Local News

Maternity leave reform only in CS so far

The Minister for Labor and Human Resources presented a report on the implementation status of increasing maternity leave outside the civil service. The Minister informed that the ministry has held consultations with various stakeholders and has emphasized on the importance of increasing the maternity leave. The Minister, however, highlighted that …

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Thimphu hosts 14th Anti-Corruption Seminar for Asia-Pacific Region

Anti-Corruption agencies from 23 Asia-Pacific member countries and 93 representatives from across the world met at the 14th Asia-Pacific regional seminar of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Anti-Corruption initiative in Thimphu. Themed “Development with Values: Social Fence Against Corruption,” the three day seminar …

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History in a Pebble

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When one thinks poems one dreads obscure sesquipedality. Sonam Choden Dorji has refreshingly avoided that in her ‘History in a Pebble,’  “Sometimes you need to stop searching, for appropriate words, for elaborate construction,” that naked thoughts suggest. Written mostly in free verse, the collection of poems is a tranquil conversation …

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Shakespeare makes an entry into local cinema after schools

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In a happy coincidence, Shakespeare is making a double comeback in Bhutan. Removed from the curriculum nine years ago Shakespearean plays will be reintroduced in secondary schools from 2017. Former Kuensel editor Kencho Wangdi now turned filmmaker had found the exclusion inexplicable and a loss to literary culture in the …

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Rural urban migration more than just about facilities

Rural urban migration is becoming common within the country whereby rural areas are left almost empty while urban areas become congested with an increasing population. A Rural Urban migration survey report shows lack of education facilities coming to 46 percent was the most commonly stated reason for leaving the rural …

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Lhawang Dorji wins fifth consecutive term as Kana Gup

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Kana gewog reelected Lhawang Dorji, 46, giving the veteran local leader his fifth consecutive term as gup and making him perhaps the longest serving local leader in recent times. Standing from Khagochen chiwog he secured 994 votes of the 1450 cast on September 27, poll day, to beat contender Chador, …

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Second Local government saw 16 disputes

The Dzongkhag Election Dispute Settlement Bodies and Central Election Dispute Body saw 16 disputes related to the final round of the second local government election. Of the 16, seven were on corruption charges, five complaints were related to the Chiwog Zomdu, four on eligibility of candidates and four on violation …

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Potato crop loss

Farmers of Shemagangkha Chiwog in Chapcha, Chukha, lost close to two third of their potato crop, their main source of income, to heavy rains. “The chiwog sells about 1200 metric tonnes (MT) of potato in a year but this year it came down to 800 MT,” said Rinzin Dorji, former …

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Himalayan black bear caught in an apple orchard trap

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Forest officials and Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health Section under the Wildlife Conservation Division  have rescued a Himalayan bear found trapped in a snare set near an apple orchard in Wang Simo under Thimphu Dzonghag. The animal which was believed to have attempted to enter into the apple orchard was …

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