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Omteykha beleaguered by wild boar

IMG_3433Tshering Penjor and Kinley Gyeltshen explain the extant of damage

Farmers in this Punakha village are at wit’s ends to save their paddy from depredation Wildlife: Omteykha is a quiet village in Punakha.  The rice-growing farmers are happy most of the year, even though they have to toil hard in their fields.  But the villagers become busier after they finish their farm work. At this time of the year, farmers from the 40 households almost work day and night, at least most of the family members.  They have to guard their paddy fields from wild [... Read More]

Preserving social, spiritual and agricultural landscape

‘Valley planning’ is soon to be implemented in Bumthang on a pilot basis MoWHS: To preserve agricultural, spiritual and social landscape of areas developing into towns, the works and human settlement ministry initiated ‘valley planning’, soon to be implemented in Bumthang on a pilot basis. Works and human settlement ministry officials said it was a long-term plan drawn for settlement areas that include rural features. Chief urban planner of regional rural planning division, Ugyen M Tenzin said that the idea was to “not open every [... Read More]

Mongar wins eastern regional taekwondo tournament

20140914_152729---CopyParticipants of the two-day competition

Taekwondo:  Mongar dzongkhag triumphed as the champions during the two-day eastern regional taekwondo championship held at Trashiyangtse that ended yesterday. Sixty students Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Trashigang participated in the tournament organised by the Trashiyangtse taekwondo association (TTA). Although taekwondo teams from Bumthang and Lhuentse were also invited to participate in the tournament, the teams couldn’t make it this time. “There were no participants from Pemagatshel and Samdrupjongkhar, because there are no taekwondo clubs in these dzongkhags,” general secretary of TTA, Tshewang Namgay, said. The tournament [... Read More]

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Golden jubilee: A Nehru Wangchuck cultural centre student performs with his teacher during the Indian Technical Economic Cooperation’s 50 years commemoration. More than 200 Bhutanese alumni of the ITEC programme joined the celebration in Thimphu on September 13. Bhutan was allotted 200 slots under the programme and 60 slots under the TCS Colombo Plan in the April 2014 to March 2015. Nearly 600 Bhutanese have availed the short-term trainings courses under these programmes in the past three years.    

A revamp of the civil service

The organisation development exercises will attempt to reform the performance management system RCSC: Civil servants need to perform.  This is the message the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) is sending, as they study the overall civil service system, with an initial move to reform the performance management system (PMS) and the position classification system (PCS). In a quick assessment the commission carried out, it was found that the average performance rating of the ten ministries, last year, was 3.82 out of 4, which is outstanding. [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King granted an audience to an Indian delegation, led by the secretary for development partnership administration and economic relations of the ministry of external affairs of the Indian government, Sujata Mehta    

Tunnels are future transport infrastructure

A training programme is ongoing with an eye on the shape of things to come Roads: Considering the nature conservation mandate and the surface space constraints, tunnel roads could be the future of transport in the country. “There are vast opportunities and scope this methodology of tunneling could afford us, in terms of creating and using the underground space,” economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said. He said, with strong nature preservation forces, including the provisions of the Constitution, there is not much to expand on [... Read More]

Penal code might need an update

To include such cyber crimes as the uploading and circulation of the ill-fated photo Suicide: Police are trying to find out who circulated the photograph of two students in Bumthang, who took their own lives on the morning of September 11. The photograph, which had some graphic details, went viral on social media like Wechat and Facebook a few hours after the incident, and some social media users were literally pleading with people to remove the picture and not share it. Social media users not [... Read More]

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Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen inaugurated Bumthang dzongkhag court yesterday. The construction of the court was jointly funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Austrian Development Cooperation.     

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