• Bhutan to attend the Second International Conference on Nutrition

    Thimphu, 17 November 2014 – Bhutan will be attending the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) from 19 to 21 November 2014 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome. The goal of the ICN2 is to improve nutrition through national policies and effective international cooperation. The conference is jointly organized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations. The Bhutanese delegation, led by the Hon’ble Health Minister, Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, Ministry of Health, left for Rome on Monday morning.

    The ICN is a global initiative to understand and improve nutrition more holistically and for longer term interests. This second conference will review the progress of the Action Plan agreed by the governments in the first ICN in 1992. Lessons will be learnt and promising technologies scaled-up in the coming years. The ICN2 will also review relevant policies and institutions on agriculture, fisheries, health, trade, consumption and social protection to improve nutrition.

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  • Bhutan Journal of Natural Resources and Development launched

    Dr. D.B Gurung, Dean of Academics launching the journal
    Dr. D.B Gurung, Dean of Academics launching the journal

    CNR, Lobesa: College of Natural Resources in Lobesa, on this week, in commemoration of 59th birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo, launched its journal called Bhutan Journal of Natural Resources and Development (BJNRD), to provide a forum for home academician and scholars to publish their works.

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  • CNR develops Arboretum as a special tribute to 4th Druk Gyalpo’s 60th birth anniversary

    DSC_001411 November, CNR, Lobesa: If Bhutan today is still among the top biological hotspots in the world, if major chunk of our land is still under forest cover, it’s all because of the farsighted vision of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo. Hence, College of Natural Resources in Lobesa developed and established an Arboretum, a campus floristic garden, which is a befitting symbol of tribute to His Majesty’s 60th birth anniversary on 11 November this year.

    The faculty members, in-service degree and diploma forestry students of the college, over a period of last three months, conceived and executed the Arboretum where, within the premises of the college, an area was delineated and planted with different species of plants. Some 230 seedlings consisting of 20 tree species from Bhutan’s native broadleaved forests were planted within the area of 3911 sq.m of land. The species planted includes Cassia spp., Quercus spp., Sisoo, Terminalia belerica, Mesus ferres, Gulmohar, Dendrocalamus spp, Ficus bengalensis etc. In addition, two gazebos as resting and contemplating stop points were constructed connected by the nature trail snaking within the Arboretum.

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  • 13 November, 2014- National Holiday on Lhabab Duechen


    Thursday, 13 November 2014 is a National Holiday in Bhutan to observe this very holy day- Lhabab Duechen or the Descending Day of Lord Buddha. Lhabab Duechen. is celebrated on the 22nd day of the 9th Lunar month of the Bhutanese calendar. The day is celebrated to mark the Anniversary of Lord Buddha’s descent from the realm of Heaven to Earth on this day.

    History says that Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, and His mother expired after 7 days. Therefore 6 years after attaining enlightenment at the age of 41, He ascended to Tushita heaven (the Realm of the Divas), which is still part of Samsara (the cycle of birth, death and rebirth) on the 15th day of the 6th month of the Lunar calender to preach to his mother. He went there to teach his mother so she could break free from Samsara because he wanted to repay her kindness towards him.

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