Friday, April 25th, 2014 - 1:20 AM

Lack of Chemistry teacher prompt students to leave

Education: Without a Chemistry teacher, the Class XII students of Gaselo higher secondary school in Wangduephodrang are anxious, some worried enough to swap school instead of waiting for a teacher.

A student said he is leaving for a school in Samtse where he got admission. “If I stay here, I fear we won’t be able to cover the syllabus on time,” he said. “A few students were also worried about failing.”

The student said they [... Read More]

Google Apps delayed

E-Governance: The government will have to wait for a few more months before they can start using the online office suite – Google Apps.

Information and communications secretary Dasho Kinley Dorji said it could be a few months before a source of funds is found and Google Apps is deployed.

The government’s subscription to Google Apps began in January and it will be paying Nu 15m or USD 250,000 in the first year. However, the [... Read More]


Feeling aggrieved

With the Mongar district court asking about a dozen building owners in Gyalpoizhing to forfeit their buildings, the owners are feeling aggrieved.

The building owners will appeal, some say they are already planning to.

We can understand their grievances- not because forfeiting property to the state is painful and embarrassing, but because of reasons leading to the forfeiture, if ever they do.

They claim that they are bearing the brunt of a mistake, which was not theirs. They [... Read More]

Irrigation channel to bring back life to fields

IMG_9197Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji inaugurated the renovated Khamdang irrigation channel yesterday

Agriculture: About 2,500 acres of arable land, which went fallow for want of water is expected to come back to life with renovation of Khamdang irrigation channel, inaugurated yesterday, nears completion.

The 11.4km concrete irrigation channel was built in 1976 under the command of His Majesty fourth King.

Renovation works like improving the dilapidated cracked concrete drain and construction of retaining walls began in 2012.

The channel is diverted from Buyang water source and meanders down [... Read More]

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As a part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) programme, six volunteers have arrived in Thimphu to work for various government agencies such as the education, health, agriculture and forestry. Under the AVID programme, volunteers are selected on the basis of how they can help build capacity, share skills and develop relationships in priority areas identified by the government. [... Read More]


What WTO membership would entail

With new leaders at the helm of the government, Bhutan is once again fancying WTO membership. While a final decision lies with the leadership of the government, the national interest must ensure that other voices also be heard while making the final decision.

Several questions thus arise.

WTO membership entails free trade, open market and globalization, but are we ready to hand over our country to the multi-national companies so they can do whatever they want for [... Read More]

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Stall owners prepare for the three-day Tsirang’s annual tshechu that begins from today.


Phuentsholing still prone to dengue

DSC01480About 64 local residents and agencies attended the advocacy workshop

Health: Most dengue cases in Phuentsholing last year were reported in Pasakha and the core town area, records with the Phuentsholing general hospital show.

Dengue cases from these areas has been attributed to pollution from the industries, automobile workshops, and scrap dealers, hospital officials who conducted a survey said.

The report was presented at the dengue and other vector borne diseases advocacy workshop for local residents and agencies on April 5.

Phuentsholing hospital’s Dr Jimba Jatsho [... Read More]

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Officials of Trashigang dzongkhag administration takes nangtens from Trashigang dzong to Gomphukora for the Gomphukora Tshechu which begins today.
The nangten will remain in Gomphukora for over two weeks.


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