Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Published December 12, 2023 by Nidup Jamtsho with 0 comment

Australia Tightens the VISA Conditions

Australia's Home Affairs Minister, Clare O'Neil, has unveiled comprehensive reforms aimed at reshaping the country's migration system, addressing perceived issues. The government plans to implement stringent visa rules over the next two years to reduce immigration, focusing on both international students and skilled workers.

For Australia Student Visa, the new policies mandate higher English proficiency scores, requiring Graduate visa applicants to achieve 6.5 (up from 6.0) and student visa applicants to attain 6.0 (up from 5.5). The changes also involve increased scrutiny on second visa applications.

In the realm of Australia Work Visa, the government intends to introduce the "Skills in Demand Visa," replacing the existing temporary skill shortage visa. This four-year visa offers three pathways based on skill levels, catering to specialists, core skills, and essential skills, with associated income criteria. The government anticipates a positive fiscal impact, projecting an addition of $3.4 billion to the budget over the next decade through these new pathways.

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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Published December 09, 2023 by Nidup Jamtsho with 0 comment

Her Royal Highness the Gyalsem has been named Sonam Yangden Wangchuck

Sonam is a Bhutanese name denoting merit, longevity and good fortune. The name Yangden, meaning precious jewel, signifies prosperity and wellbeing.

The naming ceremony was held at Tashichhodzong on the anniversary of His Majesty’s accession to the Golden Throne in 2006. The ceremony was presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo. His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Their Majesties the Queen Mothers and Members of the Royal Family were present for the ceremony. 

Representatives of the Dratshang offered Ku Sung Thugten Mendrel. The Dzongdas, Thrizins, and Lam Netens of twenty dzongkhags, representing the people of Bhutan, made buelwa offerings. 

Her Royal Highness, the third child of Their Majesties The King and Gyaltsuen, was born on September 9 this year.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Published December 07, 2023 by Nidup Jamtsho with 0 comment

National Toppers: BCSE 2023


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Monday, December 4, 2023

Published December 04, 2023 by Nidup Jamtsho with 0 comment

Hike to Chhumphu Ney: Paro

The journey to Chumphu Ney was a memorable experience for me and my family. The hike, lasting 4 to 8 hours, unfolded through serene forests, offering shade and a cool breeze that made the walk enjoyable.

Reaching the temple, we were captivated by the presence of Dorji Phamo, the "floating" goddess. The medium to steep climb added an element of adventure, and witnessing a money note smoothly pass beneath her feet left us in awe of the sacred atmosphere.

Exploring the Guru Rimpoche Caves felt like stepping back in time, imagining the meditation practices of Guru and his consorts. The waterfalls, believed to be Guru's bathing place, and the rock opening considered the gates of Heaven, added a sense of wonder to our visit.

Inside the temple, the caretaker shared fascinating details about the floating statue, emphasizing its mysterious origins and the belief that wishes made beside greed come true. The prohibition of photography inside the temple heightened the sense of reverence.

Venturing beyond the temple, we discovered the caves used by Guru Rinpoche and his consorts, each resonating with spiritual history. The small lake, carved into the rocks with a beautiful waterfall, and the rock opening believed to be Heaven's gateway provided moments of tranquility and reflection.

Sharing this experience with my family was truly special. Recommending this hike to others is not just about the physical journey; it's an invitation to immerse yourself in the spiritual and serene ambiance of Chumphu Ney, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who embark on this adventure.

Picture: Neygo Dhimi Bu, the key to the sacred site 

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