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Is the world today a better place for children?

When world leaders signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 25 years ago, they made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.

This year as we celebrate 25 years of the CRC, it is a time to stock-take on where we are and [... Read More]

Gewog decides to clear road on its own

PIC_0295The DoR will take more than a week to clear the block at Taguna

Possibilities of new alignment studied

Dungana: The Dungna feeder road in Chukha will finally be cleared for traffic more than two months after heavy rains in August 30 caused a massive landslide, which washed away huge portions of the road.

Although connectivity to five gewogs was affected, it is Dungna gewog that has agreed to inject Nu 0.3M from its gewog road maintenance budget.

The Dungna gup Lam Dorji said they couldn’t wait any longer for [... Read More]


Let us engage constructively to put our values into action

Few days ago, an ordinary conversation with a friend turned into a heated debate: I realized that he is open to the idea of hitting his future wife “under certain circumstances”. In other words, he does not oppose domestic violence. My opinion on the matter is that domestic violence is wrong – plain and simple. I think domestic violence is wrong regardless of the gender, class, race, origin, social-status, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. of [... Read More]

Six officers set to leave for Liberia for UN peacekeeping mission


As part of Bhutan’s ongoing UN peacekeeping engagement, six officers, including a female officer, from the Royal Bhutan Police will soon leave for a yearlong assignment at the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

This is the first time that police officers from Bhutan will be participating in a UN peacekeeping mission under the UN Police (UNPOL).

The six police peacekeepers are Lt. Col Passang Dorji, Lt. Col. Dorji Khandu, Lt. Col. Jatshola, Lt. Col. Wangchula, Lt. Col. [... Read More]

Legislators and judiciary divided on age of consent

Amending the provision in the Penal Code could make girls more vulnerable, say NA

Penal Code: The National Assembly (NA), the highest legislative body in the country, didn’t feel it necessary to amend the provisions of the penal code related to consensual sex.  But law practitioners and those implementing it feel otherwise.

The need to revisit one particular provision in the penal code emerged after the people of Dagana dzongkhag submitted a proposal to the [... Read More]

India to expedite alternate route to Pasakha

DSC_1879Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale (right) and the Consul General in Phuentsholing, JK Sharma

Visit: A 1.2km alternate route for heavy vehicles traveling between the Pasakha industrial area and Bolan Chaupati in Jaigaon, will be expedited according to Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale.

The route is expected to ease traffic congestion in the two border towns and also reduce transportation costs for industrialists.

In his first visit to Phuentsholing and Jaigaon yesterday, the ambassador met with Bhutanese and Indian officials, including those of the Indian security agency Sashastra [... Read More]

Is our education system conducive to entrepreneurship?

Discussion: Bhutanese education system may inculcate value and skill through innovative teaching-learning methods but its not conducive to entrepreneurship.

A panel discussion on if the Bhutanese education system was conducive to entrepreneurship was held yesterday evening as part of the ongoing Global Entrepreneurship Week’s program in the capital.

One of the panelists, member of parliament and former vice chancellor of Royal University of Bhutan, Zangley Dukpa, said Bhutanese education was based on the British-Indianised one, [... Read More]

BOiC approves Bumthang dairy farm project

The applicant, though, is one of the lucky ones as many have applied to no avail

Loan: Business opportunity and information centre (BOiC) approved a dairy farm project worth Nu 1.35m from Chokhortoe, Bumthang.

The project, BOiC officials said, was among the 427 project proposals received since the centre opened on August 28.

The project applicant, Kezang Dorji, said officials from BOiC called him a few days ago, confirming the approval. “They said they’d release Nu [... Read More]


The central school comeback

The petition from parents in Jigmeling to the gewog office not to shut down the primary school in the village is a timely reminder to policy makers, who are in the midst of working on centralising schools in the country.

Besides the consultation at all levels, the issue raised by the villagers comes as a good feedback, a sincere concern of the centralisation policy.  Parents, especially those in rural areas, are not vocal during consultations, but [... Read More]

Asia-Pacific region reaffirms women empowerment

DSC07871-2Gyalyum Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck interacts with a participant from the region Photo : Yamin oo

Gender: The Asia and Pacific conference on gender equality and women’s empowerment: Beijing +20 Review in Bangkok, Thailand, ended yesterday with the adoption of the ministerial declaration.

The ministerial declaration reaffirms the commitment made by countries in the Asia-Pacific region at the Beijing declaration on women empowerment and gender equality. The countries are to work towards eliminating inequality, as a matter of human rights and for the region’s development and prosperity.

The Beijing declaration was adopted during the fourth World Conference on [... Read More]

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