Scoring 92.40 percent each, Tandin Wangmo from Lungtenzampa MSS, Thimphu and Tashi Wangchuk from Bartsham MSS in Trashigang topped the Bhutan Certificate Of Secondary Education (BCSE – Class X) 2013, the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) declared today.
Motithang HSS’s Deki Tshomo Rinzin scored 92 percent to bag the second position while Mani Kumar Chhetri from Peljorling HSS in Samtse stood third with a score of 91.80 percent.
A total of 10,659 students appeared [... Read More]
Salary: While many were eagerly waiting to learn the Pay Commission’s findings on salary revisions, which the finance minister was supposed to present to the National Assembly tomorrow, the suspense will apparently drag on for another month.
The Pay Commission sought a one-month extension to complete and present its report, which the government approved on February 10.
This means the commission will now submit its report to the government on March 12.
“We couldn’t finish working [... Read More]
Assembly: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, responding to concerns the opposition members raised, yesterday presented the budget released till December 2013 for the first fiscal, after it was approved in September last year.
The opposition members said that, while the government claimed budget for capital works, amounting to Nu 5,860M, was released in December, work in the dzongkhags could not continue for lack of budget.
Lyonchhoen said, although the government was unable to release money to [... Read More]
Dechenphodrang monks help fight fire that destroyed about three acres of forest below Dechenphodrang monastery in Thimphu yesterday afternoon. An electric short circuit was suspected to have sparked the fire. By evening, foresters, police, RBG soldiers together with monks of the monastic school contained the fire.
Update: The second witness in the tokey gecko case, a former Gelephu dungkhag administrative assistant, informed the court the recording he submitted as evidence was one he had recorded.
The hearing was conducted at the Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday.
“I don’t have any personal issues with any of the people involved in the case,” he said at the court. “I submitted the recordings because it was against the country’s law, about which I was concerned.”
The [... Read More]
Constraints notwithstanding, imports increased by 11 percent while exports dropped by 0.1 percent
RMA: The central bank’s restrictions since March 2012 have failed to serve its purpose of correcting deficits in the economy’s current account.
Current account records transactions in the form of import and export of goods and services. A country is said to be in a current account deficit, when the imports of goods and services are more than its exports.
Initially, when the [... Read More]
The National Council’s call for intervention in the construction industry, especially in the housing sector, is timely if not late.
In fact, those in the industry had been requesting the government for some intervention, as escalating cost of materials, restrictions and high interest on loans has made the housing industry suffer in recent years. The restriction, in the form of a ban on loans, aggravated the problem and house rents are spiraling. This is happening everywhere [... Read More]
Its members feel that, in order to save some law-breakers, children are being put at risk
Tobacco: While the Tobacco Control Act awaits deliberation at the National Assembly (NA) this summer, a religious tshogpa in Paro feels assembly members should disapprove the amendments National Council (NC) endorsed this session.
The NC recently resolved to life the ban on the import and sale of tobacco in the country.
Members of the tshogpa, most of them elderly, from [... Read More]
A New Year, a new government and a new Five-Year Plan surely could use a new thought process. Thus in the guise of devil’s advocate, I submit as such. If I were the government, I would implement the following to ensure wholesome, equitable and cost effective development of our economy and the country. Rupee shortage, current account deficit, unemployment, self-reliance, corruption, trade imbalances and host of other challenges and ills in the country would be [... Read More]
Deliberations will cover corruption-prone, loose segments of the act in the next session
Council: Identifying loopholes in the election Act that may brew corruption, the National Council yesterday resolved to review and amend it in the next session.
The chair of the good governance committee, Tashi Wangmo, while presenting the resolution, said the committee found the current system of monitoring party fund not vigilant enough to detect illegal source of funding.
She also said penalties stated [... Read More]