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Farmers apprised of possible fallout from Cyclone Hudhud

Weather: With a cyclone headed towards the east coast of India, farmers here are being warned not to harvest their paddy as yet.

Officials from the department of hydro-met services say that the country might receive light to moderate rain from the night of October 12.

“Bhutan is away from the forecast track of cyclone and will not have direct impact but, during the dissipating of the system, we might receive rain,” a press release [... Read More]

His Majesty returns today from India visit

20141007-2C4A3006Their Majesties offer prayers at Rajgir Gridhkuta (Ja-Goed-Phungpoi-Ri) where Lord Buddha set in motion his second wheel of law

Visit: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen are scheduled to arrive in the country today after a Royal visit to India.

While in India, Their Majesties graced the Founder’s Day celebrations of Her Majesty’s old school, The Lawrence School, in Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh. Their Majesties also visited some of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Bodhgaya (Dorji Dhen) and Varanasi, on the invitation of the government of India.

In Bodhgaya, Their Majesties [... Read More]

Population growth shapes nation’s development pattern

DSC_0142Seminar participants discuss spatial pattern of socioeconomic wellbeing and regional disparity in Bhutan

Failure to take advantage of potential demographic dividend could dampen future prospects

Seminar: What would Bhutan look like 25 years from now?  Very different, of course.  Taking current development indicators like rising youth unemployment, changing climate, depleting natural resources, increasing urban population… it is not very difficult to make an educated guess.

By 2039, Bhutan’s population will have more than doubled.  It stands at 753,947 today.  As the country’s population increases, the challenges facing the [... Read More]

The education blueprint

Education is back in focus again.  And going by the education blueprint in the making, which is for the decade 2014-2024, it will be in focus for some time.  To prepare it, a massive consultation has kicked off from the capital on Wednesday.

The idea is good.  At least 20,000 people across the country will be consulted through all means possible, including zomdus, in a month’s time.  Given that there are a lot of issues related [... Read More]

Private ‘porn’ petition gets PM’s consent

Lyonchhoen said the govt. was seized of the matter and that the BICMA Act would be amended accordingly

Campaign: The Prime Minister, yesterday, accepted the petition on ‘specific and strict laws against the non-consensual distribution of sexual materials.’

The online petition, put forward by freelance journalist, Namgay Zam, received support from 2,282 people.  The initial target was to get 10,000.

The petition is against the sharing of Bhutanese pornographic videos through social media as occurred a [... Read More]

Watershed moment for Punatsangchu II

DSC_0136Final moment: Dasho Sonam Tshering on the button that would blast the final chunk of rock

The first major event for the water conduct system between power intakes has been completed

Hydropower: The Punatsangchu hydropower project authority II yesterday completed the first major event for water conduct system between power intakes that is connected to the de-silting chambers and head race tunnel (HRT).

In a simple ceremony, the secretary for economic affairs ministry, Dasho Sonam Tshering pressed a button that blasted the final chunk of rock and connecting the de-silting chamber [... Read More]

Civil service vacancies cut down by 27

RCSC: Reprioritising its intake, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has reduced the number of this year’s vacancies in civil service by 27 seats, all of which are from the technical category.

In August, the commission had announced 436 seats.

There are 1,238 bachelors’ degree graduates appearing the civil service examination that begins today.  These graduates are the ones who got through the preliminary examination last month.

Six of the 27 slashed slots were for architecture, [... Read More]

Cabinet approves proposal to ratify UNCAC

Bhutan has been a signatory to the convention against corruption since 2005

ACC: The cabinet, on October 7, approved the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC)’s proposal to ratify United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Known as UNCAC, it entered into force in 2005 to serve as a legally binding document with a comprehensive set of standards, measures and provisions, expected to prevent and counter corruption in public and private sectors.

ACC’s commissioner Kezang Jamtsho explained that Bhutan had [... Read More]

Nationwide consultation on education underway

DSC_0091Sherig consultation: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and education minister Mingbo Dukpa launch the nationwide consultation to evaluate the country’s education system

As part of an ongoing review process in preparation for an Education Blueprint 2014-24

Feedback: In what could perhaps be the biggest to date, the education ministry yesterday launched a nationwide consultation that’s expected to galvanise the people in evaluating the country’s education system.

The comprehensive month long consultation which will be done through field surveys, focus group and panel discussions, online forums, social media, interviews and zomdus is expected to reach more than 20,000 [... Read More]

Border talks today

Diplomacy: An eight-member Chinese delegation from the People’s Republic of China is in the country for the technical Expert Group meeting on the Bhutan-China Boundary, which starts today.

The two governments will meet for three days, from October 9 to 12.

The Bhutanese delegation is be led by secretary for International Boundaries, Dasho Pema Wangchuk, and will include officials from the foreign ministry and the International Boundaries office.

The Chinese delegation is led by the Counselor [... Read More]

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