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Thinking beyond cost

English I is a subject that is different from English II. That’s why students have to sit two different exams. If the two subjects were the same, or almost, as BCSEA would like us believe, why are we taxing our teachers by making them teach two different things that are in essence just one and […]

Economic climate casts a pall over sawmill business

The housing loan restriction has been lifted but it’s yet to see improvement in business   Construction: Despite the restriction on housing loan lifted since September last year, sawmill business in Bumthang is yet to pick up. Following the Rupee crisis in 2012, several loans including the housing loan were suspended to curb Rupee outflow. […]

No news on abducted Bhutanese

Border: With almost four months gone, there is no news on the two drivers, a Bhutanese and an Indian, who went missing from Shantipur near Gelephu. In the last ransom call family members received from kidnapper towards the end of September, the brother of the Bhutanese driver had tried to negotiate with kidnappers. But before […]

Mega Pvt. Ltd partner appeals to Supreme Court

Claims govt. should benefit more from evaded tax Judiciary: The legal battle over the distribution of profits among four founders of Mega Private Ltd continues as one of the appellants decided to appeal to the Supreme Court. “My client has decided to appeal as the High Court denied 25 percent of his share which he […]

Cabinet asks BCSEA board to review its decision

Amidst students, teachers and parents calling it unfair, the Cabinet has, this afternoon, asked the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment’s Board to review their recent decision not to re-conduct the examination of the leaked English II paper. BCSEA board on Sunday decided not to re-conduct the examination citing several reasons, including cost, logistics and hassle […]

Electricity import to increase until 2017

…until a few mega projects are commissioned Power: Even with the likely addition of about 3,000 MW (Megawatt) of power by 2020, the country may have to import small amount power during winter months to meet the domestic demand. However, Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) projects that the domestic demand will continue to grow gradually […]

Great Sipa-chi-dhoe kurim concludes

Religion: His Majesty the King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and members of the Royal family graced the final day of the five-day Sipa-Chi-Dhoe offering ceremony in Punakha yesterday. The Prime Minister, ministers, heads of armed forces, and senior government officials attended the event, along with about 15,000 people from Punakha, Wangdue, Thimphu and […]

Students and parents call BCSEA’s decision unfair

Examination: Class XII students, their parents and observers have taken to the social media to pour out their disappointment on the decision to not re-conduct the leaked English II paper. Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) board decided not to redo the leaked class XII’s English paper II at an emergency meeting on […]

Girl killed by falling pillar

Accident: A seven-year old girl succumbed to head injuries after one of the two pillars holding the Sipa-chi-dhoe hit her head yesterday at Thangzona, Punakha. She was rushed to the hospital, but died around 2:30pm, moments after she reached the hospital. The girl along with her parents stayed back to collect druna (grain offerings). Sources […]

Picture story

The five-day Dagana tshechu ended yesterday with the unfurling of Lord Buddha’s thongdrel and Guru Tshengyed Chham (mask dance). The tshechu is believed to be 305 years old.    &nbsp

Plugging the loopholes

In settling a long legal battle amongst four businessmen, the High Court has revealed several loopholes in the system of governance. They have found that the litigants had not paid income tax for years and expressed grave concerns of how businesses are getting away evading taxes. The High Court has also asked the department of […]

Council awaits clear response from Cabinet on e-vehicles

NC had written to the govt to revisit its decision on importing second hand e-vehicles E-cars: Although the Cabinet’s official response to the National Council (NC)’s resolution to stop importing second-hand electric cars has been “very vague”, Finance Minister Namgay Dorji said there is no going back on the government’s decision. “The government can’t override […]

Defendant’s lawyer asks court for minimal penalty

Hearing: In the opening statement of the case involving a police constable who was accused of attempted rape of a 20-year-old woman, lawyer Kinzang Wangchuk of Bhutan Law Service requested the court for minimal sentence on the grounds that the constable was mentally unsound at the time when he committed the crime. While agreeing on […]