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Textile exhibition in Lhuentse

unnamed-15HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck inaugurates the exhibition

The first of 11 events organised by the Peoples’ Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary

Celebration: To promote indigenous arts in Bhutan, a two-day textile exhibition started at Lhuentse, a dzongkhag from where Bhutan’s most famous textile, Kushuthara originated.

This is the first of the 11 events organised across the nation by the Peoples’ Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA). HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, graced the occasion as the chief guest and inaugurated [... Read More]

Council considers land compensation rates

NC: The National Council yesterday deliberated on the matter of land compensation from dzongkhag tshogdus, and decided to defer further discussion until the ministry concerned answers questions from the council.

The house deliberated on the issues about replacement and compensation rate that was not revised for the last five years.

Chukha dzongkhag’s parliament member, Pema Tenzin, said that, if less than 10 decimal land is acquired by the government from a person, he or she [... Read More]

Ara rules in Zhemgang

Allied social ills from indulging, like wife battery, and health issues are a major concern

Alcohol: Pema (name changed), 32, often visited the basic health unit in Kheng, Buli, with cuts, bruises and even bite marks on her body.

When Pema was 14 years old, she dropped out of school to move in with her husband.

Her husband eventually began spending all the income he made as an electrician on alcohol.

She said her husband, an introvert, [... Read More]

From courtier to Chief Justice – An exemplary career in service of Tsa-wa-sum


Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, demits today after completing 65 years as per the Constitution. Originally from Nangkor, Pemagatshel, lyonpo completed his official duty on November 12.  He was appointed as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court on February 21, 2010, after he superannuated as the chief justice of High Court in November 2009. 

One of the last surviving court attendants of His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye spent a [... Read More]


Great expectations of an august body

We are now into the fourth session of the second Parliament.  Of the many legislations that the two houses will deliberate over the next few weeks, there are a couple of bills that will be tabled for amendment.  Changes and adaptations must be made if laws call for amendment to better serve their purpose.  We hope that our parliamentarians will do so in good faith, with all due respect to the principles of parliamentary procedure.

Finger-pointing [... Read More]

Happy and unhealthy Bhutan

unnamed-13Dr Oleg Chestnov and Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk released the non communicable diseases fact sheet yesterday

Six open-air gyms to be made in Thimphu to raise public fitness levels

NCD: To promote a healthy lifestyle, the health ministry, with support from the World Health Organisation, will construct six open-air gymnasiums in the city, health minister Tandin Wangchuk said.

Lyonpo said the gymnasiums, which will be established to commemorate the Fourth King’s 60th birth anniversary, would be for those, who are unable to afford gym membership in the city.

The announcement was made [... Read More]

Fuel import audit to begin on Monday

An accounting that follows a resolution of the National Council

RAA: The Royal Audit Authority starts auditing fuel imports into the country from India starting November 17.

The audit follows one of the National Council’s (NC) resolutions of its 13th session that asked the authority to conduct a special audit on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and superior kerosene oil (SKO).

The authority will study whether there was illegal deflection of fossil fuel imports.  The audit is [... Read More]

Huge Thai delegation in Bhutan for joint celebrations

DSC_7712Occasion: Thai dancers perform at Taj Tashi to celebrate the relation between the two countries

Diplomacy: A 105-member delegation from Thailand, led by the deputy foreign minister Don Pramudwinai, are in the country to celebrate the 87th birth anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the 59th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, the sixth anniversary of His Majesty the King’s coronation, and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Thailand.

To celebrate these occasions, the Royal Thai embassy [... Read More]

Moving idle PLS’s from community centres

Underused playground learning stations to be relocated, some to school campuses

DITT: To address under-utilisation of a number of playground learning stations, the department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) will shift some stations to school campuses.

Playground learning stations (PLS), distinguishable by their red and yellow coloured steel enclosures, offer computer and, where available, internet access to children.

They can be found in areas where large numbers of youth live, such as the Changjiji housing [... Read More]

Three Bills introduced for fourth sitting

They have been passed on to the NA committees concerned for a review

Parliament: Three Bills, the office of the attorney general (OAG) bill, entitlement and service conditions (amendment) bill for the holders, members and commissioners of constitutional offices, and the enterprise registration bill were introduced in the national assembly (NA), yesterday.

The OAG Bill, chair of the good governance committee, Dawa Gyeltshen, said, was passed in 2006.  He said, since 2008, several Acts, such [... Read More]

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