Workers sorts mandarin for export to India at the Toorsa depot
BEA: With the ongoing 72-hour nationwide strike in Bangladesh extended until tomorrow, more than 10 truckloads of mandarin returned to Phuentsholing from the Bangladeshi border, Burimari, on December 2, according to Bhutan exporters’ association (BEA).
The Bangladesh Nationalist party led protests demanding postponement of polls has caused instability in the country, states media reports. This has left mandarin exporters in Bhutan worried, with exporters unable to dispatch their consignment from Burimari, about 117km from [... Read More]
Dr Samlee Plainbangchang
Q&A: In recognition of his contributions towards improving the country’s health care services, His Majesty the King yesterday conferred the National Order of Merit (Gold) to the outgoing Regional Director, WHO, South East Asia Region,
Dr Samlee Plainbangchang
Dr Plainbangchang came to Bhutan in 1984 as a consultant and laid the foundations for primary health care system in the country, a project, which received global recognition through the Sasakawa award in 1997.
As he bids [... Read More]
At a conference on poverty, panelists point out how remittances from abroad aren’t put to best use
ICIMOD: In their effort to tackle the growing unemployment problem and earn foreign currency, the government is planning to send about 5,000 Bhutanese every year to work abroad as Bhutanese overseas workers.
But this, according to experts, who have millions of people from their countries working in agencies and companies abroad, should be planned carefully, so that remittances [... Read More]
Time out: Chundu Tshering takes a respite with his mules on the way to Dumtoe
However, with a road in the pipeline, the young entrepreneur has plans to switch tracks
Occupation: In 2009, when he was just 18, Chundu Tshering decided to do what many youth of his age wouldn’t dare to think of.
He quit schooling, returned to his village in Kowkha, Dorithasa in Haa. He then put a herd of mules, belonging to his family, together to operate a business that would cater to mostly travellers.
He had studied [... Read More]
Towards an inclusive society: To observe international day for persons with disabilities yesterday, some 50 persons with disabilities from Draktsho vocational training centre in Ronthung accompanied by teachers, residents of Kanglung and gewog officials walked from Kanglung to the centre
Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay attended the opening of three-day regional seminar on inclusive education with focus on children with disabilities yesterday at Paro College of Education. While there will be six speakers from Bhutan and outside presenting papers, 16 teachers and students from 8 schools that have adopted inclusive education, along with the trainees at the PCE, are also attending the program.
Representatives of the two countries at the second round of Plan Talks in New Delhi, India last week
So far the Indian government released Rs 3.9B for 10th Plan spill over activities including Rs 1B for ESP
11th FYP: The Government of India (GoI) approved 39 of the 81 projects under project-tied assistance (PTA) at the second round of plan talks between Bhutan and India in New Delhi last week.
PTA, for which India has committed Rs 28B, was the main focus of the two-day talks that ended on November 27, a foreign [... Read More]
Dzongkha language practitioners discuss standardising dzongkha spelling
Language: With Dzongkha spellings varying from one publication to another creating confusion among users, editors and reporters from Dzongkha newspapers and officials from the Dzongkha Development commission (DDC) met yesterday in Thimphu to standardise the spellings.
Today, there is no uniformity of spellings in Dzongkha newspapers or in DDC’s dictionaries that run in volumes. Spelling in school textbooks also varied, and with ‘experts’ reasoning why a word should or shouldn’t be spelt in a [... Read More]
Bangkok: As protests in Bangkok turns violent, Bhutanese students studying there and those visiting the city have been cautioned about the choice of colour of clothes they wore.
Bhutanese embassy officials said protest groups were identified with red and yellow shirts.
Bhutanese, particularly students were also asked to not share their opinions and political views because protests were mostly happening in the universities.
Otherwise, embassy officials said Bhutanese students were safe and that they were in [... Read More]
There could not be a more apposite time for experts, policy makers, climate scientists, researchers and journalists gathered in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to discuss poverty and vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.
The international conference, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development will, over the next four days, discuss ways to address poverty and vulnerability in the region by providing scientific evidences for policy planning and action.
The conference [... Read More]