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Community forest mangt, the best defence against environmental degradation


Symposium: Involvement of local communities is important in the management of mountain forests and preventing environmental degradation, it was pointed out by representatives of countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas at the ongoing Transforming Mountain Forestry symposium in Dehradhun, India.

It was also pointed out that the bottom-up approach of co-managing forests has been in existence for the past three decades, and has increased participation of communities in planning, research, development, management and policy-making [... Read More]

Study to tackle traffic problems

Traffic lights at certain junctions may be considered

Management: In an effort to address Thimphu city’s growing traffic problems and improve the quality of transport services, a feasibility study for an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) will begin next month.

An ITS is a traffic management system that uses technology to manage traffic more effectively and efficiently.

Some of the technologies that will be considered for installation in Thimphu are the establishment of a 24/7 control centre, [... Read More]

Umsang – A village of yathra-weaving women

unnamed-5Weavers of Umsang at the Gakid yathra weaving centre

A centre, first set up by YVIA, and later constructed by YDF, has helped transform lives

Lifestyle: Leading a village life as a single mother of two school-going children is difficult for Lhamo Yuden of Umsang village in Chumey, Bumthang.

Lhamo has been a single mother for the past 10 years, after she divorced the father of her children.

While farming is already tough for Lhamo Yuden, increasing wild animal attacks on crops and Umsang’s steep [... Read More]

Court allows re-test of accused cop’s mental state

RAPE: A second test to re-examine the mental state of the police constable, who is accused of attempted rape, was conducted yesterday at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital.  The results are expected soon.

The defense’s lawyer at the first hearing requested for another test, as his client, the constable, was not satisfied with the police’s test, which had found him to be in a stable condition.  He also said that his client [... Read More]

Entry level for dzongda raised …

… from the earlier division head at P1 level to a director at EX3 level

RCSC: The Royal Civil Service Commission will, henceforth, nominate candidates for the dzongda position from director level (EX3) and not from division heads at P1 level.

To ensure that only “proven people” are appointed to the important position of a dzongda, the commission in its 16th commission meeting last month decided the position level for dzongda at executive position categories [... Read More]

Picture story

More than a thousand devotees gathered to receive blessings from the Bardo cham during the Khandro Kongzha tshechu, which is performed in Tsakaling gewog in Mongar every three years. The tsechu ended on January 19.


PM orders immediate solution to B.Ed issue

This comes in the wake of RCSC announcing 182 vacancies for 417 B.Ed. graduates 

Employment: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay called for an emergency meeting yesterday for the Royal Civil Service Commission, education ministry and labour ministry to review the B.Ed. graduates issue and come up with immediate solutions, while also exploring job prospects for them in the coming years.

The education ministry and RCSC were directed to immediately undertake a re-assessment of the teacher deployment, [... Read More]

Govt’s indecision will cause irreparable damage: DPT

DSC_3156Meet the Opposition: Members of the opposition meet the press yesterday to share their concerns on current issues

English II: The opposition party says that the government’s decision to not reconduct Class XII English II examination is the case of national administration and governance failure.

“Having known about the leakage, the government has failed to act promptly and decisively. The most desirable and correct thing would have been to re-conduct the exam,” said Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s Dorji Wangdi. “But the indecision and undue delay has left the whole matter to become very [... Read More]

Govt. must take in all teacher graduates: DPT

Employment: There is surplus of teachers today because of change in the government’s policy, said the opposition party (OP) yesterday and urged the government to take in all the 417 teacher graduates into civil service.

“This is a case of shortage to surplus of teachers because of change in government policy and the present government should take full responsibility,” said Dorji Wangdi, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s MP from Panbang, adding that in the last 47 [... Read More]

Opp. slams govt. for secretaries’ suspension

In its opinion, the CoS had not exceeded its mandate in the action taken

Governance: The opposition has called the government to explain how a letter written to the Indian ambassador had merited its action of penalising three secretaries by surrendering them to RCSC in a senseless and humiliating manner.

In a press conference yesterday, the opposition said that they believe the letter that the foreign secretary wrote was intended to protect the special relationship [... Read More]

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