Tshering Delma

Government provides relief to SMU students

Thousands of Bhutanese graduates from Sikkim Manipal University’s (SMU) have had an uncertain future ever since the university started mentioning ‘Directorate of Distance Education,’ on the graduation certificates as of 2016. The problem is that correspondent or distant learning degrees are not recognized as a standard academic qualification to say …

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Using the ground to save electricity bills

A baseline study conducted in 2012 reported that buildings in Bhutan consumed 52,707 metric tonnes of oil, nearly 16% of the total energy consumption, of which nearly 60% was estimated to be thermal energy. This is expected to increase over the years due to change in lifestyle of residents where …

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Energy efficient lighting can save Bhutan Nu 142 mn a year

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Research studies indicate that in developing countries up to 86 percent of electricity produced is consumed for lighting purposes. Applying more efficient lighting systems could therefore lead to huge energy savings and reduction in carbon dioxide. In partnership with universities in Finland, Greece, France and Nepal and co funded by …

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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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