Uprooting weeds from the lake in November (file photo)
… is just one of 55 GEF-funded community-based sustainable development projects in Bhutan
Ecology: In an attempt to beautify Luentsho, a lake in Wangduephodrang, a water plant was introduced, a few years back. No one imagined that the plant would eventually spread to cover the entire surface of the lake, and even threaten its very existence, by causing its gradual drying.
Environmentalists also warned that, if the invasive species found in the lake were not [... Read More]
First batch of Bhutanese student with Raja Tobgyal in Kalimpong (1914) Photo courtesy: Dr Tandi Dorji
Anagarika Dharmapala, founder of the Maha Bodhi Society, may have played an influential role
Education: In 1914, a group of 46 Bhutanese boys left for Kalimpong, India to study. They were the first batch of Bhutanese students to study modern education, enrolled in Dr Graham’s Homes.
Among them was Babu Tashi, father of Supreme Court chief justice, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye. Exactly 150 years later on January 18, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye joined the Maha Bodhi Society [... Read More]
The trick, the writer reveals, is to know oneself, warts and all, and not seek to be another
People often ask how to overcome lack of self-confidence. They say that they are shy to approach a member of the opposite sex, or are unable to talk in front of a large number of people.
I tell them that they should just do the best they can without expectations. That is enough. I also narrate the story of [... Read More]
Last rites: Thousands of devotees from across the country attend the purjang ceremony of late Drabi Lopon Kinley Gyeltshen yesterday in Punakha
Cremation: Devotees from across the country flocked to Lekshey Jungey shedra in Punakha to pay their tribute to the former Drabi Lopon (master of lexicography) of the central monk body, Lopon Kinley Gyeltshen, yesterday.
His body was cremated yesterday 24 days after he passed away on January 1 at the age of 67.
Devotees, including Lams, lopens, monks, nuns and common people chanted soeldep (request chanting), holding yellow sheets of chant scripts in their hands, [... Read More]
His Majesty The King granted dhar to the newly elected gup of Darla gewog in Chhukha, Mil Kumar Mongar at the Tashichhodzong yesterday.
The ban on foreign commodities is to be lifted, while taxes on them will be revised
Imports: The government confirmed it would lift restrictions imposed on import of vehicles and housing loan, but not before fiscal measures are put in place.
Finance minister Namgay Dorji said the ban will be lifted, but taxes on all commodities imported will be revised.
“We’re looking at an extensive overhaul on the taxation front,” he said, adding the overall economy [... Read More]
Not over yet: Discussions continue between Home Minister Damcho Dorji and opposition member Nidup Zangpo (middle) after the session
Parliament decided audit irregularities must be resolved within 2013-14 fiscal year
Audit: Parliament yesterday resolved that political parties should, henceforth, clear all audit irregularities annually.
At the joint sitting, it was also decided that they would look at loopholes in electoral laws and review and amend the acts, if necessary.
This was following the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report presented to Parliament, which stated the former ruling and opposition parties, which have switched roles this time, [... Read More]
NA: The nation’s forestry inventory would now be complete within 2015, three years ahead of its initial schedule of 2018.
Agriculture Minister Yeshey Dorji, while deliberating the joint public accounts committee report, said his ministry was investing Nu 61M more to accomplish the task.
Findings of the royal audit performance report indicated the forest department would need Nu 252M to complete the inventory alone.
Compiling the national forestry inventory began in 2009 and, so far as [... Read More]
The six men and three women will work at a resort/convention hotel as room attendants
Employment: Nine Bhutanese made up the first batch to leave the country under the government initiated overseas employment programme, when they left to work in Qatar on January 22, labour ministry officials claim.
The six men and three women will work at the Sheraton Doha resort and convention hotel as room attendants with the house keeping department, labour ministry’s employment [... Read More]
Tobacco: Thimphu district court, on January 20, sentenced a Thimphu businesswoman to three years in prison for possessing chewing tobacco (baba) more than four times the permissible quantity.
A person is allowed to import only 300g in a month, according to the amended Tobacco Act, 2012.
The convict, Nar Maya Pradhan, had with her 1,410g (about eight dozen 10-gram baba packets), when police raided her shop in July last year. Police also found 44 pieces [... Read More]