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English II paper will be evaluated

Breaking news: Revoking its earlier decision, the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) board has decided to evaluate English II paper and award marks accordingly. The board had earlier decided to validate English examination results based on marked obtained in English I.

According to a press release the Council issued today, “the recommended option may not guarantee complete fairness but the board felt that it was comparatively a better option as it will at [... Read More]

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Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay visits Sabarmati Riverfront at Ahmedabad yesterday. The Prime Minister’s stay in Gujarat concluded with a visit to the Global Mission School, the Tata Consultancy Services at Garima Park and the Amul dairy in Anand town.


Corporate pay hike to maintain 15 percent difference

The govt. has given the go-ahead to corporation boards to raise wages as they see fit

Salary: Approving the much-awaited hike in salary of corporate employees, the cabinet also clarified that the raise, which comes into effect retroactively from July 1, 2014 should maintain a maximum of 15 percent difference from salaries of civil servants.

This, the finance minister, Namgay Dorji, said was as per the estimation of the second pay commission’s report, that the [... Read More]

Murder in Central Plaza

crimeCrime scene: The body of the unidentified man was found by the entrance around 7.30am yesterday.

Police have called it a clear case of homicide and are on the lookout for suspects

Crime: A man was found dead in a pool of blood yesterday around 7.30am below Shearee Square in Lungtenphu, Thimphu, making it perhaps the first case of cold-blooded murder this year.

According to police, the man, who is yet to be identified, was thrown off the attic of the Central Plaza building.  The body was lying at the entrance [... Read More]

Five chorten vandals appeal to High Court

Judiciary: Five lifetime prisoners and one prisoner who was sentenced to four years imprisonment for vandalising chortens have appealed to the High Court stating dissatisfaction on the Mongar court’s judgment that was passed last month.

Of the 10 men who were given lifetime imprisonment, five appealed to the high court on December 16, last year.Kinzang Wangdi, Jigme Yeshi, Tshering Phuntsho, Jigme and Ugyen Tshering are the five appellants.

Mongar court had sentenced a businessman, Kinzang Wangdi, [... Read More]

Living beyond our means

The rate of growth of current expenditure is outstripping that of domestic revenue 

Notice: Causing concern for the government, the country’s annual current expenditure is increasing at a rate much faster than that of the annual growth in domestic revenue.

“If this trend continues, it’ll be difficult to meet the current expenditure from financial resources as required by section 6 of article 14 of the Constitution,” finance secretary Lam Dorji said, in issuing a budget [... Read More]

Meeting the power tiller promise

ptEastern Bhutan would be given the first perference

Govt. takes one step further towards fulfilling its campaign pledge

Agriculture: The 70 gewogs in the six eastern dzongkhags will get a power tiller each by the end of February, the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, said during the 14th meet the press session last week.

The government had pledged to provide one power tiller in each of the 1,040 chiwogs in the country.  The power tillers, however, would not be provided for free. “To use [... Read More]


Lack of toilet etiquette

If the level of a society is measured by how public facilities are maintained, we are not very far from being barbaric.  This is particularly true when it comes to public toilets.

And there is no denying that when it comes to the toilets at the two football stadiums.  The renovated national stadium boasts of huge sitting capacity and artificial turf with floodlights.  But there is no adjective to describe the state of the toilets located [... Read More]

YDF president, Her Majesty Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck in Bangkok

unnamedHer Majesty the Queen Mother with the officials of PMNIDAT

Visit: To explore possibilities of collaboration and partnership in drug education and rehabilitation services between the Princess Mother National Institute for Drug Abuse Treatment (PMNIDAT), Bangkok and Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF), the President of YDF, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck is in Bangkok for a two-day visit

Vice president of the foundation, Her Royal Highness, Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, is accompanying the Queen Mother.

Possible areas of collaborations with regards to [... Read More]

Fall in Yen sees rise in Toyota buyers

Savings of Nu 500,000-600,000 can be made given the Japanese currency value today

Import: The fall in Japanese currency (Yen) recently has turned out to be a boon for Bhutanese aspiring to buy Toyota luxury cars.  The State Trading corporation of Bhutan limited (STCBL) in Phuentsholing has confirmed 115 vehicle orders.

The highest order placed this year, according to STCBL figures, has been for February with 53 vehicles.  January and March has 31 orders each.

Of [... Read More]

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