Couple wins Gold Medals: The SRM University in Tamil Nadu, India on February 9 awarded gold medals to a Bhutanese couple for their performance in their Masters Course. Sonam Dendup, the Gewog Administrative Officer in Tang, Bumthang, received Gold medal in Master of Arts in Public Administration by scoring CGPA 9.156 of 10. His wife Rinchen Lhamo, who completed her Master of Education [... Read More]
Punatsangchhu I may earn up to about Nu 1.4B in foreign currency as carbon credit
PHEP-I: Punatsangchhu hydroelectric project I (PHEP-I) will earn about Nu 1.4B worth of foreign currency annually upon commissioning, in exchange for carbon credits.
The amount is an estimated revenue the project would earn, after the sale of an estimated 4.3M certified emission reduction (CER) credits (each credit is equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide).
This was made possible after the [... Read More]
The recent poor class XII results in English has proved to be something of an eye-opener
Education: While marks may not necessarily indicate quality, the performance of class XII students in English this year has left education officials worried, pushing them to call it one of the worst in recent years.
The average score in English was 49.29. Bhutan council for school examinations and assessment (BSCEA) explained the mean score indicates the quality of performance.
BCSEA’s [... Read More]
Cultural show: Chinese artists perform at the Royal Institute of Management auditorium yesterday. The cultural troupe from the People’s Republic of China was led by China International Culture Association Vice President Dong Jungxin and officials from cultural ministry of Guangxi province and the Embassy of China, India.
Only 60 applicants were received for a requirement of 2,251 vacancies
Employment: Bhutanese job seekers, it appears, are not interested to work in Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi company, Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation (NSH) earlier floated a requirement of 2,251 jobs to the labour ministry, which, if all filled, would take in about 25 percent of the 7,797 jobseekers in the country.
However, with the deadline to apply for the jobs already over, labour ministry received [... Read More]
READ: Internet users in Chuzergang gewog, Sarpang will no longer have to go all the way to Gelephu town, with the installation of internet facility in the community yesterday.
Ten 10 computers at the READ centre were connected with the internet, which will be free of charge for the users.
The service was established by the READ Bhutan at the centre, where a library was also established last year. The service is expected to benefit [... Read More]
The Speaker of the National Assembly summed up what should be done, when it came to amending the narcotics drugs and psychotropic substance Act.
Cutting short the deliberations on the amendment of the Act, the Speaker said the need is a “harsh but implementable” Act.
Drug is fast becoming a problem, and a harsh law will deter people from both peddling and abusing it. At the same time, if the Act is not practical, it will remain [... Read More]
Q&A with Kipchu Tshering CEO BNB
Q&A: What do you think about the increasing rate of defaults with banks in the form of non-performing loans? (This year has seen an increase in the amount of NPL.)
A. Non-performing loans have increased in 2013 mainly due to sluggish growth in the economy and the freeze on credit, no new loans were also sanctioned by the banks during the year. However, towards the year-end, most FIs (financial institutes) [... Read More]
The recent assembly decision is for this experimentation
Thromde: Complications in taxation, confusion in roles and responsibilities and issues of representation in governance were some foreseen concerns of yenla thromdes (satellite towns) functioning under gewog administration.
For yenla thromdes to function under gewog administration was National Assembly’s recent decision while deliberating on the Local Government (amendment) bill.
Policy makers following assembly discussions said the decision meant the reinstatement of the same provision in the Thromde Act [... Read More]
Primitive methods of cultivating rice hinder large-scale production
From fallow wetlands to diet change, there are grounds galore why things have come to this pass
Trade: Deriving more cash from construction work than fields, change in staple food over the years, and higher cost of local rice were some of the reasons that led to the drastic increase in rice import from India, local leaders in Trashigang said.
The gewog officials also attributed it to people increasingly leaving wetlands fallow, caused by rural-urban [... Read More]