DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

Will MPs wear their Kabney after retirement ?

To a lay man, the kabney and patang signify rank, power and authority, but with great power comes greater responsibility. With 2013 nearing a question coming up is that should ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) be allowed to wear official kabneys once their tenure ends? In what comes as …

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Litigation the e-way

Times when people involved in court cases had to travel miles to attend court proceedings will now be talk of olden times with e-litigation to be introduced any time this year in the country’s judicial proceedings. Pioneered by Chief Justice Lyonpo Sonam Tobgay, e-litigation will save time through high-quality video conferencing which will be used in all the courts in Bhutan provided that the witnesses have …

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NC Legislative committee members to discuss the RTI Bill

The legislative committee of the National Council (NC) was scheduled to hold discussions on the Draft Right to Information (RTI) Bill at the 63rd plenary session of the National Council yesterday but it has been postponed owing to the absence of the proponent, Sangay Khandu who is currently on a constituency visit to Laya, Gasa. NC member, Jagar …

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To part or partner with party workers?

The need for party workers is being debated by political parties in the fray although the majority of them are of the opinion that there are two sides to the coin. According to co-authors Gyembo Sithey and Dr. Tandin Dorji of Drukyul Decides, party workers played a complicated role in …

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When the bite is worse than the bark

A study conducted on dog bite cases in three hospitals in Bhutan highlights the gender, age and body areas that dogs target Human males, especially children are most susceptible to dog bites and dogs target specific areas like the thighs and legs (73%), and hands (18%), followed by the neck. …

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First Zhabdrung Dagnangma Thongdrel unveiled

Hundreds of people gathered when a Zhabdrung Dagnangma Thongdrel (giant appliqué scroll) was unfurled in Semthokha Dzong in Thimphu coinciding with the death anniversary of Zhabdrung yesterday. The Thongdrel is believed to be the first one in the country out of many manifestations of the Zhabdrung. It was created with …

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Reality TV shows: boon or bane?

Reality TV shows are showing no signs of slowing down with six already aired on the national TV (Bhutan Broadcasting Services). But the concerns that if such shows are healthy for the participants, especially children, in the absence of clear-cut guidelines to monitor the proceedings are rising. A media practitioner …

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Community forest manual to be revised

A stakeholder workshop which was attended by forestry officials from territorial divisions, dzongkhags, parks, and College of Natural Resources among others concluded yesterday with  a resolution to revise the four-part Community Forestry (CF) manual of Bhutan first published in 2004 by Social Forestry and Extension Division (SFED), Department of Forest …

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Two killed in car accident

A 35-year old teacher and 32-year old warden of Sengdhyen Lower Secondary School in Dorokha under Samtse dzongkhag were killed in a car accident which occurred around 9pm on 26th March. There were five passengers in the car, all of them school staff. They were travelling to a place called …

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