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The mammoth task to achieve ‘Zero Waste’ by 2030

By Tandin Wangchuk A report by UNDP titled; Behavioral Insight- a Nudge towards circular economy states that with rapid socio-economic development the country has been seeing another growth, albeit an undesirable one,  waste management. It has become a scourge troubling many countries the world over, and a growing national concern. The UNDP report publiched last month states that in a …

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Enhancing tourism and biodiversity sectors

By Tandin Wangchuk The Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS) is one of the sites identified for the proposed eco-tourism project “Mainstreaming Biodiversity into the Tourism Sector.” The Gross National Happiness Commission, Tourism Council of Bhutan and UNDP are in the process of finalizing the project proposal for submission to the Global Environment Facility.  If approved, it will work to promote community …

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RELIVING AN ANCIENT TRAIL

By Chimi Wangmo Not too long ago the people of Thed and Wang migrated to Punakha every year to avoid the cold Thimphu winter. While the Punakha-Thimphu trail was used by many generations of Bhutanese, today, the tradition of using the old migratory trail is almost completely lost and unknown. Therefore, to once more tread and relive this ancient trail, …

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Bhutan Observes World Food Day

However, Bhutan was not included in the Global Hunger Index this year due to lack of data By Tandin Wangchuk The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshi Penjore, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) fraternity this week joined the nation to observe the World Food Day which is marked every year on 16th of October. The day …

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His Majesty The King Grants Dashain Tika

Phurpa Wangmo On October 15 His Majesty The King granted Dasain Tika to representatives of the Hindu community of Gelephu at the Shivalaya Mandir in Gelephu. Dasain Tika granted by elders and parents convey special blessings and protection. Dasain marks the victory of the Dharma King Rama, who was an emanation of Vishnu, over the demon Ravana- a victory of …

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Giant Strides in Bhutan-China Boundary Talks

By Rinchen Dorji After almost four decades of talks, Bhutan and China this week inked an historic Three-Step  Roadmap to expedite the ongoing boundary talks. The Foreign Minister of Bhutan, Lyonpo Tandi Dorji, and the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Wu Jianghao, signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of the …

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Zhemgangpas not happy with deprioritization plans

Unhappy people of Kheng want the government to reconsider their plans and honor the 12th FYP endorsed by the Parliament By Tashi Namgyal Parliamentarians and people of respective constituencies are expressing dissatisfaction with the government dropping or deprioritizing planned developmental activities from the 12th FYP. People are also questioning whether the government is honoring the 12th FYP that was endorsed …

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One nation one people

The Weekly Editorial The celebration of the Hindu festival Dassai, or the festival of the good over evil, has become an integral part of our culture in recent times, and the government has even declared the day a national holiday. While Bhutan is considered largely dominated by Mahayana sect of Buddhists, our constitution has mandated to protect all religions and …

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World Bank secures re-settlers

This project will benefit over 10,000 households with 30 percent of the beneficiaries being women By Tashi Namgyal The World Bank has developed a Resettlement Framework (RF) for the 8 million dollar Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project (FSAPP) which was launched in 2017 in Bhutan. The RF will cover implementation modalities for Additional Financing (AF) to the Project with …

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Preparing for the unknown

WFP study on the impact and plan of action for potential earthquakes is the first ever model in Bhutan for humanitarian planning By Tashi Namgyal The Himalayan region has amongst the highest earthquake risk globally, with recent moderate-sized events resulting in tens of thousands of casualties. Despite this, understanding of earthquake risk in the region is limited, particularly in Bhutan, …

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