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Bhutan’s gender record good but …

…challenges remain to achieve equality and empowerment of women

Conference: Following the endorsement of the Beijing platform for action, Bhutan made some significant contributions towards gender equality and women empowerment.

From a drop in maternal maternity rate to increased institutional deliveries, female unemployment rate also dropped to 3.7 percent in 2013 from 5.4 percent in 2009.  Besides, gender parity index has improved, while female enrolment in higher and tertiary education increased simultaneously.

However, challenges remain.

Presenting Bhutan’s [... Read More]

Nat Geo plans major coverage on wildlife in the country

Round-Towers-600x454Castle in the air: A rare photo of Drugyal dzong taken by John Claude White in 1905 (Courtesy: The National Geographic Magazine, April 1914 issue)

100 years after its first article on Bhutan, an NGS team has chosen to hold its annual research meeting here

UWIC: The National Geographic magazine, together with the Ugyen Wangchuck institute of conservation and environment in Bumthang, is planning a major coverage on Bhutan’s wildlife and its conservation efforts.

This will be the first article on wildlife and conservation.  Reporting will start next year.  A team of national geographic society (NGS), which has been holding [... Read More]

Bhutan defeats Laos in 3×3 basketball

bballKezang Wangchuk attempts a lay up against the Laotian team

Basketball: Team Bhutan achieved its second international win in 3×3 basketball at the Asian Beach Games being held in Phuket, Thailand.

Bhutan defeated Laos 21-9.

However, the team also lost its first four matches. Bhutan lost to India (09-21), Mongolia (11-17), China (11-15), and Thailand (05-12).

Despite the losses, national coach of the 3×3 team, Tenxin Jamtsho said the team performed at a higher level than previous competitions.

“Our team performed very well in the heat of [... Read More]

First set of lifers to serve as open-air prisoners

They have been sent to Gasa to work on the dzong renovation

Penal: Five lifers at Chamgang central prison in Thimphu were sent to Gasa on November 16 to work on the Gasa dzong renovation and serve their remaining terms as open-air prisoners (OAP).

The move, which is for the first time, was made, coinciding with the 60th birth anniversary celebration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

The prisoners were moved to an OAP on [... Read More]

NR Mazda thrashes Druk United

Druk United concedes eight in two games

King’s Cup: Coca Cola champion Druk United suffered their second loss in the ongoing King’s Cup when they were thrashed 5-0 yesterday by Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda (NR Mazda).

NR Mazda scored five goals in the second half with three of them scored within six minutes.

The Thai team started the first half at a slower pace with just few attempts on target while the home team Druk United [... Read More]

Picture story

Winner of the India house golf tournament, Lt. Col Khitu Dukpa receives the trophy from HRH Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck yesterday at the India house estate

     

Bhutan at one with world in suicide rates

A task force commissioned by the govt. to study the phenomenon is yet to submit its report

Lifestyle: She calls it an accident, but reports say otherwise.

Around 1pm on October 28, a 51-year old woman in Trongsa was brought to the basic health unit with burns.

With about 20 percent burns on her face, she was referred immediately to Thimphu.  Her referral report states, “self-inflicted burn.”  Although doctors call it a self-immolation case, the patient [... Read More]

Sandalwood smuggler held in Tshimasham

This is the fourth bust police have made of the illegal trade in this locale

Crime: Police in Tshimasham nabbed a 32-year old man for smuggling in sandalwood on November 13.  The man was trying to smuggle in 52 logs (732kg) of sandalwood worth Nu 2.1M.

The wood was concealed among loads of animal feed in a truck when police, following a tip-off from their informers, ambushed the truck near Tshimakoti.  The man from Paro [... Read More]

Warning against hornet and wasp harvesting

The practice of collection for consumption/sale is undermining a fragile insect ecosystem

Notification: Collection and harvesting of Bjam Bji Ngyem (hornets) and potom (wasps) are on the rise, according to the park services department.

The department, through a public notification, recently warned people against collection and consumption of the insects.

“The increase in the illegal collection or harvesting of different species of hornets for consumption and sale in the country is having an adverse impact on [... Read More]

Preservation of heritage calls for strengthening Archeology

DSC_9152Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Secretary General of SLSA in Switzerland, Dr Eberhard Fischer launch the third heritage sites journal “Archaeology in Bhutan” yesterday.

Culture: Over the past few years, demand for documenting archaeological sites has increased with developmental activities increasing across the country that is disturbing these cultural heritage sites.

Department of culture director, Rinzin Penjor, said archaeology as a field of study is new to Bhutan and is at a nascent stage.

“Creating awareness on the importance of archaeology in the field of conservation and promotion of cultural heritage site is our main purpose,” he said.

With the [... Read More]

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