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Foundation awaits authorisation to collect donations

DSC_8565Home minister Damcho Dorji

This follows talk of misuse of solicited funds by family members of kidney patients

BKF: The Bhutan Kidney Foundation (BKF) will be collecting donations on behalf of the kidney patients, who will not be doing so themselves.

BKF is waiting for an official letter or a memorandum of understanding to be signed between them and the ministry to carry on the donation work.

The decision was made after noticing several issues like illegal buying and selling [... Read More]

The ecological fallout of religious observances

IMG_20140731_120846The practice of tshok is not an eco-friendly activity

The quick fix, plastic-filled tshok, whatever its spiritual import,  is also a recipe for litter

Environment: Like flowers, the plastic wrappers of various processed foods and beverages seem to sprout around Changangkha lhakang following a religious event.  A pond of plastic bottles behind the lhakhang grows deeper.

It is the day after Drukpa Tsezhi, marking the First Sermon of Lord Buddha.

A large number of devotees visited the lhakhang the previous day.  Most of them chose [... Read More]

A stuttering online system

A recent study has found a number of problems that beset this ambitious programme 

G2C: Between November 2013 and June this year, only one person had applied for G2C (government to citizen) services at the Khaling community centre in Trashigang.

The person submitted an online application to register a birth, for which he submitted at least seven physical documents.  All were scanned and uploaded into the G2C system, which was developed with the objective of [... Read More]

Viral fever shuts down Panbang school

Outbreak: Sonamthang middle secondary school (SMSS) in Panbang under Zhemgang has remained closed for two and a half days, after more than 100 students suffered from viral fever, also known as common fever, from July 23.

Around six adults from the community and 24-27 students from nearby primary schools also suffered from common cold, complaining of body ache, fever and cough and cold.

“Since Thursday was a public holiday, the school was closed down for [... Read More]

Postgraduate program officially launched

DSC_8458In house residency: Health minister Tandin Wangchuk with education minister Mingbo Dukpa and University of medical sciences’ interim president Dr KP Tshering at the launch of the post graduate residency program yesterday.

The first batch of nine doctors began their four-year residency program on July 1

UMSB: Health minister Tandin Wangchuk officially launched the University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan’s (UMSB) postgraduate program at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital yesterday.

The first batch of nine doctors began their four-year residency program at the hospital’s postgraduate medical education centre (PGMEC) on July 1.

Interim UMSB president, Dr Kinzang P Tshering, said the postgraduate training in clinical fields [... Read More]

Taking the ODTP project to the next step

A proponent each from three dzongkhags will be sent to Nepal for management training

BCCI: In a step to take country’s agriculture sector to a new height, the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has initiated three pilot projects under the programme called ‘One District Three Products’ (ODTP).

Through ODTP, the chamber has identified three products that include either fruits or vegetables in each dzongkhag.  Each dzongkhag will grow an identified fruit or vegetable [... Read More]

Central bank initiatives have eased banks’ liquidity issues

According to its own report, FIs were well capitalised at the close of the first quarter

RMA: The monetary policies and financial sector reforms that the central bank initiated in the last two years have eased the banks’ liquidity issue.

A recently published Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) monetary policy statement states that banks are well capitalised with their capital adequacy ratio holding well above prudential requirements at 18.2 percent by the end of the first [... Read More]

Thousands attend Shamar’s purjang in Kathmandu

Cremation-fireThe 17th Gyalwa Karmapa oversees the lighting of the late Shamars’ pyre yesterday

The cremation ceremony took place at the Shar Minub Monastery as wished by the late rinpoche

Religion: Led by the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, the head of the Karma Kagyu order, performed the purjang (cremation ceremony) of the late 14th Shamar rinpoche yesterday in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The cremation ceremony, which took place at the Shar Minub Monastery in the outskirts of Kathmandu, was attended by thousands of disciples of the late rinpoche from [... Read More]


A slip in standards

The poor performance in English is a reason enough to worry students, parents, teachers and policy makers alike.  The average score of 49.29 in a subject that was once considered easy is poor by any standard.

Hopefully, it could be a one-time blip and that students will perform better from this year.

Bhutanese students are actually expected to score better in the subject.  We start learning English from kindergarten, and English is the medium of education in [... Read More]

No prelims for MBBS and dental graduates

However, they will be required to sit for the final exam, for which no one is exempt

RCSC: Unlike other university graduates, MBBS and dental surgery graduates would not have to sit the preliminary examination on August 10, the Royal Civil Service Commission announced last week.

The decision comes after the commission held its second meeting on June 3, where the preliminary examination 2014 was reviewed.

MBBS graduates, MBBS with specialisation in pulmonary medicine, and comprehensive [... Read More]

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