Friday, April 18th, 2014 - 11:34 AM

Teacher graduates take oath

DSC_1965Royal Civil Service Commission chairman Thinley Gyamtsho hands over appointment orders to the new teachers

RCSC: A new batch of 358 teachers will join schools this year with the royal civil service commission (RCSC) yesterday appointing and swearing in the teacher graduates of the two colleges of education in Paro and Samtse.

Selected through the Bhutan civil service examination, 138 are primary school teachers, 171 are for secondary schools, and the remaining 49 are Dzongkha teachers.

Excluding national contract and community-based teachers, there are today 8,542 teachers teaching across the [... Read More]

Two die in Kengkhar farm road mishap

Accident: The driver of a Mahindra Bolero and a high school student died on the spot, when the vehicle veered off the Kengkhar farm road in Mongar on February 24 around 11pm.

The driver, 27, was a businessman in Kengkhar, and the 19-year-old, a Class 10 student of Mongar higher secondary school, had come to attend an orientation program at the school.  The vehicle fell about 200m below the road.

According to a source, there [... Read More]

Camera traps for tigers to be set up nationwide

IMG_20120102_150350Samdrupjongkhar drangpon Ugyen Jamtsho and CFO Ugyen Namgyal sensitise villagers on the importance of the cameras

First national survey of the big cat is to be carried out shortly

Wildlife: A team of Bhutanese will carry out the first nationwide tiger survey in a week’s time using camera trap technique.

The department of forest and park services is undertaking the survey to understand the population, density, distribution and habitat status of tigers in Bhutan.

The chief forestry officer (CFO) with Thrumshingla national park, Ugyen Namgyal, said camera trapping would begin by the [... Read More]

Picture story

The Bhutan International Marathon winners: A total of 218 runners from 20 countries ran the Bhutan International Marathon on February 23. Following the Mo Chu River through the Punakha valley, the runners ran the 42km full marathon and the half marathon of 21 km.

Royal Bhutan Army‘s Sangay Wangchuk completed the full marathon first in two hours 38 minutes, and 28 seconds. In [... Read More]

Langjophakha forest fire contained

DSC_3318Thimphu city under a haze of smoke yesterday morning

The cause of the blaze and the extent of damage are yet to be ascertained

Disaster: After battling for two and half days, officials and volunteers managed to contain the forest fire that damaged hundreds of acres of forest in Langjophakha, Thimphu yesterday afternoon.

Forest fire management section’s head, Tandin Dorji, said about 800 came together to fight the fire yesterday.  He said royal body guard, royal Bhutan army, royal Bhutan police, desuups, forest officials, [... Read More]

“Education city’s viability irrelevant”

For the project has violated provisions of the land Act

Venture: That the Bhutan education city project had violated provisions of the land Act was the only reason why the Cabinet decided the government shouldn’t be part of “something” that was illegal, works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden said.

Lyonpo Dorji Choden, who is the chairperson of the project’s board, said land was fundamental to this project. She said, the National Land Commission has [... Read More]

Cabinet approves commission of Bunakha project

Hydropower: The country’s target to generate 10,000 MW of electricity got a boost, with the cabinet approving the detailed project report (DPR) of the 180MW Bunakha reservoir hydroelectric project (BRHEP).

The Bunakha reservoir would not only generate 180MW of energy, but also supplement the generation of the 1020MW Tala, 366MW Chukha and Wangchu hydropower projects downstream.

After the cabinet approved the DPR on February 18, economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said the agreement would be [... Read More]

A most welcome rupee transfusion

Bhutan could receive around Rs 3B as excise duty refund by June this year

Refund: The government of India has agreed to refund Rs 1.7B as excise duty refund for goods manufactured in India and exported to Bhutan.  The amount is calculated for those goods that were imported by Bhutan in 2012.

Revenue officials and their Indian counterparts signed the agreement last week in the capital at a meeting chaired by finance minister Namgay Dorji.

Unlike [... Read More]

Report urges setting a premium on traditional houses

Findings reinforce provisions and objectives of draft heritage sites bill

PSIA: Unlike other countries, Bhutan is not valuing its traditional buildings, an assessment conducted by department of culture and World Bank indicated.

This, World Bank’s senior social development specialist, Stefania Abakerli, said forced many owners of traditional buildings in Thimphu to demolish their houses, and replace them with concrete blocks of flats as source of income.

Citing the examples of traditional houses in Thimphu, the two [... Read More]

Additional Rs 1.2B received for economic stimulus plan

This brings to Rs 3.7B the GoI infusion so far towards improving liquidity  

GoI: The government yesterday received Rs 1.2B from the government of India to finance activities under the economic stimulus plan, which has the objective of improving liquidity and addressing the shortage of rupees.

The cheque was handed over by Indian ambassador to Bhutan VP Haran to the finance minister Namgay Dorji last evening.

With this receipt, the total money received from India [... Read More]