Monday, April 21st, 2014 - 12:38 AM

Fee and college ranking top on minds of students and parents

DSC_5364Choices: Students compare fees and courses

Education: Universities and colleges from India are in the capital with various academic offers for Bhutanese students wishing to pursue further studies.

At the eighth education fair, about 60 universities came with offer of more than 200 courses.

College ranking, fees, course availability and the number of Bhutanese studying at the particular college were among the foremost determiners in the minds of students and parents attending the fair.

Tandin Wangmo, 19, said university ranking is important [... Read More]

Number of missing people on the rise

No study has been conducted, however, to find out where and why they go

Society: Although the number of people reported missing increases annually, the authority’s attention to address the problem is also missing.

Police recorded 64 missing cases across the country in 2004.  A decade later, the number of people, who went missing, more than doubled to 183.

While the numbers have changed, the way people, who go missing and are traced, has remained the [... Read More]

Farmers’ electric ‘defense’ gets green light

IMG_8685The electric fence set up on trial in Yaynangtsekhar, Bidung

Wildlife: Bhutanese farmers can install electric fence to ward off wild animals, but the electric fence should be operated with a specific energiser so that it doesn’t kill animals or humans.

The Bhutan electricity authority (BEA), in a sensitisation meeting on electric fence and safety aspects at Bidung on March 14, approved the installation of locally fabricated electric fence with use of specified energiser.

The agriculture ministry was allowed to install electric fence only on [... Read More]

HE Gyelse Jigme Tenzin Wangpo awarded master’s degree

JeHis eminence Gyelsey Trulku Jigme Tenzin Wangpo receives his master’s degree from His Holiness the Je Khenpo yesterday at Punakha dzong.

At 21, His Eminence is the youngest graduate among 62

Monastic: His Eminence Gyelsey Jigme Tenzin Wangpo, the eighth reincarnation of Desi (Gyelse) Tenzin Rabgay, was awarded a master’s degree in Buddhist philosophy (Gyalshey dongang marye wangchuk) yesterday.

His Holiness the Je Khenpo, trulku Jigme Choeda, awarded the certificates to 62 graduates attending the 16th convocation program of Tango university of Buddhist studies at the Punakha dzong.

HE Gyelse Jigme Tenzin Wangpo, at 21, was the [... Read More]


A lasting solution, at last?

There is no better time for farmer Kinzang of Bidung to look forward to a fruitful year.

Having heard herself that the government had approved the installation of electric fences to protect their crops from wild and stray animals, she can relax and prepare for the busy season ahead.

Wild animals depredating crops had been a perennial problem for Bhutanese farmers.  From Sipsu to Nganglam, Laya to Sarpang, farmers complaining of losing crops, some their entire harvest, [... Read More]

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]

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