Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay attended the opening of three-day regional seminar on inclusive education with focus on children with disabilities yesterday at Paro College of Education. While there will be six speakers from Bhutan and outside presenting papers, 16 teachers and students from 8 schools that have adopted inclusive education, along with the trainees at the PCE, are also attending the program.
Representatives of the two countries at the second round of Plan Talks in New Delhi, India last week
So far the Indian government released Rs 3.9B for 10th Plan spill over activities including Rs 1B for ESP
11th FYP: The Government of India (GoI) approved 39 of the 81 projects under project-tied assistance (PTA) at the second round of plan talks between Bhutan and India in New Delhi last week.
PTA, for which India has committed Rs 28B, was the main focus of the two-day talks that ended on November 27, a foreign [... Read More]
Dzongkha language practitioners discuss standardising dzongkha spelling
Language: With Dzongkha spellings varying from one publication to another creating confusion among users, editors and reporters from Dzongkha newspapers and officials from the Dzongkha Development commission (DDC) met yesterday in Thimphu to standardise the spellings.
Today, there is no uniformity of spellings in Dzongkha newspapers or in DDC’s dictionaries that run in volumes. Spelling in school textbooks also varied, and with ‘experts’ reasoning why a word should or shouldn’t be spelt in a [... Read More]
Bangkok: As protests in Bangkok turns violent, Bhutanese students studying there and those visiting the city have been cautioned about the choice of colour of clothes they wore.
Bhutanese embassy officials said protest groups were identified with red and yellow shirts.
Bhutanese, particularly students were also asked to not share their opinions and political views because protests were mostly happening in the universities.
Otherwise, embassy officials said Bhutanese students were safe and that they were in [... Read More]
There could not be a more apposite time for experts, policy makers, climate scientists, researchers and journalists gathered in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to discuss poverty and vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.
The international conference, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development will, over the next four days, discuss ways to address poverty and vulnerability in the region by providing scientific evidences for policy planning and action.
The conference [... Read More]
Round two: Villagers of remote Kengkhar gewog in Mongar grow vegetables a second time this year, breaking away from traditional practice of growing only maize and selling oranges.
A remote village grows a lucrative alternative (vegetables), thanks to a Tarayana Foundation initiative
Agriculture: For Sangay Tshewang, 41, from Murung in Kengkhar, one of the remotest gewogs in Mongar, declining orange production since 2009 had him worried that he might not be able to earn enough to send his four children to school.
Orange being the main cash crop in his village, Murung farmers channeled most of their time and energy into its production. [... Read More]
A waste disposal area villagers of Tamzhing in Chhoekhor gewog prepared
A waste disposal area made by the villagers of Tamzhing in Chhoekhor gewog
Garbage: The two tractors, which are collecting garbage in and around Chamkhar town in Bumthang, will be sent to the gewogs soon, after they are replaced by a DCM truck.
A truck will do the rounds, until the new garbage truck reaches Bumthang.
The district has been promised a new cesspool truck under a grant from Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) early next [... Read More]
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met with Singapore’s Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong, who was accompanied by communication and information senior minister at Gyalyong Tshogkhang yesterday.
Lyonchhoen said such visits contributed significantly to the growing friendship between Bhutan and Singapore.
He said direct flights between the two nations translated into increase in Singaporean tourists visiting the country, fostering a deeper understanding and [... Read More]
Something to show: Marchen Gurung takes JICA officials on a tour of his 12-acre mixed vegetable garden
Vegetables: Marchen Gurung is living his dream.
As a young man of 23 years, sent for training in West Bengal, a gently descending terraced land thriving with a variety of vegetables caught his eyes when driving around Kurseong hill station.
That was in 1975 and Marchen Gurung always dreamt of growing and nurturing a variety of vegetable on a similar patch of land on retirement.
Today, on a 12-acre land of a gentle slope, which locals [... Read More]
Some 15 truckloads of mandarin have been auctioned off since the auction started 10 days ago
Oranges: Despite a drop in production of mandarin (citrus mandarin), farmers have fetched a good price so far this year, as compared to the previous year.
The price of mandarin for one pon is Nu 160 at the auction yard, while it was Nu 100 a pon last year around the same time. A pon has 80 pieces of oranges.
Since the auction started about 10 days ago, 15 truckloads of mandarin have been auctioned, [... Read More]