The toppers in the four categories this year all happen to be men
RCSC: Either the questions were tough, or the candidates weak, but university graduates, who appeared the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) this year did not perform well.
The overall pass percentage dropped to 62 percent this year from last year’s 79 percent, as per results that the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) declared yesterday.
This means only 868 of the total 1,400 university [... Read More]
Almost half the stimulus fund from the total Nu 5B would be injected into the banks
ESP: The government will lend Nu 2.1B, almost half of Nu 5B Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP) to local banks.
This is going by the ESP implementation strategy the Cabinet approved during its meeting on December 4.
Finance minister Namgay Dorji said, in so doing the government would be charging the banks an interest of six percent. The banks would [... Read More]
For want of a law: Supporters of the petition to the government calling for harsher penalties on drug peddlers and establishing more rehabilitation services sign the appeal
A CSO has enlisted more than 1,000 supporters in the last four days to appeal to the govt. for stringent penalty against drug peddlers
Petition: A signature drive to petition the government to enact a stringent law against drug peddlers has gathered more than 1,000 signatures in support of the cause.
That number was mobilised from Thimphu alone since the campaign began on December 2.
A civil society organisation, Chithuen Phendhey Association, which began enlisting supporters [... Read More]
Family members and police assess the damage left behind by the fire
Fire: Fire, suspected to have started from an electric short circuit, razed two shops to the ground around 1am yesterday morning in Khengthongmani under Kanglung gewog in Trashigang.
The two clustered shops were a single and a two-storied traditional house by the intersection of Udzorong farm road and Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar highway.
Khenthongmani is around 11km from proper Kanglung. The fire also charred a red Santro car, after its owners (fire victims from the two-storied house) failed [... Read More]
Incidence of suicides bring unbearable grief to families and loved ones to learn of a life being cut short by one’s own hands.
There has been several suicide cases this year, the latest being that of a 28-year-old man in Tsirang.
Referral hospital records show there were more than 70 cases of suicide reported this year, including people of varying ages and backgrounds.
When people end their lives and increasingly so, we are left to question why. That [... Read More]
Mongar town: Buildings should now be painted in white, red, pink or yellow.
Town structures from hereon may be painted only in white, red, pink and yellow
Thromde: To give the town an aesthetic and uniform look, Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu has decided that, henceforth, its structures should be painted only in four colours – white, red, pink and yellow.
Town thuemi (representative) Sonam Wangchuk raised the issue at the tshogdue last month, after he received a letter from the works and human settlement ministry to have uniform colours [... Read More]
PM at the National Centre for Riverine and Lake Fisheries in Haa on November 24
Lyonchhoen: Work hard to improve tourism, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay told the sectoral heads and people of Haa during his recent and first constituency visit after assuming office.
“We’ll need to achieve more results,” he said, as people would definitely look for development activities in the prime minister’s dzongkhag. “People may question how will other dzongkhags develop when Haa isn’t developed.”
Lyonchhoen said Haa, as a dzongkhag, has “extra responsibility,” and that he would support in [... Read More]
Dilapidated they may be, but helps save energy when its consumption is the highest around this time of the year.
Photo by Karma Dupchu
Tongling PS is one of the four schools that will be downgraded next year
A possible fallout of rural to urban migration is falling student numbers
11th FYP: Short of children in villages, about 13 primary schools (PS) in Trashigang will be downgraded to extended classrooms (ECR) in the eleventh Plan.
Four primary schools, including Yobinang, Tongling, Jangsheri and Rangshikhar, will be downgraded by 2014.
This means that the 13 would limit admission to third grade from their current sixth grade.
These schools have failed to fulfill [... Read More]
Besides being paid less, women’s employment was less secure or led to poverty
GNP: Women in Bhutan are generally employed in low-paying agricultural jobs, while those employed in non-agricultural sector earned almost 25 percent less than men.
That quality of jobs for women was still an issue today, despite Bhutan making tremendous progress in female labour force participation surpassing the East Asia and Pacific average, was one of the findings of the Bhutan gender policy [... Read More]