Thursday, August 21st, 2014 - 4:23 AM

Additional 81 graduates sign up for prelims

With that the list of candidates sitting for the preliminary examination reaches 3,567

RCSC: An additional 81 university graduates have registered to sit for the upcoming Bhutan Civil Service preliminary examination.

With this, the total number of candidates appearing the preliminary examination has increased to 3,567 from 3,486, the number civil service commission last announced.

Commission officials said the additional candidates were those that received citizenship kidu from His Majesty the King.

“They have been allowed to [... Read More]

Man given three years for forgery and larceny

Verdict: The Thimphu district court sentenced Namgay Wangchuk, 32, from Wangduephodrang to three years imprisonment for forgery and larceny towards the end of July.

On November 13, 2012, Namgay Wangchuk forged office documents and took electronic goods worth Nu 493,399 from Dewakar’s shop in Thimphu. He had claimed to be a program officer of Mila communications.

According to the verdict from Bench V of the court, he was given one year six months for forging [... Read More]

Three detained for alleged rape of a minor

Crime: Bumthang police have detained three men last month who are alleged to have molested and raped a nine year-old girl.

Bumthang hospital had informed the police after the girl, a Class II student, had come to the hospital with her friend for a pregnancy test.

After inquiry, the girl had turned in her 29 year-old uncle with whom the girl and her mother were living.

The girl had said he, along with two other men [... Read More]


The burden of a troubled border

That the situation in the two Indian states of Assam and West Bengal, bordering the southern foothills, is likely to get more disruptive is not good news for Bhutan.

At a time, when it looked like things had calmed down to a quite an extent, the mood to agitate and disrupt normal life in the two bordering states has been sparked again by the Indian government agreeing to the creation of the Republic’s 29th state, Telangana.

As [... Read More]

Institute for GNH Studies launches seminar series with gender

rubThe inaugural seminar’s participants at the RUB yesterday

The topic of this introductory discourse is Bhutan’s blind spot issue of gender inequality

RUB: The perception that Bhutan doesn’t have gender inequality is the biggest challenge faced by agencies that work towards bridging the gender gap in the country.

As ‘nice’ as this notion may sound, but because of a lack of the ‘acceptance factor’, agencies like the national commission for women and children continue to channel their efforts and energies into raising awareness.

“The [... Read More]

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The royal patron of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen launch the Jigme Khesar Environmental Research Fund, an initiative of Her Majesty. The fund will encourage and support local environmental research in the country.


UN resident coordinator meets PM

pmLyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with UN resident coordinator Ms Christina Carlson at the prime minister’s office yesterday

The 11th plan, poverty alleviation, entrepreneurship promotion and youth unemployment were some of the issues UN resident coordinator Ms Christina Carlson discussed with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, whom she visited yesterday.

Lyonchhoen said the previous government had already drafted the 11th plan and developed by the bureaucracy, to which the present government would not make much changes although it has to make sure the People’s Democratic Party’s commitments are incorporated into the plan.

He also discussed the [... Read More]

Global consultancy firm eyes hydropower

Hydro: Cashing in on the government’s promise to allow private sector participation in hydropower development, PricewaterhouseCoopers, a global professional services firm is keen on providing hydropower related consultancy services to both the government and the private sector.

The multinational firm has appointed a new director for Bhutan and has also received a formal license from the PWC global network to operate in Bhutan.

Unlike its predecessor, McKinsey and Co, the firm will be providing consultancy [... Read More]

Mass cleaning campaign every month in Mongar

cleaningAt the town square: More than 3,000 people residing in and around Mongar town collected more than five tonnes of garbage on August 4

Initiated by the dzongkhag administration, the move is to involve everyone in keeping the town clean

Campaign: With more than 3,000 people living in and around Mongar town, the municipality has a hard time keeping the town clean.

Despite a monthly clean up campaign and a garbage collection system in place, wastes are still seen clogging the drains and littering Mongar town. Residents said this is because of the inefficient waste management system, and lack [... Read More]

Cable sabotage downs Gasa’s mobile service

cableFibre cable at Laya base transmission station was cut down by locals

Telecom: Mobile network service in Laya gewog, Gasa, has been down for more than a week.

Upon receiving information from the B-mobile switching centre with Bhutan Telecom in Thimphu, the staff of Gasa telecom went to Laya to restore the service.

Restoration work, troubleshooting, to track the problem, was carried out from Damji Base Transmission Station (BTS) until Laya.

The officials found that the fibre cable at Laya BTS had been cut down by local people.

“Therefore, [... Read More]