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Diplomacy: His Majesty The King grants an audience to the Indian Foreign Secretary, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar yesterday in Thimphu. This is his first official visit abroad since his appointment as the foreign secretary on January 29.


RCSC to reassign ‘surrendered’ secretaries

The commission finds an acceptable middle path between ‘separation’ and ‘reinstatement’

Governance: Despite procedural lapses and poor judgment, the three government secretaries and the committee of secretaries (CoS), had acted in good faith on the ENERTIA allegations, the Royal Civil Service Commission’s (RCSC) investigation has found.

Based on the findings, the commission has decided to reassign the cabinet secretary, Dasho Penden Wangchuk, the economic affairs secretary Dasho Sonam Tshering and the foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji, in accordance with section 76 of the Civil Service Act and chapter 19, section of the civil service rules.


Gomtu-bound bus accident claims three lives

Madarihaat: A 55-year-old driver and a 20-year-old man died on impact at Madarihaat, India yesterday, when the Gomtu bound coaster bus they were travelling in crashed into a speeding Indian truck around 3:30pm.

A 34-year-old woman succumbed to injuries later at Phuentsholing hospital.


A stunting of the national revenue

Blamed on the cooling of the economy due to a number of contributing factors

Exchequer: The national revenue saw an increase of 10.2 percent in the last fiscal year recording a net collection of Nu 23.24 billion.

The growth in revenue, however, fell short of the average growth of the last four years, which stood at 10.5 percent.

The stunting was attributed to the setback in the economy due to adverse balance of payment, government restrictions on selected imports, and prudent policies on domestic credits.


Light at the end of jobless tunnel for B.Ed. graduates

After months of running from pillar to post, there is movement to employ them at last

Education: The education ministry is working on recruiting the 235 unemployed B.Ed. teacher graduates on contract, to replace the community-based teachers in phases.

The decision to replace community-based teachers with trained teachers comes after Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay called an emergency meeting and directed the Ministry of Education (MoE), Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Gross National Happiness Commission and the labour ministry to review the B.Ed. graduates’ issue and come up with immediate solutions.


Need to set right precedence

The three government secretaries that the Lhengye Zhungtshog (cabinet) surrendered to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) will now be called back to duty, albeit not to the same position and perks that the top bureaucrats enjoyed before they were tossed out for reasons that the nation is still aching to know.

This is good news because we now know the contours of our faces, however handsome and blotted they are.  Our democratic face doesn’t look so very fetching as we think we do sincerely own.


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Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar calls on Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhen congratulated Dr Jaishankar on his appointment and thanked the Government of India for supporting Bhutan in its development activities. Dr Jaishankar assured India’s consistent support in Bhutan’s development activities.
Among others, they discussed Hydro Power, e-library and motor vehicle agreement during the call on.


Steady decline in Japanese arrivals

From a high of 6,967 tourists in 2012, the number has dwindled down to 2,707 last year

Tourism: Tourist arrivals from Japan, one of the major international markets for Bhutan, slumped by more than 30 percent last year, records with the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) show.

About 2,707 Japanese tourists visited the country last year, the lowest since 2010.  In 2013, the country recorded some 4,015 Japanese tourists against 6,967 the previous year.

Tour operators attribute the drop mainly to the weakening yen against US dollar, following the economic slowdown in Japan since last year.  Myanmar emerging as a new tourist destination also diverted some potential visitors to Bhutan, they said.


The long migration to digitalisation

Work is to begin by July for the system to be in place by its 2018 deadline

Television: Bhutan plans to digitalise its television (TV) services by 2018, and work to enable the migration to a digital system is expected to begin in July.

Currently, Bhutan is among a minority group of countries that still use analogue technology to transmit television.

In the analogue system, information, such as video and audio, is translated into electric pulses, while, in a digital system, it is translated into a binary or number system.

While both systems have their pros and cons, the advantages of digital television include better picture and sound, and allow the broadcast of multiple channels and services like broadband internet.


Cricket club competition begins

_MG_0057Kinley Penjor of Tashas United delivers the ball

BCCB: The Bhutan Cricket Council Board (BCCB) K4 Cup, formerly the Bhutan Super League, began last week.

In the opening match team Tashas United defeated Takin City by 190 runs.

Yesterday’s encounter saw Tashas United notch up yet another victory inspired by their veteran player Damber Gurung. His score of 158 runs the defeat of Youth XI by 115.

Batting first after winning the toss, Tashas United resumed from where they left off yesterday by making quick runs at the start. When Damber Gurung stepped onto the field with four wickets down, Tashas United had accumulated 84 runs in 15 overs.