Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - 2:48 PM

Opposition champions Ed City project

Say it would be a shame if an enterprise with so much potential were allowed to go under

Meet the press: Given its importance and benefit, Bhutan would lose a very good opportunity if the education city project closed, member of the opposition party Yeshey Zimba said yesterday, when the opposition met the press in Thimphu.

To make Bhutan an education hub in the region, the education city project is an initiative of the last [... Read More]

Two sentenced to four months in prison

They were charged for two accounts of deceptive practices

Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday sentenced two men to four months in prison for deceptive practice.

Police in Gelephu had detained the two men, Ajay Kumar and Ugyen Penjor, in December last year after a taxi driver in Gelephu lodged a complaint against them.

The two men, had taken Nu 68,000 from the taxi driver in November last year, claiming they were going to purchase a rhinoceros [... Read More]


Going electric

The Nissan Leaf electric car launched recently in the country is still making headlines around the world.

The idea appeals to the global media and audience as Bhutan has a strict environment conservation policy, and that it gels with the country’s development philosophy of Gross National Happiness.  At a time when an increasing number of cars is interpreted as progress, the government’s initiative to go electric has caught the world’s fancy.  Particularly, when a “tiny” country [... Read More]

Opposition critical of govt.’s approach to public debt

IMG_0149Bartsham-Shongphu member, Wangdi Norbu

Borrowing: The government must seriously relook into its policies in dealing with increasing external debt, said members of the opposition party, Druk Phuensuem Tshogpa, at a press conference with the local media yesterday.

The Bartsham-Shongphu member, who was also the former finance minister, Wangdi Norbu, said the government should not continue making the same statement that a majority of the debt was self-liquidating.

“There has been no change in dealing with public debt, and the [... Read More]


Content and language integrated learning – Part I

The concurrent acquirement of both a second language and subjects taught through it

The editorial of February 18 on the teaching of languages as part of school education raises a number of noteworthy issues.  Chief among these is the importance of authentic communication in the classroom and the need for teaching approaches to create a ‘language-rich classroom environment’ for supporting language learning.  More broadly, the article ponders the question of what it means to learn a [... Read More]

Having second thoughts about a tshogpa

Kachen-Kuchen villagers are at their wits end about an unreachable elected official

Tendu: Villagers of Kachen-Kuchen chiwog in Tendu are awaiting a response from the local government office on a petition they submitted about a year ago to remove the chiwog tshogpa.

Villagers said, after realising their tshogpa, Tika Maya, “was not beneficial to them, they submitted a written petition, demanding her resignation”.  The petition, signed by about 50 villagers, was submitted to the Tendu [... Read More]

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Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met the Bangladesh ambassador to Bhutan Jishnu Royal Choudhury yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonchhoen and the ambassador discussed issues on trade expansion, areas of future investments and other avenues of development.

Edu city awaits its fate

DSC_2181About Nu 130M has been invested in constructing a bridge and approach road to the Education City Project site at Wangsisina

… closure will be decided on Friday 

Edcity: Whether the cabinet decision on the Education City project would translates into the project being closed would be a separate decision and would be decided in the project’s board meeting, which will be held tomorrow.

While, the education city secretariat has not yet received the Cabinet’s decision in writing for it to comment, the National Land Commission (NLC) remains firm on its decision regarding the release of [... Read More]

Woman sentenced to seven years in Thai prison

Ketamine: The Bhutanese woman caught smuggling ketamine into Thailand last year, has been sentenced to seven years in prison, according to a source.

The 26-year-old woman, Zhimo, was found with Nu 30M worth of the controlled substance in her luggage, in September.

A sentence of five to 20 years can be handed down for smuggling ketamine in Thailand.

Zhimo will have to serve the sentence in Thailand, as Bhutan does not have an extradition treaty with [... Read More]

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The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Bhutan, Jishnu Roy Choudhury, presented his credentials to His Majesty the King yesterday.