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Bhutan at one with world in suicide rates

A task force commissioned by the govt. to study the phenomenon is yet to submit its report

Lifestyle: She calls it an accident, but reports say otherwise.

Around 1pm on October 28, a 51-year old woman in Trongsa was brought to the basic health unit with burns.

With about 20 percent burns on her face, she was referred immediately to Thimphu.  Her referral report states, “self-inflicted burn.”  Although doctors call it a self-immolation case, the patient [... Read More]

Sandalwood smuggler held in Tshimasham

This is the fourth bust police have made of the illegal trade in this locale

Crime: Police in Tshimasham nabbed a 32-year old man for smuggling in sandalwood on November 13.  The man was trying to smuggle in 52 logs (732kg) of sandalwood worth Nu 2.1M.

The wood was concealed among loads of animal feed in a truck when police, following a tip-off from their informers, ambushed the truck near Tshimakoti.  The man from Paro [... Read More]

Warning against hornet and wasp harvesting

The practice of collection for consumption/sale is undermining a fragile insect ecosystem

Notification: Collection and harvesting of Bjam Bji Ngyem (hornets) and potom (wasps) are on the rise, according to the park services department.

The department, through a public notification, recently warned people against collection and consumption of the insects.

“The increase in the illegal collection or harvesting of different species of hornets for consumption and sale in the country is having an adverse impact on [... Read More]

Preservation of heritage calls for strengthening Archeology

DSC_9152Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Secretary General of SLSA in Switzerland, Dr Eberhard Fischer launch the third heritage sites journal “Archaeology in Bhutan” yesterday.

Culture: Over the past few years, demand for documenting archaeological sites has increased with developmental activities increasing across the country that is disturbing these cultural heritage sites.

Department of culture director, Rinzin Penjor, said archaeology as a field of study is new to Bhutan and is at a nascent stage.

“Creating awareness on the importance of archaeology in the field of conservation and promotion of cultural heritage site is our main purpose,” he said.

With the [... Read More]

Judiciary bids farewell to chief justice

unnamed-16At the farewell ceremony of Chief justice Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, HRH princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck launched three books – Building the Supreme Court and two Dzongkha books on the origin of law and architect of Supreme court

Judiciary: In an official farewell ceremony attended by justices of Supreme Court and High Court, 20 dzongkhag and 15 dungkhag courts on November 15, Her Royal Highness princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck expressed her appreciation to Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye for serving with unwavering loyalty and dedication to fulfil the vision of three successive monarchs.

Having attained the age of 65 years on November 15, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, first chief justice of Supreme Court, demitted office [... Read More]


We are what we eat

Thimphu city will have six open-air gymnasiums in the near future, with a ‘for those who cannot afford gym membership” tag.  This is a welcome initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The facts on non-communicable diseases (NCD) revealed are a worry and an irony.  Not long ago, we were dealing with malnutrition; not having enough to eat was a cause of our unhealthy lives.  The trend seems to have reversed, at least in some parts of [... Read More]

SAARC beyond Indo-Pak differences

DSC_0376Suhasini Haidar at RIGSS

And the blame for this languishing lies squarely with the big boys of SAARC

SELP/RIGSS: The SAARC inter-regional trade figure has not climbed over the years, and has remained among the lowest in the world.  Bilateral differences between India and Pakistan are hampering integration.

This is what Suhasini Haidar said to the participants of third senior executive leadership programme (SELP) held at the Royal Institute of Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS) on November 14.

Suhasini Haidar [... Read More]

Nationwide 3G within birth anniversary period

The four remaining dzongkhags to be covered by the service are Dagana, Gasa, Pemagatshel, and Zhemgang

Connectivity: Efforts are underway to expand 3G connectivity to all 20 dzongkhags within the next year, to commemorate the birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

A second IT target will be to connect fifty more schools to the internet as well.

Department of information technology and telecom (DITT) director Phuntsho Tobgay said that dialogue had been held [... Read More]

Media – The agency for gender equality

Training workshop preps young journos to take up the struggle against sexual discrimination

Beijing + 20:Media is central to the achievement of gender equality, with a reach that other organisations can only aspire to, according to the regional director of UN Women regional office for Asia and Pacific, Roberta Clarke.

Speaking at the opening of the regional training for reporting for the Beijing +20, youth engagement and gender responsive advocacy for media in Asia and [... Read More]

Return of the yak

IMG_7197Over 60 acres of Tsamdro has been prepared for the yaks

After completely vanishing from Tang last year, yaks will be brought back to the valley as part of an attempt to revive cultures and traditions associated with a semi-nomadic lifestyle.

It is hoped that the lifestyle, which has existed for centuries, will be rekindled with the return of yaks to the mountains of Namgong, Tebithang, Phokpai, and Dungmithang.

The plan to revive yak rearing in Tang was initiated by current opposition leader, Dr. Pema Jamtsho in 2011, [... Read More]

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