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Science students top Class XII exams

BCSEA: Science students topped the Bhutan higher secondary education certificate examinations, 2013, the Bhutan council for school examination and assessment (BCSEA) declared yesterday in Phuentsholing.

There were 9,833 class XII students  who appeared the examination in December last year.

A total of 8,357 students passed the examination, bringing the overall pass percentage to 86.61 percent, a slight decrease of 0.17 from the previous year’s 86.78 percent.  There were 1,292 students, who failed the board examination.

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On members’ resignation

Former DPT president’s sudden departure has warranted amendment of the NA Act

Assembly: Focus once again shifted on whether National Assembly members can resign and on what grounds, with the house taking up the amendment of National Assembly Act yesterday.

The subject was also deliberated during Parliament’s first session last year, following resignation of former Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president soon after his election.

Seeing a need to straighten certain issues, the amendment of the Act was [... Read More]

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The 123 volunteers undergoing the 10th DeSuung training program at Tencholing in Wangduephodrang receive an audience with His Majesty the King yesterday. The volunteers take the number of DeSuups in the country to 1,173


GNH Day to be observed on Nov. 11

Celebration: Although marked red on this year’s calendar, March 20 will not be a national holiday.

National Assembly members yesterday resolved to celebrate Gross National Happiness (GNH) Day, coinciding with the fourth Druk Gyalpo’s birth anniversary on November 11, instead of March 20, which is the International Day of Happiness.

Minus the holiday, the country will continue to observe the International Day of Happiness that the UN General Assembly proclaimed in its July 2012 resolution.

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MoIC dismisses DNT concerns

The complainant, DNT, though, does not appear to be convinced by the defense offered

Google: The information and communications ministry has dismissed Druk Nyamrup tshogpa’s (DNT) data sovereignty and privacy concerns on the government adopting Google Apps.

In a statement to the media, the ministry pointed out that it was a misconception that adopting Google Apps implied the US government would have access to Bhutanese data.

DNT had cautioned the government, last week, that it would [... Read More]


Lost and found

Last week, police and vehicle owners managed to bring back four Bhutanese trucks that were operating in the neighbouring Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The first question that springs to mind is: what were the Bhutanese trucks doing in Arunachal Pradesh?  While some were hired out to contractors in the Indian state, others were trucks that went missing after they were sent for repair or to fetch goods.

Bhutanese losing vehicles is not new.  We keep hearing [... Read More]

Both thromdes (DT and DYT) in every dzongkhag

DSC_2526Deputy speaker Chimmi Dorji

The LG amendment bill will enable the govt. to establish these in line with the Constitution

Assembly: In line with the Constitution, and as proposed in the local government (LG) amendment bill, the government will establish dzongkhag thromdes and dzongkhag yenlag (satellite) thromdes in all dzongkhags.

This was one of the major amendments proposed to the LG bill, which the deputy speaker Chimmi Dorji, presented at the National Assembly yesterday.

Chimi Dorji said all law or [... Read More]

The ‘blacktop’ pledge … yet to be met

Nangkhor awaits the PDP election promise on their gewog connector to be fulfilled

Road: Nangkhor gewog villagers are waiting for the People Democratic Party (PDP) government to fulfill its pledge to blacktop their 36.6km gewog road.

Villagers said the feeder road from Dakphel to Buli, Nangkhor gewog, today doesn’t serve the purpose it was built for.  Dakphel is about 20km from Zhemgang town towards Gelephu.

A villager, Sangay Dhendup, said the road wasn’t even maintained, while [... Read More]

Truck owners taken for a ride

2286Bhutanese trucks grounded in Bhalukpong, west Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh

Of the seven, five vehicles were deployed at a construction site in Arunachal Pradesh and two in Assam

Hire: Police and vehicle owners from various parts of the country brought back four Bhutanese trucks that were operating in Arunachal Pradesh, India, for the last eight months.

Last week, nine vehicle owners including drivers, had to take two police officers to Arunachal Pradesh to retrieve their trucks that were deployed to ferry sand and stone for [... Read More]

Trowa Theatre land lease case closed

Land commission recovered Nu 1.39M from the present lessee

Council: A spill over of the previous National Council’s exhaustive deliberations, the Trowa Theatre land lease case comes to a close during the term of second council.

National Council members, on January 24 decided the new lease for the Trowa Theatre would be for 30 years starting January 1, 2013.

The new lease agreement was in accordance with works and human settlement ministry’s report presented during the [... Read More]