Gearing up- The national team practice for the l big game today (Photo courtesy: BFF)
Football: A draw is enough for the Dragon Boys to progress to the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. But the national team is high on confidence to take on Sri Lanka today for the second leg of the qualifiers. Coach Chokey Nima said the team was under a lot of pressure from the win, but expected to pull off a similar result. “The win there (Colombo) wasn’t a celebration for us but a preparation for this match,“ he said at a press [... Read More]
Forest officials, police, PHPA staff, army personnel and people of Athang, Daga gewog are still trying to contain the fire that started around 8.30pm on March 15 in Athang gewog, Wangdue. The fire is suspected to have started from an electricity pole above the gewog centre road to Athangat a place called Dolamche. Athang gup Khandu Dorji said a villager Aum Phuchu spotted the fire and informed the villagers. The gewog is verifying if the electricity pole belongs to the project authority or the Bhutan Power [... Read More]
His Majesty The King, accompanied by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, graced the Royal Bhutan Police’s 47th Batch Gagsars’ Attestation Parade.
POP: His Majesty the King accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced Royal Bhutan Police’s 47th Batch Gagsars’ Attestation Parade. 150 men and 50 women recruits who completed their training at Jigmeling and four men and two women cadet officers who trained at Tashigatshel Police Training Centre, presented the Guard of Honour to His Majesty the King. Addressing the Gagsars, His Majesty said that as they carried out their duties, they must always honour the sacred oath they took today to serve and protect the [... Read More]
Stung by criticism, the commission springs into action to clear its go-slow image NEC: The National Environment Commission (NEC) will soon meet ministries and agencies to discuss ways to expedite the process of availing environment clearance. “We’d do this soon because there are so much confusion and complaints,” NEC secretary Ugyen Tshewang said. “We have to have a dialogue to improve the services.” The first of the ministries the commission would meet is the works and human settlement ministry (MoWHS).
The Airbus A319 was received with a chipdrel ceremony yesterday
Aviation: Drukair’s newest aircraft, an Airbus A319 costing at least USD 40 million, arrived at Paro International airport, yesterday. The aircraft, registered as A5-JSW after the initials of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, will expand Drukair’s fleet to five aircraft, four of which are A319s and one twin propeller ATR-42. The aircraft is dedicated to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on the occasion of His 60th Birth Anniversary by the national airline. The arrival of the new A319 comes a little more than 10 years [... Read More]
Increase in population due to hydropower project may have had a hand in the spread Health: Even as Trongsa sees an increasing number of sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases, a case of an absconding HIV positive has left the health community concerned. Dzongkhag health officer, Gunja Raj Gurung, said the person managed to slip away, by giving the STD campaigners a fake name last year. “The person is still on the loose,” he said. Since 2012, Trongsa general hospital (TGH) has recorded 347 STI cases, [... Read More]
Their absence puts a cloud over the religious festival that’s only been around since 1999 Tsechu: With Tsirang tshechu in the offing, a few mask dancers, who have been practising the dances since February 24, were tense when their other colleagues didn’t turn up. Dhamal Bahadur Khapangay from Kilkhorthang gewog, who is the dodham or captain of the mask dancers, knows why the dancers have stopped coming for practice. “They’re paid very low,” he said. “So low that men prefer to work at construction sites, [... Read More]
Dzongdas seek centre’s support in effort to meet annual performance agreements APA: Given the challenges the dzongkhags are confronted with, the government is a long way away from creating a favourable environment for civil servants to meet their targets and deliver quality service. Dzongkhag administration officials from Paro, Haa, Gasa, Wangdue and Punakha said they were bogged down by the same old problems of shortage of staff, lack of budget and barely functional pool vehicles, among others.
Education minister Mingbo Dukpa speaks to students and teachers of Dorokha Middle Secondary School on the central school scheme
Once land acquisition is confirmed, construction will begin immediately Education: With the lion’s share of the budget allotted and the master plan in place, Dorokha middle secondary school (DMSS) in Samtse is all set to expand into a central school. Among the 24 schools identified as central schools for the pilot phase this year, DMSS has been allotted Nu 254M (million), the highest of the Nu 3,487.196M that has been approved under India’s project-tied assistance. Education minister Mingbo Dukpa shared this with the teachers and [... Read More]
Admission pressure has increased after the two projects commenced
Besides an abundance of legit candidates, they have to deal with a host of underage kids too Education: While schools in rural Bhutan are increasingly facing reduced pre-primary (PP) admission, opposite is the case in places like Bajo in Wangdue. Even after closing of admission in December last year, schools continue to receive admission requests. Some parents, whose children didn’t even meet age requirement, have bought school uniforms and reach their wards till the school gate every day.