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Training trade officials on international trading system

DSC_2680Trade officials brush up their skills in trading System

As well as to get them thinking again on accession to the WTO

Training: Some 38-trade officials are undergoing a three-day capacity building training on International Trading System, which began at Hotel Ro-Chog Pel in Thimphu yesterday.

The training is organised by the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade and Negotiations (TFCTN), Singapore and the department of trade.

Trade officer with the trade department, Dechen Zam said, the program is a part of their technical assistance to [... Read More]

Uraps lay claim to sue shamu collection

IMG_5154Even the smallest mushroom is not spared

What used to be a free for all will now be limited to dwellers of the gewog where it grows

When the rain comes down in Ura, it is not only umbrellas that go up.  Villagers, teachers, students, civil servants, herders and even construction workers are all up – on the hill or out in the bushes.

They are looking for sue shamu (exidia), commonly called jelly mushroom.  Its growth is determined by rainfall; whenever it rains [... Read More]

CST in the academic world

Titiring-ECRStudents of Titiring community primary school in Samtse with the uniforms donated by CST’s tshogpa

The Kuenphen tshogpa is a good example of a college’s social responsibility in action

CST: For the last three years, some 52 students of the college of science and technology in Phuentsholing have been helping in the schooling of community primary schools students.

Besides their academic life, the students also look for funds to run their “Kuenphen tshogpa”, a tshogpa that was formed in 2009 to help remote communities.

The tshogpa initially started as a part [... Read More]

Council questions finance minister

Issues like the rupee, inflation, LG grant and salary raise came up

NC: More than nine questions and a few recommendations followed after the finance minister presented the budget and appropriation bill to the national council (NC) yesterday.

Members touched on issues like the rupee, inflation, Punatsangchu, agriculture subsidy, the local government grant and salary raise for civil servants, among others.

Council members also asked about several pledges the ruling party made during elections that did [... Read More]

Sparks fly over audit clearance

Lhakhang-KarpoAccountability: The dzongkhag failed to account about Nu 5M incurred on rebuilding Lhakhang Karpo in Haa

An opposition MP raised doubts about the legality of the foreign minister’s election

Parliament: It was not the question hour session at the joint sitting yesterday, but a member of the opposition party questioned the house on what basis foreign minster Rinzin Dorji was given the audit clearance to stand elections.

The question was asked against the backdrop of the audit report presented to the joint session of the parliament by the Public Accounts Committee [... Read More]

PAC to submit detailed report on party irregularities

Parties: As the joint session parliament yesterday resolved to go by several recommendations of the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) review on the annual audit reports, irregularities of political parties once again saw some exchange of views.

Samtse councilor Sangay Khandu acknowledged that small mistakes are probable when parties have a huge task in preparing for elections. “It is good that there has been no cases of corruption, fraud and embezzlement,” he said.

But he pleaded [... Read More]

Three suspects arrested for recent kidnap cases

Crime: Assam police have arrested three men from Assam’s Chirang district bordering Gelephu town for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping of three Bhutanese men from the nearby Indian towns of Shantipur and Dathgari earlier this year.

The Gelephu superintendent of police, Lt col Tshering Dorji, said police counterparts in Assam reported that two men, aged 25 and 22, were arrested from Auzarguri village on August 29.

The two men were alleged to have abducted [... Read More]

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Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Chamal Jayantha Rajapaksa, who led an eight-member delegation to Bhutan, called on the Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay in Thimphu yesterday afternoon.


Good about local govt. grant

The government’s pledge to furnish every gewog with Nu 2M is viewed with much skepticism and dubiety.

Perhaps the uniform amount for all gewogs disregarding their sizes, poverty levels and population might not be all that well thought out, but it is for the people to gauge, whether the manner of allocation is fair or not.

Many an activity besides those already in the plan do exist in many villages within various gewogs and the amount the [... Read More]

9 Nobding students food poisoned

The finger of suspicion is on a meal the girls had brought from home

Education: Health officials in Wangduephodrang gave students of Nobding school a talk on health issues yesterday, after nine of its students were hospitalised with food poisoning the previous week.

The Bajo hospital officials, who talked on common disease and general health, had collected food and water samples from the leftover food the girls had eaten.

The girls had suffered from severe diarrhoea [... Read More]