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High drop out rate for Non-Formal Education

Education: The non-formal education (NFE) program, that once received the UNESCO Confucius prize for literacy for empowering more than 160,000 people, is in need of attention.

Both an increasing number of learners and instructors are dropping out of the NFE every year.

At least 1,142 learners dropped out in 2014, of which 666 were basic learners. Currently there are a total of 7,390 NFE learners.


Sex study on adolescence and youth

UNFPA-funded monograph ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Adolescents and Youth in Bhutan’

NSB: Early age marriage and pregnancy, low use of contraceptive methods and spread of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents and youths are increasing in the country.

This is according to National Statistics Bureau’s (NSB) monograph ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Adolescents and Youth in Bhutan’.


Detoxifying the ‘democratic’ process

It is late, but that’s better than never.  An association like the recently launched Bhutan Democracy Dialogue was one that was missing in our journey to making Bhutan a strong and unique democracy.

The body is a multi party association, which knows well what transpires before, during and after an election.  Such a body is crucial in allowing them to work together for the cause of democracy, even if they represent different political parties with different ideas.


Making good leaders of civil servants

RCSC: To motivate civil servants at the executive level, a training on leadership development skills will be conducted for them.

This initiative comes under one of the reforms being undertaken by the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC).

Today, about 150 executives and specialists holding leadership positions in the civil service, falling under the EX1, EX2 and EX3 levels, manage more than 26,000 civil servants.


RAA rakes up (pay) dirt in Samtse and Phuentsholing …

… and recovers (or is in the process of recovering) sums going into the millions

Corruption: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has recovered about Nu 2.8M (million) from a local enterprise in Samtse in connection with the supply of inferior quality corrugated galvanised iron (CGI) sheets to the dzongkhag in the 2013-14 financial year.

Kuensel learnt that the supplier, PP Enterprise, owned by an Indian national married to a Bhutanese in Chengmari, had its supply cancelled and blacklisted by the Samtse dzongkhag administration.


ODTP initiative treads on others’ turf

1509108_10152694257542314_8021762590138407219_nKiwi demonstration farm in Wangkha (Photo courtesy: Yeshi Dorji, BCCI)

The way forward, it was agreed at the AGM, was through cooperation with the agencies concerned

BCCI: With the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) initiating a one-district-three-products (ODTP) programme, there is a perception that the chamber is encroaching into the domain of some government agencies.

This, the chamber revealed, during the second day of its annual general meeting on Friday, with specific reference to its ODTP initiative.

This, the deputy secretary general, Chandra B Chettri, said, needed to be addressed through confidence and partnership. “The role of the BCCI, by and large, is limited to lobbying and programme facilitation,” he said.

The ODTP, officials from the chamber said, was a vehicle to achieve green revolution, based on a similar initiative of the agriculture ministry, the one-gewog-three product programme.


Pilot bus service for Lhuentse

unnamed-1Welcome change: Villagers offer marchang to welcome the new bus service

Transport: The people of Jarey and Metshog gewogs of Lhuentse will get a transport service tomorrow.  Inauguration of the service took place in Jarey gewog on April 13.

The service will ply between Lhuentse to Jarey on Mondays and between Metshog and Lhuentsi on Wednesdays.

Damchu Dorji, RSTA base-in-charge, said that all the gewogs in Lhuentse had put up a bus proposal at the sixth DYT meeting.  Transport service for Jarey and Metshog is a pilot programme.


Communities to protect choetens

IMG_7933One of the hundreds of vandalised choetens in Trashigang (File photo)

DT: With the recent spate of choeten vandalism in the dzongkhag, Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) members raised concerns over the increasing crime and sought police protection.

About 1,005 choetens are spread across Trashigang dzongkhag and most have been vandalised or were attempted to.  Presenting the issue, Sakteng gup, Tshewang Tshering said that choeten vandalism has become rampant.

“About 90 percent of the choetens in Sakteng have been vandalised. To protect these choetens, we need more support from the police force,” he said. “I think it is time that the police provide security.”


Regulars win Challenge 60-Sixty race

DSC_7753HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck awards the prizes to the winner of the mens’ category

Cycling: Three-time winner of the Dantak open mountain bike race, Sonam claimed his fourth trophy in the tournament as project Dantak celebrated its 54th Raising Day in Bhutan on Sunday.

A Japanese volunteer teacher, Reika Yoshii, also retained her last year’s top position in the women’s category.

Sonam, 38, completed the 120km race in three hours 48 minutes and 17 seconds. He had lost to an Australian volunteer teacher, Tom Horniblow, last year by 50 seconds.

Ten minutes later 24-year old Jigme Tenzin came second in the men’s category completing the race in three hours 58 minutes and 31 seconds.


Win keeps TYT’s semifinal hopes alive


Cricket: With other semifinal hopefuls True Warriors among the audience, TYT cricket club held their nerve as they comprehensively defeated Bhutan Telecom.

TYT opted to bat first and a blistering start saw TYT notch up 40 runs in five overs.  Two quick wickets in the space of two overs from pacer Sherub Dorji helped curtail the run rate.

The fourth wicket partnership between Lalith Sharma and Amar Deep took TYT’s score pass the 100 run mark.  Lalith Sharma notched up his half century in the process, and Amar Deep managed 27 runs.