Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 7:09 AM

The pick of the crop

namgay-chodenNamgay Choden (Arts) Ugyen Academy, Punakha 89.25%

Class XII Exam Results
Arts topper
When a friend called her yesterday and said she had topped the Class XII exam, she thought he was pulling her leg.

Turned out it wasn’t a joke and that she had not just topped the arts stream, but had secured an overall first position in the country.

Namgay Choden from Ugyen Academy had scored an impressive 89.25 percent.

“I believed it only after other friends started calling up to [... Read More]

Picture story

PM meets India’s Border Management Secretary Indian home ministry’s border management secretary A K Mangotra called on Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang yesterday.

Thanking the secretary and his delegation for holding fruitful discussions on “matters of mutual concern”, Lyonchhoen said border management meeting was an important mechanism to nurture and deepen the special relationship between Bhutan and India.

Mr A K Mangotra is in Thimphu, leading an eight [... Read More]

Marginal improvement in overall pass percentage


Bhutan Higher Secondary Examination Certificate Of the 8,967 students, who appeared for the Bhutan higher secondary examination certificate (BHSEC) in December last year, 7,781 passed.

This has taken the overall pass percentage up by 0.73 percent, as compared to the previous years.  In 2011, 86.05 percent of 8,576 students, who sat for the exams, passed.

The students were from 44 higher secondary schools across the country

The results declared yesterday morning showed Science students had performed better, [... Read More]

B-mobile cellular Internet to be ten times cheaper

B-Mobile Package The cost of accessing the internet through Bhutan Telecom, using its pay-per-use B-Mobile package, will decrease tenfold from tomorrow.

Bhutan Telecom (BT) currently charges Nu 0.003 a kB (kilobyte) of data that is used.  At this rate, users have ended up paying up to Nu 3,150 a GB (gigabyte).

From February 1, this rate will be decreased to Nu 0.0003 a kb, meaning 1GB will be ten times cheaper at Nu 315 per GB.

BT [... Read More]

Bhutan takes fifth place

cricketDechen Wangmo swings a square cut

It played against the Iranian team for the position

Asian Cricket Council Bhutan’s women cricketers finished fifth out of eleven nations that participated in the Asian Cricket Council Women’s Championship that Cricket Association of Thailand hosted.

Yesterday Bhutan took on Iran to determine the fifth and six positions.

After winning the toss, team captain Dechen Wangmo asked the Iranians to bat first.

Bhutan’s reputation of starting well began with Anju Gurung in her second over got rid of [... Read More]

More than a day old forest fire burns on

Kingathang, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang Despite more than 300 people fighting the forest fire at Kingathang in Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang that started on January 29, it showed no sign of stopping as of yesterday evening.

Apart from the foresters and local officials, farmers from Phobjikha and Gangtey tried to contain the fire that has already destroyed more than 6,000 acres of blue pine.

Phobjikha beat office’s forester, Damber Bdr Chhetri, said, when they controlled fire on one side, that [... Read More]

Budget provision increases six-fold

gelephuRecently constructed four-kilometre drainage in Gelephu town

This means more money to spend now annually than in the entire 10th Plan

Gelephu Thromde Gelephu thromde is expected to see a major facelift in the 11th plan.

Going by the budget provision, its annual budgets in the coming years would be more than the entire budget for the 10th plan, during which the thromde was under the dzongkhag administration.

For the 10th plan, the thromde was allocated with Nu 170M.

However, in the next plan, after [... Read More]

Vegetable imports continue to meet demand

Still, local production is on the up, following greater input by the govt.

Self-sufficiency Despite heightened effort to produce more vegetables from within the country, in an attempt to address rupee outflow, farmers in the country are finding it challenging.

Horticulture officials said it was mostly onions, tomatoes, garlic, green chili and gourds that they had difficulty growing.

“Farmers aren’t very used to growing such vegetables in large scale,” vegetable coordinator of horticulture division, Namgay Thinley said.

Then [... Read More]

Class XII results declared

BHSEC overall 2012 toppers:
1st : Namgay Choden (Arts) from Ugyen Academy, Punakha with 89.25%

2nd: Tikaram Acharja (Science) from Ugyen Academy, Punakha with 88.50%

3rd: Sonam Tsheten (Arts) from Mothithang High School, Thimphu with 87.75%

Toppers in the three different streams:

Tikaram Acharja        Ugyen Academy, Punakha               88.50%
Diwas Puri                 Gelephu HSS, Sarpang                      87.00%
Prakash Sharma        Drugyel HSS, Paro                             85.75%

Karma Choden          Motithang HSS, Thimphu                 85.50%
Sonam Chenjo           Ugyen Dorji [... Read More]

To be assessed for quake resilience

schoolA community primary school in Chiya, Udzorong, Trashigang

Failing which they will either be reinforced or demolished, as per the national action plan
Community Built Primary Schools From this year, community built primary school buildings in the dzongkhags will be assessed for their resilience against earthquakes, and those vulnerable will either be demolished or strengthened, as a risk reduction measure, education ministry officials said.

The assessment will start with community school infrastructure.  If the building of a community school needs to be demolished, [... Read More]

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