Saturday , August 29 2015

Breaking News
  • Millions of INR lost to money laundering

    ACC: The Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) measures to curb the outflow of INR (Indian Rupee) since 2011 has resulted in both Bhutanese and non-Bhutanese resorting to avail INR by faking imports of zero tax commodities, manipulation of imports, illegal transaction of currency and using ATM cards.

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Latest News

Forensic investigation into Kingarabten murder begins

Order: Equipped with two tracker dogs, a team of five police officials including a forensic expert from the Royal Bhutan Police, Thimphu have reached Trongsa to investigate into the cold-blooded murder of a teenager and his grandmother on August 5 in Kingarabten in Drakteng, Trongsa.

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Public transport makeover begins


Transport: Thimphu should have its first model designated bus stop in place by November, this year. The bus stop which will be located on the expressway will have a bus shelter with seat under which commuters will be able to enjoy some extent of protection from the elements.

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Individual work plan for civil servants to assess performance

Improving the performance management system is one of the five reforms the commission has initiated 

RCSC: With the new Performance Management System (PMS) pilot tested in all government agencies since last month, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has begun the process of differentiating performing and non-performing civil servants.

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Dzong reconstruction project short of skilled carpenters


Gups from 14 gewogs have agreed once more to contribute a carpenter each month for the works

DT: After failing to contribute two-three carpenters as agreed earlier, the 14 gewogs of Wangduephodrang has decided to contribute a carpenter each a month for the Wangdue dzong reconstruction project.

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RTC starts first single-major course

Education: Royal Thimphu College has opened a new course – BSc Environmental Management (BSc EM). This was done to provide students in-depth on a single subject. After reviewing English-EVS and Economics-EVS course combinations, the college felt that single major degree could give students a more comprehensive knowledge on environmental studies.

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Impounding vagrant city animals

City: Thimphu Thromde impounds about 17 straying cattle and horses a month on average. Since January last year to May this year, the thromde has impounded more than 300 vagrant animals in its enclosure in Changangkha.

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Retaining employees is RAA’s challenge: Auditor General

DSC00552Royal Audit Authority’s new Auditor General Tshering Kezang joined Office on August 6 and formally took over the charge from the Executive Committee, which was assigned to oversee the daily functions after the former Auditor General Dasho Ugen Chewang completed his term. He shares his views with Kuensel on the way forward for RAA.

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Teenager and grandmother murdered

Crime: In what appears to be a gruesome murder, a 16-year-old class seven student of Samcholing middle secondary school and his 60-year-old grandmother were murdered at Kingarabten, Trongsa on Wednesday night.

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Tackling traffic jams


Transport: A study to implement an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) in Thimphu city has identified several causes for traffic congestion occurring in the capital. It has also suggested some solutions which not all drivers may agree with.

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My Country, My Town

  • Off road: A milestone makes for a handy peg to which cattle may be tethered as they graze Photo by Tashi Dawa, BNBL, Tingtibi
  • For convenience’s sake: What may seem like a case of gilding the lily is actually pretty darn useful Photo by Pashupati Diyali
  • In lieu of alarm clocks: Three roosters willing and able to wake up the neighbourhood faithfully at dawn Photo by Ugyen Tshering
  • Amateur plumbing: Curious how a tap and some DIY ingenuity can add dignity to a bathroom Photo by Bidur Rai, Mountain hazelnut, Riserbu
  • Beat that, black-necked cranes! Is what this pair of cavorting goats might tell those famous birds Photo by Karma Tshering, Phuentshogling
  • Not gone but all but forgotten: Snail mail is due a comeback with the new address system in place Photo by Choidup Zangpo, MoAF, Thimphu
  • Stairwell in lieu of a shed: The housing crunch would appear to extend to the cattle population as well. Photo by Melam Dorji, Gaeddu college (BBA- final year)
  • A new leaf from an old book: Wall painting of campus done in traditional style seen in temples Photo by Tempa Rabgay, Mountain Hazelnut, Mongar