Monthly Archives: March 2017

CARE Bhutan – Taking care of vulnerable youth

Pema Tshomo, Thimphu

When the snowfall brought down the stalls of Respect, Educate, Nurture, Empower, Women (RENEW’s) fair at Changligmithang, a group of youth was seen helping other volunteers. A month back the same group was seen organizing a fund raising activity at Changligmithang. Who are they?

They are members of CARE Bhutan, an organization with a social cause – to reintegrate recovering substance abusers and those coming from rehabilitation centers back in the society. Led by Thinley Dorji, 33, from Khasadrapchu, they are a group who ardently believes that everyone, even substance abusers, past and present can contribute to nation building.

People of Kanglung reassured by PM’s visit

Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu

Prime Minister (PM) Tshering Tobgay’s recent visit to Kanglung gewog on March 21, 2017 has not only lifted the hopes of the residents but also clarified several issues that the people were unsure of.
In what the people of Kanglung described as an historic meeting as both the PM and the gewog’s national assembly representative, Education minister Norbu Wangchuk were present, the people said that the future of Kanglung was exhibited during the interaction and meeting.

Tuberculoses cases drop

Tashi Wangmo,Thimphu

The number of tuberculoses (TB) cases in the country has decreased to 1,145 in 2016 from 1,328 in the last five years. While 24 died in 201, the fatality was 44 in 2014. This came out during the world TB day, which was observed on March 24, 2017. This platform provides an opportunity to raise awareness about TB and the measures needed to tackle this disease.

Healing bruised hearts in Nganglam

Pema Choejor, Thimphu

On March 20, 2017, His Majesty the King arrived in Tshenkari, Nganglam, Pemagatshel to meet the victims of a fire that broke out in the morning and inspect the site.

Snowfall – A Gift for Hydropower

Pema Tshomo, Thimphu

Snowfalls in Bhutan are occasions for people to celebrate, with children and families making best use of it as a day of entertainment. However, snowfalls are a major contribution to the country, as it contributes immensely to the amount of hydropower generated and thus revenue earned.

Bhutan’s National Flower finally identified

Usha Drukpa

According to reports from the biodiversity research activities, it has been found out that the National Flower of Bhutan, blue poppy, scientifically known as Meconopsis grandis in Bhutan was misunderstood as the national flower. The true national flower is Meconopsis gakyidiana, which is a new species.

The State of Bhutanese Women

Bhutanese women are Privileged

Pema Choejor & Tashi Wangmo/Thimphu

A question from the Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay during the second national conference on women in politics, held here beginning March 8, 2017, bewildered most of the participants. “If you are reborn as a human being, will you prefer to be born as male or female,” the Prime Minister asked.

Trust: Crux of the Judiciary

| Usha Drukpa,Thimphu

The four day Annual Judicial Conference that ended on March 14, 2017 at the Supreme Court here, not only brought judges and lawyers of the country to discuss performance of the judiciary and issues affecting the administration of justice, but saw the judiciary discussing on rejuvenating and strengthening people’s trust and confidence in the judiciary.
Thus, the theme of the conference was “Inspiring public trust and confidence.”

The Tale of a Topper – Sakteng’s whiz kid

|Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu

If there is a will there is a way and hard work pays.

These are some of the lessons that Tashi Norbu, 19, from Sakteng gewog in Trashigang district realized after he topped the Bhutan higher school examination certificate (BHSEC) in Arts this year with 86.25 percent. But this did not come immediately. For few days, Tashi had to reconcile with the fact that he was just fourth. A student of Jigme Sherubling Central School, Khaling, Tashi says that all along he was “sad” because he could not live to the challenge he had made “internally.”

BKP will form the government in 2018: BKP President

| Pema Tshomo, Thimphu

As the run-up to the 2018 elections begin, President of Bhutan Kuen-Nyam party (BKP), Sonam Tobgay expressed that only a miracle would stop the party from winning the 2018 elections.