Sunday, April 20th, 2014 - 9:51 PM


Reforming the education system

For almost nine months, six-year-old Tandin Gyem is separated from her single mother.  The pre-primary student of Dawakha lives with her neighbour and another five children in a temporary shed near the school.

As she is from the same gewog where the school is located, she is not eligible for the boarding facility the lower secondary school provides.  She would have to walk 10 kilometres to school every day if she stayed with her mother.  It [... Read More]

GAOs discuss career advancement opportunities


They looked at two main aspects of joining ministries or agencies under them and training opportunities

GAO: Irrespective of their seniority, in terms of years of service, gewog administrative officers (GAOs) wishing to join ministries or various agencies under it will still have to undergo the interview process.

Of course they have to wait for openings the Royal Civil Service Commission announces.

Local government officials were clarifying during a discussion on opportunities for senior GAOs to [... Read More]

Farmers’ group to restart MPU


MPU: The dairy farmers’ group of Patshaling in Tsirang will soon make use of the Milk Processing Unit (MPU) that was left defunct for almost five years.

The consensus was reached after the 42 members of Patshaling Gonor Gongphel Tshogpa agreed to use the MPU following suggestions from the officials of the dzongkhag livestock sector and the district veterinary hospital.

Officials from National Dairy Development Centre and Regional Livestock Development Centre in Wangdue trained the [... Read More]

Quake damaged school yet to be rebuilt


Disaster: Students of Gaselo lower secondary school in Wangdue are studying and dining in tents, because the contractor failed to meet the deadline to repair and reconstruct structures damaged by earthquake.

The September 2011 earthquake damaged a two-story building, used as hostel accommodating 287 students, and a one-story building, which housed the matron’s quarter, and a classroom.

“The damage was severe with major cracks,” school principal Tshering Lhendup said.

To accommodate the students, two classrooms were [... Read More]

Representing indigenous food and craft


Festival: Kinley, a 33-year-old housewife had walked two days from her village in Gasa to represent her dzongkhag in this year’s craft festival.

In her stall, there were several pointed hats with colourful beads, laid out on the table. Gasa’s famous textile, zum, made from yak’s hair and couple of shirts were there.

Another participant Phub Tshering, 41, from Haa had brought with him the famous hoentay (buckwheat dumpling).

“There is no selection process for us [... Read More]

Picture story

Dry and deserted: Most shops in Phuentsholing remain closed as elections across the border go on yesterday


Minister’s car vandalised

Lhuentse police arrested a 47-year-old man from Tshenkhar gewog for allegedly vandalising agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji’s car on April 13.

The man allegedly broke the left door glass of the Toyota Prado SUV when the vehicle was parked at the road head in Brawa village. The minister was on a tour in the dzongkhag last week.

The driver and security personnel had left to Brawa village for dinner when the incident happened.

The suspect had used a stone [... Read More]


U-18 suffers nine defeats in a row

Thimphu City retains top position

A League: The U-18 national team suffered yet another crushing defeat when they were beaten 1-5 by Drukstar FC yesterday, their ninth defeat in a row.

U-18 took the lead in the 11th minute when Thinley scored from a penalty spot. However, Drukstar’s Tshering Tobgay headed in the equalizer from a corner kick, which opened the floodgates.

Drukstar then took the lead when Ngawang headed in another goal in the 22nd [... Read More]

Less is more?

PM proposes to raise the quality of education by reducing the number of schools   

Education: Prime minister Tshering Tobgay asked local government (LG) officials, civil servants and corporate employees of Trashiyangtse and Trashigang to talk to parents in the villages on reforming the education system by bringing down the number of schools across the country and introduce boarding schools.

For instance, he said, the existing 30 schools in Trashiyangtse would be brought down to [... Read More]

BNB lends 94 percent of its deposit

Banking: While all major banks recorded a credit to deposit (CD) ratio of 72 percent and below, Bhutan National Bank’s CD ratio stood at 94 percent.

The CD ratio determines the health of the banks in terms of their total deposits to that of lending.

Low CD ratio means banks are not using their resources and higher ratio beyond a certain point indicates pressure on the banks’ capital.

Royal Monetary Authority officials said it was normal [... Read More]

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