DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

Radio High 92.7 FM – now ‘low’ and ‘off air’

  Radio High, the fifth FM radio station in Thimphu, has been ‘off air’ for more than three months for unknown reasons. Radio stations are mandated to notify BICMA in the event of interruption in broadcasting for more than two days. Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authoritys (BICMA) Chief Information and Media Officer, Lakshuman …

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No bridge but a library and resource center

Chuzergang gewog in Gelephu which is cut off from the rest of the world during monsoon due to the torrential Mao Khola now has something to rejoice over if not a bridge. Yesterday, Rural Education and Development (READ) and the Chuzergang community signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish …

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ECB answers third party’s queries

In the month of February, Social Democratic Party (SDP) submitted nine queries to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) on legislative rule on political parties, their formation and organization. The first question was  on what is needed for  advance information and approval from “appropriate authorities” before organizing public meetings and …

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Housing loan suspended, 33 people file petition

Thirty-three people whose housing loans were suspended by financial institutions following directives from the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) have filed a petition to the central bank. This situation arose in the aftermath of the rupee crisis. However, the Thimphu Thromde (TCC) has approved the construction of the petitioners’ houses but …

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Mindfulness mantra catching up in RUB colleges

In a move to adopt Gross National Happiness (GNH)-inspired education, all the colleges under the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), have started to to conduct “mindfulness practice” classes which see a large number of students and teachers on a regular basis. “I feel calm and stress-free, and I can focus …

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Parents cry foul over NPPF student loan scheme

Many families are unhappy with what they feel is an unfair student loan policy formulated by the National Pension and Provident Fund (NPPF). Students who score an aggregate of below 60% are not eligible for the Nu 0.5mn student loan offered by the organization. Apart from this, only students taking …

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Political parties focus search lights

The four political parties on the fray are in for a major contest for capable and charismatic candidates in a backdrop where there is a dearth of such. However, the parties have not lost hope. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who lost badly in the 2008 elections feel that it needs …

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MoH plans to disseminate health information in rural areas

The Health Promotion Division of the Health Ministry, earlier known as the Information Communication Bureau (ICB) is currently focusing on existing manpower and materials to come up with an appropriate health promotion strategy in the country. Talking to The Bhutanese, the officiating chief media and information officer of health ministry, …

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