Tuesday , December 1 2015

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  • Not ratifying EIB agreement will be a big loss

    ... Says Chairperson of the Foreign Relations Committee 

    Parliament: The failure to ratify the European Investment Bank (EIB) framework agreement would mean missing out on an opportunity and even embarrassment for Bhutan, according to the chairperson of the National Assembly’s Foreign Relations Committee, Rinzin Dorji.

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Quinoa introduced to address nutrition issues


The grain is known globally for its high nutrition content

Agriculture: To improve the country’s nutritional status, the Department of Agriculture (DoA) yesterday introduced two varieties of Quinoa from Peru for evaluation and adaptation in Bhutan.

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Bhutan reaffirms to remain carbon neutral

... The country has asked for development assistance in return

COP21: Bhutan has reaffirmed to remain carbon neutral and pursue low emission development to achieve the ambitious global targets of climate change post 2020.

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Salary revision outpaces revenue generation

The annual average salary of a civil servant is about 51 percent higher than a private employee’s

RCSC: About 25 percent of the country’s annual revenue is spent on paying civil servants. The annual salary of civil servants has more than doubled from 2008 to 2014, according to figures with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC).

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Changing climate threatens key development sectors

Countries like Bhutan should step up adaptive measures to respond to the threats of climate change 

Climate change: Bhutan could lose over six percent of its Gross Domestic Product annually by 2100 due to melting glaciers and climate change induced extremes according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) climate change and economics report for South Asia.

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Voter registration on biometrics scanner begins

To save time and resources, election officials urge voters to register their fingerprints on the biometrics 

Election: In a run up to the upcoming thromde elections, Samdrupjongkhar’s dzongkhag election officers have begun registering voters through the biometric finger print scanner and have captured 247 voters’ fingerprints to date.

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Bhutan renews commitment to conserve environment


UN: Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji deposited Bhutan’s Instrument of Acceptance to the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol (KP) on September 28 on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, representing a strong affirmation of Bhutan to remain committed in conservation and preservation of the environment.

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Poor demand for ECCDs in Trashigang


Education officials said parents lack awareness on the need to invest early in their children’s development 

Education: Although Trashigang has 13 community-based Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centers spread across the dzongkhag, there were no workplace- based ECCDs until a few days ago.

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Lhamoizingkha residents anxious over swelling Sankosh


Erosion: Old wooden houses, pothole-ridden roads and erratic power supply are some features that Lhamoizingkha town is synonymous with. This old town that borders a hamlet known as Hauda in India thrives anyway with a handful of notable developments recently accomplished.

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  • Ban not the best solution

    Sreet vendors have appealed to the Prime Minister after authorities banned them from selling food at night on the streets. The police have attributed rising crime with the availability of late night street food. They argue that street food is encouraging people to stay out longer and providing the fuel for people to commit crime.

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  • Time to deal with mounting waste

  • All is not well

My Country, My Town

  • Tying the knot! These two de rigueur office devices kind of go hand in glove, don’t they? Photo by Tempa Rabgay, Mountain Hazelnut Venture, Mongar
  • Comedown or comeuppance: The prospect of a pricey pickup being towed by a humble tractor Photo by Chundu Nidup Tshering, Phuntsholing.
  • New Age cattle feed: Ever wonder how milk comes in plastic packets? It’s all part and parcel of a cow’s diet today! Photo by Dorji Pelzang
  • New use for old caps: While the bench may gain a longer innings, the butt may not feel so grateful Photo by Dorji Pelzang
  • Welcome, have a bite of maize while you wait: Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home Photo by Sonam Jamtsho, Paro