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All central schools to be granted autonomy

MoE clarifies on entitlements due to day-scholars as opposed to boarders

Education: Allaying confusion over who are entitled to free amenities in central schools, education ministry officials clarified that day scholar students were not eligible for free uniforms and bedding.

Just as for boarding students, the need to also provide free uniforms and bedding to day students was recently raised by parents whose children are studying in Udzorong central school in Trashigang.


Construction of dam begins

_MG_6751Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay offers his prayers before installing the sachu-bum-ter to start the dam’s construction yesterday

The PM installed the sa-chu-bum-ter to signal the laying of the dam foundation

 PHPA II: Calling it a milestone achievement for Punatsangchu hydroelectric project authority II (PHPA II), the project will start constructing the dam with the foundation laying ceremony conducted yesterday.

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay installed the sa-chu-bum-ter signalling the foundation concreting of the dam, which when completed will rise 86m high, with a width of 213m at the top.  Excavation work at the dam site is still going on and will be done simultaneously with the construction of the dam.


Inflation in February up by 0.23 percent

Prices: If decreasing fuel prices decelerated the inflation rate, the increase in price of vehicles slightly surged it last month.

In January this year, the Indian government withdrew the excise duty concession on Indian car manufacturers.  This, coupled by increased production cost, has resulted in increased cost of cars in India and because of the tax implication it became dearer in Bhutan.


Teacher wins gold medal

gold-medalPhurba Tashi receives gold medal from union minister, Harsh Vardhan

Award: Phurba Tashi, Zhemgang central school’s vice principal was awarded a gold medal for topping the MA in public administration from SRM University in Tamil Nadu, India.

He scored 8.688 CGPA, which is around 87 percent, in the master’s course that he completed in 2014.  There were also education ministry’s 10 officials, who graduated from the same course that was funded by the government of India.

Union minister of science and technology and earth science, Harsh Vardhan, awarded the medal on March 24 at the university’s convocation.


Picture story

A cultural programme was organsied yesterday to celebrate the 35th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King, the 60th Birth Anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Bangladesh’s Independence and National day at the Harmony Centenary Youth Village. The Bangladesh Embassy and the Department of Culture organsied the event.


The e-governance gambit

The government invested a lot of money on Google Apps and with very good intentions.

Google Apps was going to make the way our government worked more efficient, by cutting down needless and wasteful bureaucratic procedures, and reducing our use of paper.

Nearly a year later, it has done so to a very large extent and the government’s experiment with e-governance can safely and rightly be hailed a success.


Dwindling dhap presence at Gomphu Kora tshechu

DSC01500Pilgrimage: More than 300 visitors from Tawang attended the Gomphu Kora tshechu this year

And it’s not just the number of visitors, local attendance has also gone down

Festival: More than 300 visitors from Tawang, popularly known as dhaps, thronged the Gomphu Kora tshechu in Trashiyangtse, which ended on March 30.

The tradition of dhaps attending the popular Gomphu Kora tshechu dates back to the 8th century, and every year, hundreds of them, from places like How, Loomla, Dongmareng, and Khobleyteng in Tawang, attend the three-day tshechu.

The nearest road point from Tawang is about a kilometre away from the bordering village of Jangphutse in Bhutan.


Getting tourists to the grassroots

Decentralised Hands-on Exhibition promotes entrepreneurship in villages

DSCI/JICA: Very soon all dzongkhags will have some community-based enterprises that will provide interactive presentations to both local and international tourists.

Decentralised Hands-on Exhibition (DHOE) is an alternative rural development to encourage sustainable rural entrepreneurship in villages.   An enterprise can be a village tea garden, where tourists can enjoy a first hand experience picking tea leaves with the farmers, and buying tea from a farmer.


Digital storytelling workshop begins

Training: To provide skills in producing short films and multi-media videos, a 14-day workshop on digital storytelling for 45 youth began yesterday in Thimphu.

Digital storytelling is a modern extension of the ancient art of storytelling, interwoven with digitised still and moving images, narratives and sound.  Using these media, the participants will develop a narrative to tell stories.


Diagnostic service machines donated to hospital

DSC_4155HRH Princess Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck and health minister Tandin Wangchuk inagurates the equipment

JDWNRH: Diagnostic services at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital are expected to improve with the hospital receiving an ultrasonography and C-arm machines yesterday.

Worth about Nu 4M (million), HRH Princess Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck donated the machines to the hospital, along with an additional Nu 1M cheque for palliative care.

Hospital officials said that about 70-80 patients avail the ultrasonography services every day.  Health minister Tandin Wangchuk, said that, while the country had made impressive progress and achieved successes in primary health care, the health system was also struggling with a plenty of challenges.