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Community Basketball tournament Ends

Basketball: The first community basketball championship ended yesterday with a friendly match between the three participating communities.

The week-long pilot project was organised to give basic basketball training to students.

A total of 30 participants took part in the championship and the participants were awarded certificates.

National Basketball coach Tenzin Jamtsho said that although the number of participants was lower than what they expected, he was still happy with the outcome. “The main reason to organise [... Read More]

Govt. Secretaries “surrendered” to RCSC

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Cabinet have “surrendered” the cabinet Secretary, Dasho Penden Wangchuk, economic affairs secretary, Dasho Sonam Tshering and the foreign secretary, Yeshey Dorji to the Royal Civil Service Commission with immediate effect for “RCSC’s action”.

This was revealed today in a press release issued by the PMO.

The reasons provided for their “surrender” include them exceeding their mandates, breaching rules, misusing the institution of the Committee of Secretaries (CoS), misrepresenting the [... Read More]

MIGA membership to improve FDI prospects

This means that FDI into the country will be eligible for the agency’s guarantees

Insurance: Bhutan’s admission as the 181st member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), on December 8, is expected to expedite foreign direct investments (FDI) into the country.

Bhutan’s membership means that direct foreign investment into the country is eligible for the agency’s investment guarantees.  Likewise, investors from Bhutan going into MIGA’s other member countries may also receive coverage for their [... Read More]

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Ugyen Academy students brought home three gold from the sixth International Young Mathematicians’ Convention held at the City Montessori College, Lucknow, India.

Mani Kumar Chhettri (from left), Dawa Zangmo and Tashi Tenzin from XI science bagged gold medals in the senior category. A total of 82 international schools from 22 countries participated in the event.


Farmers see co-ops as the way to enhance food self-sufficiency

IMG_1582Farmers take a break from the seminar organised to mark International Mountain Day

Farming: Farmers and growers stand on the cusp of change.  Traditional system of farming has had its time, it seems. Subsistence farming and its benefits has flown out of the window.

This is the age of cooperatives, of mass marketing.

At a seminar yesterday in Thimphu where 28 farmers from Punakha, Thimphu and Tsirang gathered to mark the International Mountain Day for the first time in the country, farmers shared their experiences and thoughts. What [... Read More]

Defendant refuses apology, insists on bah

The defense also sought documents from the finance ministry and other reports

Libel: Refusing a public apology, Dasho Paljor J Dorji’s lawyer challenged Druk Phuensum tshopa again to execute a Nu 75M bah (legal undertaking) on the case, or admit that it was a corrupt and seditious party, as well as the other charges.

If it fails to do both, lawyer Younten Dorji said that  DPT should then be found guilty of those commissions, and [... Read More]

Major outage of druknet websites

Internet: In a major outage, more than half of the websites hosted with Druknet were not accessible since December 10, as of yesterday evening.

Websites for the government’s web portal (www.bhutan.gov.bt), the National Assembly, Thimphu thromde, and the Bhutan National bank, among others, were not accessible.

Druknet systems manager Dawa Sonam said that the problem is hardware related and not a security breach.

“The problem is with the sector of the hard disk that stores the [... Read More]


The parlours of Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing is a happening place at this time of the year.  As the busiest border town, a lot of activities happen and many flock to the town, both from within and outside.  It also makes the city an appropriate place for sleazy businesses. Commercial sex is one such.

Containing the sex trade has been a priority in the border town, yet it keeps coming back.  A lot of raids were carried out in the past, with [... Read More]

Putting the PMS through its paces

DSC_9474Grant approval: ADC resident coordinator Chritine Jantscher and GNHC secretary Sonam Wangchuk sign the agreement yesterday

On completion, the performance management system will apply to all civil servants by the end of 2015

RCSC: To improve civil servants’ efficiency and service delivery, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) will begin a pilot project to institutionalise the performance management system (PMS) and leadership program.

Gross National Happiness Commission secretary, Sonam Wangchuk, and the coordination office for Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) resident coordinator, Christine Jantscher, signed a grant agreement of Nu 28M for [... Read More]

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UNPOL (UN Police) Commissioner Gregory Hinds welcomes the six RBP officers who are on a year-long assignment to UNMIL (United National Mission in Liberia). Photo: UNMIL


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