Lessons from the Doklam Pass: how little Bhutan faced down China over a border dispute.
ShutterstockIn one of the less reported stories of the summer, India and China came to a stand-off over on a plateau in the Himalayas called the Doklam Pass. This small strip of land separating the Indian state of Sikkim from its neighbour Bhutan, is one of several areas disputed by China and Bhutan. With its own interests, ...
More than discrimination, it is compassion and sympathy that pose a challenge for people living with disability in Bhutan, according to an executive member of Disabled Persons' Association of Bhutan , Amrith Bahadur Subba.
Heritage forest project to conserving Tsirangtoed dzong ruins.
In a move to attract more tourists, the territorial forest division in Tsirang has developed an ecotourism site in Tsirangtoed. Located almost 30km away from Damphu town, the site has a ruin of a dzong, which according to locals is more than 200 years old. It is believed that the fortress belonged to a powerful local king ...
A class five student of Doksum Primary School in Trashiyangtse, Sherub Lakshey Wangchuk, dreaded whenever his teachers asked him to get a haircut. It was his elder brother and sister, who cut his hair and he says it were never up to his satisfaction. It was a nightmare, as they never made me look presentable at school.'
Controlling dog population needs sustained effort.
We won international awards for dog population management, not once, but twice. Going by the records, we have stabilised dog population through mass sterilisation programmes. This success story, though, doesn't give us the real picture of the situation. Why would some towns in the country cry for help otherwise?
As much as Bhutan benefitted from its bilateral relationship with Japan, Japan too has benefited, according to Japan International Cooperation Agency executive senior vice president, Kazuhiko Koshikawa.
The incumbent National Council members' term will end without them amending the Election Act 2008 despite having passed a resolution earlier to do so. The upcoming 20th session is the last for the members.
Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck with local government leaders in Haa after the inaugural of a three day training on effective mediation of disputes yesterday. The mediation services is expected to supplement the mainstream justice system and courts to resolve disputes speedily as well as take justice ...
Countering rural urban migration through regional revitalisation
I was excited to be visiting Japan again, where I would get to marvel at the technology, cuisine, culture and urban spaces. But when we visited a small remote island town of Ama-Cho, I felt that it had a different story to tell from what we usually observe in the urban areas of Japan. I realised that they face similar ...
Health officials propose off-hour clinic practices in dzongkhags
With specialists at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital practicing off-hour clinics, health officials from the dzongkhags enquired if the same could be allowed to doctors in other parts of the country.
Ambulance service is at the forefront of healthcare services. That we see an average of two referrals every day from district health centres to the referral centres show that our ambulances are always on the move, providing critical service to the people. If we go by the recent figures, the frequency is even higher. With ...
Fifteen students of Damphu Central School in Tsirang tested positive for influenza A as of 4:30PM yesterday. This comes after more than 60 students fell sick and showed signs of influenza-like illness since September 16. The students complained of headache, high fever and body ache accompanied by joint pain. Few students ...
68 % of healthcare providers satisfied with their job
About 68 percent of healthcare providers in Bhutan are satisfied with their job, according to a survey conducted by the health ministry. The survey was conducted this year to measure staff satisfaction level and its associated factors in healthcare facilities in the country. Salary and incentives, supervisor, workload, ...
United Nations, Sep 19 India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan and five Foreign Ministers in interactions that mostly focused on bilateral issues, according to a ministry spokesperson. Raveesh Kumar described the meeting with Hasina ...
Bhutan has come a long way since it opened up its doors to tourism in 1974. Untill 1998, the sector fuctioned under the government. Tour operator and guides were government employees. Today, the tourism industry has become the second largest revenue contributor in the country.
A strong relationship is based on trust not legal agreements
I own a small hotel and have problems with staff who get their salaries and then bunk the next day. I'm thinking to get them to sign legal contracts to stop them from doing this. Also, friends who run similar businesses suggest that I withhold their salary until the middle of the next month to ...
Sushma Swaraj attends trilateral meet between India-Japan-US
Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the trilateral meet between India-Japan-US on Monday. Swaraj, who is in the U.S, for seven days, held meetings with her American and Japanese counterparts. She will also take part in a meeting, chaired by United States President Donald Trump, to discuss terrorism, on ...
Cultural events to mark 30 years of Bhutan-Korea relations
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and Bhutan, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Dhaka, Bangladesh will be organising several Korean Cultural Events from September 21 to October 2.
Despite it being their first appearance, the U-18 Bhutan national team is hoping to clinch a spot in the top three in the South Asian Football Federation championship that kicks-off today at the Changlimithang stadium in Thimphu.
The woods, the fluffy clouds almost kissing the hills and the serenity make Haa Chundu a perfect subject for artists. The tranquility often punctuated by the cheering of students meeting at a regional sports completion below hardly bothers the calmness of the place. Haa Chundu, at least this time of the year, is the place ...
Hotel associations sign MoU to enhance cooperation
To encourage cross border tourism and to foster the development of hospitality industry, the Hotel and Restaurant Associations of Bhutan , Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India and Hotel Association Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Bengaluru in India on September 15.
Beekeepers' cooperative in Bumthang seeks ISO certification
With increasing number of members and more demand for honey in the market, the beekeepers cooperative in Bumthang is processing for ISO certification. Members of the cooperative increased to 87 this year from 67 last year.
When the valley's luxuriant paddy fields were levelled and concrete jungles began cropping up, a new Thimphu was born. It's a story from not-so-distant past. Change has been dramatic. What is sad, however, is that we have not been able to catch up with the speed of change.
Choongphel chiwog in Bumthang used to be a sheep rearing community. Not any more. Farmers, who used to own flock of sheep, chose to rear cattle while the younger generations aren't keen on keeping the practice going.
GNH certification tool for business to be launched
A Gross National Happiness Certification Tool for Business will be launched at a GNH For Business conference in November this year, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay announced at the Singapore summit in Singapore on September 16.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will operationalise the SSBs first ever intelligence wing tomorrow, a home ministry official said.The paramilitary force guards Indias borders with Bhutan and Nepal, which are often used by criminals and Kashmiri militants returning from Pakistan.The intelligence wing will have 650 field ...
If public and private mobilise resources together, any plans or projects could be achieved, especially in developing countries constraint with resources, according to the finance minister Namgay Dorji.
DRA to review medicines that people claim help quit addiction
Drug Regulatory Authority and Bhutan Medical and Health Council on August 25 suspended Drungtsho Tandin Phub of National Traditional Medicine Hospital from prescribing a Sowa Rigpa treatment to help control craving of alcohol, doma, and tobacco.
It is dirty, divisive, and all about money. Two rounds of parliamentary elections and almost a decade into Bhutan's transition to democracy, we have begun to associate politics and the processes of democracy as dirty, divisive, and about money.
A rapper shows up in full Bhutanese regalia. All out of place, to talk about things so pertinent – democracy of the day. Dear Prime Minister…' he rattles on. The message is deep in a way although at time it is way out of place.
Road inspection will now be different in the Gelephu region, as the Road Safety and Transport Authority's regional office has formed a team comprising officials from its six dzongkhags last week to inspect all vehicles thoroughly.
PHPA rolls out online system for efficiency and transparency
Employees of Punatsangchhu hydropower projects I and II will not have to scribble lengthy details on print forms for leave, travel allowances and other benefits and wait for their bosses to approve it.
Inadequate budget for ambulance services and no follow-up on patients referred are some of the issues in transportation and evacuation of the patient referrals. This was discussed during the second day of the 4th Biennial health conference at the Convention Centre in Thimphu yesterday.
Kolkata, Sep 15 Bimstec nations, which have been negotiating framework agreements in regional cooperation, are likely to finalise the motor vehicles and coastal shipping agreements in the next few months, an official said here on Friday. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation , a ...