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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - 9:45 PM
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His Majesty The King granted dhar to the newly elected gup of Mongar gewog, Rinzin. Gup Rinzin was elected during the second bye-election. Elections were held after the post became vacant due to the demise of the incumbent gup in January.

   

Signs of an economy in good shape?

Has the country economic situation improved?  Yes, at least going by the government’s decision to purchase four new Toyota land cruiser Prados as duty cars for cabinet ministers.

Four new land cruisers, each costing not less than Nu 3 million, have left Phuentsholing recently.  The luxurious and expensive vehicle spells social status in Bhutan.  Quite often, the type of car we drive is the yardstick by which we  judge our social standing.  The bigger the car, the higher you are on the social ladder, or so it is interpreted, unfortunately.

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2nd annual ICT conference held

_DSC2581The annual ICT conference in progress

Conference: The second annual ICT (information communications technology) conference for IT officers in the government and private sector ended yesterday.

Speaking to more than a hundred IT officers, information and communications minister DN Dhungyel said their role was a crucial and critical one as ICT is an enabler for the entire government and economy.

The world is changing at a rapid rate, said the minister, and Bhutan must keep up. He said ICT officers must ensure that strategies formulated by the government are implemented.

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Turning waste into wealth

DSC_8200Workers filter waste at the compost plant

Biodegradable: Thimphu thromde’s compost plant is not only seeing an increase in biodegradable waste, but has also started churning out money from the waste, which the municipal office was overwhelmed with until recently.

The compost plant in Serbithang receives about four tonnes of organic waste daily, except on Sundays.  This is an threefold increase compared with previous years.

The increase in disposable or organic waste at the plant is attributed to the outsourcing of waste collection to a private firm, Greener Way, in January this year.  Greener Way disposed 226 truckloads (565,000kg) of organic waste to the compost plant in the last four months, according to its officials.

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Fire in Thimphu destroys temporary sheds

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Fire: Thirteen families lost all their belongings yesterday in a fire that gutted 13 temporary sheds at 3:50pm near the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) godown in Changzamtok, Thimphu.

Most of the house owners were out for work when the incident happened.

Thimphu police’s fire brigades department deployed two fire-fighting vehicles immediately. However, not much could be salvaged from the fire.

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DNT urges Parliament to prioritise employment

The party believes the govt. should develop a long-term strategy to deal with the issue

Jobs: In the wake of growing unemployment, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has urged the upcoming parliament session to formulate resolutions that will address the problem in a sustainable way.

“It’s time to keep our political differences aside, stand together as Bhutanese, and get down to what we promised to do,” the party said issuing a press release yesterday.

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A week-long recitation of tshigduen seldep seven-line prayer, an invocation of Guru Rinpoche is being conducted at the Thimphu Memorial Choeten. Organised by Tshokey Dorji Foundation, the prayer that is recited by 85 monks from Kharchu drastang in Bumthang is dedicated for the well-being of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty the King, the royal family and His Holiness the Je Khenpo.

   

A league round up

Tertons lead the table

Football: With six wins from seven games, FC Terton entered the second round of the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League with a commanding 18 points lead at the top of the table.

All seven participating teams have completed the first six games in the tournament. FC Terton, Dzongrig FC, Thimphu City and Thimphu FC have played seven games as of yesterday.

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Eastern United claimed their third consecutive victory in the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Archery Tournament when they defeated Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) in the third and final set of the game at the Changlimithang archery range yesterday.
DGPC won the first set 25-3 but the defending champions Eastern United came back stronger to take the second and the third set 25-10 and 25-13 respectively.
Rinzin from Eastern United was declared the man of the match with six karey in the finals. Bhutan Power Corporations’ Ugyen was the best archer of the tournament with 19 karey in 67 rounds.
A total of eight teams took part in the month-long tournament organised by Bhutan Indigenous Games and Sports Association.

   

Dealing with teacher deployment

The projection will resolve the paradox of a shortage of teachers when there are plenty

Education: The education ministry is doing something that should have been done years ago.

It is working on the most “complicated” issue – teacher deployment projection.

It has been observed that the lack of a proper teacher deployment projection has caused shortage of teacher in the country.

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