Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 - 3:25 AM
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Being responsible

Last week, a falling wall killed a municipal worker in Changzamtog, Thimphu. It was a freak accident.

The incident could have become big news had media not resorted to the basest and meanest of the roles it could play.

But a worker’s or dasho’s, human life is precious.


MoE’s reading mission

DSC00349Reading time: A senior student reads to a younger friend as part of Genekha Primary School’s reading programme Photo: Genenkha PS

Schools maintain logbook to keep tab every month on number of books students read

Education: If it turns out as planned, students across the country would have read at least a few thousands books by the end of this year.

This reading mission of the education ministry began soon after His Majesty The King launched the National Reading Year, 2015 in December last year.

Following the launch, all schools have started maintaining a reading logbook to record the number of books each student reads in a month.  Students are to read at least one book a month, apart from their academic texts.

During the State of the Nation Report on June 19, 2014, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that developing a national reading strategy to inculcate a healthy reading habit would be one of the educational initiatives the government would pursue.


Collapsed wall investigation still ongoing

Fatality: April 1, Changzamtog, Thimphu.  A wall collapsed on seventy-three-year-old Amrit Bhadur Rai.  Hours later, at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Amrit, a municipal worker with Thimphu thromde, was declared dead.

Amrit and his friends were cleaning the drain below the wall when part of the wall came crashing down.


Saving the Golden Mahseer

masheerA Golden Mahseer caught in Manas river

A study of the endangered fish is currently on, using remote radio telemetry

Conservation: Twenty golden mahseers have been surgically implanted with radio transmitters and released into the Drangmechu in the first research on the fish of the Himalayas.

Using remote radio telemetry, the research will study the biological life of the endangered fish for conservation and its development.

The fish is one of the least studied and currently considered “threatened” because of the rapid decline of its population in the Himalayan region from pollution, habitat loss and fishing.


Bhutan jumps 46 places to reach 163 on FIFA ranking

Leap attributed to the recent victory over Sri-lanka

Football: Bhutan is no more the lowest ranked footballing nation. After the memorable double victory in the two-legged encounter with Sri Lanka, Bhutan jumped 46 places from the bottom of the FIFA ranking to reach 163rd in the table.

This is the highest ranking that the country has ever reached since the ranking was introduced in 1993, and also the biggest leap in this edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking this year. Bhutan is ranked above neighbor Bangladesh (167), Malaysia (164), war torn Yemen (170) and Hong Kong (167).


5,200 Chevrolet ultra-durable balls donated to BFF

DSC_6672---CopyKids with ultra-durable ball at the Changjiji football ground, Thimphu

Football: Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Asian Development Project (ADP) and One World Play Project (OWPP) together launched the ultra-durable soccer ball donation at the Changjiji football ground yesterday.

A total of 5,200 Chevrolet balls were donated to BFF, to help encourage young football enthusiasts, and to develop football in the country.

The ultra-durable ball represents a breakthrough in technology, and is designed to be used in all types of terrains and environments.  The ball does not need an air pump.  It doesn’t deflate even when punctured multiple times.

Manufactured in Taiwan, the ball comes in various sizes, but with distinct a texture.


PCAL in deep water?

In the recent past, Penden Cement Authority limited has seen a dip in its fortunes

PCAL:The managing director of Penden Cement Authority limited (PCAL), (Dr) Jigme Singye, recently submitted his resignation to leave behind a company that’s beset by problems lately.

The managing director didn’t comment on his resignation.


His Majesty appoints Cabinet Secretary and dzongdags

20150408-907A6305His Majesty appoints Zimpon Wogmas and dzongdas: From L-R: Zimpon Wogma Kinzang Dorji, Gasa Dzongdag Dorji Dhradhul, Cabinet Secretary Kinzang Wangdi, Trongsa Dzongdag Sonam Rinchen, Zimpon Wogma Chewang Rinzin

His Majesty the King yesterday granted dhar to appoint the Cabinet Secretary and the Trongsa and Gasa dzongdags.

Government secretaries and dzongdags are appointed by His Majesty upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister, who receives nominations from the Royal Civil Service Commission.

Cabinet Secretary Kinzang Wangdi was the General Secretary of the National Assembly. Trongsa dzongdag Sonam Rinchen was the Director of the Department of Occupational Standards. Gasa dzongdag Dorji Dhradhul was the Director of the Department of Agriculture Marketing and Cooperatives.

His Majesty the King also appointed Zimpon Wogmas, who were granted kabney and patang.

Zimpon Wogma Kinzang Dorji served as a civil servant for 18 years and resigned as the Head of the Department of Disaster Management.


Uncorroborated testimonies before the court

Update: The four former members of the tender committee for the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project were not on the same page, when the Haa district court conducted a cross-examination hearing yesterday.

Of the four, the former dzongkhag engineer (DE), Lhabchu, and project engineer, Tashi Gyeltshen, submitted that they informed the chairman, the then dzongda, of the lowest bidder’s rate being 100 percent above the market rate.


Construction sector still the largest borrower

Borrowings by private sector form 90 percent of the total lending by financial institutions

Loan: The construction sector continued to take the largest share of total loans from financial institutions last year followed by personal loans.

Loans taken by the construction sector constituted 25 percent of the total credit disbursed by financial institutions, according to the Royal Monetary Authority’s monthly bulletin of March. As of December last year, total loans to the sector stood at Nu 16.4 billion (B).