Friday, August 1st, 2014 - 7:42 AM

Two steel companies shut down

Industry: In what is claimed to be a ripple effect of an increased domestic power tariff, the country’s two steel companies in Phuentsholing have closed shop. The two companies are Druk Iron and Steel private limited (DISPL) and Bhutan Steel Industries limited (BSIL).  The induction furnaces of these companies have remained shut since January 2014. An induction furnace is an electrical furnace, where heat is applied by induction heating of the metal.  Compared to the other processes of melting metal, the induction furnace is advantageous, [... Read More]

Poor English results blamed on poetry and grammar

IMG_8953Subject-wise high and low performing schools (Info: BCSEA)

Is the conclusion reached by an analytic report on last year’s class XII examination BCSEA: Questions on poetry and grammar are to be blamed for the poor performance of class XII students in English in their board examinations last year, according to the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment’s (BCSEA) pupil performance report. It was the worst of performances in English in recent years, and worried both education officials and teachers alike.  The average score, which also indicates quality of performance, in the subject [... Read More]

Bid to make Kyoto and Thimphu sister cities

The mayor of the Japanese city has made the proposal to Bhutan’s foreign ministry Twinning: Given the strong beliefs in Buddhism the two cities share, Kyoto city’s mayor in Japan has officially proposed to the foreign ministry to make Thimphu and Kyoto sister cities. The proposal from the mayor was handed over to the foreign ministry yesterday. Kyoto city mayor’s concept to tie up the two cities goes back to the visit His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen made to Japan after [... Read More]

Rupee inflow, for a change, surpasses outflow

In a first for many years, the first quarter of this year recorded this anomaly INR: In first quarter  of the year, the inflow of rupees has surpassed the outflow by Rs 6.9B, setting a record high in many years. This is mainly attributed to the increased grant portion received from the government of India. The country recorded surplus inflow since June last year. Within the first three months, this year, total INR inflow stood at Rs 23.7B against the total outflow of Rs 16.8B. [... Read More]

Tashi gets its “Dorji”

IMG_20140730_090934The 122-seater Airbus A319 is welcomed with lhabsabg thruesoel ceremony

The private airline now has a second arrow, as it were, to its quiver   Aviation: Tashi Air (Bhutan Airlines) received its second aircraft at Paro airport, yesterday. The aircraft named “Dorji” was received with a small ceremony at the airport.  The first aircraft is named “Rimp”. The addition of a second 122-seater Airbus A319 means that the airline can now expand its route network and also increase its dependability. The second aircraft will initially operate the Paro-Kathmandu and Paro-New Delhi sectors. The private airline is [... Read More]

Shamar Rinpoche’s mortal remains cremated today

s2Homage: Thousands of devotees came to pay respect as the kudung of late Shamar Rinpoche was being escorted to Shar Minub monastery in Kathmandu yesterday (Photo: sharmapa.org

Purjang: His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje will preside over the purjang (cremation ceremonies) of the late 14th Shamar Rinpoche today in Kathmandu, Nepal. The cremation rites will begin at 6 am and go on until 2 pm at the Shar Minub monastery in Kathmandu. Thousands of followers are expected, many from Australia, Europe and the Americas, a press release stated. Shamar Rinpoche was the second-highest Karma Kagyu leader and one of the most important personalities in the Himalayas and for modern Buddhism [... Read More]

DT decides to shift two classes from WLSS to Bajo

IMG_2528Wangdue Lower Secondary School

Education:  Wangdue dzongkhag’s tshogdu approved the District Education Office’s proposal to shift class VII and VIII of Wangdue Lower Secondary School (WLSS) to Bajo Higher Secondary School (BHSS) come next academic session. The local leaders unanimously approved the proposal on July 29. Tshewang Penjore, the District Education Officer of Wangdue, said the decision was made due to increasing number of students in WLSC. The school’s buildings are in sad state of repair. BHSS, said Tshewang Penjore, can accommodate students from WLSS because it has 12 [... Read More]

Official correspondence only in Dzongkha

Mongar DT: Mongar dzongkhag’s tshogdu on July 24 decided to use only national language for official correspondence. This, local government leaders said, was done to relay real and correct message without any corruption in meaning. Balam mangmi Thinley said that currently most official letters from the dzongkhag administration are written in English, which many gups and mangmis in the gewogs could not read. “If the local leaders do not understand the content of the massage, it can be misinterpreted,” he said. Thinley also said that [... Read More]

Wangdhar drinks from irrigation channel

IMG_4980A portion of the irrigation channel in Wangdhar

Though contaminated upstream, villagers have no choice but to take their chances Water: The villagers of Wangdhar have 24-hours running water.  If only it was in their homes instead of in an irrigation channel running through the village, life would be bit easier. Without safe drinking water, the nine households and those from nearby Goling owning wetland at Wangdhar staying for months tilling the fields, drink from the irrigation channel, which villagers say, is contaminated upstream. “Both humans and animals contaminate the water before it [... Read More]

Principal’s friends build hostel for remote school

IMG_2080-1Gift of OZ: Retey CPS students in front of their new hostel

A Thimphu-based educational consultancy heeds a cry for help Retey: With her village located two hours away on foot, Namgay Dema, 13, lives in a wooden hut near her school in remote Retey village. As the eldest in a group of three students staying in the hut, she takes care of the younger mates.  Last year, Namgay moved to another shack, but this time inside her school compound.  She has six friends and feels safer. In the adjacent room are six boys from Namgay’s village.  [... Read More]

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