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Safety first: Motorists on the busy Thimphu-Babesa expressway will slow down seeing the “men at work’ caution sign, ensuring safety of the workers (not in the picture)


First Bhutanese awarded the White Coat

darjMikyo Dorji

Excellence:  Fifteen-year-old Mikyo Dorji became the first Bhutanese to be accorded with the rare and esteemed White Coat of St Joseph’s School, Darjeeling, for his outstanding performance in the field of sports on May 27.

A class 10 student, Mikyo earlier won the Blue Coat for excelling in Cricket, Basketball and Volleyball. Mikyo Dorji was also declared the most-valuable-player (MVP) during the Anglo-India School Basketball Tournament.

The Blue Coat award is bestowed upon a student who excels in sports, academic and behaviour said the father rector, Shajumon CK  of the school. Individuals with three of these Blue Coats are conferred with the prestigious White Coat.


Numbers matter?

chenchoStriker Chencho Gyeltshen will not be wearing No 7

National players not happy with shuffled jersey number

Football: With less than two weeks left for the first game of the second round of the World Cup qualification match against Hong Kong, the last thing the national team need is disagreement.

But members of the squad were not happy with the jersey number they were awarded as they prepare physically and mentally for the important match.

Striker Chencho Gyeltshen who is popularly known as the “Ronaldo of Bhutan” and “CG7” has been given the jersey number 10. The striker, who scored a brace against Sri Lanka in March, said that he is not happy with the decision to change the jersey numbers at this time of the tournament. “The decision has disturbed us,” he said.


Council questions hydropower policy

A committee formed to look into the sector is to come up with a comprehensive report

NC: A day after the economic affairs minister admitted in the National Assembly that the 10,000 MW by 2020 was no longer achievable, the National Council yesterday questioned what  alternative the government has in store.

Eminent member Dasho Tashi Wangyel said that most of the government’s plans and projections were propositioned based on the accelerated hydropower development. “When the 10,000MW by 2020 isn’t coming through, we must be aware of impacts and alternatives,” he said.


Poor coordination blamed for unemployment

A host of findings and recommendations have been made by the NC on how to improve employability

Employment: While the education ministry feels that the demand for teachers is likely to fall, the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) is in the process of producing more teachers because their mandate is to give access to tertiary education.


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Safety last: The flip-flops and sun caps will not protect the road maintenance workers on the busy Thimphu-Babesa expressway without drive slow caution signs


Council decries lack of tourism policy

Absence of regular framework for industry prevents sector from reaching full potential

Report: Despite its significant contribution to the GDP, hard currency reserves and in creating employment, the tourism industry functions without a comprehensive policy or a legal framework.

This was one of the observations the National Council’s economic affairs committee made while presenting the report to the house yesterday.


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The Indian delegation, led by the Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on May 26 in Thimphu. The delegation was in the country for the Indo-Bhutan trade and transit meeting.


Big budget, high hopes

The 2015-16 fiscal year will be the busiest for the government, as they translate the Nu 45.5B budget outlay into activities.  It is indeed the highest budget accorded for a fiscal year in the history of Bhutan’s five-year Plans.

The government is settled, funds are mobilised and it is the right time to start rolling out the plans.  Much will be achieved if the huge budget in the next fiscal year is translated into action.  The budget is bloated because, apart from the increased current and capital expenditure, the government has aligned some of the pledges into the plan.


Two more convicted in Lhakhang Karpo case

Verdict: The Haa district court on May 26 convicted two business personnel from Paro in connection with the ongoing Lhakhang Karpo conservation project corruption case.

Thirty-nine year-old Nima, son of Pema tshongkhang’s proprietor, was sentenced to a one-year prison term for active bribery of public servant, and another six months for deceptive practice in the procurement and supply of construction materials to repair the existing water supply system at the project site.