Friday, April 25th, 2014 - 10:43 AM


What’s up with education down today?

A layman’s (as opposed to academic) diagnosis of the state of health of our school system



The litany of woes that besets our schools today

Now this is not to slam a soul of the many in this the most populous of ministries; least of all our stalwart teachers, who soldier on, doing a grand job despite the odds they deal with on a daily basis.  Most of the flaws to be ticked off in this [... Read More]

No loans for electric & utility vehicles

RMA: While the government is doing all it can to promote electric cars in the country, the central bank feels it is not a priority, at least at the moment, as far as the economic situation is concerned.

The central bank, the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA), recently directed local banks not to provide loans for those waiting to buy electric cars and utility vehicles.

However, a Rupee counter value would be provided if the individual [... Read More]

Windstorm hits five dzongkhags

IMG_8810A house affected by the storm in Kadham, Radhi

Disaster: A windstorm on the afternoon of March 19 that lasted for an hour left behind a trail of damages in five dzongkhags.

In Trashigang, 18 traditional houses in four gewogs were damaged with roofs of some houses entirely blown off, as of yesterday.

Kadham village in Radhi suffered the most damage with six households affected. Corrugated galvanised iron (CGI) roofing of four two-storey traditional houses was entirely ripped apart. The rest reported partial damages.

Two [... Read More]

Green Bhutan project kicks off

IMG_0862Health minister renders a helping hand in planting a rhododendron tree to Prime Minister

Project: A month after the launch of “Clean Bhutan” project, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay launched the “Green Bhutan” project yesterday at Ramtokto, Thimphu.

The project, Lyonchhoen said, will beautify towns in the country with plants and flowers. He planted a rhododendron tree to launch the event. “We will dedicate this as a gift to our Fourth Druk Gyalpo on his 60th birth anniversary next year,” he said.

A plant specialist with agriculture ministry’s nature recreation [... Read More]

Picture story

UN officials, foreign diplomats and cabinet ministers light butter lamps at the national memorial chorten in Thimphu yesterday to mark the International Day of Happiness


Support to promote Brand Bhutan

DSC_5747UNDP deputy resident representative, Hideko Hadzialic and GNHC director, Thinley Namgyel

Grant: The Japanese government extended its support to promote Bhutanese crafts and textiles by providing easy access to micro-grants for rural artisans and interested youth.

For this, the Japanese government provided USD 348,840 or Nu 21M  as grant for activities to be carried out in 2014-2015.

An agreement was signed between the government and UNDP Bhutan that will mobilise the grant. The economic affairs ministry is the implementing partner.

With the grant, the project titled ‘scaling [... Read More]

Foundation suggest B/desh as referral country

Interested in Bhutanese nurses

Health: Shorter travel distance, competitive costs and credible hospitals in Bangladesh will be an advantage if Bhutan wished to explore the neighbouring country as a destination for referred patients from Bhutan.

The chairman of Janasheba Foundation, a non-profit organisation with University of Science and Technology in Chittagong, Ahmed Iftekharul Islam, proposed the possibility to Bhutanese health officials during a recent visit to the country.

He said Bangladesh has credible hospitals where kidney [... Read More]

What about the livestock?

IMG_8640Villagers take a tea break during the sensitisation meeting on electric fence safety

Wildlife: While electric fencing might protect crops from depredations of wild animals, farmers in Trashigang ask, “what about losing livestock to the big cats?”

In a sensitisation meeting on safety aspects of electric fencing earlier this week, farmers of Bidung, Yangneer and Bartsham complained to officials of Sakteng wildlife sanctuary (SWS) about tigers and common leopards prowling in their village and killing livestock.

Karchung from Bidung said farmers have not only lost cattle to predators [... Read More]


Unsustainable consumption?

A highlight of the discussion yesterday at the Imagine Change local forum in Thimphu was on a concept called sustainable consumption, that is “largely unexplored” in the country.

Although only a handful of local participants attended, hopefully not an indication of lack of interest in the concept, it should be explored even as we discuss the New Development Paradigm.

The first question that springs is should Bhutanese be concerned about sustainable or unsustainable consumption? Are we consuming [... Read More]

Government to spend Nu 20.14M on beauty and spa training

Jobs: The government will spend Nu 20.14M to train 200 jobseekers in India in the field of beauty and spa under its overseas employment programme.

The cost of a six-month training works out to Nu 107,000 per person.

The labour ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Institute of Wellness Studies (IIWS) in Noida, India.

The proprietor of IIWS, Manav Dhingra, said that all the trainees will be employed in 5-star hotels upon [... Read More]

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