Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - 7:49 AM

Postal vote application deadline passes

ECB will post a draft list of eligibles on their website by the first week of February
Election Commission of Bhutan Most eligible postal voters, through their organisations, have applied for registration to the election commission, to vote through post during the upcoming parliamentary elections.

They include civil servants, students in and outside the country, Bhutanese officials based in embassies, media and security personnel.

The commission, among others, also received registration applications from spouses and direct [... Read More]

Number of scholarship slots drops

Department Of Adult And Higher Education There are 210 scholarships for class 12 passed students this year, 22 less than last year.

Specifically, in biological sciences, slots have dropped to 14 from 26, in medicine, slots shrunk to 63 from 74, but engineering slots have gone up by 12 to 61 this year.

Officials of the department of adult and higher education (DAHE) said scholarship slots will be more in the 11th five-year plan (July 2013 [... Read More]

Five statues seized


Antique Smuggling Gelephu police, who have detained a 27-year old man for the last two months, are looking for a 26-year old man from Yangneer, Trashigang, for their alleged involvement in attempting to illegally transact antiques.

Police apprehended the 27-year-old from Bartsam on November 27 last year, after a tip off from an informer.

The man, on his way to Gelephu from Norbuling, Serzhong gewog, was found carrying statues of Buddha, Guru Pema Jungney, two Dordemas [... Read More]


The Rupee stranglehold

We would like to believe the government’s claim, not so long ago, that the Rupee crunch the country continues to face today, was not yet a crisis, but a mere shortage.

Perhaps that is why the country continues to borrow more Rupees, the most recent instance being the Rs 4B that the Indian government has committed to lend to ease the shortage that continues to weigh on its people.

After more than a year since the deficiency [... Read More]

A joint venture undertaking …

… to provide a firm footing for the local film industry
Cine-land Project Hundred-acre plots at three locations in Paro have been identified for Cine-land, expected to boost the local film industry.

Executive Members of the Motion Picture Association of Bhutan (MPAB) said, during the annual general meeting last week, that the government has agreed and approved the project in principle.   A detailed project report (DPR) is almost complete for Cine-land.

The sites identified will [... Read More]

97 more opt for teaching

However, 94 post-graduate degree in education slots are still to be filled
Graduates 2012 The number of graduates opting for teaching has increased to 63 percent today, from 25 percent when the civil service examination results were declared last November.

As of yesterday, 97 other eligible graduates, who’d initially appeared for post-graduate diploma in public administration (PGDPA), financial management (PGDFM) and other technical fields had joined PGDE, which is still short of 94 more.

The royal [... Read More]

Picture story

An agreement was signed between Finance Minister Wangdi Norbu and Indian Ambassador to Bhutan V P Haran on standby credit facility of Rs 4B yesterday in New Delhi.
The amount was a part of the Bhutanese government’s request for Rs 10B for balance of payment purposes, of which Rs 2B was released in 2009 and Rs 4B in 2012. Lyonpo Wangdi Norbu said it was a long term soft [... Read More]

Bhutan gets the better of UAE

Pelden-Drukpa-GyaloBefore The Game: Bhutanese women cricketers hail “Lha Gaylo”

ACC Women’s Championship Following two defeats at the hands of Nepal and Hong Kong, Bhutan rebounded more vigorously to defeat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their last group game in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Women’s Championship.

Bhutan, after winning the toss, elected to field first.  Medium pacer Anju Gurung struck with the first ball of the game, trapping UAE opener Kyna Vedhasinghe leg before.

In the next over, Tshering Wangmo gave Bhutan its second [... Read More]

Buy Bhutanese to boost Ngultrum

Was the PM’s suggestion at an S/J meeting to queries about the Rupee shortage

Prime Minister’s Tour People living in border towns like Samdrupjongkhar should refrain from buying goods and vegetables from across the border just for the sake of saving a few ngultrums.

Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley was responding to queries on the effects of the Rupee crunch on housing loans during a public meeting in Samdrupjongkhar on January 26.

“The government will do everything within [... Read More]

PM nixes request for expat labour

Labour The prime minister shot down a request by a resident of Samdrupjongkhar town that a certain number of expatriate workers be permitted, especially for automobile workshops and as babysitters and waiters, until such time as Bhutanese workers were found.

“Against the backdrop of around seven percent youth unemployment, a labour shortage sounds untrue,” lyonchhoen said at the public meeting in Samdrupjongkhar on January 26. “If we’re facing labour shortage, then we shouldn’t have [... Read More]