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Political commitment called for sustaining development priorities

DSC_5357Commitment: Members of the Parliament with the President of RENEW, Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck at the sensitisation workshop on population and development yesterday in Thimphu

ICPD: Members of parliament yesterday took up the challenge to sustain the progress Bhutan has made in the last 20 years in achieving the goals of the international convention on population and development (ICPD).

The MPs were sensitised on the challenges of changing population dynamics, a rapidly ageing population, and on the need for resources to sustain the progress made, especially on gender equity and women empowerment.

Director for community outreach department with Respect, Educate, Nurture & Empower Women (RENEW), (Dr) Meenakshi Rai shared with the MPs that to promote, respect, protect and fulfil human rights, Bhutan has to accept that violence in one or the other form does exist in the community.

Citing cases RENEW has handled in the last 11 years since it was established and statistics on the prevalence of violence against women and children, (Dr) Meenakshi Rai called on the parliamentarians to actively engage in reaching the unreached population.


150 units donated on blood donor’s day

DSC_5261About 200 residents registered to donate blood

Medical: Around 150 units of blood were collected in a blood donation drive in Thimphu on June 13. More than 200 people registered to donate blood.

Organised by the health ministry and Bank of Bhutan (BOB) at its main office in Thimphu, the event was held to commemorate the 12th World Blood Donor Day.

This year’s theme was “Thank you for saving my life.”

Health minister Tandin Wangchuk awarded certificates to 15 donor organisations, three donor motivators and seven individuals who have donated blood more than 20 times.


Regional land transport agreement to be signed today

IMG_20150614_100313The transport secretaries of the four countries discuss the agreement

Connectivity: In what should transform the way travel and trade is conducted in the region, the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) will be signed by the transport ministers of the four countries in Thimphu today.

In brief, the agreement will set the stage for bilateral or trilateral agreements to be made between the four countries so that vehicles, both personal and commercial, and their occupants or cargo, can pass through the borders of the four countries more seamlessly, similar to the European Union.

Currently, Bhutan only has a special arrangement on passage of motor vehicles with India.


Safety first

Consumers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are facing some problem, following the trade department’s letter to the Indian Oil corporation ltd. to not refill expired LPG cylinders.


Special patrols net fishermen and illegal vendors

IMG_2120Seized fish

Punatsangchu: More than five illegal fish vendors (shops) and eight illegal fishermen in Punakha and Wangdue were caught and fined by the Wangdue forest division  during special patrols it conducted in the last two weeks.

The patrols, which started on May 25, have netted fines worth Nu 126,500, seized fish and various fishing equipment as of June 10.

Assistant divisional forestry official with Wangdue division, Tashi Dendup said the special patrolling was necessary because Punatsangchu was one of the most important river basins, in terms of conservation.  First, it is a habitat zone of the white-bellied heroin, with the river playing host to 23 of the total 28 white-bellied heron in the country.


Search called off for missing man

Missing: Relatives of a 29-year old who went missing on May 31 have called off the search after a search team of about 100 people were involved in the search for days.


Nationalising mines not in national interest – MoEA minister

The govt. was not in favour of turning back the clock for the sector

Council: It is not the government’s business to do business and it’s best left to private sectors.  The government’s role shall be limited to facilitating and regulating businesses.


Immigration office needed in Pangbang

Locals feel it will improve tourism

Tourism: With increasing inflow of tourists, business community of Panbang, Zhemgang feel the need of an entry point at border in Mathanguri, Assam to ease the travel for international guests frequenting the dungkhag.


Devil in a van that doesn’t really exist

_MG_3420The van

Our reporter Jigme Wangchuk goes to Debsi to find out whether there is truth in a ghostly story surrounding a possessed van

It is raining. The mud track that winds through the deep thickets below Thimphu Gate a little away south from Babesa is all slushy and slippery. I am not at all in best of dress for the job, but I must grab the devil lording thereabout by the neck this day and show him some terror that I am capable of.


Fewer Chinese Supporters expected

10290708_579604675513340_7749402674894081706_nThe other dragons arrive (Photo courtesy: World Cup 2014 Druk Gyalkhab, Facebook page )

The April 25 earthquake in Nepal and daily tariff may have deterred them 

World cup: Of the 2,000 anticipated Chinese supporters only around 200-300 Chinese are now expected for the first Bhutan-China game to be held at Changlimithang tomorrow.

More than 80 percent of the Chinese supporters who had reserved tickets for the match with local tour operators have cancelled their trip.

Choki, the general manager of Happiness Kingdom, one of the local tour operators in the country said that they had bought 300 tickets from the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) for the game. “We couldn’t sell a single ticket since all of the reservations were cancelled by the Chinese,” he said.