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Indecision not helping

A week after the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) confirmed that the English II question paper for Class XII’s board examination was leaked, there is no concrete decision if there would be a re-examination.

This is worrying both students and parents. The paper evaluation team in Phuentsholing has kept the evaluation of the paper on hold, on the orders of the BCSEA, indicating that there is a possibility of students having to re-sit [... Read More]

Meditation is like perfecting a dance

unnamed-1Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche

At its simplest, meditation is about developing a positive attitude

Religion: The perception of going into the mountains in search of a calm environment for meditation among non-practitioners and beginners is what makes understanding the practice complex.

It is believed that meditation is the final stage of all Buddhist teachings and before preparing to go into meditation, one needs to have an ability to listen and contemplate the teachings received from the masters.

However, Gyalwang Drukpa [... Read More]

Supplying water to Pachhu homes

water-sourceWater source in Ganglakha

Some 40 percent of the total households don’t have water supply today

Water: After years of waiting, more than 60 households at Pachhu in Phuentsholing gewog are hopeful that their problem of water supply would end with the year.

Construction works are currently underway to channel water from Ganglakha, 24 kms away from Pacchu.

Contractor Damcho Tshering said about 30 percent of works have been completed.

“This includes the completion of the construction of the intake tank [... Read More]

Dzongda surrenders kabney, patang for a new post

DSC_1764Dzongda Lhab Dorji returns the symbols of authority and responsibility yesterday

Ceremony: Thimphu dzongda Lhab Dorji surrendered his kabney (scarf) and patang (sword) to the Royal Privy Council chairman yesterday morning in a simple ceremony at the Council office.

This marked the end of 13 years service as a dzongkhag administrator that began in 2002 and took him from Trongsa, to Mongar, and Thimphu until this year.

“In returning this kabney and patang, I express my gratitude for having the confidence in me and rededicate myself [... Read More]

Picture story

National Council chairperson Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga launches the Right of Vision & Occasional Views, an anthology of Thakur S Powdyel’s writings yesterday in Thimphu. Seen in the picture is co-editor Needrup Zangpo


Not in a position to accept surrendered secretaries: RCSC

Cabinet advised to furnish details/evidences of the charges against secretaries

Governance: The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) yesterday conveyed to the Cabinet that it was not in a position to accept the “surrendering” of the three Government Secretaries and has advised the Cabinet to submit details and evidences of the charges in accordance with the Civil Service Act of Bhutan 2010 and the Bhutan Civil Service Rules and Regulations 2012.

In view of the legal [... Read More]

PM urges private sector to prepare for hydropower

DSC_1715The Prime Minster along with Cabinet ministers and senior government officials attended the dialogue between the government and private sector, yesterday.

There is a need to identify how the private sector could boost GDP

Economy: Every time the private sector lobbied for a fair share in the construction and development of hydropower projects in the country, its capacity to undertake such works was questioned.

But in a networking dialogue between the government and the private sector yesterday, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay assured the private players of a hydropower pie, provided they were prepared.

He urged investors to invest [... Read More]

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Chief Economist at the World Bank Kaushik Basu called on Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen and Mr Basu discussed about investing in information technology and possibilities of developing data centers in the country.


24 central schools to open next year

With funds approved, the education ministry is all set to start the works

Education: With funds approved to set up facilities, infrastructure and construct additional structures, the education ministry is all set to start the next academic year by piloting 24 central schools across the country.

Director general of the department of school education, Karma Yeshey, said construction works on central schools would immediately start as per the work plan.

The work plan includes construction of [... Read More]

Land fraud case judgment draws close

Update: The alleged corruption land case involving a land record officer is 80 percent complete.

This was revealed yesterday during Sonam Norbu’s rebuttal, where he submitted to Thimphu district’s bench IV his four-point argument and maintained that he is innocent.

However, the closing submission, where parties submit the summary of their arguments on the case thus far, has not been scheduled yet. The court would issue the judgment within 10 days after the closing submissions.

OAG [... Read More]

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