Lone woman NC candidate from Mongar to promote women as agents of change

Thirty-one year old Sonam Pelzom from Drangmaling, Tsamang gewog under Mongar Dzongkhag is the only woman aspiring National Council (NC) candidate from Mongar Being the only woman candidate from Mongar, she has a heightened sense of determination and responsibility. “I will be the only one representing the whole dzongkhag’s women so I have to strengthen […]

Shops selling alcohol without license rampant in Denchi

Bars and shop owners holding genuine business license to sell alcohol in Denchi in Pemagatshel have been complaining that a few shops here operate as bar and sell alcohol even without having a bar license. They say such an operation is not only illegal, but is also eating into their business. They added that their […]

Former principal to contest NC, Punakha

Forty-three year old Kinley Wangchuk, the principal of a private school in Thimphu has resigned to contest the National Council (NC) elections next year from Yewakha village under Barp gewog in Punakha. Kinley Wangchuk is the lone candidate from his gewog. As of now there are 10 aspirants from Punakha. He served as a Dzongkhag […]

HIV, a potential serious threat to the population

HIV and AIDS is increasingly becoming more of a social issue rather than a disease specific issue with people still harboring misconceptions and stigma against HIV patients, according to the Executive Director of Lhak-sam, Wangda Dorji during the media advocacy training on the two-day HIV ad SOGIE held from Monday. Though Bhutan is a low […]

Who are we? – Dorji Wangchuk

National Days are a time to reflect who we are as a nation – just as a birthday is a day that one ponders upon as a person. Who are we? What does it mean to be a Bhutanese? Does wearing a gho or Kira make me Bhutanese? Does simply loving my country make me […]

Democracy and democratic ideals!

The ultimate aim of any democracy is to create an informed citizenry or an informed public. This is based on the rationale that people in a democracy have the right to determine their own future. They have the right to choose which party or government should govern them. However, in order to make an informed […]

SIGLR holds international conference on gender issues

Sherubtse Initiative for Gender Learning and Research (SIGLR) conducted a two-day international conference from December 21-22 at the Royal University of Bhutan. This is SIGLR’s first international conference. SIGLR, formed by a group of lecturers of Sherubste College, Kanglung in February last year, focuses on bringing gender-related issues and challenges to the forefront. The conference […]

Bhutan on the way to achieving universal primary education

Increasing enrolment and primary school completion rates indicate that Bhutan is very close toward achieving universal primary education, according to the Annual Education Statistics 2017. The total enrolment from Pre-primary (PP) through to Class XII within the country for the current year is 168,092 with a total of 9,415 teachers. As of 2017, there are […]

Former educationist to contest in NC elections from Samtse  

An educationist by profession, Dhan Kumar Ghalley, 51, is one of the aspiring candidates who will be contesting in the National Council election next year from Samtse. Hailing from Chusilgang village under Pemaling gewog in Samtse, Dhan Kumar Ghalley believes that the time has arrived to look back at the village and serve the people […]