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25 power tillers provided to Mongar and Lhuentse

unnamed-1Mechanisation: The agriculture ministry hands over power tillers to the 25 gewogs in Mongar and Lhuentse

The eastern districts are given priority in providing agriculture machinery  

 Farming: The 25 gewogs of Mongar and Lhuentse dzongkhags received a power tiller each yesterday.

In the morning, the eight gewogs of Lhuentse received its power tillers in Autsho while another 17 power tillers were presented to the local government leaders of Mongar in the evening.

During the handing taking ceremony, National Assembly Speaker Jigmi Zangpo said the agriculture ministry decided to give the power [... Read More]

Leak suspect denies guilt

The council has approached other agencies, like OAG, to pursue the matter

BCSEA: The official, who is alleged to have leaked the class XII English II paper last month, has not yet admitted to leaking the paper.

Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) completed its preliminary investigation into the leak a week after a student filed the complaint.

The complainant, a girl student, received questions at 11:30pm on December 12, the night before the [... Read More]

His Majesty celebrates Chunyipai losar in Autsho

20150121-907A2090Occasion: His Majesty The King celebrates the Chunyipai Losar with the people of Mongar and Lhuntshe in Autsho.

Celebration: Thousands of people arrived at the Autsho school ground in their festive best, from across Lhuentse, while some travelled from as far as Mongar, for the opportunity to celebrate the Chunyipai Losar with their King yesterday.

His Majesty spent the day among the people and granted a grand public tokha.

The day was celebrated with traditional songs and dances. Officials serving His Majesty the King entertained the people and a lottery draw, with items [... Read More]

Filling the void left by the CoS dissolution

Amid talk of a trust deficit between govt. and bureaucracy, the reinstitution of the committee is a must

Governance: More than a month after the Cabinet discontinued the committee of secretaries (CoS), Cabinet officials said it was yet to establish a task force to review the functions of CoS and recommend if and how the committee needed to be reinstituted.

On December 12 last year, the Cabinet discontinued CoS with immediate effect, stating that it [... Read More]

Fishing for FDI

DSC_3151MP Khandu Wangchuk

As a small fish in a big pond (read India and China), Bhutan has its work (of attracting funds) cut out for it 

Investment: Without changing the ground realities, the country cannot gain investors’ confidence and trust even with revision of FDI policy, says the opposition.

Officials from the ministry of economic affairs (MoEA) said the new policy would improve the investment climate in the country because restrictive provisions had now been relaxed.

Figures from the [... Read More]

Editorial

The future of our farms

The regional climate change conference that concluded yesterday was a stark reminder of our priorities.

In the midst of all the talk and discussions of relaxing foreign direct investment, slackening GDP growth and increasing unemployment, even for the trained and the educated, we are reminded of an important sector, the agriculture sector, which still is the mainstay of our economy.

It is a good time to pause and look at our priorities.  If there are stern warnings [... Read More]

Picture story

His Holiness the Je Khenpo’s representative, the Dorji Lopen yesterday appointed lopen Goembo, 42 from Nyisho gewog in Wangdue, lopen Dorji, 42 from Guma gewog in Punakha and lopen Tshewang Rinzin, 41 of Haa as Khudrungs of the Zhung Dratshang.

    

Teachers undergo crash course in integrated farming

unnamed-2Teachers being instructed on farming techniques

In pursuance of the broader national goal of food self sufficiency

Training: Come the new academic session, students of Tshaphel lower secondary school (LSS) could have a dairy and fungiculture farm of their own.

This is what the school’s agriculture focal teacher, Tashi Tenzin, who is among 20 teachers from 10 districts attending the ongoing crash course on integrated farming at the College of Natural Resources (CNR) at Lobesa in Punakha, plans to do.

Tashi Tenzin [... Read More]

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Permanent representative to the UN Daw Penjo presents credentials to the executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Under-Secretary General of the UN, Achim Steiner in Geneva on January 20. Bhutan has been a recipient of UNEP support since 1999.

     

Symposium calls for an effective strategy to address degradation

Bhutan also expresses concern about degradation and losing forests

Environment: More than 200 regional and global experts called for an effective strategy to address the further degradation and fragmentation of mountain forests in the 21stcentury.

Discussing the theory of Himalayan forests degradation at the five-day international symposium on transforming mountain forestry in Dehradun, India, participants from eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya also raised several issues that contribute to the degradation of [... Read More]

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