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Don’t forget the spiritual dimension

An open letter to the Steering Committee for the New Development Paradigm, the Gross National Happiness Commission, the International Expert Working Group (IEWG), and other interested parties.

Having attended the recent IEWG meeting in Thimphu as an observer, and as a visitor to this beautiful country with a great interest in GNH, I am left wondering about the attempt to translate it beyond the unique context of Bhutan.  While the New Development Paradigm is based in [... Read More]

Lyonchhoen in New Delhi to thank India

pm8feb13Welcome: PM with Indian foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai in New Delhi last evening

State Visit: The prime minister, Jigmi Y Thinley arrived in New Delhi, yesterday on a two-day state visit.

Speaking to Kuensel, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley, said that the purpose of the trip is to offer the Bhutanese people’s gratitude to not only the government of India but the Indian people as well for having supported the country’s transition to democracy. “For having made it possible to accomplish a highly ambitious 10th five year plan, [... Read More]

Same exchange, save for ambiance

In absence of light, the hearing was conducted in the dark

Gyalpoizhing Land Case: The drangpon was looking down the dingy area where defence counsel and the prosecutor, reduced to shadowy figures, were standing in front of the public seating area.

He then spoke to them of the evidences the prosecutor submitted and the defendant’s rebuttals.

The defence counsel and the prosecutor also looked up at the judge, barely visible, and made their verbal submissions.

Without electricity [... Read More]

Lack of timing rule causes inconvenience

tshachuSoaking Trouble: Visitors struggle for space in the ponds that are filled to the brim

Gelephu: Despite it being almost three months since Gelephu dungkhag officials declared that different timing for men and women visiting the dzongkhag’s hot spring would be introduced, nothing has been done about it.

This has posed numerous difficulties on people who have gathered to dip in the tsachu.

The increase in the number of visitors has led to the five ponds, including the pre-bathing pond, fill to the brim, depriving elderly persons of the opportunity.

Pem [... Read More]

Bhutan makes it to top three

After having made it to the list of finalists for “Tomorrow’s destination stewardship award”, an official from World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in London will arrive in the country next week to assess the tourism facilities.

The stewardship award goes to a destination that successfully demonstrates a program of sustainable tourism while incorporating social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits.

Of the 133 applications WTTC received last year from over 46 countries in six continents, Bhutan made [... Read More]

Man drowns in Maokhola

A 52-year-old man drowned in the Maokhola river on the afternoon of February 6.

The deceased, an epileptic patient, had gone to Maokhola that afternoon to bathe. But when he didn’t return home by 4pm, the family went looking for him.

“We searched everywhere but could not find him,” his son-in-law, Tashi, said. “At around 7:30pm, we found him dead in the river.”

The family believed that he may have drowned while they were looking for him in [... Read More]

Truck runs over nine-year old boy

A nine year-old boy was killed at Bijitshukha on the Wangdue-Tsirang highway yesterday when he came under the tyre of a reversing tipper truck.

The incident occurred around 7:30am. Bijitshukha under Daga geowg in Wangdue is around 26 km from Wangdue zam.

Police report said the left tyre had completely crushed the boy’s head. The 22-year-old diver from Dagana in his statement to police said he did not see the boy behind the truck when he was [... Read More]


A timely raise

The government’s recent decision to more than double the annual allowances or create one anew for elected local government officials might be deemed ill timed.

Ill-timed, because the decision comes just a few months before the government is to dissolve and head for the next round of elections.

It could be perceived as a political move on the part of the government.

Of course laws prescribe that local government officials are supposed to be apolitical, in that, they [... Read More]

Not much activity with health trust fund

Ways to use the fund, raise more money to buy more vaccines for children and making it an autonomous body were key recommendations submitted to the health ministry by a five-member team that reviewed the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF).

“We have a strong conviction that we can only raise more funds if we can show that the fund is working and operating and is used to prevent children diseases,” the team leader from World Health [... Read More]

A new machine to save more lives

PICU8feb13The mechanical ventilator at the PICU

A new mechanical ventilator or life support machine for critical children is now operational at the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in Thimphu referral hospital.

The machine will cater to patients who are in critical condition, Dirpa Narayan Sunwar, the unit’s in charge said. “Children between a month to 12 years of age are only admitted here,” he said.

From 2008 until last year, 127 patients have been put on the mechanical ventilator. “The mechanical ventilator provides [... Read More]