• USD hits record high at Nu 73

    Indian rupee (INR) has been sliding against the USD in recent months and Bhutanese ngultrum, because it is pegged to INR, is under pressure. Losing 12 percent this year, INR is labelled by the Bloomberg as Asia’s worst performing currency.

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DCA divested of airport control

The authority may now focus on its primary mandate as overseer in its new avatar Aviation: In what should lead to better airport services and stricter enforcement of aviation rules, the information and communications ministry has approved the separation of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and the country’s four …

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High drop out rate for Non-Formal Education

Education: The non-formal education (NFE) program, that once received the UNESCO Confucius prize for literacy for empowering more than 160,000 people, is in need of attention. Both an increasing number of learners and instructors are dropping out of the NFE every year. At least 1,142 learners dropped out in 2014, …

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Sex study on adolescence and youth

UNFPA-funded monograph ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Adolescents and Youth in Bhutan’ NSB: Early age marriage and pregnancy, low use of contraceptive methods and spread of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents and youths are increasing in the country. This is according to National Statistics Bureau’s (NSB) monograph ‘Sexual and …

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Making good leaders of civil servants

RCSC: To motivate civil servants at the executive level, a training on leadership development skills will be conducted for them. This initiative comes under one of the reforms being undertaken by the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). Today, about 150 executives and specialists holding leadership positions in the civil service, …

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RAA rakes up (pay) dirt in Samtse and Phuentsholing …

… and recovers (or is in the process of recovering) sums going into the millions Corruption: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has recovered about Nu 2.8M (million) from a local enterprise in Samtse in connection with the supply of inferior quality corrugated galvanised iron (CGI) sheets to the dzongkhag in …

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Dungsam dream still doable

Despite initial expectations being belied, there’s optimism about the corporation’s future DDCL: More than three decades ago, a plan was conceived to start a mega cement plant in South East Bhutan.  It would enhance revenue for the government, develop a town in isolated Nganglam, and generate employment. Despite several bottlenecks, …

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Picture story

Her Majesty Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck inaugurates the exhibition titled “Bhutan – Land Close to Heaven” at Naprstek Museum in Prague, the Czech Republic on April 16. The exhibition, organised by the Royal Textile Academy in partnership with the Czech National Museum, will be open till June. Her …

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Teachers should behave as role models: Education minister

Education minister, Mingbo Dukpa, recently visited the 24 pilot central schools across the country. Establishing central schools is part of the school reforms programme of the Bhutan Education Blueprint. But since it was piloted, it has received a lot of criticism. Kuensel’s Nirmala Pokhrel caught up with the minister after …

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Online education loan application launched

Education: In what should aid class XII graduates with disadvantaged economic backgrounds looking to fund their tertiary education, an online loan application will become available from next month. This will allow students to apply for interest-free loans of up to Nu 300,000 per year from their place of residence or …

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Illegal workers nabbed

Police are arresting illegal workers on an almost daily basis Immigration: Gelephu police arrested 15 people for working in the country without a permit, yesterday. The police have forwarded them to the immigration department. Finding and detaining illegal workers in Gelephu has become a daily occurrence. Those detained told police …

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Instilling responsibility in tour guides and drivers

The conduct of guides and drivers can become a matter of concern for the entire industry Torusim: A hotelier in Gangtey, Phobjikha is considering court case after a driver allegedly misbehaved with the management and female staff of the hotel in front of the guests about a month ago. The …

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