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Review says Central Schools doing better than other schools

An independent review carried out by the school planning and coordination division for central and autonomous schools says that central and autonomous schools have instilled significant good practices compared to non central schools. “The story from central schools says that there is an improvement in academic achievement,” said education minister …

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No 20% women’s quota due to NCWC’s rejection

The government’s pledge to provide a 20 percent quota for women in politics in Parlaiment , given their dismal representation at the moment, is not viable according to key stakeholders, the country’s only woman minister Dorji Choden said  at the monthly meet the press. “The women quota is an important …

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Bhutan Immediate Payment service Launched

Instant online fund transfers amongst domestic banks through mobile, Internet and ATMS (automatic teller machines) is now possible with the launch of the BIPS (Bhutan Immediate Payment Service) system yesterday in Thimphu. Seen as an important step towards promoting the use of digital payments within the country, BIPS offers interbank …

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Third Telecom player looking unlikely

In response to a question by The Bhutanese in early June 2015, on the quality of service by Telecom companies, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgye talked about considering the viability of a third operator if the two telecom companies don’t improve their services by September  2015. The government in September said …

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DGPC to come up with Research and Development Centre

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The country’s power generating company, Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) proposes establishing a Research and Development Centre (R&D Centre) to keep up with the evolving modern technologies and changing environment in the hydropower sector that is undergoing a huge expansion. “It would essentially be an investment in future capabilities and …

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Premier School endorsed for excellence in education

The National Education Conference has endorsed the proposal of the ministry of education to establish a Premier School or “School of Excellence” to bring quality education in the country. Initially the plan was to establish a science focused premier school, however, it was further broadened to the field of technical …

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Standards for Inclusive education endorsed

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The recently concluded annual education conference endorsed the standards for inclusive education, which aims to standardize the quality of inclusive education provided to children with disabilities and improve quality of inclusive education across all schools and for all children in Bhutan. The Standards for Inclusive Education are a tool to …

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For a spotless city

During the nationwide cleaning campaign on the 9th of December, some 87 people from various communities under Thimphu Dzongkhag volunteered as community representatives to keep the city clean on a daily basis. Thromde executives and community tshogpas under Thimphu Thromde had a discussion with with the Prime Minister and Thrompon …

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Tech Park: No longer a White elephant?

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Dubbed as a ‘White Elephant’ by the media and public a few years ago, the tables are turning around for the Thimphu Tech Park Limited (TTPL). Today it is running out of space with five Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies, seven startups and a data centre as its occupants. Together, …

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A stitch in winter

The monsoon season is a nightmare for Thimphu residents but problem is especially bad for Norzin Lam. The problem lies in the inadequacy of the carrying capacity of the drainage system. In order to combat this problem, the Thromde has been carrying out drainage diversion works for the last two …

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