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First YES program receives positive feedback


A total of 197 have been trained for employment in the last four months

Employment: A total of 68 participants completed their four months training on Wednesday under the youth employment skills (YES) programme, which is a part of guaranteed employment programme.

Early childhood care and development (ECCD) and pedagogy, teaching skills and strategies were the two types of training provided to the participants comprising of class X, XII and university graduates. Under the ECCD, [... Read More]

More Black Necked Cranes in Bumthang

IMG_8876Not safe: The birds at Gyetsa are being disturbed by stray dogs (File photo)

With migration time over, the 34 cranes are likely to remain in the district

Conservation: With 34 black-necked cranes flying into Bumthang, 2014 recorded the highest number of cranes the dzongkhag saw in over two decades.

Besides the flock of 22 that arrived in Gyetsa, Chumey last month, Tang saw four cranes while eight cranes are spotted in Dramphel, Chokhortoe.

According to the division forest office (DFO), the number of cranes visiting Bumthang doubled last year. [... Read More]

The noisy bridge of Thungdi

bridgeNoisy: The Thungdi bridge between Rangjung and Trashigang

DoR: Villagers located around the Thungdi bailey bridge on the way to Ranjung can count the number of vehicles crossing the bridge without being near it.

The rattling sound from the loose steel deck of the bridge is so loud that villagers say when they cannot sleep at night; they count vehicles crossing the bridge.

The bridge divides the two gewogs of Shongphu and Samkhar.  Department of roads (DOR) had assembled it using the parts [... Read More]

Sipa-Chi-Dhoe attracts hundreds of devotees

10893654_814331668625330_100345329_n-1Devotees offer prayers to two towering representations of the protecting deities of Bhutan

Religion: Hundreds of devotees throng every day at Thangzana ground, next to Puna Dewachhenpoi Phodrang Dzong, to offer tshog (feast offerings), druna (grains) and Nyendar (cash) to cleanse their defilements and protect them from bad omen.

His Holiness the Je Khenpo along with more than 500 monks from 20 rabdeys and monastic institutions across the country is presiding a five-day Sipa-Chi-Dhoe, a sacred offering to all the realms of the universe, which began yesterday.

Considered [... Read More]

State Mining Corporation takes off

DSC03933New year gift? Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk hands over the SMC’s certificate of incorporation to DHI chairman, Dasho Sangay Khandu

With five stone quarries to begin with

Resources: The last day of the year marked a milestone event in the mining sector with economic affairs ministry formally handing over  the State Mining Corporation (SMC) and the company’s incorporation certificate to the Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), yesterday.

The corporation, like a New Year gift, also received five stone quarries at Kholongchhu Proejct to supply raw materials for the construction of the 600MW project.

To take the [... Read More]

Number of flights to be capped

The Paro international airport is getting too congested

Aviation: Given its inability to expand the Paro international airport apron, the department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is considering limiting Drukair and Tashi Air flights.

The apron is where aircraft are parked and unloaded or loaded. The current capacity of five aircraft had exceeded in August. Drukair will be bringing in one more aircraft in March, which means there will be seven aircraft operating to the airport.

With [... Read More]

Teacher gets 11 years for rape of a minor

Crime: Thimphu district court’s bench V sentenced a teacher of a private school in Thimphu to 11 years in prison for rape of a 16-year-old girl.

The defendant, Hari Bhakta Sharma, was found guilty of having sexual relationship with a student of the school.

The court, in its verdict stated that offence of such kind calls for deterrent sentencing, as the offender is a teacher and the victim a student. “The victim is a minor [... Read More]

Tour guides in excess

And a majority of them lack professionalism which impacts service delivery

Tourism: An increase in tourist arrivals has not translated in gainful employment of tour guides despite their number doubling in the last five years.

There are today 2,418 guides in the country. Records with Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) show that from 1,280 guides in 2010, it increased to 1,364 in 2011, 1,710 in 2012, and 2,049 in 2013. A majority of them are [... Read More]

Border town strikes sour mandarin export

Since November, more than 50 truckloads of mandarin have been exported

Export: The two-day strike, which begins today in Bangladesh soon after a strike was called off in the Indian border town of Assam, has left Bhutanese mandarin exporters worried.

With the peak mandarin export season on from January, exporters in Samdrupjongkhar are worried that the frequent strikes in the border towns would affect export.

The recent strike in Assam has left most mandarin consignment stranded, [... Read More]


Feeding students

The annual education conference is an important event for educationists. It is one event where educationists from different parts of the country come together once a year and engage in vigorous discussions on issues and policies that have bearing on thousands of students across the country.

Apart from sharing of administrative problems, the conference also provides a platform to review and share feedback and experiences of decisions the ministry make. One important feedback was on the [... Read More]

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