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Govt. schools likely to see surge in admissions sought

The recent hike in private school fees has affected parents heading for state-run institutes Education: Government schools in the capital are likely to see an increase in enrollment for the next academic session following the recent hike in fees of private schools. Since the decision of the fee hike was made public, government school principals said they are already receiving a lot of inquiries, while some have already received applications from parents seeking admission. The schools see at least two to three parents everyday seeking [... Read More]

4-km farm road held up 20m in the making

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A controversy over compensation has left the project up in the air Guma: A farm road construction in  Dochurisa chiwog under Guma gewog, Punakha has been discontinued due to a disagreement between villagers arising over the construction of the road through their plots. Around 11 households of Thongshona village under Guma gewog are waiting for Punakha dzongkhag’s response to continue work on the farm road construction. The road construction was discontinued on reaching Dochukha village. According to Thongshona villagers, the four km farm road, proposed [... Read More]

Penden Tashi Choeling Tsulakhang consecrated

shedra-2The newly consecrated Penden Tashi Choeling Tsulakhang

His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the Penden Tashi Choeling Tshulakhang in Phuentsholing, yesterday. The proprietor of Dophu Transport, Dophu, and his wife, sponsored the construction of the lhakhang with an aspiration to foster peace and prosperity of all sentient beings, avert national disasters, and propagate the welfare of all Bhutanese. The couple has contributed about Nu 60M to construct the lhakhang including the Nangtens (sacred relics). According to Dophu, they have long felt the need of such a lhakhang to promote the teachings of [... Read More]

Big bore shooting championship in Dechencholing

DSC_3840Eyes on the target at RBG firing range

Sports: Two Indian teams are leading over the Bhutanese in the first ever Indo-Bhutan Big Bore shooting championship that started yesterday at the Royal Body Guard firing range at Dechencholing, Thimphu. In the men’s prone position, Indian team B secured 1,744 points rating gold, followed by team A with 1,695.  The Bhutanese team B managed 1,525 points, while team A could score only 1,371 points. As the sighting started, Bhutanese shooters desperately looked for telescopes, as the targets stood too far to see where the [... Read More]

Dependent visas not cancelled: ABPI

Australia: Members of the Association of Bhutanese in Perth Inc. (ABPI) last night confirmed that immigration officials have questioned 30 Bhutanese working in Perth, Western Australia, on October 22 related to their work but said no visas were cancelled. After the Bhutan Broadcasting Service reported that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has cancelled two dependent visas for violating the working hour regulation, the association’s general secretary, Singye Yonten Jamyang, in a telephone interview, said that the news was not true and that no [... Read More]

Govt. backs DHI takeover bid

Finance minister concedes companies tend to underachieve under aegis of government SoEs: The government will support Druk Holding and Investments’ (DHI) plan to take over some of the state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to the finance minister. However, finance minister, lyonpo Namgay Dorji said that as a “guardian of SOE”,  the ministry has to be concerned, because some of the companies are not self-sustaining and the government provides subsidy to fulfill their social mandates. “We have no problem … it’s good that they’re planning to take [... Read More]

Devising native legal aid system

DSC_3025Opening: HRH Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck addresses the first international symposium on legal aid in Bhutan at the Terma Linca resort yesterday.

Local and int’l legal eagles will try and work this out today Symposium: The Constitution of Bhutan and civil and criminal procedure code stipulate that the state will endeavour to provide legal aid to secure justice, which shall not be denied to any person by reason of economic or other disabilities. This means that the state should provide lawyers or legal service to people, who cannot afford to represent them in court proceedings.  However, a mechanism on how the state should provide such a service [... Read More]

Royal visit to Australia

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RENEW: Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck is on a twelve-day official trip to Australia since October 18. Accompanied by the Bhutanese ambassador to Thailand, Kesang Wangdi, Her Majesty will host several events in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, states a press release from the Textile Museum.  The purpose of the visit, officials said, was to raise the profile of RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women), in partnership with the Australian Himalayan Foundation (AHF), and to engage long-term support from the Australian Aid program.  Besides, [... Read More]

Two RICBL officials held for alleged misuse of fund

ACC: Two senior officials of Royal Insurance corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) have been detained in Thimphu police station for alleged misuse of fund that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is currently investigating. According to sources, the claims manager and a vehicle salvage in-charge, who were based in the Phuentsholing branch office, were detained about 10 days ago.  The two officials have allegedly misused money from the sale of spare parts of vehicles salvaged after insurance claims are made. Sources said RICBL retrieved the damaged vehicle parts [... Read More]

Tackling the mounting garbage problem

unnamed-53Field visit: Participants at the Serbithang compost plant Photo: Jamyang Dukjey, MoWHS

It was agreed at the national conference on solid waste management that commercialising the system is the way forward Waste: Laws, rules, and regulations are not enough to tackle the growing problem of garbage in Bhutan it was pointed out by stakeholders during the national conference on sustainable solid waste management, yesterday. More than organising cleaning campaigns and framing laws to penalise defaulters, which rarely happened, it is important that people are educated and made aware of the problem it was agreed. Works and human [... Read More]

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