Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 - 11:48 AM
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Samtse schools cry out for boarding facilities

unnamed-1One of the rented rooms that students share

In their absence, students have to rent rooms and live in dire conditions 

Education: It’s 4pm.  Mindu Wangzom, 18, is back from school.  The class XII arts student is working hard to ensure that she gets through the board examination.

She is among the 811 girls studying in one of the country’s most populated schools, the Peljorling higher secondary school (PHSS) in Sipsu, Samtse.

The school has 1,622 students, but no boarding facilities.

In the absence of hostels in the school, students like Mindu have rented a room some 20m away from the school’s main gate.  She shares the room with her brother, a class XI arts student.


National topper not awarded Fulbright scholarship

On merit ranking, a Bhutanese student from Canada bagged the slot

Education: A score of 91 percent was not enough to secure the coveted Fulbright scholarship in the USA for the whole Bhutan 2014 class XII topper, Jambay Kinley from Ugyen Academy.

He lost the slot to a student from Blyth Academy, Canada, who had scored 94.25 percent.  While Jambay Kinley had better marks in science subjects, his English mark, 72, was no match for the other student’s 92.  He needed to score 86 in English, but the highest English mark last year was not close to 80.


Project engineer accepts forgery charge

His plea, however, is that the offence should be deemed a misdemeanour and not a felony

Lhakhang Karpo: Among the four charges against him, including seven counts of official misconduct, Lhakhang Kapro’s project engineer Tashi Gyeltshen has accepted the forgery charge under section 297 (c) of the Penal Code of Bhutan.

In the ongoing legal proceedings at the Haa district court, Tashi Gyeltshen has the highest number of charges against him among the seven involved.


Black mark for Bhutanese media

A visiting editor kept asking if it was true that most Bhutanese journalists have the mobile numbers of the prime minister and his cabinet, and that reporters chat with ministers on social media.

It is true.  And reporters call the prime minister or his ministers at odd hours for information or clarification.  Most of the time they are successful.  Such a thing would be impossible in many countries.  It takes weeks, even months, to get an appointment with a minister.  A French journalist was shocked when she was successful on her first attempt to interview a minister.  She lauded the accessibility.


Power tillers to the rescue?

unnamed-136-550x366Mechanisation: One power tiller each for a gewog across the country (File Photo)

The machine will ease labour shortage

Agriculture: Many parts of Trashigang are increasingly witnessing more uncultivated arable land attributed largely to shortage of labour, wild life attacks and irrigation issues leaving farmers and agriculture officials in dilemma.

Records with the agriculture department show about 2,292 acres of fallow dry land and 400 acres of wetland in 2013.

The trend, dzongkhag agriculture officer DC Bhandari said, is a concern.


Picture story

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.