Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - 9:06 PM
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RCSC prelims to be dropped from next year

MoLHR: University graduates appearing for the royal civil service examination next year will not have to sit for a preliminary examination, according to labour and human resource minister, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo.

He was responding to the Drametse-Ngatsang MP’s query on why the government could not fulfill its campaign pledge of doing away with the preliminary examination this year.

The labour minister said the pledge could not fulfilled this year because of time constraints.

“The royal civil [... Read More]

Fourth arrest made in ketamine case

Update: Police yesterday arrested at Paro airport a fourth person in connection with the Bangkok drug smuggling incident.

Police confirmed that a Bhutanese national had been arrested upon arrival from Bangkok.  Police also confirmed that the individual is in custody and under investigation.

Police did not comment further.

The individual arrested yesterday was wanted by the royal Bhutan police (RBP) for questioning since the arrest of the other suspects earlier this month, it has been learned.

The [... Read More]

Close call at Damphu fuel station

IMG_8961A BoD staff cleans the mess

BoD: The Bhutan Oil Distribution fuel station in Damphu, Tsirang, almost went up in flames on September 23, when a fire broke out in one of its pumps from a short circuit.

But disaster was quickly averted when the fire was put out within a minute after it broke out with the fire extinguisher fixed at the side of the gas station.

The station, at the time of the incident, had 14,000 litres of fuel [... Read More]

Foreign minister to address UNGA on September 30

Foreign minister Rinzin Dorje, who is leading the delegation from Bhutan is attending the 68th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York where intergovernmental negotiations on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, including the next set of global development goals would be begin.

Lyonpo Rinzin Dorje will participate in the General Debate of the Session, and is scheduled to address the Assembly on September 30, according to a press release from the foreign [... Read More]


Ironing out the creases

The elections are over.  We have elected a government and an opposition party.  The parliament is in session, yet the parliamentarians are still discussing, sometimes even arguing over, if political parties had violated election laws.

While it is an interesting discussion, some people are asking if there was any point in discussing if the two parties had violated election laws or regulations.  This is because the matter, if deemed serious, should have been handled before the [... Read More]

Industries guzzle most energy

Efficiency improvement is the need of the hour to save on electricity and fuel imports   

Report: The industrial sector in Bhutan has been the highest energy consumer, recent findings with the department of renewable energy (DRE) show.

Taking 2011 findings as the basis, the department has used widely adopted standard measurement called “metric tonnes of oil equivalent” (MTOE) for analysis.  It gives a common platform for comparing electrical and thermal energy consumption.

Along with the [... Read More]

RTI discussion saved for next session

Assembly’s legislative committee members have been asked to consider a string of challenges, while members garner feedback from people

Assembly: Rather than pass in haste, National Assembly members yesterday decided to thoroughly discuss the Right to Information bill in the winter session.

Speaker Jigme Zangpo said the consensus among assembly members was the understanding that access to information was a fundamental right the Constitution granted the people but that certain provisions of the legislation needed [... Read More]

Training trade officials on international trading system

DSC_2680Trade officials brush up their skills in trading System

As well as to get them thinking again on accession to the WTO

Training: Some 38-trade officials are undergoing a three-day capacity building training on International Trading System, which began at Hotel Ro-Chog Pel in Thimphu yesterday.

The training is organised by the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade and Negotiations (TFCTN), Singapore and the department of trade.

Trade officer with the trade department, Dechen Zam said, the program is a part of their technical assistance to [... Read More]

Uraps lay claim to sue shamu collection

IMG_5154Even the smallest mushroom is not spared

What used to be a free for all will now be limited to dwellers of the gewog where it grows

When the rain comes down in Ura, it is not only umbrellas that go up.  Villagers, teachers, students, civil servants, herders and even construction workers are all up – on the hill or out in the bushes.

They are looking for sue shamu (exidia), commonly called jelly mushroom.  Its growth is determined by rainfall; whenever it rains [... Read More]

CST in the academic world

Titiring-ECRStudents of Titiring community primary school in Samtse with the uniforms donated by CST’s tshogpa

The Kuenphen tshogpa is a good example of a college’s social responsibility in action

CST: For the last three years, some 52 students of the college of science and technology in Phuentsholing have been helping in the schooling of community primary schools students.

Besides their academic life, the students also look for funds to run their “Kuenphen tshogpa”, a tshogpa that was formed in 2009 to help remote communities.

The tshogpa initially started as a part [... Read More]