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Royal tour of southern dzongkhags

Visit: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, who are on a royal tour of the southern dzongkhags visited the Shivalaya Mandir, the Samtse College of Education (SCE), and Samtse Lower Secondary School during Their Majesties’ visit to Samtse recently. His Majesty the King granted audiences to the …

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Finding common ground with the gewogs

A two-day workshop was held to coordinate, align and strengthen plan activities  SJI: The Samdrupjongkhar Initiative (SJI) conducted a two-day  Samdrupjongkhar district development strategy workshop for 11 gewog officials, so that they are better able to coordinate, align and strengthen plan activities. The participants discussed specific needs and priorities, saying …

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The tshemzo maestro

Pema Dorji has won, five years on the trot, the annual national design competition in embroidery  Handicraft: Pema Dorji, 44, from Wangduephodrang, is a prolific embroiderer.  His skills were put to the test when he entered the annual national design competition four years ago.  Since then, he has been winning …

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Her Majesty the Gyalyum takes part in earth ramming ceremony

Culture: Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck took part in the earth ramming ceremony of the Training and Resource Centre for Bhutanese Nuns in Tsalumaphey, Thimphu yesterday. Bhutan Nuns Foundation (BNF) under the patronage of Her majesty the Gyalyum is constructing the centre. The ceremony, which started at 6 …

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Unfinished business in Bara

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 …

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

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 …

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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 …

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Japanese coach takes over national team

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 …

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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 …

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Porter-pony charges revised

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 …

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Shoddy pipework leaves Pam PS high and dry

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 …

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Misgivings over new Jaldaka Bailey bridge

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 …

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World Cup qualifiers second round draw on April 14

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 …

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