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Sex study on adolescence and youth

UNFPA-funded monograph ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Adolescents and Youth in Bhutan’ NSB: Early age marriage and pregnancy, low use of contraceptive methods and spread of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents and youths are increasing in the country. This is according to National Statistics Bureau’s (NSB) monograph ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Adolescents and Youth in Bhutan’.

Making good leaders of civil servants

RCSC: To motivate civil servants at the executive level, a training on leadership development skills will be conducted for them. This initiative comes under one of the reforms being undertaken by the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). Today, about 150 executives and specialists holding leadership positions in the civil service, falling under the EX1, EX2 and EX3 levels, manage more than 26,000 civil servants.

RAA rakes up (pay) dirt in Samtse and Phuentsholing …

… and recovers (or is in the process of recovering) sums going into the millions Corruption: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has recovered about Nu 2.8M (million) from a local enterprise in Samtse in connection with the supply of inferior quality corrugated galvanised iron (CGI) sheets to the dzongkhag in the 2013-14 financial year. Kuensel learnt that the supplier, PP Enterprise, owned by an Indian national married to a Bhutanese in Chengmari, had its supply cancelled and blacklisted by the Samtse dzongkhag administration.

ODTP initiative treads on others’ turf

1509108_10152694257542314_8021762590138407219_nKiwi demonstration farm in Wangkha (Photo courtesy: Yeshi Dorji, BCCI)

The way forward, it was agreed at the AGM, was through cooperation with the agencies concerned BCCI: With the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) initiating a one-district-three-products (ODTP) programme, there is a perception that the chamber is encroaching into the domain of some government agencies. This, the chamber revealed, during the second day of its annual general meeting on Friday, with specific reference to its ODTP initiative. This, the deputy secretary general, Chandra B Chettri, said, needed to be addressed through confidence and [... Read More]

Pilot bus service for Lhuentse

unnamed-1Welcome change: Villagers offer marchang to welcome the new bus service

Transport: The people of Jarey and Metshog gewogs of Lhuentse will get a transport service tomorrow.  Inauguration of the service took place in Jarey gewog on April 13. The service will ply between Lhuentse to Jarey on Mondays and between Metshog and Lhuentsi on Wednesdays. Damchu Dorji, RSTA base-in-charge, said that all the gewogs in Lhuentse had put up a bus proposal at the sixth DYT meeting.  Transport service for Jarey and Metshog is a pilot programme.

Communities to protect choetens

IMG_7933One of the hundreds of vandalised choetens in Trashigang (File photo)

DT: With the recent spate of choeten vandalism in the dzongkhag, Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) members raised concerns over the increasing crime and sought police protection. About 1,005 choetens are spread across Trashigang dzongkhag and most have been vandalised or were attempted to.  Presenting the issue, Sakteng gup, Tshewang Tshering said that choeten vandalism has become rampant. “About 90 percent of the choetens in Sakteng have been vandalised. To protect these choetens, we need more support from the police force,” he said. “I think it [... Read More]

Regulars win Challenge 60-Sixty race

DSC_7753HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck awards the prizes to the winner of the mens’ category

Cycling: Three-time winner of the Dantak open mountain bike race, Sonam claimed his fourth trophy in the tournament as project Dantak celebrated its 54th Raising Day in Bhutan on Sunday. A Japanese volunteer teacher, Reika Yoshii, also retained her last year’s top position in the women’s category. Sonam, 38, completed the 120km race in three hours 48 minutes and 17 seconds. He had lost to an Australian volunteer teacher, Tom Horniblow, last year by 50 seconds. Ten minutes later 24-year old Jigme Tenzin came second in [... Read More]

Win keeps TYT’s semifinal hopes alive

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Cricket: With other semifinal hopefuls True Warriors among the audience, TYT cricket club held their nerve as they comprehensively defeated Bhutan Telecom. TYT opted to bat first and a blistering start saw TYT notch up 40 runs in five overs.  Two quick wickets in the space of two overs from pacer Sherub Dorji helped curtail the run rate. The fourth wicket partnership between Lalith Sharma and Amar Deep took TYT’s score pass the 100 run mark.  Lalith Sharma notched up his half century in the [... Read More]

Dungsam dream still doable

Despite initial expectations being belied, there’s optimism about the corporation’s future DDCL: More than three decades ago, a plan was conceived to start a mega cement plant in South East Bhutan.  It would enhance revenue for the government, develop a town in isolated Nganglam, and generate employment. Despite several bottlenecks, the Dungsam Cement Corporation ltd (DCCL) was formally inaugurated in October last year.  Production began much earlier.  With a capacity to produce 1MMT (million metric tonnes) of clinker and 1.36MMT of cement in a year, [... Read More]

JSWNP a hotspot for wildcat species

EK000078A tiger caught on camera at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (Photo: UWICE )

Despite initial expectations being belied, there’s optimism about the corporation’s future Wildlife: The Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP) is now a hotspot for wildcat species. A camera trapping exercise that started in 2010, recorded 12 individual tigers.  It is estimated that between 14-26 live in the park. A policy brief released by the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) on April 16 aims to highlight the latest research findings and provide recommendations on key environmental issues. “The policy brief will be a [... Read More]

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