Cabinet decides the govt. will bear the cost of transporting food supplies to schools and to centralise procurement of it
Food: While the education ministry’s proposal to increase stipend for the school-feeding program was not approved, the Cabinet has agreed to allocate a separate transportation budget, as well as permit central procurement of schools’ food supplies.
This means, from the next academic session, all 87 schools that have feeding programs will spend the Nu 1,000 [... Read More]
Men at work: Preparations underway at the Changlimithang stadium in Thimphu for the upcoming National Day celebrations
Celebration: On the eve of the country’s National Day celebrations, some senior citizens shared their thoughts on the importance of the day and the subsequent need to revive the feeling among the young.
While preparations are on for the day, some senior citizens and historians in Thimphu said December 17 should remind Bhutanese of their past, how the forefathers suffered and how the country evolved since.
Retired dzongda and royal changkhap, Dasho Passang Wangdi, 83, [... Read More]
Ura village (File photo)
It’s been two years since the issue was raised but it’s a case of ‘apply, apply, no reply’
Ura: Despite raising the issue for more than two years with regards to the altitude allowance they were entitled to, civil servants based in Ura gewog, Bumthang, are exasperated with the authorities’ indifference.
Except for the staff of Thrumshingla national park (TNP), civil servants with agriculture ministry, health ministry and teachers and staff of Ura Middle Secondary [... Read More]
Well the education ministry got more than what it bargained for.
On behalf of about 50,000 students studying in 87 schools across the country, education ministry had proposed the Cabinet to consider revising food stipend from Nu 1,000 today to Nu 1,300 a student a month.
What the Cabinet did was it denied the raise, but decided the government would bear the cost of transportation of ration to the respective schools.
So far, the transportation cost was settled [... Read More]
They sat for the exam under a proviso regarding unproduced original certificates
RCSC: When the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) results were declared last week, among those who made it and those who didn’t were six, who didn’t know how they performed.
The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), which conducted the examination, didn’t declare their results.
Among them was Ugyen Dorjee, an IT student who graduated from India.
“I did the exam and viva voce,” the 22-year [... Read More]
The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Bhutan, Prasad Kariyawasam, who is in the country to attend the 12th Round Table Meeting called on the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday. Lyonchhoen thanked the ambassador for his contribution in strengthening bilateral relations with Bhutan and expressed his appreciation for the assistance received from Sri Lanka, especially in the field of medical sciences for Bhutanese [... Read More]
Waiting: Handymen spend time watching television while they wait for trucks to arrive
The main reason for this year’s low yield would appear to be less rainfall
Mandarin: Although mandarin arrival at Samdrupjongkhar auction yard has been slow for some time now, the supply this year has plumetted by a huge margin, as compared to last year.
While only 37.4MT of oranges reached the auction yard, as of December 6, the arrival last year during the same period stood at 141.48MT, a difference of 104.08MT.
The manager of the [... Read More]
A worker feeds pigs at the farm in Nemjo, Paro
What the piggery produces is consumed within the dzongkhag itself
Livestock: Just 10 months since starting the first commercial piggery in Paro and Tshering Dorji is already looking at expanding his business.
“There’s so much demand for pork just within this dzongkhag and we’re hardly able to keep up,” Tshering Dorji said.
His brother and partner Tsheree said pigs between four and five-months-old were more in demand from the many resorts and hotels the dzongkhag was [... Read More]
The number of licenses issued in 2013 is almost double that of last year
Tourism: The number of licenses issued for travel agency has almost doubled this year, as compared to previous years, records with the regional trade and industry office (RTIO) show.
Adding to the increase were the contractors, whose businesses were affected by loan restriction in banks since last year.
From issuing 190 licenses last year, it increased to 273 this year so far. [... Read More]
UNDP’s program analyst Annamari Salonen presents a brief introduction on the history of Human Rights at a forum that was held to observe the International Human Rights Day yesterday at the YDF hall in Thimphu. The forum was organised together by the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy and the UNDP.