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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 pay for it. The education ministry early this week approved [... 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 as strengthening the civil society, supporting local governance, and developing [... 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 500, I have to spend over Nu 500 to [... 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 engineers and technicians in highly specialised skills at [... 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 incident. She was then handed over to her [... Read More]

Solving a problem of plenty

The supposed surplus in house rent allowance is a primary concern of the policy review Housing: The perceived notion among civil servants of there being a surplus in the 20 percent house rent allowance (HRA) is one of the main issues the finance ministry is looking at addressing while reviewing the housing allowance policy. Finance ministry officials said the policy, which is under review, following anomalies in its implementation, would be ready before the winter session of Parliament begins. Lyonpo Namgay Dorji said the review [... Read More]

A cash flow to keep the ship of state afloat

The govt. has released two more T-bills to raise another Nu 3B  Funds: The government is raising another Nu 3B from two separate treasury bill (T-bill) to meet its expenditure and narrow the resource gap in the current financial year. On August 20, the government raised Nu 4B from three separate T-bills, of which Nu 3B has already been redeemed from the government’s consolidated account (GCA) maintained with the central bank. GCA is government’s account maintained with the central bank and deposits include donor funding [... Read More]

First ever EU film festival focuses on youth

Cinema: Nineteen award winning films will be screened at the first ever European Union (EU) film festival to be held in Bhutan. The festival began yesterday with the German film, Lessons of a Dream, being screened. The film is about a young Oxford graduate English teacher in nineteenth century Germany who introduces the new sport of football to his students in a bid at removing cultural prejudices towards the British.  While he encounters resistance from rigid teachers and parents, he is eventually able to win [... Read More]

Five children’s books by Bhutanese authors launched

A Bhutan Children’s Book Initiative to rehabilitate the fading pastime of reading  BCBI: Bhutan Children’s Book Initiative launched its first five books by Bhutanese authors yesterday in Thimphu. The books are a mix of folklores and fairy tales about animals, birds and children. The authors presented their books by mostly reading them. Karma D Tshering said Royal Society for Protection of Nature’s captive breeding of the endangered white bellied heron in Punakha inspired her story. “It was a compelling idea. It’s our attempt to tell [... Read More]

A longer wait for new lagthrams

Date of issue is as yet uncertain as endorsement of cadastral survey findings is ongoing NLC: The National Land Commission (NLC) will take more time to issue new lagthrams (land ownership certificates), as it is still in the process of verifying and validating the cadastral survey findings. The cadastral land resurvey was completed about two years ago.  The commission didn’t provide a definite time when they would start issuing the lagthrams. Following the national cadastral resurvey that started from 2008 until December 2012, new lagthrams [... Read More]

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