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A nine-day Durga Puja began at the Durga Mandir in Thimphu from October 5. Organised by the Puja organising committee, the puja will end on October 14 with the Dasain (tika) festival.

Editorial

Finding gainful employment

The honeymoon period for most of the 2,400 university graduates is over, with the national graduates orientation programme coming to an end yesterday.  Out of universities and colleges, and ready for the world of work, the NGOP, comes as a respite before they join the work force or, for some, the long queue for jobs.

Beginning today, some will retire to the corners of their rooms to gear up for the civil service entry exams, while [... Read More]

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Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay joined the opening of the 9th De-Suung training program at the Military Training Centre in Tencholing, Wangduephodrang yesterday. A total of 107 volunteers, 74 males and 33 females, are participating in the program.

Will a quota for women bring about gender equality?

While the Inter-Parliamentary Union thinks so, others are not quite so sanguine

Parliament: A gender-sensitive parliament could be advanced, if women occupy the leadership role as parliamentarians, according to the action plan report published by the inter-parliamentary union (IPU).

During a sectoral policy briefing for members of the national assembly at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang yesterday, a gender specialist with the UN Women, Angela Ison, said that, to achieve gender equality, it must be ensured that [... Read More]

Gecko rescued in Gelephu

1391665_557752664278022_643565691_nThe rescued tokay gecko in Gelephu range office Photo: Sangay Dorji

Wildlife: Foresters of Gelephu range office in the southern border district of Sarpang recently rescued a 14-inch long tokay gecko, a nocturnal Asian lizard, which is prized for its medicinal value in the illegal wildlife trade circuit.

The lizard with orange spotted and yellowish-grey skin and a cream and dark-grey stripped tail was found in a wooden cage at the house of a 41-year-old man in Gelephu’s tsachu (hot springs) area.

Foresters, on receiving a [... Read More]

A cooking gas card system is the ticket …

… to stop hoarding and start equitable distribution of LPG in Tsimasham

Tshogdu: Regional trade officials are considering instituting a card system to prevent hoarding, and ensure better distribution of subsidised LPG in Tsimasham, the headquarters of Chukha district.

The shortage of LPG gas in the township came up during the district assembly or dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) meeting yesterday in Tsimasham.

Japcho gewog gup (elected gewog leader), Gyeltshen, said, whenever villagers come to refill, the fuel [... Read More]

Has domestic air service failed to take off?

The viability of the east as a tourist destination hinges on its smooth functioning

Aviation: The launching of the domestic air service in December 2011 raised expectations for the tourism industry, as well making the eastern region more accessible.

But in less than five months, one of the two operators, Tashi Air, the country’s first private airline, suspended domestic flights because of financial losses.

A month later, Drukair suspended domestic operations to Yonphula in Trashigang, because [... Read More]

Students’ values found wanting

More than half the respondents in the report discount honesty in the quest for success 

Education: Even as attempts by the education ministry to infuse GNH values in schools continue, findings of the “integrity and value education in schools,” report, 2012, by the anti corruption commission (ACC) reveal that more needs to be done.

The assessment found that 54.4 percent of respondents agree that, “in order to do well in life, one has to lie [... Read More]

The mostly moribund market sheds

DSCN3945Dophu’s vegetable shed along the Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar highway may be small but it’s big business for the vendor

One in the east is in working condition, while many in the west are not

Agriculture: Cramped in his small makeshift shack in  Yonphula, Trashigang, Dophu, 63, curiously looks out to every passerby, hoping they will buy the vegetables displayed on a wooden plank counter.

Located on the Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar highway, the vegetable vendor shouts, “Fresh and organic” to gather the attention of those passing by.

On the counter are radish, potatoes, chili, cabbage, beans and some [... Read More]

No alternative to commercial LPG

Its expense notwithstanding, those in the business are advised to get used to it 

Gas: Hoteliers and restaurateurs across the country, who find the commercial LPG expensive, might as well learn to live with it, for it is mandatory that they use only the big cylinders to run their commercial establishments, trade officials said.

Trade director, Sonam Wangchuk, said commercial establishments cannot use the subsidised LPG any more, and that it would be for the [... Read More]