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Women’s centre shuts down once more

DSC_5778Failing to empower: The centre, established to impart skills to women has shut down

The Nu 2.3M drongseb tshogpa closed this time for want of a Nu 100 daily wage stipend

Shumar: Handlooms and sewing machines in a centre in Pemagatshel, established to impart skills that would help women generate income, have been lying idle with the centre closing down recently.

The Nu 2.3M centre, also known as drongseb tshogpa, was constructed using the constitutional development grant.  This is the second time the centre, constructed in 2011 and located [... Read More]

One body recovered

Kurichhu: A week after two men were reportedly washed away by Kurichhu, Gyalpoizhing police and Kurichhu hydropower corporation staff fished a body from the dam site at 9am yesterday morning.

The body was spotted on September 14 evening, but the Police could not recover it since it was dark.

The men were washed away by Kurichhu on September 8 afternoon. Since then, Gyalpozhing police, hydropower corporation staff and residents of Gyalpoizhing town were searching for [... Read More]

Cabinet to discuss status and future of council

The education minister allayed fears that the organisation was going to be wound up

REC: The status and future of the Royal Education Council (REC) will be discussed and decided tomorrow during the cabinet meeting.

Lyonpo Mingbo Dukpa said a task force was formed in August this year and has met nine times to study the restructuring of the REC.

“The cabinet will do the last sitting this Tuesday and then issue a press release to [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King granted audience to the 121 volunteers who are attending the 13th DeSuung Integrated Training. Members of Parliament, senior government officials and executives are attending the two-week programme. His Majesty also visited the Wangdue dzong reconstruction site to inspect the progress.


No more yaks in Tang

IMG_7182Wobthang village where yaks roamed aplenty in the past

The once-backbone of  Tang bowed out to exotic cattle and farm diversification 

Husbandry: The last time Dorji Wangdi of Wobthang under Tang gewog, Bumthang had seen his yaks was a few weeks back, in the mountains of Rampangphu.

The whereabouts and safety of the two yaks, also the last of the yaks in Tang, are the least of his concern.

Because unlike before he now earns Nu 6,500 herding about 40 jersey and brown swiss in [... Read More]

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Visit: Dantak’s chief engineer, brigadier KC Panchanthan briefs Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay on the progress of the Damchu-Chukha road alignment. Lyonchhoen and works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden visited the site on Saturday.


Splendid progress vis-å-vis MDGs

Of the eight millennium development goals, many have been addressed if not achieved and more

Report: Extending gains beyond gross domestic product (GDP), Bhutan has made stellar progress in achieving the millennium development goals (MDG).

Of the eight MDGs, seven were found to be addressed by the national policies, while four goals have been achieved or over achieved.

This was deduced while assessing the poverty reduction rate and according to the assessment report, halving the extreme [... Read More]


RCSC cracks the whip

Of late, some civil servants have been busy filling the daily log of activity form, apart from their daily task.  This is one of the many activities the royal civil service commission has undertaken as part of the organisational development exercise.

The exercise will show how much a civil servant is occupied from 9 am to 5 pm.  In other words, how much they are really doing in a day, and how it compares to their [... Read More]

Recently discovered rock Buddha face draws crowds

IMG_3221Buddha face: The rock figure as seen from across the Punatshangchu

Landmark: A rock, resembling Buddha‘s face, located on a hill below Wangduephodrang dzong, has of late attracted hundreds of visitors.

It can be viewed from across the river and has been named ‘Buddha face’ by locals and social media users, where the photo has been circulated.

Locals and travellers drop by the Wangdue bridge to take a tour to the rock figure and take photographs.  While some offer prayers, nyendas (money offering) and string prayer [... Read More]

3G network capacity to be more than doubled

The present limit of 6,000 simultaneous users will be raised in 4-6 months to over 15,000

BT: Bhutan Telecom (BT) plans to increase its 3G (third generation) network capacity by more than double, towards the end of this year.

The current set up allows for only around 6,000 simultaneous users.

With the number of mobile broadband subscriptions, which includes 4G as well, increasing by almost 530 percent in 2013, the BT 3G network is overloaded.  There [... Read More]

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