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Unfinished business in Bara

DSC_0273The incomplete science laboratory in Sherab Gatshel Lower Secondary School in Bara, Samtse

A BHU, science lab and teacher’s quarter remain incomplete four years after work started  Construction: After waiting for almost four years, the people of Bara gewog in Samtse have given up the hope of a basic health unit (BHU), a science laboratory, and a teacher’s quarter for Sherabgatshel lower secondary school. The construction works have not resumed since the termination of the two contractors last year.  The contractors were terminated after they were found to have breached the contract agreement. The contractors were given extra [... Read More]

At least a year to set up central schools: Ed. minister

IMG_3049Lyonpo Mingbo Dukpa and officials on the premises of Tsangkha Central school

All schools needed more facilities to meet concept of central school Education: Putting in place all the facilities for the central schools across the country might take at least a year, according to education minister Mingbo Dukpa, who is currently visiting the 24 pilot schools. One of the reforms initiated in the education sector, the central schools were initiated to address the issue of informal boarding.  Implementation of central schools in 24 pilot schools began from this academic session. However, lyonpo said that, in terms [... Read More]

Why not recruit all B.Ed. graduates?

Given the longstanding teacher shortage in district, Wangdue DT questions govt.’s logic Education: Local leaders of Wangdue questioned the rationality of the government’s recent decision to not recruit all the trained B.Ed. graduates, during the ninth dzongkhag tshogdu that ended on March 18. Such a decision, according to them, wasn’t logical, especially when rural schools have been facing teacher shortage for years. Raising the issue, Kashi gup Rinchen Penjore said a primary school in Kashi has been short of about three teachers for years. He [... Read More]

Japanese coach takes over national team

11078055_883821488307371_4290081107330372540_oNew head coach Tsukitate Norio with BFF president Ugen Tshechup Dorji

Football: Two-legged World Cup qualifying match-winning coach; Chokey Nima has been replaced by a Japanese coach as the head coach of the national team. The new coach, Tsukitate Norio taking over the national team was announced yesterday. Tsukitate Norio, 55, who coached the Bangladesh national women’s team prior to his duty as the Bhutanese head coach, observed the team practice in Thailand recently when they were gearing for the first leg of the qualifying match in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Taking responsibility of the team with [... Read More]

What will it take to civilise us?


A four-part attempt to ferret out the distinctive features that validate an educated person Part II Don’t be taken in by the red herrings of refinement BEFORE GETTING to grips with the real deal, shall we first put the pretenders in their place?  Show them up for the phoneys they are? There are many such frauds in our midst, mostly among the Big Three – the rich, powerful and famous – as aired last weekend in my pet peeve ‘doctorate’ vent. Sure, they look, speak [... Read More]

Porter-pony charges revised

DSC07415All set: A span of mules is readied at Ramthangka in Tsento to ferry tourists to Taktshang, Paro

This despite the fact that the earlier contract period has not been completed Tourism: Giving in to the demands of the horse contractors in Paro, porter pony charges for tourism activities and services were revised on March 5, even though the three-year contract they had signed with the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO) is yet to expire. The demand for increase in rates came following several issues last trekking season, where most horse owners refused to cater to tourists, and instead chose to ferry [... Read More]

Shoddy pipework leaves Pam PS high and dry

DSC_0040It was found that water pipes were not laid under the ground by the contractor

The contractor has been accused of not properly preparing the groundwork Water: Soon after a new water source was constructed for Pam primary school (PPS) last year, the water pipes started to break resulting in an acute water shortage for months. The school blames it on the shoddy work carried out by a local contractor, M/S Chengla Construction, and accuses them of not properly laying the water pipes underground. M/S Chengla Construction was awarded the Nu 2.59M (million) worth contract to carry out the construction [... Read More]

Misgivings over new Jaldaka Bailey bridge

DSC_0491The tilted abutment isn’t an issue according to CDCL

The authorities concerned, however, aver that such fears are unfounded and misplaced CDCL: People in Bara are skeptical about a bridge that has been constructed over Jaldaka river that connects Sipsu’s two gewogs Tendu and Bara. The 160-foot bailey bridge, which was completed in November 2014, Bara villagers claim, is not properly constructed. One of the tshogpas in Bara, Gopal Rai, said there was something wrong with the bridge’s ‘layout’. “Even a layman is able to make the difference,” the tshogpa said. The bridge’s base [... Read More]

World Cup qualifiers second round draw on April 14

Screen-Shot-2015-03-18-at-11.54.47-PMHead coach Chokey Nima (Photo courtesy: FIFA)

Head coach Chokey Nima could be replaced before the next match Football: Who is waiting for Bhutan in the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will be known on April 14, when the fixtures for the second round will be drawn at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Officials from the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) will be representing the country during the draw. A total of 40 teams from Asia, including the six teams who qualified from the first [... Read More]

A long wait will soon be over


WHO-funded pump project will soon deliver the precious resource to Shumar and Zobel Water: Water shortage in two gewogs of Shumar and Zobel in Pemagatshel is expected to be addressed soon, as the dzongkhag’s long awaited project to pump water from Khonmari stream nears completion. Benefitting two gewogs with an estimated population of 7,430, the Nu 95M (million) project is expected to address the acute water shortage the villagers have been living with for decades. Officials said the three water pumps have been installed to [... Read More]

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