The Dharma Wheel is one of the signs of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. In this photo, it is etched on the right foot of the statue of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The 248 year old statue is in Kolkata. (Photo: Ugyen Dorji)
-the code of law
The conceptual foundation of Druk Zhungiis based on having a compassionate leader. The founding text of the government was the Chayig Chenmoii,or the code of lawiii. According to the text, “the head of the state should be a Bodhisattva,”iv or a “compassionate leader taking humanv embodiment.”vi
As the first head of the state, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651) earned the respect of the Bhutanese who considered him as the “physical embodiment of Avalokitesvara,”vii the [... Read More]
All Set: Wangdue’s polling official at the training
More than 280 polling officials in the western district of Wangdue attended a day-long refresher training yesterday, the last one before they head out to their respective stations on election duty for poll day on April 23.
The dzongkhag will have 47 polling stations spread across its 15 gewogs. The furthest polling station is Beldrok in Khazhi gewog, a two-day walk from the nearest road point.
The Athang-Thedthso constituency with eight gewogs will have 21 polling stations, [... Read More]
Economic affairs officials, who returned from Delhi yesterday after attending a three-day meeting with senior officials from various agencies under Government of India, said the detailed project report (DPR) for 540MW Amochhu project was more or less ready.
The ministry’s secretary Dasho Sonam Tshering said the central water commission and central electricity authority in India had as good as cleared the DPR.
He said the meeting was a follow up on the recent 11th Empowered Joint Committee’s [... Read More]
Various options at play
So it has been for some villages around Gelephu for almost two years
There is a network of cable lines weaving through houses and on to electric poles in Pemaling village and its adjacent village of Barshong including the vocational training institute area in Serzhong gewog.
Only there is no network running through these cables.
Residents said the cable lines were only for show and that they had missed many National Council debates because the cable failed to [... Read More]
Public debate: Was there really one?
Restructuring the pay scale of local government officials, youth unemployment, rural-urban migration, economic development, reviewing tax and developing new agriculture policy were some priorities of Dagana’s district’s lone council candidate, Sonam Dorji.
In the public debate held on April 18, the lone candidate said, save for proposing a salary restructure for local government, others would take time, but he would definitely push for it.
In the televised debate that looked like he was informing, rather than debating, [... Read More]
Rehearsal: The 6th National Body Building Open Championship will be held at the YDF hall and broadcast live on BBS from 6pm to 8:30pm today. Fourteen body builders from across the country will participate.
Met the press: Lyonchhoen walks out of the National Assembly conference hall yesterday after the last press forum
Druk Phuensum Tshogpa will have 11 new candidates to contest the 2013 National Assembly election.
This was revealed during the 25th meet the press forum in Thimphu yesterday.
Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley did not name the new candidates, but said it was difficult to pursue and go for better candidates when the party already has the best people.
“But there are reasons why 11 members need to be replaced,” he said. “Health is one of the reasons, among [... Read More]
A lab technician processes a test at the JDWNRH
Laboratory test results produced by health centres across the country may be questionable, if the recent findings of an assessment on the quality and uniformity of laboratory services are anything to go by.
Only four health centres, the Jigmi Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital, Dagapela and Trashiyangtse district hospital and Bali basic health unit (I) in Haa rank first in their laboratory services, by scoring above the acceptable standards.
The assessment found that laboratory services of only [... Read More]
Five years ago, when Druk Phuensum Tshogpa won by securing an overwhelming majority, it was a record never heard of anywhere in the world.
But over the years, the government, which is left with just a day before bowing out, had to grapple with the fact that their landslide victory was not always a boon. In fact, it had proven to be one of the biggest obstacles in pursuing their mandate.
Having secured the majority of 45 [... Read More]
The biggest challenge the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa as the first elected government to embark on the path to democracy faced was with change in leadership.
Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley, during the last meet the press session said the challenge arouse from the fact that Bhutanese have never been used to accepting any other leader but His Majesty the King.
“We’re individualists by nature, the Bhutanese, and we are not given to being led by others,” he said. “I think [... Read More]