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Sunday, April 26th, 2015 - 10:47 AM
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A cultural programme was organsied yesterday to celebrate the 35th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King, the 60th Birth Anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Bangladesh’s Independence and National day at the Harmony Centenary Youth Village. The Bangladesh Embassy and the Department of Culture organsied the event.

     

The e-governance gambit

The government invested a lot of money on Google Apps and with very good intentions.

Google Apps was going to make the way our government worked more efficient, by cutting down needless and wasteful bureaucratic procedures, and reducing our use of paper.

Nearly a year later, it has done so to a very large extent and the government’s experiment with e-governance can safely and rightly be hailed a success.

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Dwindling dhap presence at Gomphu Kora tshechu

DSC01500Pilgrimage: More than 300 visitors from Tawang attended the Gomphu Kora tshechu this year

And it’s not just the number of visitors, local attendance has also gone down

Festival: More than 300 visitors from Tawang, popularly known as dhaps, thronged the Gomphu Kora tshechu in Trashiyangtse, which ended on March 30.

The tradition of dhaps attending the popular Gomphu Kora tshechu dates back to the 8th century, and every year, hundreds of them, from places like How, Loomla, Dongmareng, and Khobleyteng in Tawang, attend the three-day tshechu.

The nearest road point from Tawang is about a kilometre away from the bordering village of Jangphutse in Bhutan.

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Getting tourists to the grassroots

Decentralised Hands-on Exhibition promotes entrepreneurship in villages

DSCI/JICA: Very soon all dzongkhags will have some community-based enterprises that will provide interactive presentations to both local and international tourists.

Decentralised Hands-on Exhibition (DHOE) is an alternative rural development to encourage sustainable rural entrepreneurship in villages.   An enterprise can be a village tea garden, where tourists can enjoy a first hand experience picking tea leaves with the farmers, and buying tea from a farmer.

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Digital storytelling workshop begins

Training: To provide skills in producing short films and multi-media videos, a 14-day workshop on digital storytelling for 45 youth began yesterday in Thimphu.

Digital storytelling is a modern extension of the ancient art of storytelling, interwoven with digitised still and moving images, narratives and sound.  Using these media, the participants will develop a narrative to tell stories.

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Diagnostic service machines donated to hospital

DSC_4155HRH Princess Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck and health minister Tandin Wangchuk inagurates the equipment

JDWNRH: Diagnostic services at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital are expected to improve with the hospital receiving an ultrasonography and C-arm machines yesterday.

Worth about Nu 4M (million), HRH Princess Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck donated the machines to the hospital, along with an additional Nu 1M cheque for palliative care.

Hospital officials said that about 70-80 patients avail the ultrasonography services every day.  Health minister Tandin Wangchuk, said that, while the country had made impressive progress and achieved successes in primary health care, the health system was also struggling with a plenty of challenges.

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The Gross National Happiness Commission secretary Sonam Wangchuk and Japan International Corporation Agency’s chief representative Yumiko Asakuma, signed an agreement for the grant aid to “Reconstruct bridges on highway I” and “support for community engagement in local governance” yesterday in Thimphu. The highway stretches from Semtokha in Thimphu until Trashigang.
The Japan government committed USD 16 million for the reconstruction of bridges on highway I in which three bridges – Chuzomsa Zam and Nikachu Zam in Wangdiphodrang and Zalamchu Zam in Trongsa will be reconstructed. USD two million was also committed for the support of community engagement in local governance.
The reconstructions will start from January 2016 and be completed by September 2017.

   

Sand supply system streamlined

For too long has its price been held in the stranglehold of unscrupulous transporters

NRDCL: If you don’t find any sand laden trucks at the Thimphu truck parking, it’s because several new measures are in place to curb illegal sale of sand, especially in the capital.

After years of complaints of inconsistent sand prices, mainly in Thimphu, the National Resources Development Corporation limited (NRDCL) since December last year initiated some changes in the sand supply system.

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Disproportionate assets shown against numerous declarants

50 flagged names yet to clarify though March 29 deadline has passed

ACC: Of the 1,000 public servants, who were asked to furnish written clarifications for declaring assets disproportionate to their income in 2013, the Anti-Corruption Commission is yet to receive clarifications from about 50 asset declarants, even though the deadline elapsed on March 28.

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Updating the Middle Path for sustainable development

National environment strategy to have specific mandates and to fix accountability on agencies

Environment: Sixteen years after the National Environment Strategy (NES) was adopted, the National Environment Commission is reviewing the strategy to make it relevant to the changes in environment and policies.

The commission adopted the first NES, called the Middle Path, in 1998.

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