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Mongar wins eastern regional taekwondo tournament

20140914_152729---CopyParticipants of the two-day competition

Taekwondo:  Mongar dzongkhag triumphed as the champions during the two-day eastern regional taekwondo championship held at Trashiyangtse that ended yesterday.

Sixty students Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Trashigang participated in the tournament organised by the Trashiyangtse taekwondo association (TTA).

Although taekwondo teams from Bumthang and Lhuentse were also invited to participate in the tournament, the teams couldn’t make it this time.

“There were no participants from Pemagatshel and Samdrupjongkhar, because there are no taekwondo clubs in these dzongkhags,” [... Read More]

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Golden jubilee: A Nehru Wangchuck cultural centre student performs with his teacher during the Indian Technical Economic Cooperation’s 50 years commemoration. More than 200 Bhutanese alumni of the ITEC programme joined the celebration in Thimphu on September 13.
Bhutan was allotted 200 slots under the programme and 60 slots under the TCS Colombo Plan in the April 2014 to March 2015. Nearly 600 [... Read More]

A revamp of the civil service

The organisation development exercises will attempt to reform the performance management system

RCSC: Civil servants need to perform.  This is the message the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) is sending, as they study the overall civil service system, with an initial move to reform the performance management system (PMS) and the position classification system (PCS).

In a quick assessment the commission carried out, it was found that the average performance rating of the ten ministries, [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King granted an audience to an Indian delegation, led by the secretary for development partnership administration and economic relations of the ministry of external affairs of the Indian government, Sujata Mehta

   

Tunnels are future transport infrastructure

A training programme is ongoing with an eye on the shape of things to come

Roads: Considering the nature conservation mandate and the surface space constraints, tunnel roads could be the future of transport in the country.

“There are vast opportunities and scope this methodology of tunneling could afford us, in terms of creating and using the underground space,” economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said.

He said, with strong nature preservation forces, including the provisions of [... Read More]

Penal code might need an update

To include such cyber crimes as the uploading and circulation of the ill-fated photo

Suicide: Police are trying to find out who circulated the photograph of two students in Bumthang, who took their own lives on the morning of September 11.

The photograph, which had some graphic details, went viral on social media like Wechat and Facebook a few hours after the incident, and some social media users were literally pleading with people to remove [... Read More]

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Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen inaugurated Bumthang dzongkhag court yesterday. The construction of the court was jointly funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Austrian Development Cooperation.

    

Singapore’s APG pulls out of IT Park

It was a 70 percent stakeholder in the joint venture along with DHI

TTPL: While the government has allowed Assetz Property Group (APG) of Singapore, a 70 percent stakeholder of the IT park, to pull out of Bhutan, a transfer of shares is yet to take place.

The government waived foreign direct investment (FDI) requirements, such as a three-year lock-in period, and permitted APG to pull out in May.

APG had offered the government’s investment arm, [... Read More]

Editorial

Victory over poverty

Going by the poverty assessment report, extreme poverty can be a thing of the past by 2036.  It sounds a long way off, but given that planned developments started only in the 1960s, it will be quite an achievement.

What is more commendable is that some Bhutanese will see the country eradicate extreme poverty in their generation.  The elder generation will vividly recall how they lost family members before the age of 50, how mothers or [... Read More]

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