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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - 10:37 AM
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What lies ahead for Asia’s wildlife?

Biodiversity: The tale of the four friends — a bird, a rabbit, a monkey and an elephant living and working in harmony — is a much beloved one and in some ways has come to symbolize Bhutan’s own emphasis on finding the right balance between people and nature.

How unfortunate now that much of Asia’s wildlife will never have it as good as this harmonious quartet. Asia’s indigenous animals are increasingly under threat.

In India, the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) began conservation efforts focused first on India’s endangered tigers, and has since diversified into several projects targeting also that nation’s elephant, rhino, Nilgiri tahr, red panda and snow leopard populations as more and more species have come under threat.

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Cleaning campaign collects 76 sacks of garbage

DSC_2259Advocacy: Students of RTC campaign on reducing and recycling waste yesterday in Thimphu city

The day long campaign was organised to observe the world environment day

Environment: Royal Thimphu College (RTC) students collected 76 sacks of garbage yesterday from a cleaning campaign that started at 7.45am yesterday.

The event jointly organised by RTC, Thimphu thromde and Japan Environmental Sanitation Centre was to observe the World Environment Day. RTC students were divided into five groups to create awareness on waste management and to collect garbage from designated places.

A group walked from the college towards the town area while another cleaned the Memorial chorten area. The other groups were spread across the truck parking lot, city bus parking and Changlam Square in the capital.

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Participants at the sixth Bhutan construction expo, which opened in Thimphu yesterday at the Changlingmithang stadium parking, demonstrates their products. About 60 construction companies from Bhutan, India and Thailand are participating in the four-day expo.

Participants at the sixth Bhutan construction expo, which opened in Thimphu yesterday at the Changlingmithang stadium parking, demonstrates their products. About 60 construction companies from Bhutan, India and Thailand are participating in the four-day expo.

    

Green Park opened at Rinchen Kuenphen PS

DSC_2342Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck inaugurates the Green Park commemorating World Environment Day yesterday

Anniversary: To provide a healthy environment within the school for students, a Green Park opened at the Rinchen Kuenphen Primary School coinciding with World Environment Day yesterday.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck inaugurated the park, which is dedicated to the sixtieth birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

The park, located within the school premises, provides a relaxing and enjoyable place for students.  The park consists of flower gardens, feeding places for birds, a pond with fish, rock gardens, prayers wheels (mani dungkhor) and a small play park with a seesaw, swing and monkey bars for children.

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Bhutan ranked 159

footballThe national team during training session in Thailand

This is four places up from the last FIFA ranking in March

Football: If we go by the FIFA’s latest team ranking, Bhutan should come on top of at least two of the nations grouped together in groupC.

After the biggest leap of 46 places in the April edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, Bhutan has now climbed four more rungs on the FIFA ranking ladder to 159.

This is the highest ranking that the country has ever reached since the ranking was introduced in 1993. Bhutan is ranked five places above Hong Kong (164), the team that they will face in the first match of the second round of the World Cup qualification on Wednesday, June 11.

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Focus point

The Legal Order of Mangpo Kurwai Gyalpo: Legal & Philosophical Narratives

Part I

This article examines the legal order of Mangpo Kurwai Gyalpo, the first Buddhist king in comparison with the western philosophy.

In particular, it attempts to highlight Buddhist concept of the state of human nature, state formation, and the appointment of the Great Chosen One through the social contract theory.

It also narrates an elective and democratic process involved in entrusting upon the right to rule by the king acclaimed by all to administer justice.

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Election deadline pressure on thromde decision

The joint sitting will reconvene next week to finally resolve, it is hoped, the pending issue

Parliament: With the joint sitting of Parliament still not able to come to a consensus on the declaration of proposed dzongkhag and yenlag (satellite) thromdes even after two days of extensive deliberations, the house resolved to defer its deliberation to next week.

Speaker Jigme Zangpo said the proposal would be finalised next week, so that the local government elections in the 20 dzongkhag and yenlag thromdes can happen next year.

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Environmental initiatives launched

20150604-IMG_3517Anniversary: Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the celebration of the World Environment Day, held in Bhutan on June 4th, coinciding with Her Majesty’s birthday

Waste: The National Environment Commission celebrated World Environment Day yesterday in honour of the birth anniversary of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, the patron of the environment in the country.

Highlighting the sustainable development and consumption practice in line with the global theme for this year’s World Environment Day, “Seven Billion Dream, One Planet, Consume with Care”, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen launched various environmental projects and partnerships with different stakeholders in Thimphu.

An initiative to reduce paper usage in government offices, the E-launch of “Sustainability and Efficiency: Towards a paperless government” was held. The project aims to develop guidelines, which will facilitate offices to go paperless. The project is expected to not only help increase environmental sustainability but also help reduce costs.

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PM meets Members of the European Parliament

pmLyonchoen Tshering Tobgay with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk

Visit: Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay on June 3 met with Members of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with South Asia led by the Chairperson Jean Lambert on the second day of his visit to the European Union in Brussels.

Lyonchoen had wide ranging discussions with the Parliamentarians including on strengthening relations and cooperation between the Parliaments of Bhutan and the European Union.

Lyonchoen also met the President of the European Council Donald Tusk and discussed Bhutan-European Union relations and in particular EU development aid to Bhutan. Lyonchoen thanked the President for the generous assistance extended to Bhutan since 1982.

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