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Eleven international students, 10 from the US and one from Switzerland have joined the Royal Thimphu College for the winter semester. This is the fifth batch from US and the second from Switzerland. The students are accompanied by Professor John Miller, a professor of Economics at Wheaton College

Empowering the poor with enterprising skills

IMG_7394Pinga learns to use a hair dryer in the village training program

The village skill development-training program is targeted in districts with high poverty rates

Training: The dream of opening a hair salon for Pinga from Dorokha might not remain a dream anymore.

For the 15-year-old teenager is already enrolled in a ‘hair dressing’ village skill development-training program that the labour ministry is conducting since August 13.

The ADB assisted project training, which is funded by Japan Fund for Poverty reduction is underway at Samtse gewog administrative office.

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Goodwill visit: The chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, Japan, Mr Katsuyuki Kawai, will arrive in the kingdom today on a two-day goodwill visit.

On his third visit to the kingdom Mr Katsuyuki Kawai is leading a delegation of parliament members and foreign ministry officials.

Mr Kawai will call on the prime minister, foreign minister, [... Read More]

Thromde’s new road names move irks residents

IMG_4558To be replaced? An existing signage bearing street name

The change of Norzin lam to Chang lam is especially galling to long time dwellers

Thimphu: Thimphu thromde’s recent move to rename streets in Thimphu’s core area has done anything but go down well with residents and the business community.

On August 17, 2013, the thromde issued a public announcement that, having completed assigning buildings in town with numbers, there will be an “installation of street signage inscribed with new names”.

The announcement in the media [... Read More]

Budgetary constraints push back orientation schedule

The program must remain on hold till the first sitting of the new Parliament

Graduates 2013: Following budget constraints, the national graduates orientation program (NGOP) this year will be held some time towards September end.

The tentative dates for the program have been scheduled from September 26 to October 5.  Last year, the NGOP was held from August 9-18.

Labour ministry officials said the program had to be pushed to next month because the finance ministry [... Read More]

Cleaning up the thousand lakes trail

DSC_0412Going up: Climbing across Labatama

After a 6-day campaign, the team returned with 30 sacks of trash

Tourism: A team of 20 tourist guides and officials of the Bhutan Tourism corporation limited (BTCL) returned to Chamgang in Thimphu with 30 sacks of garbage collected from the six-day Dagala trekking route in Thimphu dzongkhag.

The team began their campaign to clean the route from Genekha on August 12 and returned on August 17.

On the very first day, the team encountered chemical [... Read More]

Bomb blast on bus at Barobisa (W. Bengal-Assam border)

Terrorism: It was around 1:30pm on August 18.  Meena, 34, a Gelephu resident, got off the bus she was travelling in, which had stopped at Barobisa on the West Bengal-Assam border for lunch.

She and the three other Bhutanese passengers had just started eating at the Mahalakshimi hotel, when an explosion went off in a bus parked nearby.

“I remember the sound of the explosion,” Meena said in a telephone interview last evening. “The bus [... Read More]

How resources will be allocated

Health, education and living standards and not just income will be the focus of alleviation measures

11th FYP: Unlike in the past, when poverty reduction efforts were focused mainly on reducing income poverty, the Eleventh Plan will focus on reducing multi-dimensional poverty, besides income poverty in the country, according to Plan documents.

This means a change in resource allocation formula at the local government level and will be based on multi-dimensional poverty rate of health [... Read More]

Leftovers of the 10th plan

Ones that will spillover into the 11th

11th FYP: The Bhutanese representatives at the 11th plan talks that ended last week have requested for more than Rs 2.2B for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The amount was a part of the estimated cost of the 22 projects that spilled over from the 10th plan, which totes up to more than Rs 5.7B.

The 22 projects include activities like construction of hospitals and its facilities, education infrastructure and [... Read More]

Discrimination in the trappings of power

For one, the sword as a symbol of authority does not extend to women in high positions

Gender: If the coloured kabney (scarf) is for title and patang (ceremonial sword) a symbol of authority, then Bhutanese women leaders, some critics say, do not have authority, because they do not dangle swords like their men counterparts in elevated positions.

While women leaders, including parliamentarians and those heading constitutional bodies, say they could not care less whether [... Read More]