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When Bhutan was welcomed into the comity of nations

UntitledPhoto: Michael Rutland

On September 21, 1971, Bhutan became the 128th member of the United Nations.  The UN is an organisation based on the principle of sovereign equality of its members

To mark the occasion, the government declared three days of national holiday.  In the capital, the government organised a grand celebration at the Lungtenphu archery ground.  The highlight of which was an archery match.

The best archers from Wangduephodrang and Paro dzongkhags travelled to Thimphu to contest and entertain.  [... Read More]

GoI approves budget for road widening

Work on the 546km Thimphu-Trashigang highway will complete within 11th Plan period

MoWHS: With the budget for widening of the 546km Thimphu-Trashigang highway approved by government of India, widening work will commence soon.

During a consultative meeting held yesterday with contractors on the scope of the widening and upgradation work of the highway, works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden, said that all contractors should be responsible and maintain the quality of work.

“Contractors should know [... Read More]

Cabinet approves REC restructure

Update: With cabinet’s approval, the Royal Education Council (REC) will be merged with the education ministry’s department of curriculum and research development (DCRD).

It will continue to be known as REC, with two departments under it.  A department of teacher development, and the current DCRD, renamed as department of curriculum development, will be formed under the restructured council.

The cabinet, sources said, approved the proposal on restructuring Royal Education Council during its latest meeting on [... Read More]

Local school notebooks sold in Jaigaon

DSC_1166Out of school: A book belonging to Trashiyangtse sold in Jaigaon

Stationery: A small shop in the bordering Indian town of Jaigaon has been selling notebooks, meant for students in rural schools in the country.

The printed cover confirms the notebooks belong to Trashiyangtse.

Although the shop’s location doesn’t fall under the core town area of Jaigaon, it is located in an alley that leads to the supermarket area.

The shopkeeper said he recently bought 24 notebooks from a renowned stationery store in Phuentsholing.  By September 17, [... Read More]

15-year sentence for rape of 11-year-old

Crime: A 26-year old man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping and impregnating an 11-year-old last December.

Thimphu district court’s bench five has found Lal Bahadur Chetri from Phuntshothang in Samdrupjongkhar guilty of statutory rape, in accordance to section 181 of the penal code of Bhutan.

Statutory rape, a sexual offence committed against a child below 12 years, is considered a felony of first degree.

Thimphu police arrested Lal Bahadur Chetri on [... Read More]

Editorial

A high profile affair

There is an air of excitement and suspense among those closely following the case being heard by bench four of the Thimphu district court.  The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is prosecuting two individuals relating to a case that was settled about a decade back.

A trend has already been set with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) digging up cases retrospectively.  And there is every reason for OAG to prosecute the former royal advisory councillor, Chang [... Read More]

Less children enroll in local monastic body

Concerns are being raised over the decline in the number of aspirants to monkhood

Dratshang: Tsirang’s dratshang and communities are concerned about the decline in the number of children joining the monastic body.

This concern was raised by the Tsirang dratshang during the dzongkhag tshogdu held last month.  A request was made to attending gups to raise awareness in their gewogs and to encourage children to enroll with the monastic body.

Speaking to Kuensel, Tsirang dratshang’s [... Read More]

Bhutanese athletes in Korea for Asian games

unnamedTeam Bhutan: Bhutanese athletes and officials in Incheon

Athletics: About 16 Bhutanese Athletes are in Incheon, South Korea to take part in the 17th Asian games, officially known as the XVII Asia.

Bhutanese athletes are taking part in archery, boxing, golf, shooting and Taekwondo.  The Asian games has 439 events in 36 sports disciplines, including the 28 Olympic sports and eight non-Olympic sports.

The welcome ceremony for the athletes was held yesterday at the ceremony plaza of the athlete’s village in Incheon. The [... Read More]

Getting all stakeholders on the same page

A national entrepreneurial strategy, pending cabinet approval, will establish a linkage between the agencies concerned

Entrepreneurship: In the absence of a proper strategy, entrepreneurship training programmes offered by several agencies were not always up to the mark, according to labour ministry officials.

Department of employment director, Jamyang Gelay, said although there are numerous agencies conducting entrepreneurship programmes and providing support, there is no coordinated effort by the government to support entrepreneurs.

Besides the labour ministry, organisations [... Read More]

Using CCs to train farmers: BMCI

Bhutan Media and Communication Institute is ICIMOD’S sole knowledge partner here

Meeting: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) could use Bhutan’s community centres as venues to transfer some of the organisation’s technological innovations to farmers.

Bhutan Media and Communication Institute (BMCI) suggested that ICIMOD use Bhutan’s community centres as venues to train farmers on various skills, like the making of bio-briquette, drip irrigation, rain water harvesting, and bee keeping, among others.  The suggestion [... Read More]

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