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Championing the central school initiative

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Cabinet ministers defend an idea that is at the heart of the school reform policy

Education: Allaying skepticisms on the central school initiative, the Cabinet ministers zealously defended that the establishment of central schools was a strategy to improve the quality of education in the country, and not to change the education policy or shut down schools.

Education minister Mingbo Dukpa said, at the 13th meet the press yesterday, that the establishment of central school [... Read More]

Dolomite mining comes under RAA scanner

A tax audit of the sector totted up Nu 373M in govt. losses from inconsistencies and oversights

Report: While Chunaikhola dolomite mine in Pugli, Samtse contributed Nu 920.98M to the country’s economy in the form of taxes and other levies between 2008 and 2012, the government has also lost more than Nu 372.53M in the same period in revenue from the mining company.

The losses, according to a performance audit report on tax of mining [... Read More]

Not just growth but healthy growth in next few years, promises PM

GDP: The government is still targeting a 10 percent average growth rate during its tenure, despite the 2.05 percent GDP growth last year in its first year.

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, during the 13th meet-the-press session yesterday, said the government would achieve it, and that too without excessive pressure on the monetary system. “Two percent growth rate is unacceptable for a small economy like ours, and that too compounded with serious fiscal problems and rupee [... Read More]

Govt. approves State Mining Corporation

Minerals: The finance ministry approved the State Mining Corporation that will operate as a company under the Druk Holding and Investments this week.

Finance minister Namgay Dorji said negotiations took time because the ministry and DHI could not agree on dividends that DHI would pay the government.

“This is a new enterprise and none of the parties were sure of how much it would earn. Thus, it was difficult on DHI’s part to give us [... Read More]

Editorial

Growing at GNH not GDP

The poor growth rate of 2.05 percent last year has alarmed some, while some were quick to lambast the government for the poor performance on the economic front.

The government had successfully campaigned on reforming the economy, and pledged an average growth rate of 10 percent during their term.  So, when the economy registered its worst growth rate in more than a decade, there was cause for concern.

But to be fair, it is the first year [... Read More]

Govt. wants to make country self-reliant by 2018: PM

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Pledges: With the People’s Democratic party government having completed one year and two months in office, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said it has got the fundamentals (of governance) correct.

Speaking at the 13th meet-the-press yesterday in Thimphu, Lyonchhoen said the government wants to make Bhutan a self-reliant country by 2018, and lower dependence on external aid, so that it can finance from its own proceeds.

“We want to provide not just free education, but quality [... Read More]

Govt. to appraise privatisation of television

Three years after two promoters were shortlisted an in-principle approval remains elusive

Pvt. TV: The government will evaluate whether an additional television channel is currently needed besides Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), the information and communication minister DN Dhungyel said during the 13th meet the press session, yesterday.

Two private television promoters, who were shortlisted from four applicants, have been waiting for almost three years to receive an in-principle approval.

Rabsel Media and Singye Group were shortlisted [... Read More]

Education sector comes under scrutiny

Queries were made mainly on suicide among youth and the govt.’s new reform programme

Q-Hour: At the question hour at the National Assembly (NA) yesterday, Drametse-Ngatshang MP Ugyen Wangdi asked the education minister what the ministry is doing in order to address rising suicide cases among young people in the country.

He said that suicide among youth is increasing in the country and about 82 young people took their own lives every year, half of [... Read More]

Six more peacekeepers assigned to UN

UN: Bhutan is expanding its role in UN peacekeeping by sending six more security personnel, including a woman, to the west African state of Liberia.

Six officers of the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) will be joining the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to serve as UN Police (UNPOL) on a one-year assignment. They will serve under the UN’s blue flag and wear the blue beret.

The six officers are Lt Col Passang Dorji, Lt Col [... Read More]

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