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Govt. puts its foot down

The government has “surrendered” three senior secretaries of the government to the Royal Civil Service Commission. In other words, the government feels that their service is not required any more, and that the commission should take action on them for failing to fulfill their responsibilities.

The three secretaries, members of the committee of secretaries (CoS), have breached provisions of the civil service Act, code of conduct.  To be more specific, the cabinet secretary had failed to [... Read More]

BBS slated for public service broadcaster status

This would entail the govt. funding both current and capital expenditure

Media: There’s good news for the Bhutan Broadcasting Service corporation (BBSC).

With the minister for information and communications DN Dhungyel announcing that BBSC will be a public service broadcaster (PSB), employees, including journalists, are looking forward to their new status.

BBSC employees claim they had been wondering what the status of BBS would be until then. “Now we have a direction,” a senior employee said.

Lyonpo [... Read More]

Shershong VTI shifted to Jigmeling


Relocation: The vocational training institute (VTI) in Shershong, Gelephu had to be relocated to Jigmeling seven years after it was established.

The institute was shifted to Jigmeling with financial assistance of Nu 300M from the government of India. The ministry of labour and human resources (MoLHR) has told the institute to dismantle the structures in Shershong.  All the structures of the institute at Shersong were temporary except for one that belonged to Shersong primary [... Read More]

Reinvestigation of principal’s actions begins

On an ACC directive, the alleged misuse of funds and authority is back under scrutiny

UMSS: The reinvestigating of alleged misuse of funds and authority by the Ura middle secondary school (UMSS) principal has begun, following an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) directive.

Dzongkhag officials from Bumthang are involved in the reinvestigation.

ACC rejected the dzongkhag’s initial investigation findings on grounds that it was unsatisfactory and incomplete.  ACC then re-directed the dzongkhag to reinvestigate the issue on December [... Read More]

Parties outside parliament feel “marginalised”

The recent decision to keep the election act intact has made their input seem like voices in the political wilderness

Politics: Parliament’s decision to keep the Election Act 2008 intact has irked the parties outside parliament, who say they will continue to be affected by impediments in the Act.

Among other recommendations, Druk Nyamrup tshogpa (DNT) had proposed for incorporating absentee in-person voting, while Bhutan Kuen-Nyam party (BKP) had suggested that the clause regarding a [... Read More]

Much improved civil service usage of Google Apps

2 out of 10 activated accounts, though, mostly in regional offices, are yet to be put to use

DITT: While there has been a marked increase in the number of civil servants actively using Google Apps, there are still 824 accounts that are inactive, as of December 8, according to statistics provided by the department of information technology and telecom (DITT).

So far, a total of 4,355 Google Apps accounts have been activated.  While 81 [... Read More]

The dzong in the sky

DSC_9268Trashigang dzong Photo: Michael Aries, The Raven Crown

The folklore of  Trashigang dzong

“Many years ago, two little boys were born in Pam Village in Trashigang in eastern Bhutan.  They later became great lamas. This is their story.”

Father William Mackey (1915-1995) was a great storyteller. While he was in Kanglung, he recorded the myth of the Trashigang dzong. According to his unpublished notes:

One day the two boys were grazing cows. It was very hot. They left their cows and went to play on top [... Read More]

Of symbolism and significance


Review: Why do we do what we do?  As a deeply religious people, the Bhutanese believe in many things that inform different belief systems and social set ups.

Why do we build and keep Lungta Phodrang (palace of good fortune) in our shrines, for instance? What does it mean?  What is the importance of offering Tashipai Zey (auspicious offerings)?  Why do we install Bumter (treasure vase), and what benefits can we accrue from it?

Jambay [... Read More]

Lyonpo Dorji Choden addresses Lima conference


Climate: At the UN Climate Change Conference in the Peruvian capital of Lima Thursday, works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden said that mountains are important not only to the mountain communities but also to the global community.

The minister said that the latest report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) underscores the urgency of the challenges and threats faced by communities living in fragile mountain ecosystems that range from rapidly receding [... Read More]


Community Basketball tournament Ends

Basketball: The first community basketball championship ended yesterday with a friendly match between the three participating communities.

The week-long pilot project was organised to give basic basketball training to students.

A total of 30 participants took part in the championship and the participants were awarded certificates.

National Basketball coach Tenzin Jamtsho said that although the number of participants was lower than what they expected, he was still happy with the outcome. “The main reason to organise [... Read More]

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