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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.


Stranded Bhutanese in Nepal reach home

DSC_0248Welcome home: Phuentsholing thrompon, Tsheten Dorji receives the stranded Bhutanese at the border gate

Quake: After about a 20-hour-long drive, 27 Bhutanese, most of them monks and nuns, arrived in Phuentsholing yesterday morning.

The Phuentsholing dungkhag administration and the thromde arranged two buses that travelled to Panitanki, an Indian town that borders the Nepalese town of Kakkarvitta.  Bhutanese officials and customs officials in Panitanki received the stranded Bhutanese.

Silliguri customs, central excise and service tax commissioner, Vandhana Deori, also personally met with the Bhutanese at the border.  They had been evacuated from Kathmandu at 6:50am and arrived at the border after an almost 15-hour journey.

Five hours later, they were received by the Phuentsholing thrompon and dungpa, who hosted a breakfast for them.


Dawdling on poverty reduction?

Although Bhutan slashed poverty by half from 2007-12, Gini coefficient remained the same

WB Report: Pace of poverty reduction in Bhutan has slowed down since 2012 World Bank’s projections made through its report on country’s macro poverty outlook revealed.

The country’s last available official poverty estimate is 12.7 percent in 2012 and Bhutan was able to cut down poverty rate by half, from 25 percent to 12.7 percent between 2007 and 2012.


Second suspect in taxi driver’s murder surrenders to police

Crime: The second suspect involved in the murder of a 50-year old taxi driver, whose body was found above Babesa zero point in Thimphu on April 21, surrendered to Thimphu police on May 2.

Police were informed that Karma Dorji, 22, from Paro was at Kakarvitta in Nepal with a distant relative.  Police then called Karma Dorji’s relatives at the police headquarters and advised them to convince him to surrender.


Beware the bearer of gifts

Is the government initiative of promoting electric vehicles benefitting only a selected few?  According to the Anti Corruption Commission, it appears so.

Although the commission couldn’t establish a direct case of conflict of interest, the message is clear.  That in promoting a noble initiative, they have come in conflict with some rules and undermined provisions of the Constitution that provides for fair market competition.


Another milestone for MHPA

IMG_5030Progress: Lyonpo Dorji Choden lays the saachu bumter at the dam site

Concreting of dam foundation begins

Hydropower: Marking another milestone for the now the fastest hydropower construction in the country, Mangdechu project yesterday symbolically began concreting the foundation of the dam, bringing an end to river excavation work.

In concreting the foundation of the dam, which will block the Mangdechu and divert it through the tunnels,  chief engineer, Karma Chophel, said about 0.45 million cubic metres or 80,460 truckloads of cement would be poured to build the dam, a piece of good news for market-less Dungsam cement.

“Concreting the dam foundation basically means completion of 50 percent of the dam construction,” Karma Chophel said.  This is because works on the dam starts with excavation of the riverbed, which is not complete.