Sunday, April 20th, 2014 - 1:01 PM

Halfway there

With the latest six launched, BKP now has 24 candidates in the fray

Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party: As candidates, who came forward earlier, are doing the rounds in their constituencies, introducing themselves to the electorate, Bhutan Kuen-Nyam party (BKP) launched six more candidates yesterday.

This takes their total candidates launched to 24.

While two will be representing constituencies in Samtse, the other four will be contesting from Trongsa, Haa, Mongar and Paro.

The party president, Sonam Tobgay, during [... Read More]

“Third best” PPP project

Bhutan Education City Project has been recognised as the “third best” Public Private Partnership (PPP) project in the East Asia, Pacific, and South Asia region by International Finance Corporation (IFC).

A bronze medal will be awarded to the project at a ceremony in April in Washington, D.C., USA, during the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings.

There were about 130 nominations for the award of which Punjab Grain Silos and CLIFF Community Sanitation, both in India, took the top [... Read More]


Thimphu’s got game

It’s been decided by the federation that the tournament will follow FIBA rules. 

First Ever League: Fourteen men clubs will compete against each other from March 15 in the first ever Thimphu basketball league.

All matches will be played at the indoor court in the swimming pool sports complex.

Game rules were discussed between Bhutan basketball federation (BBF) officials and club managers recently, where it was decided that Thimphu basketball league would follow federation of international [... Read More]

A calm and reflective denouement

NALast parliamentary session of the first democratically elected members ends yesterday

Parliament Closing: It reached a calm and reflective denouement, this 10th and the last Parliament session of the first democratically elected members.

It provided a time for the country to look back on how its process to a democracy began, and how it fared in the first five years of the so-called ‘experimental’ phase.

His Majesty, who graced the closing of Parliament yesterday, in his address to the members, also attended by senior bureaucrats, international [... Read More]

Last session concludes with Trashi Moenlam

The first democratically elected parliament formally concluded its last session yesterday with the traditional Trashi Moenlam ceremony, one of the most solemn moments of the Parliament.

Led by Tshulag Lopon Samten Dorji of central monk body, elected members of National Assembly and National Council gathered before the Golden Throne in prayer in the traditional gesture of devotion to the Druk Gyalpo and of unity and harmony among all sections of the Bhutanese population.

While parliamentarians offered their [... Read More]

22 … and counting?

Civil Servant Participation: Twenty-two civil servants from six ministries and two government agencies to date have officially resigned from the civil service to contest the upcoming elections, Royal Civil Service Commission records show.

Except for one, the rest are all men.  The lone woman civil servant, Tshewang Tashi, was also the first to leave the civil service for Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party last October.

The highest number of civil servants, 10, who have left for politics, [... Read More]

ADB’s best client

ADBnPMLyonchhoen welcomes ADB vice president Xiaoyu Zhao

USD 35M approved as soft loan, USD 150M worth of projects in the offing

Of the more than USD 500M financial assistance the country received from Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the last three decades, half of that amount was received in the last five years.

In the last five years, the bank, its South Asian region vice president Xiaoyu Zhao said provided USD 125M to the country.

“There are 30 ongoing projects and ADB has financed 35 [... Read More]


A tussle for human resource

In a recent gathering, an aspiring party candidate was jestingly heard saying he might remain an aspiring candidate in the coming election.

The comment was made in the context of fulfilling obligations to the civil service commission, by continuing to serve in the civil service for long-term training and studies availed.

As was the case in the 2008 election, candidates for political parties, as well as the national council, are likely to be drawn from the bureaucracy.

In [... Read More]

Back in business

TshachuRebuilt: The Gasa tshachu is the country’s most famous

Though not formally open, the refurbished hot springs played host to hundreds since winter

Gasa Tshachu: The rebuilt Gasa tshachu, the country’s most famous hot spring, is not officially open, but that has not stopped hundreds of people from soaking in its healing waters since December last year.

Among them is Kezang Phuntsho, 30, from the eastern district of Trashiyangtse, who believes the tshachu will help cure his chronic ulcer. “After modern medication didn’t show [... Read More]

S/J’s first private school opens

SchoolFinally open: Seeking admission in Dungsam academy

Dungsam Academy: Almost a decade after construction began, the first private higher secondary school in Samdrupjongkhar district has opened its doors for admissions.

Known as Dungsam Academy, the school is a 10-minute drive from Dewathang towards Samdrupjongkhar, and offers courses in science, arts and commerce for classes XI and XII.

The school will not take in more than 250 students in class XI this year, which will be divided into seven to nine sections, school [... Read More]