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Gasa’s chicken-and-egg predicament

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Without a thromde, there are no people and without people there can be no election Township: While the people of Gasa, the least populated dzongkhag, are excited about having a thromde, it will take more than sheer excitement for the dzongkhag to make the next thromde election happen. According to local leaders, none of Gasa’s more than 100 business license holders have their census registered with the town.  Temporary sheds below the dzong are today functioning as the town. The dzongkhag could not conduct the [... Read More]

Hospitality industry struggles to fill slots

Both high and low-end positions lie vacant as Bhutanese remain either unable or unwilling Tourism: The hospitality industry still finds it difficult to recruit Bhutanese to perform certain jobs that so far are done by expatriate workers, for whom the labour ministry no longer issues work permits. Almost three years ago, the labour ministry made it mandatory for hotels and other sectors to replace expatriate workers with Bhutanese in several categories of jobs like wet sweepers, laundry, and cooks.

Need for school calls teacher volunteers

Education: Six male teachers from Orong Lower Secondary School (OLSS) volunteered to teach on a rotation basis for a year at Pheluma Extended Classroom (ECR) that was reopened a few days ago after ministry’s instruction. The 22 students of the extended classroom returned to their village to continue their education on April 17 after spending more than two months in OLSS. The students were shifted to OLSS at the beginning of the academic session after a miscommunication between parents and the school officials.

Lhakhang finds new home in El Paso

unnamedCurious: People line up to enter the lhakhang

The structure was first made in Washington, DC for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Heritage: Seven years after first being constructed in Washington, DC for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a lhakhang made by Bhutanese artisans has been permanently installed on the 366-acre campus of the University of Texas, El Paso. The lhakhang, a gift to the university by the kingdom, is the showpiece of a new 16-acre, $22 million park at the centre of the university campus. The Bhutanese ambassador to the United Nations, Kunzang Choden [... Read More]

Court directs DGM to explain cracks

IMG_5409DGM officials inspecting the blasting site (File photo)

Both sides in ongoing case wish to present more witnesses to bolster their pleas Gidawom: Thimphu dzongkhag court’s bench II has asked the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) to explain what caused the cracks on some 27 houses in Gidawom and Jamdo villages on July 12 last year. In the ongoing case between the Gidawom villagers and the four mining companies, both parties requested the court yesterday to allow them to present more witnesses. A former DGM employee, who was in charge of the [... Read More]

Central school offers child an escape from a life of labour


Education: Eight-year-old Premila, a class-PP boarding student of Dechentsemo central school (CS), was working as a babysitter in Wangdue.  That was three months ago. One evening of last winter, she met a school staff member, who asked her if she wanted to go to school.  Her parents were consulted.  And Premila’s life changed overnight. “I use to frequent the shop that was run by the school staff’s wife, and he saw me carrying a baby all the time,” said Premila.  She whispers more than she [... Read More]

Picture story

His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, and members of the Royal Family offered Tenzhug (prayers) for His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo at Neyzergang Khamsum Yueley Namgyel choeten in Punakha yesterday. The Tenzhug was offered in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 60th Birth Anniversary. People from the neighbouring villages attended the ceremony to offer their prayers and were granted Audience and Tokha by His Majesty the King.      

DCA divested of airport control

The authority may now focus on its primary mandate as overseer in its new avatar Aviation: In what should lead to better airport services and stricter enforcement of aviation rules, the information and communications ministry has approved the separation of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and the country’s four airports. The airports are currently run by DCA, and its services are also inspected or audited by the department itself, which is a conflict of interest.

Samtse hit by second windstorm

unnamedNorbugang lower secondary school building after the storm

Reconstruction of badly hit Norbugang LSS currently underway Disaster: About 60 men, including officials from Samtse dzongkhag are currently busy extracting timber to reconstruct five structures of Norbugang lower secondary school (NLSS), which were severely damaged by a windstorm on the evening of April 17. The five structures suffered major damage in the school include a two-storied building with 12 classrooms and another one-storied classroom.  Three staff quarters were also damaged severely. Although the reconstruction work will start today, Norbugang gup Kinga Wangdi said they [... Read More]

High drop out rate for Non-Formal Education

Education: The non-formal education (NFE) program, that once received the UNESCO Confucius prize for literacy for empowering more than 160,000 people, is in need of attention. Both an increasing number of learners and instructors are dropping out of the NFE every year. At least 1,142 learners dropped out in 2014, of which 666 were basic learners. Currently there are a total of 7,390 NFE learners.

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