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“Education is the bedrock of our development”

UntitledEducation minister Mingbo Dukpa

Q&A: Given your experience in the education sector, what according to you are the main reasons for the state of quality of education in the country? What are the government’s plans to improve the quality?

• Main reasons for the state of quality of education in the country.

- Rapid expansion of number of schools

- Frequent change of curriculum

- Shortage of teachers


• Government’s plans to improve the quality?

- Implement the new Teacher HR Policy & [... Read More]

To learn from Bhutan

Tourism: To learn from Bhutan’s experience and share best practices in tourism of both regions, a six-member delegation from Sikkim’s tourism and civil aviation department are in the country.

Touring around tourist hot-spots in Bumthang, Punakha and Paro since their arrival on November 6, the visitors said Sikkim and Bhutan shared many similarities. Sikkim, according to officials attracted the  highest tourists among other Indian states. “About 700,000 domestic and 60,000 international tourists visited Sikkim [... Read More]

“Writing is all about listening”

IMG_9971Wendy Erd with the participants at the Centenary Park in Thimphu yesterday

Thirty women wrote and shared their stories at the women’s writing workshop 

Workshop: Amid people strolling at the Centenary Park and picnickers with children enjoying the warm sun, a group of 30 women were also seated at the park, sharing their stories with each other, yesterday.

They are the participants of the women’s writer workshop conducted by Sacred Himalayan Travel, one of the private tour operators in the country.

Comprised of young Bhutanese students, women and [... Read More]


Judicial reforms under His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck

The accession of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck to the Golden Throne of as the Fourth Druk Gyalpo ushered in unprecedented reforms in economic, social, cultural, administrative, legislative, judicial and political spheres.

His Majesty’s vision was utilitarian for common good, with individual welfare. His inclusive vision with conclusive approach was unique and his contributions to the development of the country were enormous.


Judiciary of Bhutan

The judiciary is the institution, on which rests the noble edifice of the [... Read More]


Picture story

Eight media houses participated in the first media athletic meet yesterday in Thimphu. The participants, both men and women competed in 100m race, long jump, shot put, discuss, javelin, relay race and tug-of-war. Kuensel Corporation team took away the winners rolling trophy, while The Bhutanese team took the runners up position. Bhutan Broadcasting Service team came [... Read More]

DPT wins Nanong-Shumar constituency in by-election

Breaking News: Druk Phuensum tshogpa (DPT) has won Nanong-Shumar constituency maintaining its 15 seats in parliament. The Opposition party’s Dechen Zangmo, secured a total of 1,751 votes.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Pema Wangchuk, obtained 1,162 votes.

A total of 2,913 votes were cast, of which 292 were through the postal ballot.  Of 292 postal ballots received, 11 were rejected.

DPT won 31 more postal ballot votes with 156, compared to PDP obtaining 125.

Voter turnout was [... Read More]

Contracts for medics

The ministry has announced vacancies for various positions on a contract basis

Health: The civil service examination results are yet to be announced, but the health ministry has already announced vacancies for doctors (MBBS), dental surgeons, drungtsho and BSc nurses for recruitment on “contract”, who are either unsuccessful in the examination, or who do not wish to appear the examination.

What a move like this from the health ministry to recruit, on conditions, “unsuccessful civil [... Read More]

Only 292 postal ballots received

The number is lower than what PDP candidate had received during the recent general election at 295  

By-election: Nanong-Shumar constituency received 292 postal ballots of the 335 the returning officer issued for the by-election.

With 11 postal ballot rejections, eight on November 4 and three yesterday, 32 people did not exercise their franchise.

Pemagatshel election office received its last lot of 60 postal ballots before noon yesterday and another five ballots through hand post.

From the [... Read More]

Robbery, possible motive for murder

Crime: Preliminary investigation indicate robbery as the motive for the murder of the 48-year old Indian engineer, whose body was found near a construction site at Changjalu on November 7.

Sources said the three suspects, arrested yesterday, had robbed about Nu 13,000 to Nu 15,000 from the deceased.  He was then stabbed on the right thigh and left to die at the spot where his body was found by joggers early the next morning.

Forensic [... Read More]