Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the salang tendrel (ground breaking ceremony) of the Election Commission of Bhutan’s head office building
ECB: The construction of election commission office at Kawajangsa began yesterday with the conduct of salang tendrel, or the ground-breaking ceremony.
The construction is scheduled for completion by December 2015 for election officials to move into and to be able to conduct the local government elections in 2016.
The Government of India funded structure will be a five-storied one, spreading over 65-decimal land at above Zhorig Chusum institute.
Today, the election commission operates from a private [... Read More]
Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga address the inaugural session
NC: The National Council will not deliberate the office of attorney general amendment bill, and the narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and substance abuse amendment bill, during this session.
National Council’s chairperson, Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga said two bills deserve thorough review and the amendment would not be done in haste. The house decided to table the two bills in the third session.
Earlier, the house identified four bills to be tabled including the national council [... Read More]
One subject that is being discussed over and over again is the teaching profession or teachers. We should welcome it. In fact, it deserves more discussion, because we are talking about a profession that is perceived as not receiving as much attention as merits its importance.
The latest study on teachers’ job satisfaction is not encouraging. It found that young teachers in the mid and early stages of their career are dissatisfied with their job. This [... Read More]
Hands on: Participants learn the electrical basics of a multi-meter at the training
A village skills development program in Buli is expected to have a transformative effect
Training: Twenty-six-year-old Tshewang Lhamo from Buli village in Nangkhor, Zhemgang never bought a tego or wonju piece to be stitched later. She always bought ready-made pieces, because their village didn’t have a tailor.
After three months, Tshewang is hoping to be able to stitch her own clothes, and also for other villagers at a small cost. She has no intention of [... Read More]
Befitting a small community: On a small village ground mask dance is preformed by a small number locals for as small a spectator.
Urban Relnangpas return to their rural roots to support a tradition
Festival: Villagers and students of Lauri have decided to shoulder the responsibility of reviving and preserving their annual village tshechu, which ended last week at Relnang village in Lauri, Samdrupjongkhar.
Relnang is located on a gentle slope, flanked by mounts Tshephu on the left and Phu Thung on the right, which is over an hour’s walk from Jompa, where the Lauri gewog centre stands.
The [... Read More]
Review: There are big phalluses, and then there are small ones, painted or carved. There are wooden ones, or ones made of metal or bamboo. There are also those that are made of stone or have emerged, naturally, or mystical like the Ranjung Kharsa Pani, and ones staring (with eyes) right back at you.
The photos in ‘Phallus, Crazy Wisdom from Bhutan’ a book by Karma Choden, has them all, but none are bowed [... Read More]
The Indian delegation had also asked for the review of import ban on vehicle, alcohol and furniture
Trade: A bypass to Passakha and Samdrupjongkhar industrial estates from India was one of the top agendas of the Indo-Bhutan bilateral talks on trade and transit held yesterday in Thimphu.
The decision was to establish the route sooner so it would reduce the transportation cost and most important, ease traffic congestions the two towns of Jaigaon and Phuntsholing [... Read More]
Central bank’s advice to govt. with regard to restrictions on housing and transport loans
RMA: The government could lift restrictions imposed on housing and transport loans by June this year, provided it is followed by what central bank officials call “prudent fiscal measures”.
The central bank, Kuensel learnt, had advised the government to look into lifting the restrictions soon. This might possibly happen after the June parliament session.
“We’re in favour of lifting the restrictions as [... Read More]
Once a babbling brook: Bachiyae in Yangneer is today reduced to trickles
The increasing number of dried/drying up sources has numerous worrisome implications
Resource: The drying up of water sources for the last few years in Trashigang has begun to worry both villagers and district officials.
Gewog statistics show that about 12 gewogs, including Sakteng, Phongmey, Bartsham, Yangnyer and Lumang, have reported dried and drying water sources.
The volume of four water sources in Kosphu Gonpa and Khothorong in Lumang have reduced, say villagers, while five villages in [... Read More]
There has been words the central bank officials have advised the government to lift the ban on vehicle import and construction loans.
Although just an exchange of words, the news will make happy many, who have been waiting for such a move.
Initially, the previous government when it imposed the ban, it had said the move was a temporary one, in response to growing Rupee shortage and pressure on existing infrastructure of roads among other reasons.
In the [... Read More]