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Bhutan to bridge digital divide by 2020

This is in line with ITU’s Connect 2020 vision, which the country has endorsed

Conference: By 2020, Bhutan will bridge its digital divide, at least in terms of internet broadband connectivity.

This was revealed by the information and communications minister, who attended the 19th International Telecommunications Union (ITU) plenipotentiary conference, being held in Busan, South Korea.

The plenipotentiary conference is an event, held every four years, where ITU member states decide on the future role of [... Read More]

Concerns of school principals

Education: Zhemgang higher secondary school and Sonamthang middle secondary school in Panbang will function as central schools from the 2015 academic session.

This was announced at the 21st dzongkhag principal coordination meeting, which ended yesterday in Zhemgang dzongkhag headquarter for 30 principals and four education officers.

Zhemgang’s deputy chief for education (DEO), Sangay Chophel, explained that, although an autonomous school, Zhemgang HSS was selected to be the central school as it is located in the [... Read More]

PM inaugurates Dungsam Cement

unnamed-36Inauguration: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay inaugurated the Dungsam cement Plant in Nganglam yesterday

More than three decades after its initial planning, the plant is finally up and running

DCCL: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay inaugurated Dungsam Cement corporation ltd (DCCL) in Nganglam yesterday.

The country’s largest cement plant started commercial operations since January this year under the brand name of Dragon cement.  DCCL currently produces ordinary portland cement (OPC) and portland pozolona cement (PPC).

Located in Chenkari, about 5km from existing Nganglam town, DCCL was incorporated in 2009 under the [... Read More]

Mongar squatters wonder where to go

unnamed-37Encroachment : About 100 families reside on government land

Now that they’ve been evicted from govt. land, 100 families have no place to stay

Eviction: The 100 families, who have been living on government land in Mongar, are worried about finding a place to move to, after the dzongkhag ordered them to dismantle their homes by December end this year.

As resolved by the dzongkhag tshogdu, following a circular from the National Land Commission (NLC), the dzongkhag issued the order to the residents to [... Read More]


The expensive option

When the 2015 academic session commences, some parents will change their children’s school, if not their mind of sending them to private schools.  10 private schools have increased their fee, with one school almost doubling it.

That didn’t go down well with some parents.  If they choose to continue in the same school, they will have to pay through the nose.  Educating a child is expensive, more so if they choose to send to private schools.  [... Read More]

Proposed private school fee hike has parents up in arms

Operators defend their move as a price that must be paid for a quality education

Education: Quality comes at a cost.  This is how private school operators are responding to criticisms from parents after the schools’ proposal to revise tuition fees was approved by the education ministry.

Private school operators said if parents want their children to get quality education and care in a comfortable environment with good facilities, then they should be willing to [... Read More]

Getting with the (multiannual indicative) program

DSC_2390European commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs and Lyonpo Namgay Dorji exchanges the MIPs

AID: Finance minister Namgay Dorji and European Union’s (EU) commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, signed the multiannual indicative programmes (MIPs) document in Thimphu yesterday.

MIPs represent the strategies and priorities for the EU’s aid in the country.  The EU has trebled its assistance to the country for the period of 2014-20 to euro 42M.  It is the largest grant by the EU to Bhutan so far.

The financial assistance is aimed at addressing challenges, such [... Read More]

Taktse desperate for an ATM

Students, teachers and locals have to go 15km (to Trongsa) to withdraw money

Banking: Teachers, students and the locals of Taktse in Drakteng, Trongsa are asking financial institutions to install an automated teller machine (ATM) near Taktse higher secondary school and Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS).

People of Taktse have to go to Trongsa town to withdraw cash from the banks, since there is no ATM or banking services in Taktse.

“To withdraw Nu [... Read More]

BHSL is in business

unnamed-33Dasho Chhewang Rinzin at the opening of the centre yesterday

The joint venture service centre started commercial operations yesterday 

Company: Bhutan Hydropower Services ltd (BHSL) in Jigmecholing, Sarpang started commercial operations yesterday.

Fully managed by Bhutanese employees, except for two expatriate workers, the company is a joint venture between Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) and Alstom, France.

BHSL’s chief executive officer, Tenzin, said that the service centre would repair and carry out reclamation works of hydro runners, allied underwater components, and mechanical service jobs.

“We’ve trained our [... Read More]

Man detained for alleged rape of a minor

Lhuntse police detained a 26 year-old man from Medtso gewog in Lhuntse for allegedly raping a 14-year-old student on October 4.

The case was first reported to the teachers by the student and then forwarded to the gewog administration. The gewog administration reported the case to police.

The school principal said the class teacher observed that the class V student was not attentive in class and upon questioning, the girl informed the school’s discipline committee about the [... Read More]

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