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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 […]

His Majesty celebrates Chunyipai losar 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 […]

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 […]

Fishing for FDI

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 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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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 […]

A lhakhang for Changjiji housing colony

Religion: The National Housing Development Corporation is building a community lhakhang in the vicinity of the Changjiji housing complex and residents said there is already a community bonding happening. Construction started in November last year, and some residents are contributing labour while some are planning tokha (free lunch) for the workers. This is because the […]

Changangkha lhakhang – The light at the end of the tunnel

The popular pilgrim spot, plagued by poor infrastructure, will soon see much-needed improvements Heritage: Human faeces lie spread across the floor of the only toilet at Changangkha lhakhang.  Visitors who use the toilet have to be careful about where they step.  Visitors can also be seen walking away from the toilet, their noses wrinkled in […]

A malady called rural-urban migration

“If something is not done in the next 5-10 years, I can foretell that the dzongdas of the eastern dzongkhags will have to be referred to as dzongda of Mongar wildlife, or dzongda of Trashigang wildlife etc., because there will be no humans left in the villages – except wild animals. It is a policy […]

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Unable to afford taxis, farmers of Jurmey gewog in Mongar walk for up to six hours to reach their village. A taxi charges more than Nu 500 a person for the trip.