Friday, April 18th, 2014 - 9:38 PM

Fora on new development paradigm

Four meetings are being held to discuss key points of Bhutan’s ‘happiness’ report to UN

GNH: Teacher Bharat Rana’s life changed after the death of a student.

Its impact spurred him to take an active part in the lives of his students.  He started by visiting the homes of students, simply to find out what they were up to.  His intentions to bring meaning and order were not always welcomed.

This drive eventually led him to [... Read More]

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Landslide between Paro and Chhuzom that took hours to be cleared


Small but viable market?

DSC_5311Getting ready: YDF hall being prepped for the great India education fair

Education Fairs: Judging by the number of education fairs happening, it seems Bhutan is a viable market for Universities and institutions abroad, especially India.

Education ministry’s quality assurance and accreditation division (QAAD) received application for six fairs since December last year of which two have already been held.

One starts today at 10am at Nazhoen Pelri, Thimphu, offering prospectus and counseling services of about 45 institutions from India. Three are scheduled to be held in [... Read More]

BHU operates out of a hut

DSC01297Patients wait outside their makeshift BHU

A new unit lies unused as it’s caught up in a breach of contract imbroglio with the contractor

Health: There are not many concrete structures in Norgaygang gewog in Sipsu.  One of the few is the newly constructed basic health unit (BHU).  But the structure had been an eyesore for the villagers.

With the BHU still stranded in a construction quagmire, health services are provided from a makeshift hut, which sits next to the new [... Read More]

Spiralling prices start to pinch

From drinking black tea to cutting down on meat/cheese, belts are beginning to tighten

Inflation: When Tshittim, a security guard in one of Thimphu’s corporate offices, gets home to his old government quarter, which has broad newspapers shielding the cold wind from between the gaps on the wall, he asks his wife for a cup of hot tea and begins changing.  Minutes later, his wife comes with a hot cup of tea.

Creamy, thick and [... Read More]

The underused service centre

Employment: The service centre for jobseekers in Samdrupjongkhar does not see jobseeker come to avail of its services. The officials will instead carry out counselling programmes in 10 middle and higher secondary schools of Samdrupjongkhar and Pemagatshel.

Students will be informed about unemployment scenario in the country, challenges and skills required.

Counsellor with the Department of Employment (DoE), Karma Wangmo, said students will be encouraged to accept blue-collar jobs.

“We will provide basic skills like teaching [... Read More]

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The Supreme Court of Bhutan in Hejo, Thimphu was consecrated yesterday. Justice Ranjan Gogoi of the Supreme Court of India, Ambassador to Bhutan V.P Haran, Chief justice of Bhutan, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye and dignitaries attended the consecration ceremony conducted by the Dorji Lopon Rinpoche.


Last cranes leave for Tibet


Wildlife: Two adults, probably a couple, and a juvenile, which flew on March 13 from Phobjikha valley in Wangdue, were the last set of black-necked cranes to leave for their summer habitat in Tibet.

The winged visitors must have either left for Bamtsho or Yamtsho and Yumstho, in Tibet, where they roost for more than six months, said the royal society for the protection of nature’s (RSPN) field coordinator in Phobjikha, Jigme Tshering.

Yamtsho and [... Read More]

S/J’s housing crunch

IMG_20120106_180401Low and middle-income civil servants occupy NHDC’s 158 units

Thromde: It’s been more than a year since Karma Wangmo, a civil servant, has been a paying guest in Samdrupjongkhar town.  Not out of choice but due to the acute housing shortage that the thromde is still grappling with.

“Its not easy or comfortable as a paying guest,” she said.

With all regional offices catering to the six eastern dzongkhags located in the core town, finding a flat for rent is as tiresome as ever, [... Read More]

Govt. website competition

A group of private sector IT and web design experts will decide the best and worst

ICT: The best and worst government websites will be named by an independent group of experts in May.

Government websites could be graded on simple criteria, such as correct grammar and spelling, all the way to more complex items, like having error free source code.

The government has completed selecting a group of IT and web design experts from the [... Read More]

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