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Young students adapt well at Dechentsemo CS

making-of-resuable-sanitary-pads-by-senior-girlsSenior girls show younger ones how to make reusable sanitary pads

After overcoming an initial bout of homesickness, the little ones are adjusting nicely Education: Despite initial skepticism among parents to enroll six-year olds into a boarding school, preprimary (PP) students are adjusting well in the recently opened Dechentsemo central school at Thinleygang, Punakha. The school, however, had to send home two PP students after they kept crying and asked for their parents at night. There are today 43 boarding students in classes PP to III at Dechentsemo central school, located below Thinleygang town.  The school [... Read More]

U-14 national girls’ football team leaves for Nepal

The team will be participating in a regional championship Football: The under-14 national girls’ football team left the country today to participate in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) under-14 girls’ regional championship in Katmandu, Nepal.

Curtain comes down on KR-II grant scheme

distribution1Guard of honour: Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay inspects rows of power tillers received from Japan at the Agriculture Machinery Centre in Paro

Thirty years of Japanese assistance winds up with last consignment of 239 power tillers AID: Bringing an end to more than three decades of assistance provided to Bhutan under the KR-II grant scheme, a last batch of 239 power tillers worth Nu 63.5M (million) or USD 1.1M was handed over by Japan, in Paro, yesterday. Started in 1984, Bhutan has in total received 3,186 power tillers worth Nu 1.8 billion, and other various farm equipment, under the KR-II scheme, since then.  KR-II was initiated by [... Read More]

Govt. to save millions via gewog merger

Preliminary report suggests reducing their numbers by 55 to 57 LG: The government will be able to save up to Nu 200M (million) annually in recurrent expenditure by axing 57 gewogs, according a report on reconfiguration of gewogs prepared by the department of local governance (DLG). This is equal to the gewog development grant (GDG) budget for 100 gewogs at the rate of Nu 2M per constituency.

From facilitator to competitor

Private sector decries government’s encroachment on its turf  BCCI: The government should only take up business activities where the private sector does not have capacity and intent; for that too, the official role should be to simply lead the way. This was the message Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (BCCI) president Ugen Tsechup Dorji conveyed to the government at the annual general meeting held yesterday.

Two Bhutanese held in India on possession charges

Drugs: Two Bhutanese men are in custody in Dathgari, India, for possession of 136 capsules of spasmo-proxyvon on April 13. An 18-year old man from Thimphu is a jobless youth and a 25-year old man from Tashigang Khaling is a university graduate.

Bringing transparency to fungi collection

To ensure that the govt. receives the royalty it is entitled to Cordyceps: To encourage highlanders to declare their total cordyceps (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) collection faithfully and to pay royalty to the government, agriculture ministry has made marketing methods for the prized fungus flexible. Whether a collector participates in an auction or not, he or she has to pay a royalty of Nu 8,400 for a kilogram of cordyceps collected.  The royalty of Nu 8,400 and permit fee of Nu 510 was revised last year, subject [... Read More]

Centre for forestry studies inaugurated

IMG_4572HRH Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck inaugurates the centre

UWICE at Lamai Gonpa provides the premises for the institute UNESCO: The UNESCO Madanjeet centre for South Asia forestry studies at Lamai Gonpa in Bumthang was inaugurated yesterday, fulfilling a cherished dream of late UNESCO Ambassador Madanjeet Singh, who aspired to create a network of institutions of excellence across all SAARC countries. The late Madanjeet Singh, an Indian artist, writer, diplomat and philanthropist, was the UNESCO goodwill ambassador from the year 2000.

Samdrupcholing earmarked as yenlag thromde

DT: Local leaders and the members of the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) in Samdrupjongkhar declared Samdrupcholing as the yenlag thromde yesterday. Lauri gup Pema Dorji argued that thromde should be in Jomotsangkha because the dungkhag was less developed compared with Samdrupcholing.  Martshala gup Yenten Dorji said that it would be cheaper for the government to establish a thromde in Samdrupcholing.

Bhutan to receive World Cup qualifier expenses

Bhutan-KFCBFF spent Nu 4 million on the trip to Sri Lanka for the first leg of the qualifiers

Football: Countries competing in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, starting from the preliminary round, will get USD 300,000 each to bear the expenses of competing for the World Cup. FIFA has sent a letter to the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) conveying the same.  BFF officials said they have not received the money yet. FIFA development officer, (Dr) Shaji Prabhakaran, said that if the federation (BFF) has applied for the budget, they should be getting it within seven to 10 days. “It’s your money, you’ll get [... Read More]

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