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Growing at GNH not GDP

The poor growth rate of 2.05 percent last year has alarmed some, while some were quick to lambast the government for the poor performance on the economic front.

The government had successfully campaigned on reforming the economy, and pledged an average growth rate of 10 percent during their term.  So, when the economy registered its worst growth rate in more than a decade, there was cause for concern.

But to be fair, it is the first year [... Read More]

Govt. wants to make country self-reliant by 2018: PM


Pledges: With the People’s Democratic party government having completed one year and two months in office, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said it has got the fundamentals (of governance) correct.

Speaking at the 13th meet-the-press yesterday in Thimphu, Lyonchhoen said the government wants to make Bhutan a self-reliant country by 2018, and lower dependence on external aid, so that it can finance from its own proceeds.

“We want to provide not just free education, but quality [... Read More]

Govt. to appraise privatisation of television

Three years after two promoters were shortlisted an in-principle approval remains elusive

Pvt. TV: The government will evaluate whether an additional television channel is currently needed besides Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), the information and communication minister DN Dhungyel said during the 13th meet the press session, yesterday.

Two private television promoters, who were shortlisted from four applicants, have been waiting for almost three years to receive an in-principle approval.

Rabsel Media and Singye Group were shortlisted [... Read More]

Education sector comes under scrutiny

Queries were made mainly on suicide among youth and the govt.’s new reform programme

Q-Hour: At the question hour at the National Assembly (NA) yesterday, Drametse-Ngatshang MP Ugyen Wangdi asked the education minister what the ministry is doing in order to address rising suicide cases among young people in the country.

He said that suicide among youth is increasing in the country and about 82 young people took their own lives every year, half of [... Read More]

Six more peacekeepers assigned to UN

UN: Bhutan is expanding its role in UN peacekeeping by sending six more security personnel, including a woman, to the west African state of Liberia.

Six officers of the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) will be joining the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to serve as UN Police (UNPOL) on a one-year assignment. They will serve under the UN’s blue flag and wear the blue beret.

The six officers are Lt Col Passang Dorji, Lt Col [... Read More]

Man fights off bear

Wildlife: A 55–year old man from Decheling in Nganglam was referred to the Thimphu hospital, yesterday, after suffering injuries from a bear attack.

The man was on his way back home with a friend when he was attacked by the bear.

According to the man’s friend, the man wrestled with the bear and both slipped and fell down a cliff.

While the man was saved by a tree branch, the bear fell into a small stream.

The [... Read More]

Challenges of fulfilling basic rights of children

DSC_2522 Child Rights: UNICEF Representative Shaheen Nilofer, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and Lyonpo Dorji Choden join children at the VAST art park to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child yesterday

The fault lies not so much with legislation as with implementation

Right: With rapid urbanisation, families in Bhutan are becoming more nuclear, leaving children and youth even more vulnerable, according to the State of the World’s Children report 2014, launched at the VAST art gallery in Thimphu, yesterday.

The country is confronted with the challenges of fulfilling the basic rights of children, youth and women, according to the report.

In addition, it is reported that the [... Read More]

Falling just shy of the one CC/gewog target

Connectivity: The government may not establish community centres (CCs) in all 205 gewogs by the end of this Five Year Plan (FYP).

Since 2010, the government has established 185 CCs, and 10 are currently under construction to be completed by next month.

Funding for another four has been obtained, which means the total number of CCs that will have been established by the time this financial year is over will be 199.

The initial plan was [... Read More]

Spate of shop burglaries on Gelephu-Sarpang highway

Crime: Sarpang police are still on the look out for miscreants that robbed about 20 semi-permanent shops located along Sarpang-Gelephu highway, last month.

The most recent incident occurred in Chokhorling, which is about 35 minutes drive away from Sarpang towards Gelephu, where 11 shops were broken into on the night of November 19.  Miscreants also attempted to rob another shop, but could not break the door.

Police officials in Sarpang said the miscreants managed to [... Read More]


Is the world today a better place for children?

When world leaders signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 25 years ago, they made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.

This year as we celebrate 25 years of the CRC, it is a time to stock-take on where we are and [... Read More]

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