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School to use two exam centres to make room for tshechu

DSC01180Dzongkhag engineering sector staffs readies TMSS ground for tshechu

Education: With Trashigang dzong undergoing major renovation, the five-day Trashigang tshechu that began today will be conducted for the first two days at the dzong, and the remaining three days at the football ground of Trashigang middle secondary school (TMSS).

However, the tshechu also coincides with the board examinations this year.  TMSS has 44 students in class X appearing their boards, and 60 class VI students appearing their finals.

To avoid disturbances to these students [... Read More]

BNB women claims a lone basket victory

DSC_6468Sonam Choden takes a three pointer in the dying minutes

Basketball: Bhutan National Bank (BNB) defeated Bank of Bhutan (BoB) by a lone basket, 23-25 in the women’s category of the ongoing Departmental Basketball Tournament.

In a very closely contested match between the two financial institutions, the last quarter of the game turned out to be the playoff.

Until the last quarter, BNB women were trailing 11-19. Two three-pointers from Sonam Choden got BNB back in the game and led them to victory.

The tournament with [... Read More]

Energy cooperation agreement, saving grace of summit

Signing-Ceremony-AT-SAARC-SUMMITSAARC foreign ministers sign the energy cooperation agreement before the summit ended yesterday in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Department Of Information, Nepal

Only one of three expected concords made it to the signing stage at Kathmandu

SAARC: If the agreement for energy cooperation that SAARC countries signed yesterday was any indication of deeper integration, Bhutan stands to the gain.

“The signing of the agreement is good for regional cooperation in energy,” foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji said. “What’s good for the region is good for the country.”

However, the other two agreements on motor vehicle and railway connectivity, which [... Read More]

Govt. dangles court option before opposition

This was in response to the passage of a bill DPT members deemed unconstitutional

Assembly: In a showdown over an amendment, finance minister Namgay Dorji challenged the opposition to take the government to court, had it done anything unconstitutional at the National Assembly yesterday.

The minister criticised the opposition members, when they called the solo amendment to Entitlement and Service Conditions Act for the holders, members and commissioners of the constitutional office of Bhutan (amendment) [... Read More]

Picture story

The heads of SAARC member countries were flown to Dhulikhel yesterday on a retreat. Dhulikhel is the oldest town in Nepal and has for many centuries been an important trading centre on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet.
Photo: Department Of Information, Nepal


New Supreme Court Chief Justice

Kuensel sources confirmed that Justice Dasho Tshering Wangchuk is appointed as the new chief justice of Supreme Court of Bhutan.

He will officially assume office from today in Hejo where preparations were in full swing as of yesterday.

Dasho Tshering Wangchuk, 51, is one of the youngest chief justices in the region.

According to the Constitution, the chief justice is appointed from among the drangpons of the Supreme Court or from among eminent jurists by the Druk Gyalpo, [... Read More]

Lost in translation

Dzongkha version of enterprise registration bill, 2014 raises misgivings on its accuracy

NA: Although most members of the National Assembly, who were dissatisfied with the Dzongkha version of the enterprise registration bill, 2014, suggested that it be deferred to the next session, the deputy speaker decided to continue deliberations today.

Members from both opposition and ruling party expressed concerns over the accuracy of the Dzongkha text, and said it could lead to different interpretation should [... Read More]


Flaps over bills

Discussions in the Assembly, where the ruling and opposition parties come face to face, are getting interesting and often polarised as ideas differ on issues.  Those who watch it revel in the intensity.

Good debate is an integral part of democracy.  It will give those closely following discussions deeper insight and understanding of national policies and decisions that would impact their lives.  More importantly, both agreements and disagreements, if deliberative and not based on narrow party [... Read More]

Counting the losses

RAA spells out just how the govt. lost revenue in its dealings with DSCL

Audit: The government has lost Nu 55.67M in revenue between 2008 and 2012 from Druk Satair corporation limited (DSCL) not declaring income, tax deducted at source (TDS) and allowing environment restoration bond (ERB) as deductible expenses.

In its performance audit report on tax of mining and quarrying sectors, the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) stated that the government had forgone tax revenue [... Read More]

Village’s objection to quarry ignored

DGM has gone ahead and approved the project, it seems, without community clearance

Namther: Namther villagers in Trongsa are leaving no stone unturned to stop a stone quarry operating in their locality for fear it may damage their paddy fields.

Groundwork on the quarry has already started.  But after their initial objection was ignored, villagers, about 10 days ago, gathered to approach the dzongkhag in writing.  They claim they wrote to Langthel gewog thrice, but [... Read More]

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