Friday, August 1st, 2014 - 3:38 AM

Two steel companies shut down

Industry: In what is claimed to be a ripple effect of an increased domestic power tariff, the country’s two steel companies in Phuentsholing have closed shop.

The two companies are Druk Iron and Steel private limited (DISPL) and Bhutan Steel Industries limited (BSIL).  The induction furnaces of these companies have remained shut since January 2014.

An induction furnace is an electrical furnace, where heat is applied by induction heating of the metal.  Compared to the [... Read More]

Poor English results blamed on poetry and grammar

IMG_8953Subject-wise high and low performing schools (Info: BCSEA)

Is the conclusion reached by an analytic report on last year’s class XII examination

BCSEA: Questions on poetry and grammar are to be blamed for the poor performance of class XII students in English in their board examinations last year, according to the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment’s (BCSEA) pupil performance report.

It was the worst of performances in English in recent years, and worried both education officials and teachers alike.  The average [... Read More]

Bid to make Kyoto and Thimphu sister cities

The mayor of the Japanese city has made the proposal to Bhutan’s foreign ministry

Twinning: Given the strong beliefs in Buddhism the two cities share, Kyoto city’s mayor in Japan has officially proposed to the foreign ministry to make Thimphu and Kyoto sister cities.

The proposal from the mayor was handed over to the foreign ministry yesterday.

Kyoto city mayor’s concept to tie up the two cities goes back to the visit His Majesty the King [... Read More]

Rupee inflow, for a change, surpasses outflow

In a first for many years, the first quarter of this year recorded this anomaly

INR: In first quarter  of the year, the inflow of rupees has surpassed the outflow by Rs 6.9B, setting a record high in many years.

This is mainly attributed to the increased grant portion received from the government of India.

The country recorded surplus inflow since June last year.

Within the first three months, this year, total INR inflow stood at Rs [... Read More]


The housing allowance riddle

Most civil servants received their first revised salary with the 20 percent housing allowance.

But many are feeling cheated, as the 20 percent housing allowance, the selling point, which the government used to justify a decent salary raise for civil servants, in reality, is turning out to be something else.

The housing allowance is not for all civil servants, but selected groups, like the ones living in rented apartments.  Those occupying National Housing and Development Corporation’s (NHDC) [... Read More]

Tashi gets its “Dorji”

IMG_20140730_090934The 122-seater Airbus A319 is welcomed with lhabsabg thruesoel ceremony

The private airline now has a second arrow, as it were, to its quiver 

 Aviation: Tashi Air (Bhutan Airlines) received its second aircraft at Paro airport, yesterday.

The aircraft named “Dorji” was received with a small ceremony at the airport.  The first aircraft is named “Rimp”.

The addition of a second 122-seater Airbus A319 means that the airline can now expand its route network and also increase its dependability.

The second aircraft will initially operate the Paro-Kathmandu [... Read More]

Shamar Rinpoche’s mortal remains cremated today

s2Homage: Thousands of devotees came to pay respect as the kudung of late Shamar Rinpoche was being escorted to Shar Minub monastery in Kathmandu yesterday (Photo: sharmapa.org

Purjang: His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje will preside over the purjang (cremation ceremonies) of the late 14th Shamar Rinpoche today in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The cremation rites will begin at 6 am and go on until 2 pm at the Shar Minub monastery in Kathmandu. Thousands of followers are expected, many from Australia, Europe and the Americas, a press release stated.

Shamar Rinpoche was the second-highest Karma Kagyu leader and one of the [... Read More]


Drukpol thrashed Bhutan Clearing 6-1

Football: Drukpol FC striker Jigme Drakpa scored four goals as they thrashed Bhutan Clearing 6-1 in the ongoing Coca Cola national league at Changlimithang yesterday.

With only 21 minutes gone, striker Jigme Drakpa applied a neat finished to a cross from his strike partner to take the lead. The speed and combination of the strikers left Bhutan Clearing goalie puzzled and helpless.

Jigme Drakpa doubled the lead in the 31st minute after a solo effort. [... Read More]

DT decides to shift two classes from WLSS to Bajo

IMG_2528Wangdue Lower Secondary School

Education:  Wangdue dzongkhag’s tshogdu approved the District Education Office’s proposal to shift class VII and VIII of Wangdue Lower Secondary School (WLSS) to Bajo Higher Secondary School (BHSS) come next academic session.

The local leaders unanimously approved the proposal on July 29.

Tshewang Penjore, the District Education Officer of Wangdue, said the decision was made due to increasing number of students in WLSC.

The school’s buildings are in sad state of repair.

BHSS, said Tshewang Penjore, can [... Read More]

Official correspondence only in Dzongkha

Mongar DT: Mongar dzongkhag’s tshogdu on July 24 decided to use only national language for official correspondence.

This, local government leaders said, was done to relay real and correct message without any corruption in meaning.

Balam mangmi Thinley said that currently most official letters from the dzongkhag administration are written in English, which many gups and mangmis in the gewogs could not read.

“If the local leaders do not understand the content of the massage, it [... Read More]

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