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India to expedite alternate route to Pasakha

DSC_1879Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale (right) and the Consul General in Phuentsholing, JK Sharma

Visit: A 1.2km alternate route for heavy vehicles traveling between the Pasakha industrial area and Bolan Chaupati in Jaigaon, will be expedited according to Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale. The route is expected to ease traffic congestion in the two border towns and also reduce transportation costs for industrialists. In his first visit to Phuentsholing and Jaigaon yesterday, the ambassador met with Bhutanese and Indian officials, including those of the Indian security agency Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). “I took a look at various aspects [... Read More]

Is our education system conducive to entrepreneurship?

Discussion: Bhutanese education system may inculcate value and skill through innovative teaching-learning methods but its not conducive to entrepreneurship. A panel discussion on if the Bhutanese education system was conducive to entrepreneurship was held yesterday evening as part of the ongoing Global Entrepreneurship Week’s program in the capital. One of the panelists, member of parliament and former vice chancellor of Royal University of Bhutan, Zangley Dukpa, said Bhutanese education was based on the British-Indianised one, whose main purpose then was to produce required manpower for [... Read More]

BOiC approves Bumthang dairy farm project

The applicant, though, is one of the lucky ones as many have applied to no avail Loan: Business opportunity and information centre (BOiC) approved a dairy farm project worth Nu 1.35m from Chokhortoe, Bumthang. The project, BOiC officials said, was among the 427 project proposals received since the centre opened on August 28. The project applicant, Kezang Dorji, said officials from BOiC called him a few days ago, confirming the approval. “They said they’d release Nu 500,000 to initiate the project.” A letter sanctioning the [... Read More]

Asia-Pacific region reaffirms women empowerment

DSC07871-2Gyalyum Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck interacts with a participant from the region Photo : Yamin oo

Gender: The Asia and Pacific conference on gender equality and women’s empowerment: Beijing +20 Review in Bangkok, Thailand, ended yesterday with the adoption of the ministerial declaration. The ministerial declaration reaffirms the commitment made by countries in the Asia-Pacific region at the Beijing declaration on women empowerment and gender equality. The countries are to work towards eliminating inequality, as a matter of human rights and for the region’s development and prosperity. The Beijing declaration was adopted during the fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, agreeing to 12 critical areas of concerns [... Read More]

What it takes to be a woman entrepreneur

On “feminine power and women entrepreneurship” day, a panel discussion on ‘breaking the glass ceiling and empowerment of women” Conference: Women need as much support as men to become successful entrepreneurs. Husband’s support for married women and father’s support for the unmarried is one of the driving factors in succeeding, say women, who have started or aspire to become successful entrepreneurs, at the global entrepreneurship week. One of the panelists, Ugyen Lhamo, proprietor of Druk Associates, said, while she was working as a consultant with [... Read More]

Headhunter rumours do the rounds in Nganglam

DSC_0347An overview of Decheling gewog where rumours of khekpa is rife

People suspect the proximity of the Kuri-Gongri hydropower project may be the spur Khekpa: Rumours of “khekpa” or headhunter, which have been spreading rapidly in Nganglam, are untrue, say authorities. Police and dungkhag officials announced that residents should not worry after the rumours caused fear among the communities. Many villagers under Chokhorling, Decheling and Norbugang gewogs have even begun patrolling their villages at night, according to gewog officials and villagers. People have been frequently calling officials to verify the rumours. For about a week now, [... Read More]

Tuskers damage crops in Samteling

Sequence-71-(1)Jumbo menace: The two elephants that damaged crops in Samteling gewog, Sarpang

Wildlife: Two elephants destroyed banana trees and uprooted tapioca plants in Samteling village in Gelephu on the night of November 19. The owner of the crop, Padam Maya, 66, said she was at her neighbour’s place when the incident occurred.  She stayed at the neighbour’s house after helping them harvest paddy. Although her neighbours called and informed her about the elephant rampage, she could not go and guard her crop, as it was late. But her neighbours and forest officials chased the elephants.  Forest officials [... Read More]

Dismantling of two under-construction buildings begins at Wamrong

RISERBUPeople dismantling the structure at Riserbu

The structures were found to be infringing the road’s right of way Infringement: Two under-construction buildings, one at Riserbu and the other at Moshi in Wamrong dungkhag, are being brought down, after the structures were found to be infringing the road’s right of way. Section 165 of the road Act of Bhutan prohibits construction of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent structures within the road’s right of way and road control area of 50 feet. The dungkhag administration and the department of road (DoR) had served several [... Read More]

Lhak-Sam becomes member of global HIV programme

The aim is to reduce the impact of HIV on men, who have sex with men and transgender people CSO: Lhak-Sam, a network of people living with HIV in Bhutan, has become a sub-recipient or beneficiary of the multi-country South Asia global fund HIV programme. Lhak-Sam signed an agreement with the United Nations development programme (UNDP) yesterday, according to a press release from United Nations office in Bhutan. The programme aims to reduce the impact on and vulnerability to HIV of men, who have sex [... Read More]

GoI approves 303 SDPs

Meeting: The government of India has approved 303 small development projects (SDP) worth Nu 4.55B, including the 46 projects in the first batch of SDP for the 11th Plan. This was sealed during the second Bhutan-India SDP committee meeting held in the capital yesterday. The projects include blacktopping of gewog connectivity roads, construction of farm roads, irrigation channels, suspension bridges, water supply scheme and additional facilities for 12 schools under School Reform Programme across the country. In March, 59 projects in the first batch of [... Read More]

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