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A new dilemma

If there is one revered profession in Bhutan, it is teaching.  That’s why many parents advise their children, especially girls, to become teachers – a noble profession.

That was when jobs were aplenty and teaching was the last option for graduates.  In recent times, if there is one thing making headlines, it is the shortage of teachers.  The scenario has changed, suddenly, and now we have hundreds of teacher graduates, who will not be absorbed in [... Read More]

Wheelchair ramp to allow disabled to visit Memorial chorten

chortenA ramp is being constructed to allow mobility-disabled people to circumambulate the Memorial chorten

YIDDD/BCMD: A ramp will be constructed to allow mobility-disabled individuals to circumambulate the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Memorial chorten.

Conceived by a youth, Dechen Rabgyel who is the leader of the social justice committee, the ramp will constructed from the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) to the chorten to allow wheelchair users and individuals using crutches to be able to easily and safely access the chorten for their spiritual needs.

The Youth Initiative [... Read More]

Tashi Air eyes Myanmar-Singapore route

Aviation: Private airline Tashi Air has requested the department of civil aviation (DCA) to obtain approval for a route connecting Bhutan to Singapore, via Myanmar.

Tashi Air CEO, Phala Dorji, said that, once the necessary approvals are acquired, the airline would study the economic viability of the route to determine how frequently it would fly to Singapore.  He said that it was hoped the Tashi Air could begin flying to Singapore within this year.

The [... Read More]

BAFRA officials dispose seized goods

unnamed-1Officials dump seized goods in a biological pit in Wangdue

Food: Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) officials in Wangdue, on January 16, seized and disposed off grocery items and beverages that had well passed the best before date.

Officials said the expired items were seized during a routine inspection conducted in Bajo, Chazam, Phobjikha, Gangtey, Nobding, and Tikizampa and Chuzomsa areas.

The disposed grocery item includes biscuits, spices, pickles, noodles and other processed dry products. Cold drinks like Fanta, coca-cola and sprite were [... Read More]

E-cars – Nobel laureate seeks action now

unnamed-2Melting: Receding glaciers in Lunana is attributed to climate change (file photo)

here’s not much time, feels (Dr) Pachauri, to make the moves needed to counter climate change

Conference: While the government’s electric car initiative did receive flak when it was revealed, top climate change scientist and Nobel laureate, (Dr) Rajendra K Pachauri, welcomes it.

The chairperson of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was, in a recorded statement, addressing scientists and policy makers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka at the three-day conference [... Read More]

Investigation underway on Dhariana building

Update: Police are investigating the repeated burglary case, where a building under construction in Dharina, Dechencholing was robbed off electrical wires and miniature circuit breakers (MCB) worth over Nu 500,000 last week.

According to the building owner, Karma Jimba, the first break-in occurred on January 14, followed by another on the night of January 16, and a third one on the afternoon of January 17.

Following the first break-in, the owner called police, who investigated [... Read More]

Govt. should reconsider CIC transfer: Opposition

G2C: The government should reconsider its decision of handing the operation and management of the community information centres (CICs) to Bhutan Development Bank limited (BDBL) from Bhutan Post ltd.

At a press conference yesterday, opposition members shared their dismay on the government’s decision to swap the ownership of CICs from an experienced operator to a new one.

A press release from the opposition states that the change would have serious ramifications on the quality of [... Read More]

ESP has flopped, says opposition

DSC_3231Kinga Tshering

The figures are not encouraging: growth has plunged to a new low of 2.05 percent

Meet the Press: The Nu 5B economic stimulus plan (ESP), launched with much hype and urgency did no good to the economy, the growth of which is wallowing in all time low of 2.05 percent.

Members of the opposition, during the meet-the-press yesterday, said the government shouldn’t blame the previous government for achieving a poor growth in 2013.

North Thimphu representative [... Read More]

PM directs RCSC and education ministry to re-assess teacher deployment

Breaking: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has called for an emergency meeting of the Royal Civil Service Commission, education ministry and labour ministry to review the B.Ed graduates issue, and to find solutions and explore job prospects for B.Ed graduates in the coming years.
The Prime Minister also directed RCSC and the education ministry to immediately undertake a reassessment of the teacher deployment and decide how many can be employed on contract.


Renewed focus on drug addiction problem

A documentary ‘Jigme – you can do it’ is the agency’s latest attempt to highlight a growing youth malaise

BNCA: He had a dream to become a neurologist.  He was selected in the school’s basketball team and had a caring mother.

But that wasn’t enough for Jigme.  He craved his father’s attention and, when his friends coaxed him to give some alcohol and cigarettes a try, Jigme gave in.

The incident in the forest where he [... Read More]

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