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Govt. pledge notwithstanding, prelims on August 10

RCSC: Graduates, who plan to appear the civil service examination this year, might want to start preparing for the preliminary examinations.

The Royal civil service commission yesterday announced that the preliminary examination this year would be held on August 10 and its results will be declared on August 28.

The announcement comes at a time when discussions between the government and the commission to do away with the preliminary examination are still on.  Last week, [... Read More]


A self-serving pay revision?

Dspite much confusion on what they were voting for, the National Assembly yesterday endorsed the final pay revision, with a majority voting not to accept the council recommendations.

And it was not a difficult decision, as they didn’t have to discuss, in length, the recommendations passed down from the house of review. The council didn’t provide a time frame on its recommendation to defer the raise for senior public servants from Prime Minister to government secretaries.

The [... Read More]

Picture story

Farming season: People of Kaba village in Nubi gewog, Trongsa lay irrigation pipes for paddy transplantation


Dasho Nishioka memorial museum

IMG_20140617_120703JICA president Akihiko Tanaka inaugurated the museum dedicated to the late Dasho Keiji Nishioka

In appreciation of ‘Japan sahib’ for his lasting contribution to agriculture in Bhutan

Inaugural: A museum to commemorate the man who modernised agriculture in Bhutan, the late Dasho Keiji Nishioka, was opened in Paro, yesterday.

Dasho Keiji Nishioka, also known as “Japan sahib” among farmers, came to Bhutan in 1964 as a Colombo Plan expert.  A horticulturist, he noticed that not many vegetables were cultivated in Bhutan, and that the few being cultivated were only [... Read More]

The man behind the Khaling Blind School


Einar Kippenes, a Norwegian, recalls how he helped set up the institute at the behest of the then Tengye Lyonpo

Profile: June 17.  The morning sun is fierce. Yeedzin Guest House in Thimphu is calm and heavenly with all kinds of flowers in full bloom, except for intermittent noise from the nearby construction sites.

At the guesthouse’s lone table on the porch is a bespectacled man from Norway.  He is a handsome man indeed, with [... Read More]

Going hand in glove

Alcohol consumption and domestic violence make up a marriage made in hell

Survey: Alcohol consumption and domestic violence have close associations, with men, who drink regularly, more likely to commit violence against women.

This was a finding stated in the recently launched national health survey (NHS)

About 6.1 percent of married women aged 15-75 years experienced intimate partner physical violence, states the NHS 2012.  Among them, prevalence was higher among rural women at 6.5 percent, compared [... Read More]

Where has the water vanished?

bajoAn overview of Bajo town

A sudden shortage in the township has the municipality in a fever to find the cause

Bajo: Four days of drinking water shortage in Bajo town has kept municipal officials on their toes, as they are not able to find the cause of the abrupt shortage.

Officials are checking the water line for leakages along the pipeline that connects the town, as residents kept complaining on a daily basis.

Municipal engineer, Lobzang, said, the shortage was [... Read More]

Minor rape suspect taken into custody

Crime: Tsirang police have detained a 24-year-old man last night for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl from Tsirangtoe.

The incident took place on the afternoon of June 15, at around 3pm, when the victim took her cattle to graze in the nearby forest.

The accused, who is also from the same village, followed the girl and raped her.

It has been alleged that the accused followed her and raped her when she went to the stream [... Read More]

A celebration of friendship

20140616-2C4A4017His Majesty the King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Trashichhodzong yesterday. (Photo: Royal Office of Media)

PM Modi’s symbolic visit ends

Diplomacy: While Bhutan is important to India because of the friendship between the two countries, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said, Bhutan’s future is closely linked with that of India, particularly when it comes to the economy.

That Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes Bhutan and the region seriously, was the message lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay took from the Indian prime minister’s address to the joint session of Parliament yesterday in Thimphu.

“He wants to [... Read More]

10,000MW yes … by 2020 perhaps not

IMG_1817PM Narendra Modi unveils the Kholongchhu hydropower project foundation stone plaque yesterday

However hydropower remains high on the Indo-Bhutan agenda

Hydropower: Achieving the 10,000MW (megawatt) target is ambitious and challenging but doable, according to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.  However, it may not be within the 2020 target.

Lyonchhoen said, after discussing the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both sides reiterated their commitment to achieving the target.

“I’m not really sure whether the projects can be completed within 2020,  but both governments are committed to giving it everything,” he [... Read More]

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