Even as the second day of the ongoing meeting of the international working group (IEWG) in Thimphu saw discussions get more focused on what should be included into the new development paradigm, a lot of questions were raised along the way.
One was whether the experts and academics could ever come to a consensus within the next two days on the new paradigm that will shape and influence public policy. People familiar with such meetings say [... Read More]
Ambassador Imtiaz Ahmed honouring Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering on behalf of Bangladesh
In recognition for his support and contribution to its Independence War of 1971
Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering Foreign minister Ugyen Tshering was awarded ‘Friends of Liberation War Honour’ by the government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh yesterday in Thimphu.
The honour presented by Bangladesh Ambassador to Bhutan, Mr Imtiaz Ahmed, was awarded as recognition of Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering’s support and contribution to Bangladesh’s Independence War of 1971.
“I’m happy receiving this award. It means a lot both to [... Read More]
Party president with youth representatives
Empowering young people is one of the party’s 25 top priorities
Druk Chirwang Tshogpa Taking a step forward to give form to their action plan, Druk Chirwang tshogpa, yesterday, met with representatives of their youth members for “consultative purposes”.
Youth empowerment was one of the party’s 25 top areas of action. The party claims to have more than 500 youth members around the country.
During the meeting, youth-related issues, such as unemployment, substance abuse, crime, suicide, depression, [... Read More]
There are two children among the injured
A 28-year old monk died on the spot, while six others were seriously injured, when the Maruti van, they were travelling in, crashed near Bongaigaon, Assam, yesterday afternoon.
As of last evening, it was not clear whether the van collided with another vehicle or went off road.
The deceased monk was the brother-in-law of the driver, a police constable in Phuentsholing, and the family was on their way to Martshala, Samdrupjongkhar.
Police [... Read More]
Old Bank of Bhutan Premises A 25-year-old man smashed the screen of an automatic teller machine (ATM) at the old Bank of Bhutan premises, Thimphu, after his ATM card got stuck in the machine without dispensing cash.
The incident occurred at around 1:45am yesterday, according to records with the city police.
The man, a contract teacher, was apprehended by the bank’s G4S security, who called police to report the incident.
Police officials said the man was drunk [... Read More]
Kingathang, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang The Kingathang forest fire in Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang, which burned for two whole days and nights, was brought under control at around nine last morning.
More than 400 people were deployed to contain the fire that is estimated to have damaged over 6,000 acres of blue pine forest.
“We were finally able to extinguish the fire completely,” Phobjikha beat office’s forester, Damber Bdr Chhetri, said.
The fire, which began in a government reserved forest area, [... Read More]
Experts and other participants of the international expert working group meeting outside the convention centre yesterday in Thimphu
A complete detailed report is to be submitted to the UN in the spring of 2014
New Development Paradigm Experts from across the world, specialising in various fields, bringing as varied and often contrasting views, a taste of which Bhutanese participants at the first international expert working group meeting were greeted with, met yesterday in the capital.
The difference in views notwithstanding, some 40 or so experts were brought together by a common goal of [... Read More]
Land Allotment Case The home minister’s legal representative submitted yesterday to the Mongar district court the fourth rebuttal against ACC’s charges on the Gyalpoizhing land allotment case.
According to section 294(a) of the penal code of Bhutan, the ACC is required to prove that the defendant knowingly exercised authority that was unauthorised by law, the legal representative, Jamyang Sherab Wangdi, submitted.
He said ACC accepted in their oral submission to the court on January 16 that [... Read More]
It’s a mission to change the world.
That was one of the remarks heard yesterday in Thimphu at the opening session of the first meeting of the international expert working group (IEWG) for the new development paradigm (NDP).
It is. It is a mission to save the planet, humankind and a daunting one at that.
The NDP, described as an evolving global initiative, being led by Bhutan and inspired by GNH, proposes a change in the world view [... Read More]
Elections 2013 A 33-year-old educationist from Narang gewog in Mongar is the first National Council aspirant to make public his intention to take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Tshering Wangchen, known to his high school and college mates for his leadership cameo roles, said the decision was arrived at, after he met with people from his village, “who bestowed a great deal of trust” in him.
“So I’m assured of my fellow villagers’ support,” he [... Read More]