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What will it take to civilise us?


A four-part tongue-in-cheek attempt to ferret out the distinctive features that validate an educated person Part I NB AT the onset that I treat the two terms ‘educated’ and ‘civilised’ as one and the same.  Still, it must be said, as a PS of sorts to that intro, that neither is civilised contingent on wealth, nor educated gauged by degrees.  IE: one need not be rich to be refined, or a graduate to be genteel. And now that the mist over the semantics has been [... Read More]

Linking annual plans to national objectives

2pm-1.picLyonchoen Tshering Tobgay and dzongdas continues to discuss during a break

11-hour session between ministries and dzongkhags on annual performace agreements Governance: For the economy to thrive, every dzongkhag must ensure its own economic growth and the National Statistical Bureau (NSB) would be assessing the economy of each dzongkhag soon. In an 11-hour marathon coordination meeting between the ministries and dzongkhags to discuss the Annual Performance Agreements (APA) for the fiscal year 2015-16 yesterday, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay asked the dzongdas and planning officers to identify, study and facilitate cottage and small industries in the locality.

Bhutan wins!

DSC_6376The small Bhutanese community in Sri Lanka cheer for team Bhutan (Photo courtesy: Deepak Rai)

Football: Team Bhutan made football history when it beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in its first ever appearance in a World Cup qualifier, yesterday. Bhutan adopted a defensive formation of 4-1-4-1 from the very start, disrupting several Sri Lankan attacks, on their home turf at Sugathadasa stadium in Colombo. Bhutan’s defensive approach eventually paid off when central mid-fielder, Tshering Dorji, scored the winning and only goal of the match in the 86th minute. The goal was scored following a deep run into the box by striker [... Read More]

Work hard and excel: HM

20150311-2C4A7356Audience: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen with the 174 scholarship recipients

Education: His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen yesterday granted an audience to 174 scholarship recipients who would be leaving abroad for higher studies. His Majesty the King congratulated the class XII graduates for their achievements, and said they must now compete and excel among students from across the world. His Majesty advised them to continue working hard and become capable individuals, who can contribute positively to their families, communities, and the nation. His Majesty reminded the students that along with academic excellence, it was [... Read More]

Project manager pleads not guilty

DSC06828Lhakhang Karpo

Lhakhang Karpo: The project manager of Lhakhang Karpo conservation project, Wangchuk Tshering, pleaded not guilty, saying the fund that he is charged with having embezzled was utilised legally. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has accused him with two embezzlement charges, involving sums of Nu 74,985 and Nu 55,380, for using ghost labourers in the muster roll. Wangchuk Tshering, however, rebutted last week that he hadn’t misused the money. “Therefore, I’m not liable for legal action for the charges framed on me as per [... Read More]

From mountains to Times Square and back

IMG_7574RTC students who returned from Wheaton

Five RTC students and a teacher return from an educational trip of a lifetime Education: Sangay Tshering, a final year B.Com. (Accountancy) student of Royal Thimphu College (RTC), his friends and a teacher, six in all, are in Delhi to process their visas to go to Wheaton College in Massachusetts, the United States of America. Just a few feet up the queue, an Indian man is crying, loud at the counter because his visa application did not get through.  It is a tense moment for [... Read More]

Samtse schools cry out for boarding facilities

unnamed-1One of the rented rooms that students share

In their absence, students have to rent rooms and live in dire conditions  Education: It’s 4pm.  Mindu Wangzom, 18, is back from school.  The class XII arts student is working hard to ensure that she gets through the board examination. She is among the 811 girls studying in one of the country’s most populated schools, the Peljorling higher secondary school (PHSS) in Sipsu, Samtse. The school has 1,622 students, but no boarding facilities. In the absence of hostels in the school, students like Mindu have [... Read More]

As rare as choeps

religiousFinding choeps to perform a ritual at home is increasingly becoming a challenge

If the Sheep year is not good, finding choeps to conduct rituals is difficult Ritual: It is seven in the morning in Jungshina, Thimphu.  Sonam Deki, 53, has duties to assign to her husband, son, and son-in-law.  They will have to go to Babesa, Taba and Changidaphu to pick up monks and gomchens (lay monks). Rituals have to be performed, whether one is able to get choeps (religious practitioners) or not, whatever the purpose of conducting rituals.  For Sonam Deki, it is the tradition of [... Read More]

200 B.Ed graduates employed at last

DSC_9623Appointed: Teacher graduates register their place of placement after being selected to teach on contract for two years

After being declared surplus by RCSC, their long wait for employment is finally over Teachers: The ministry of education will hand over appointment orders to 200 B.Ed graduates today.  The teacher graduates, who were not taken into the civil service by the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), have been appointed on regular contract for two years. After months of anxiety and impatience, their faces glowed and excitement filled the Zilukha middle secondary school auditorium as they waited for education ministry officials to brief them on [... Read More]

Twelve trekking routes to be revived

trail-2The Jomolhari trail is a popular trek (file picture)

This despite (or maybe because) only 7 out of every 100 tourists opt to trek in Bhutan Tourism: Contrary to the earlier statement, Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) officials, yesterday, said works are on to revive 12 trekking routes, mostly in the east, as announced by the prime minister last month. Lyonchoen announced 11 new trekking routes and hiring of two helicopters at the Pacific Asia Travel Association conference in Thimphu on February 6.  However, TCB officials, in an earlier interview, said they have not [... Read More]

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