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Cooling period applies to contestants, not only politicians: RCSC

RCSC: The royal civil service commission (RCSC) has explained its decision to withhold the Bhutan civil service examination result of Rangu Pati Suberi for his participation in the 2013 national council (NC) election from Sarpang dzongkhag. In response to the appeal letter the graduate had submitted, the commission’s director Dorji Tshering on December 12 wrote, “that for the purpose of employment in the civil service “politicians” are not only those persons who are actively involved in party politics but also “candidates participating in any form [... Read More]

Winter basketball championship underway

1527064_1537971126472255_5060053126404621278_nMagics thrashes Effects B, 78-25, in the first match yesterday

Basketball: As a part of the 60th Birth Anniversary celebrations of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, a winter basketball championship is underway at the swimming pool complex in Thimphu. Organised by Neulee Events and Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF), a total of 24 men teams are taking part in the tournament. Most players are students followed by office goers. “I am happy with the turnout for the tournament, which I believe is the highest among the basketball tournaments organised this year,” organiser from Neulee Events, Sonam Tashi [... Read More]

New multi sports hall for Trashigang

DSC_1143HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck inaugurates the multi sports hall

Sports: From an almost non-existent sports facility except for the school football ground and a basketball court, Trashigang town now can boast of a multi sports hall for the public. The President of Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC), HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck yesterday inaugurated the newly built hall near the housing colony at Melphey. The spacious sports hall, which was designed to maximise the usage of space, given its scarcity, will cater to indoor basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and taekwondo. It was handed over [... Read More]

Electronics and Communication Engineering graduates struggle to get employed

RUB and CST suggest they should look beyond the country for job opportunities  Graduate: Being a technical graduate is not enough to get employed, not in the civil service at least, if the situation of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) graduates from the College of Science and Technology is anything to go by. Of the 39 graduates who graduated from the college in two batches, less than half, 15, of them are employed today.  Except for one, the remaining 14, who are employed today are [... Read More]

Opposition wants secretaries reinstated

Cabinet states the decision was reached after considering all the facts CoS: Stating that it was done without following due process, the Opposition yesterday called the government to reinstate the three government secretaries who the Cabinet surrendered to Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) last week. In a press release they issued yesterday, the Opposition expressed concerns that the government did not follow due process of law before surrendering the three senior-most and highly respected government secretaries to the commission. “They were surrendered in the most [... Read More]

HM confers the first reinstituted Lungmar to PM

20141217-907A0739His Majesty with Lungmar recipient Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay

Award: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay became the first recipient of the reinstituted Lungmar when His Majesty the King conferred him the scarf at the National Day celebrations in Kanglung on December 17. The scarf existed during the time of His Majesty The Third Druk Gyalpo. Lyonchhoen was awarded Lungmar  in recognition of his contributions to the democratic process during his tenure as the opposition leader between 2008-2012, and with the expectation that he would serve equally well as the Prime Minister, a press release from the [... Read More]

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  His Majesty the King awarded the National Order of Merit (Gold) to Dr Margrit Elliot on December 17 in Kanglung, Trashigang. The award is in recognition of her contribution to healthcare in Bhutan since 2001, through treatment and reconstructive surgery for burn victims and cleft lip and palate patients, unremittingly since 2001. Dr Elliot is the President of Global Burn Care & Reconstructive Unit, Seattle.

Electric flourmill eases farmers’ workload

DSC_6398Easy work: Wangmo grinding maize at the mill

Technology: These days when Wangmo, 64, returns home from her fields, she is greeted by a group of villagers waiting for her in front of the house in Nanong, Pemagatshel. Holding sacks of maize, the farmers wait for Wangmo to use the flourmill that the RNR extension office helped set up nearby. The Nu 35,000 worth electric flourmill has not only eased their work but also given them more time to spend in their fields, villagers said. Compared to a traditional flourmill, which takes more [... Read More]

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Coinciding with the National Day, the State Trading Corporation of Bhutan launched three models of hybrid and another three models of Etios cars on the eve of December 17. Finance minister Namgay Dorji attended the launch along with executives from Japan, India and Bangladesh. During the event, STCBL and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, donated a ‘Prius’ hybrid to the finance ministry.                                                   [... Read More]

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Cultural show: To celebrate the 107th National Day, a 13-member Kashmiri folk dance group performed at the Clock Tower square on December 17 and the Harmony Village yesterday. The events were organised by the Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre.                                                                                                 [... Read More]