Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - 7:56 PM

The fast fading Brokpa lifestyle

With tsamdro rights being withdrawn, a seminomadic life is no longer viable

Nomads: Norku runs a retail shop in the heart of Merak village.  The herder, 40, sold his cattle, about 60 of them, across the border in Arunachal Pradesh and now depends on the shop, operated from the ground floor of his dingy two-storied traditional house.

“I opened my shop with the Nu 340,000 I earned from selling my cattle,” Norku said, content with [... Read More]

Where do gaydrungs belong?

LG: Two weeks after the National Assembly resolved that gewog clerks, or gaydrungs, would not be entitled to benefits, the National Council yesterday resolved that gaydrungs should not be mentioned as civil servants, as proposed by the house’s good governance committee.

The committee had proposed a section in the local government (amendment) bill, 2014, which reflected gaydrungs as civil servants.

The committee proposed that the gewog administration would be staffed by, but not limited to, [... Read More]

One out of four women still prefer home delivery

Report: While child delivery at hospitals has increased substantially with improved and free maternal health care services, about 25 percent of women still give birth at home.

This was one of the key findings of the 2012 national healthy survey (NHS), which was launched yesterday in the capital.

Among the lot, 4.3 percent were women in urban centres, while about 32.3 percent were rural women.

The report states that institutional deliveries have significantly increased from 20 [... Read More]


Shaking up the civil service

The message was clear from the Chairperson of the Royal Civil Service Commission, who took office recently.  The size of the civil service will not grow, and jobseekers will have to look outside the civil service.

This comes as a disappointment to the thousands of university graduates waiting for an opening in the civil service, and many more who will finish university in the next few months.

The country always had a policy of a small, compact [... Read More]

Test flight for Bhutan’s first ever drone

transparent_uwice_mosaic_groupAerial view: A shot of Chamkhar town taken by the drone

The unmanned aerial vehicle is to be used for conservation and mapping purposes

UWICE : A test flight of the country’s first ever drone, acquired for high-resolution photography and filming, for nature conservation purposes, was carried out recently.

This test flight of the drone, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), was carried out at the closing of the first day of the 14th international society of ethnobiology congress held in Bumthang.  The congress started on June [... Read More]

Unpaid even after regularisation

The lack of employment ID has left some 70 Light Drukyul teachers at a loose end

Education: Around 70 Light Drukyul contract teachers (2008 batch), who were regularised in January this year, after completing post-graduate diploma in education (PGDE), are still waiting for their employment identity card.

Although they have been working regularly, they have not received salary since January this year without the employment identity card.

A teacher in one of the schools in Trongsa, [... Read More]

Relief for Atingkhar farmers in fight against wildlife

E-fencingAtingkhar: Construction of electric fence underway

A 1.77km-long electric fence has come at last to the rescue of the village

Agriculture: This is the time of the year when farmers of Atingkhar village in Mongar build small huts in the middle of their fields and stand guard, day and night, rain or shine.

As crops slowly begin to mature, farmers have fewer hours to sleep.  Battle between farmers and wild animals is intense.  So it has been for decades.

For a farmer [... Read More]

A first step towards full ordination

1376540_780568601976317_1060502072207271243_nNewly ordained: The nuns are blessed by HH the Je Khenpo after taking their getsulma vows

The getsulma dhompa ceremony, presided over by HH the Je Khenpo, marks a watershed moment for the community

Nuns: In what could be a very early step towards full ordination eventually becoming available for nuns in Bhutan, a second level ordination, or getsulma dhompa, for nuns was conducted in Punakha last month.

The event was significant, in that it allowed for many nuns in Bhutan, some of whom have been adhering to the required first [... Read More]

Picture story

Social Forestry Day: A Class PP student of Rinchen Kuenphen LSS plants a tree with her mother yesterday. The parents had committed to participate and convert the school’s my tree project to our tree project. The school planted 148 trees.


Robbing Dorji to pay Dawa

Withdrawing 75 senior civil servants’ pool vehicles will cover cabinet minister’s 67 percent pay hike

Salary: If the government withdraws vehicles designated to 75 senior civil servants, as recommended by the second pay commission, the savings from it  will be enough to cover the 67 percent increase in salary for the cabinet ministers.

However, this is excluding annual increments, allowances and other perks, for the 10 cabinet ministers until the end of 11th Plan.

Withdrawing the [... Read More]

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