Kuensel Newspaper (109)

Govt. will not pursue BBIN agreement: PM

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has said it is up to the next government and parliament to pursue the motor vehicle agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal .

Our Hands, Our future

More than 50 monks and nuns from five monastic institutions observed the Global Handwashing Day at Phochu Dumra Lobda in Punakha yesterday.

Drukair to receive subsidy of Nu 0.30 million per domestic flight

Should things go as planned, the national airlines, Drukair would resume its domestic flights to Gelephu and Yonphula by December this year.

First spring paddy cultivation yields 77MT

Spring paddy cultivation, which the agriculture ministry tried on a commercial scale earlier this year, produced more than 77 metric tonnes of paddy, agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji said.

DCCL's former head of finance petitions for reduced sentence

Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited's former head of finance, Jigme Tshewang, has appealed to the dzongkhag court on October 11 against the lower court ruling of six years imprisonment in connection with fraud and embezzlement.

Align lessons and outcomes for active student learning experience

About 25 educators took part in designing course models with supporting delivery methods for enhancing active student learning experience on the last day of the student centred workshop in Thimphu.

Bridge inventory to complete this December

Japan International Cooperation Agency handed over 41 bridge inspection tools, and two vehicles to the Department of Road on October 13 in Thimphu under the Technical Cooperation for Capacity Development in Construction and Maintenance of Bridges project.

Better business council never operationalised

The Better Business Council, which was supposed to take off as an autonomous agency in July 2014, never operationalised.

Gaeddu College celebrates 9th Foundation Day

Observing the ninth Foundation Day on October 14, the Gaeddu College of Business Studies in Gedu, Chukha once again illustrated promotion of cultural values with students competing zhungdra, boedra, and traditional mask dance. Rigsar dances were also not allowed in the Foundation Day competition ...

Rabies outbreak contained in Panbang

A rabies outbreak in Panbang, considered one of the major disease outbreaks in recent times, has been brought under control.

Security concerns halt South-South Highway construction

The suspension of South-South National Highway's construction is not because of external pressure and definitely not the government of India, the Prime Minister clarified.

Govt. for amendment despite court case over fiscal incentives

The government has submitted all laws related to fiscal incentives to the National Assembly for amendment, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. This is our responsibility,' he said.

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The Lhabsang ceremony of the newly renovated Kidu Guest House was held yesterday coinciding with the auspicious occasion of the Royal Wedding Anniversary.

Deconstruct the construction industry

The construction industry is at the heart of infrastructure development. For society like ours, it is considered the backbone of economic growth.

Team to validate fake trulku issue

The Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs has formed a team involving relevant agencies to look into the issue submitted by the Trashigang's dzongkhag tshogdu seeking intervention to authenticate the legitimacy of two individuals who claimed to be reincarnated trulku.

Inconsistencies found rampant in national standards

In 2015, when a testing machine broke down at the Bangladesh - India border, Bhutanese oranges were denied entry across the border. The reason - Bangladesh did not accept the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority's certification, as it not the national standards body.

Awareness workshop on Intellectual Property

A daylong awareness workshop on intellectual property was conducted at the Technical Training Institute in Rangjung on October 11.

Construction begins in new Sarpang town

The new Sarpang township at Shechamthang is slowly taking shape. Construction of two bungalows has been completed and construction of three more have just begun.

ECCD for children of national workforce workers

The government will establish 12 Early Childhood Care and Development Centres in strategic camps to address the issues faced by children of the national workforce workers.

Shorter regimen of MDR-TB treatment to start soon

Some 34 medical specialists and medical doctors from district hospitals in the country attended a two-day training on shorter regimen of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment in Paro.

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His Majesty The King granted dhar to four new dzongkhag drangpons yesterday. Gelephu Drungkhag Drangpon Karma Dorji was appointed as the drangpon of Tsirang.

Bhutanese youth working in India want to return

Even as the government plans to send more youths for overseas employment, those who had gone to India through the guaranteed employment programme are planning to return home due to hardship and alleged ill treatment by the employers.

Integrating teaching approaches with delivery modes for better learning

Facilitators from Singapore Polytechnic International introduced 14 fundamental modes of delivery to involve students in active learning.

Prostitution bust in Phuentsholing

The Royal Bhutan Police busted two prostitution rackets from hotels and massage parlours in Phuentsholing recently.

Avoid street food at Kuenselphodrang: BAFRA

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regularity Authority has alerted people to avoid consuming street food sold at the Kuenselphodrang after random food samples from the hawkers were found contaminated.

Mothers help teachers in Mongar LSS

In Mongar, three mothers have gone out of their way to help Mongar Lower Secondary School.

Unemployment problem must be fixed

The government's overseas employment continues to make headlines. In today's Kuensel, we have a story of some 30 Bhutanese who decided to return home from India.

Current account challenges sustainable growth

The country's current account deficit, which is about Nu 36B in the red and forms about 23 percent of the economy size, continues to pose challenges for the economy.

Police hunt suspects in burglary

Thimphu police are looking for the suspect involved in two burglary cases in Thimphu that occurred on October 9.

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Residents in Sakteng, Trashigang harvest bitter buckwheat, which used to be the community's staple diet. It is not widely grown today given the community's increasing dependence on imported rice.

3.4 % of contractors experienced corruption, finds survey

The Anti-Corruption Commission has received more than 500 corruption complaints related to the constructions sector since 2006 of which more than 100 are related to road construction.

PhD programme in Anthropology planned for 2019

The Royal University of Bhutan has plans to introduce its first doctoral programme in Anthropology at the College of Language and Culture Studies from 2019.

Construction industry raises a host of issues to govt.

About 22 issues faced by the construction industry were presented to the government yesterday at the closing of the 16th annual Construction Association of Bhutan general meeting.

Making education more student-centred

To make education student-centric, a workshop for the faculty to upscale their capabilities began at Royal Institute of Management in Semtokha on October 9.

JAB conducts media literacy workshop

Journalists' Association of Bhutan conducted a day-long media literary and advocacy training for the community of Sakteng in Trashigang on October 9.

Sherubtse College observes International Day of the Girl Child

It's 2:35pm. The lecture theatre at Sherubtse College is filled to its capacity. The International Day of the Girl Child is observed at the college this year.

Identifying student attributes important

Assessing the level of a student's attributes is important for educators to enhance their attributes. This was discussed at the on-going student-centred workshop in Semtokha.

Preparing our children for the future

We are today talking about right attributes that our children need to have to enter the wider world of reality. What this means is how are we preparing our children for the future that they will face sooner or later. Yes, we are talking about education.

Bhutan eliminated from AFC Asian Cup qualifiers 2019

With the 10-0 thrashing at the hands of Palestine on October 10, Bhutan is eliminated from the AFC Asian Cup 2019 despite two matches remaining.

Poor drying leads to low cardamom price

If Bhutanese cardamom growers want better prices for their produce, they have to work on the drying practices for the spice.

Bhutan improves in global competitiveness index

Bhutan has made it to the 82nd place in the Global Competitiveness Report 2017-18 released by the World Economic Forum . This is a 15-place jump from 97th from the previous year.

India releases Nu 1.135B for PTA and SDP projects

The first secretary for economy and commerce Embassy of India, S Koventhan handed over cheques of Nu 1.135B to Gross National Happiness Commission's senior programme coordinator, Passang Dorji, on October 9.

KGUMS renews MoU with Kyoto University Hospital

The health ministry, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan , and Japan's Kyoto University Hospital renewed Memorandum of Understanding to develop academic collaboration in research activities, exchange in education and training programmes related to health in Thimphu on October 9.

Palestine hammers Bhutan

After a slim victory over Bhutan in the away game at the Changlimithang stadium, the undefeated group leader Palestine thrashed Bhutan in the third round of AFC Asian cup qualification to qualify for the AFC Asian cup 2019 at Palestine yesterday.

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In a seven-goal thriller, the former national champions, Thimphu City Girls FC defeated the local team from Sakteng, Kuengyel FC by a lone goal on October 9 .

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Tourism Department, of Government of Assam organised Assam tourism Road Show on October 9 in Thimphu. A team of 18 members from Assam tourism, Ambassador of India to Bhutan Jaideep Sarkar, officials from the government of Bhutan, a cultural troupe from Assam, tour operators from India and, 85 tour ...

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Drangchu Beverages and Bhutan Basketball Federation signed a memorandum of understanding in Thimphu yesterday.

Helping young entrepreneurs develop idea into business

Jigme Wangchuk always wanted to do something different after completing Class XII. But he was not able to shape up the idea until recently.

Unemployed but still employed

The intent may be right​,​ but something is not going right with the overseas employment programme.

Drukair seeks subsidy to fly to Yonphula

Although the domestic airport at Yonphula in Trashigang was completed some four months ago, there were no flight operations until now.