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Almost done: To complete the construction of the 154-feet tall giant Guru Nangsey Zilneon statue in Takila, Lhuentse by September this year, the project still needs about Nu 100 million.


Six sports scholarship at RTC

DSC_9643Director Tenzing Yonten and Secretary General Sonam Karma Tshering

MoU: Six sports scholarship are on offer at the Royal Thimphu College (RTC) following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing between the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) and the college yesterday.

The scholarship is divided into three categories- two each for football and basketball and two in the open category (other sports). The scholarship covers tuition fee for three years, meals and accommodation on triple sharing basis and medical facilities available at the RTC.

A total of 18 students will benefit over three years of the MoU. This is the second joint MoU signed between the organisations to help students pursue their tertiary education and at the same time be actively involved in sports.


As rare as choeps

religiousFinding choeps to perform a ritual at home is increasingly becoming a challenge

If the Sheep year is not good, finding choeps to conduct rituals is difficult

Ritual: It is seven in the morning in Jungshina, Thimphu.  Sonam Deki, 53, has duties to assign to her husband, son, and son-in-law.  They will have to go to Babesa, Taba and Changidaphu to pick up monks and gomchens (lay monks).

Rituals have to be performed, whether one is able to get choeps (religious practitioners) or not, whatever the purpose of conducting rituals.  For Sonam Deki, it is the tradition of conducting important rituals that she must keep alive.  It has happened in her house since she was a little girl.


Hope for bone marrow failure patients

The patient referral guideline 2008 will be amended to include them as well

Health: In a move that would help many patients, the national referral hospital in Thimphu will refer patients for bone marrow transplant, by amending the patient referral guideline of 2008.

Today, the hospital supports only kidney transplant through its referral system.

The medical superintendent of the apex hospital, Dr Gosar Pemba, said a board meeting of the hospital would be held soon to take a final decission.


200 B.Ed graduates employed at last

DSC_9623Appointed: Teacher graduates register their place of placement after being selected to teach on contract for two years

After being declared surplus by RCSC, their long wait for employment is finally over

Teachers: The ministry of education will hand over appointment orders to 200 B.Ed graduates today.  The teacher graduates, who were not taken into the civil service by the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), have been appointed on regular contract for two years.

After months of anxiety and impatience, their faces glowed and excitement filled the Zilukha middle secondary school auditorium as they waited for education ministry officials to brief them on the contract and placements yesterday.


Opposition reiterates its stand

Namely that the Cabinet did not follow due process in its ‘surrender’ of the secretaries

Controversy: In the ongoing saga of the three reassigned government secretaries, the opposition yesterday slammed the government for being reckless and misleading and accusing them of attacking the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) for its decision to reassign the secretaries.

The opposition’s statement was in response to the government’s stand, where the prime minister, during the meet the press, stated the opposition’s stand as “meaningless and damaging.”


Mopping up excess liquidity

Through more economic activities will the govt. endeavour to create demand for loans

Banking: The government wants to create demand for loans by increasing economic activities, if there is excess liquidity in the financial system.  The statement comes in the backdrop of banks claiming that they are holding cash above the usual requirement.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has said there is excess liquidity, if the recent raise in the cash reserve ratio (CRR) was triggered by accumulation of excess cash in the financial system.  He was speaking at the meet-the-press on Friday in Thimphu.


Consumer price registers 6.26 percent inflation

The corresponding figure for producer price index was 1.66 percent

NSB: The price of goods and services increased by 6.26 percent between January last year to January this year as measured by consumer price index (CPI).

However from producer  price index (PPI), the country registered an inflation of 1.66 percent in the fourth quarter last year.

PPI is the price at which producers sell goods to wholesale dealers, and thus called ex factory price.


Twelve trekking routes to be revived

trail-2The Jomolhari trail is a popular trek (file picture)

This despite (or maybe because) only 7 out of every 100 tourists opt to trek in Bhutan

Tourism: Contrary to the earlier statement, Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) officials, yesterday, said works are on to revive 12 trekking routes, mostly in the east, as announced by the prime minister last month.

Lyonchoen announced 11 new trekking routes and hiring of two helicopters at the Pacific Asia Travel Association conference in Thimphu on February 6.  However, TCB officials, in an earlier interview, said they have not received any order from lyonchoen, and that the new trekking routes were not in the 11th Plan either.


Eyes on the consultancy business

Consultancy is a lucrative business anywhere in the world.  At home too, it has already become an industry.  From development work related consultancy about a decade ago to now service centric, the industry is booming.

And like many lucrative ventures, it also raises many questions.  One thriving such consultancy is found in the education sector.  The increasing number of students leaving educational institutions, coupled with the shortage of colleges and stark unemployment in the country, is feeding the firms.