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Education links Bhutan and Australia

IMG_2313Ambassador Patrick Suckling

Australian ambassador speaks of changing profile of Bhutanese seeking to study Down Under

Visit: The principal link between Australia and Bhutan is education, Australia’s ambassador to Bhutan, Patrick Suckling, who has been in the country since August 9 to attend the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) convocation ceremony, said.

“The number of people aspiring to go and study in Australia increased by 245 percent last year,” the ambassador said, adding that there has been an [... Read More]

Family members receive threatening calls from kidnappers

Abduction: Family members of the four abductees in Norbugang village, Sarpang are receiving several threatening phone calls from the alleged kidnappers to pay the ransom they demanded on time.

On August 9, the father of 17-year-old abductee, Deepak Subba, received two calls from the alleged kidnappers.  He said the abductors are using the phone of the 53-year-old abductee to call family members.

Deepak Subba said the abductors reminded him for early arrangement of ransom.

A ransom [... Read More]

DHI companies to have risk management divisions

RMF: With the risk management framework (RFM) issued, the Druk Holdings and Investments (DHI) is looking forward to fully establish risk management divisions in all its companies.

The RMF was issued to companies last year to set the minimum standards and guide companies in the implementation of the risk management processes in DHI and all the DHI-controlled companies.

Going by its annual report, most companies under the DHI claimed to have implemented the framework.

For instance, [... Read More]

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His Majesty The King granted an audience to the students of the Royal Institute of Management on August 9. Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, officials and students of RIM also offered Zhabten to His Majesty the King.The institute’s 18th Convocation was held yesterday.


ATM-stung man wins case against bank

DPNB: Thimphu dzongkhag court ordered Druk Punjab National Bank (DPNB) to pay its client Nu 15,710 with interest, and an additional Nu 45,000 for the harassment the client went through, after Nu 15,710 was withdrawn from his account through the automatic teller machine (ATM).

The incident occurred over a span of two months last year.  The money was withdrawn from an ATM in New Delhi, India without the client, Ugyen Dorji’s knowledge.  The person [... Read More]


Chicken and egg situation

Once again the universal predicament of raising animals or fowl for meat has emerged, this time during the recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) in Trashiyangtse.

It’s not an issue of vegetarianism versus non-vegetarianism.  It’s an issue of who kills what and where for meat.  The answers are not practical.  But one cannot ignore religious sentiments either.  It is ironic too, because the lunch served during the tshogdu was not vegetarian.  The topic of discussion – chicken – [... Read More]

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Lyonchhoen and the Bhutanese delegation met the Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP Dr Shamshad Akhtar, at the UN Conference Center in Bangkok on August 8.


Not enough funds for performance agreement?

Local leaders decline to sign compact in the absence of sufficient budget

LG: With the government unable to release adequate funds for two financial years consecutively, local leaders in Zhemgang decided to refrain from signing any performance agreement with its dzongkhag until adequate funds are released to execute the annual activities of the 11th Plan.

Goshing gup, Sangay Latho, said the government must not expect gewogs to sign agreements, if the exchequer lacked adequate funds [... Read More]

Issue of health staff shortage highlighted

Lhuentse DT: Despite apprising the heath ministry about the shortage of health workers in Lhuentse since last year, the dearth still remains.

This issue was highlighted during the dzongkhag tshogdu last week, during which it was decided that the tshogdu would write to the ministry again.

Basic health unit (BHUs) in some of the gewogs, according to local leaders, lacked female staff.  This, they said, was an issue, especially for female patients.

Jarey mangmi Kesang Tshering [... Read More]

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Chief of police Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel signs the performance agreement with Samdrupjongkhar’s superintendent of police, division VIII on August 9. The agreement aims to establish clarity and consensus on annual priorities for the department in line with the 11th Plan and other priorities of the government. The mobile community policing was also launched in Samdrupjonkhar.


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