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Villagers want ngar thram surveyed

For various reasons certain areas could not be covered in the last survey of 2012

NLC: The villagers of Phangkhar and Trong gewogs in Zhemgang are urging the national land commission (NLC) to complete the survey of those land reflected as ngar thram (old) in 2012, as surveyors rushed to wind up the survey before the December 17, 2012 deadline.

The land recorded in ngar thram was not surveyed because of location, shortcoming of survey [... Read More]

Woman inclusive good governance

Weeklong workshop on building capacity on gender responsive planning and budgeting 

GRPB: Some 120 officials from health, education, and agriculture sectors across the country will now have additional roles to play in institutionalising and sensitising gender-responsive planning and budgeting (GRPB).

A weeklong workshop on capacity building on GRPB in these sectors concluded yesterday with health officials’ participation.  The workshop was organised by UN Women, with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to work with [... Read More]

Local leaders and bar owners see eye to eye

With respect to the mushrooming of alcohol retailers, albeit for different reasons

Alcohol: While the reasons are different, after local leaders, it’s now Zhemgang’s bar owners, who are expressing concerns over the proliferation of retail wine shops in the district.

Zhemgang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) had recently suspended issuance of retail wine shops in its jurisdiction, fearing detrimental impact on the health of the community. However, the concern of bar owners is purely business.

There are around [... Read More]

Gaselo HSS’s egalitarian initiative

IMG_0035In uniform: Students of Gaselo high school queue for their mid day meal

All wear the same uniform with rubber slippers and use the same steel plates and mugs

Time Out: It is easy, cheap and hygienic to go to Gaselo higher secondary school in summer.

The gap between rich and poor, at least in appearance, is non-existent, for they wear the same uniform and eat in standard plates.  Students simply put on their uniforms and flip flops, without the hassle of polishing shoes and searching for stockings, [... Read More]

Picture story

Water woes: A water well drilling rig is stationed near the Thimchhu to pump and supply water to the Royal Bhutan Police family quarters in Thimphu


Two-year deadline to blacktop 106 gewog centre roads

By the end of this plan period, all but four of these sub-districts will be so connected

DoR: In the next two years, 106 gewogs centres across the country will be connected with blacktopped roads, department of roads officials say.

By end of this Plan, blacktopping of 201 gewog roads will be completed.  The remaining four gewogs of Lunana, Soe, Lingshi and Geling in Chukha, which currently neither have road connectivity nor are included to [... Read More]

Gender equality needs implementation


Forum: Laws and policies of the country are geared towards addressing gender issues, but it takes more than documents to create an impact.

A panel discussion at the third multi-stakeholders’ forum on role and contribution of women in economic development discussed how legislation and policies act as an enabler in promoting the role of women in economic development. The discussion took place in the capital yesterday.

Panelist Kunzang Lhamu, chief research officer with the Gross [... Read More]

Case dismissed but deferred

For want of evidence, the High Court ruled that a wife could not be charged for her husband’s death

Crime: For lack of evidence, the High Court yesterday dismissed and deferred the case of a wife allegedly murdering her husband.

One of the justices said there was not enough evidence to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt.

The nephew of the deceased had appealed to the High Court after the Royal Bhutan armed forces’ court of [... Read More]

GEF-funded project to Rinchending goenpa’s rescue

PIC_0157The Rinchending Goenpa in Phuentsholing

Along with other landslide-prone infrastructure, mitigation measures are to be initiated 

NAPA (II): Built some four decades ago, the Rinchending goenpa in Phuentsholing is one of the landmarks that most locals and tourists from across the border visit every day.

The tall areca nut trees, prayer flags, pigeons, and flowers instantly appeal to the visitors.  However, what is known by few of these visitors is that the goenpa is located at a place that’s prone [... Read More]


Selling the country short

Listening to Aum, rather Dasho, Neten speak, whether face-to-face or at forums is interesting.  It is not the speed at which she speaks, or the gestures as she mixes English, Dzongkha and Tshangla in response to questions, but her honesty and bluntness as she drives home the message.

The chairperson of the Anti Corruption Commission made some bold statements in a recent interview, which is worrying.  Following the suspension of 12 immigration officials and 21 commercial [... Read More]

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