primary school more than a high school
Though some educationists aver there’s a more pressing need for a primary school
Education: With the population increasing and so the number of school-going children, principals of Phuentsholing thromde schools said the town needs a new primary school instead of the high school the thromde has prioritised.
The principals raised this after the thromde education officer (TEO) informed them about the “need assessment of new school” planned for Phuentsholing under the 11th Plan at the [... Read More]
Thousands of devotees gathered at the Trongsa dzong yesterday to receive blessings from his His Holiness the Je Khenpo at the conclusion of the second annual Moenlam Chenmo.
That takes the country’s total cases to 346 of which 173 are men and 173 female
Health: Unlike the usual trend, four of the 25 new HIV positive cases detected in the last six months in the country are above 50 years.
While three of them are men and one of them, a woman, the oldest HIV positive person living in the country is in the 60s, health officials said. There are a total of [... Read More]
RAA: The quality of services McKinsey and Co provided was not commensurate with the amount paid, according to the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) report on consultancy and procurement services.
McKinsey and Co. was awarded consultancy works worth Nu 443M, which constituted nine percent of the government’s expenditure (Nu 4.6B), incurred in procuring consultancy services in the last five years.
The previous government that hired the international consultancy firm said they were “satisfied” with the services [... Read More]