The Nissan Leaf electric car launched recently in the country is still making headlines around the world.
The idea appeals to the global media and audience as Bhutan has a strict environment conservation policy, and that it gels with the country’s development philosophy of Gross National Happiness. At a time when an increasing number of cars is interpreted as progress, the government’s initiative to go electric has caught the world’s fancy. Particularly, when a “tiny” country [... Read More]
Bartsham-Shongphu member, Wangdi Norbu
Borrowing: The government must seriously relook into its policies in dealing with increasing external debt, said members of the opposition party, Druk Phuensuem Tshogpa, at a press conference with the local media yesterday.
The Bartsham-Shongphu member, who was also the former finance minister, Wangdi Norbu, said the government should not continue making the same statement that a majority of the debt was self-liquidating.
“There has been no change in dealing with public debt, and the [... Read More]
The concurrent acquirement of both a second language and subjects taught through it
The editorial of February 18 on the teaching of languages as part of school education raises a number of noteworthy issues. Chief among these is the importance of authentic communication in the classroom and the need for teaching approaches to create a ‘language-rich classroom environment’ for supporting language learning. More broadly, the article ponders the question of what it means to learn a [... Read More]
Kachen-Kuchen villagers are at their wits end about an unreachable elected official
Tendu: Villagers of Kachen-Kuchen chiwog in Tendu are awaiting a response from the local government office on a petition they submitted about a year ago to remove the chiwog tshogpa.
Villagers said, after realising their tshogpa, Tika Maya, “was not beneficial to them, they submitted a written petition, demanding her resignation”. The petition, signed by about 50 villagers, was submitted to the Tendu [... Read More]
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met the Bangladesh ambassador to Bhutan Jishnu Royal Choudhury yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen and the ambassador discussed issues on trade expansion, areas of future investments and other avenues of development.
About Nu 130M has been invested in constructing a bridge and approach road to the Education City Project site at Wangsisina
… closure will be decided on Friday
Edcity: Whether the cabinet decision on the Education City project would translates into the project being closed would be a separate decision and would be decided in the project’s board meeting, which will be held tomorrow.
While, the education city secretariat has not yet received the Cabinet’s decision in writing for it to comment, the National Land Commission (NLC) remains firm on its decision regarding the release of [... Read More]
Ketamine: The Bhutanese woman caught smuggling ketamine into Thailand last year, has been sentenced to seven years in prison, according to a source.
The 26-year-old woman, Zhimo, was found with Nu 30M worth of the controlled substance in her luggage, in September.
A sentence of five to 20 years can be handed down for smuggling ketamine in Thailand.
Zhimo will have to serve the sentence in Thailand, as Bhutan does not have an extradition treaty with [... Read More]
The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Bhutan, Jishnu Roy Choudhury, presented his credentials to His Majesty the King yesterday.
World bank consultant Steve Atwood explains a graph on stunting in children
WHO findings reveal that the condition actually begins from conception
Nutrition: Although not new, findings of the ‘Bhutan national nutrition assessment and gap analysis’, which the World Bank shared last week, came as a strong reminder that the country shouldn’t be complacent anymore but stunned with its rate of stunting in children and anaemia in women.
Nutrition goes beyond food, the World Bank consultant Steve Atwood said, while presenting the findings at the Taj Tashi, [... Read More]
It is more or less taken as a given to have a few forest fires every dry season, including major ones.
Similarly, to hear of officials reiterating every year of the lack of proper fire fighting equipment to better fight forest fires and gears for fire fighters is just as established.
That reason has existed for as long as the forest fires that it has become a cliché today.
Every year forest officials and other volunteers are seen [... Read More]