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Corporal punishment not accepted practice

The use of violence has been proscribed by education ministry since 2010

Education: With a case lodged against him, and in line with Bhutan civil service rules, the Drujegang high school principal in Dagana will be suspended for allegedly caning and slapping a 17-year old student on August 22.

Relatives of the student reported to the dzongkhag administration in Dagana that they had filed a case of assault against the principal with Dagana police yesterday.  [... Read More]

Investigation exonerates Gidaphu mines and quarries

However, the companies were advised to show CSR by ameliorating some of the impacts

Report: The four mines and quarries in Gidaphu, Thimphu do not affect the drinking and irrigation water supply, and have no adverse impacts on homes from blasting at the mines and quarries, according to a recent investigation report.

Officials from the Nation Environment Commission, geology and mines department, Thimphu dzongkhag administration and Mewang gewog conducted the investigation in March on the [... Read More]

Search and rescue mission on

Indian police and army are conducting joint operations to recover the abductees safely

Kidnap: Indian police, from Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Assam state, are conducting joint operation with the army to search and rescue four Bhutanese people abducted from their homes in Sarpang on the night of August 7.

Kokrajhar district’s superintendent of police, Sunil Kumar, said they suspect the militants have taken Bhutanese hostages to a dense forest bordering Chirang and Kokrajhar districts.

“Joint [... Read More]

What ails entrepreneurial development?


A BOiC workshop tries to diagnose the malaise and come up with possible prescriptions for a cure

Analysis: Over 1,456 men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 were provided entrepreneurial trainings and skills by the labour and human resources ministry so far.  Of these trainees, about 193 started business.

Nu 40M was disbursed to support these start-ups and the success rate was about 82 percent.

But what exactly constitutes a success?   Is [... Read More]

High-level consultation on cyber crime

The govt. will take measures, including an update of the Media Act, to get tougher with these offenses

Tech: The government is gearing up to get tough against cyber crimes, such as the illegal distribution of pornography.

A high-level meeting, including relevant agencies, was held by the prime minister, yesterday.

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said that the government views cyber crime “very seriously”, it was pointed out in a press release.  Cyber crime comprises criminal acts committed [... Read More]

More trouble brewing for ferrosilicon business

Besides power tariff hike, there’s stiffer competition and higher coal prices to contend with

Industry: While the recent increase in the power tariff has affected ferrosilicon businesses in the southern belt of the country, there is bad news looming large, with new ferrosilicon developments in the region.

By this fall, around 16 ferrosilicon plants will be up and running commercially in Malaysia.  The plants currently are into trial production.

The general secretary with the Industries Association [... Read More]


Tackling cyber crime

A midst a growing concern for cyber crime, the government has decided to clamp down hard on these new age criminals.  In the next few weeks or months, we will see some developments, be they in legislation or infrastructure set up, to tackle the growing problem.

While cyber crime encompasses any criminal act, basically all crimes that are conducted online, what prompted the government to get tough, perhaps, was the recent incidents of distributing amateur pornography [... Read More]

Social media posting sparks police investigation

Two men are being questioned in connection with an online accusation of land fraud 

Land: Police in Wangduephodrang are interrogating two men from Gasey Tshogoam gewog in connection with an online accusation of the former land commission secretary for illegally grabbing land in Gaselo.

According to sources, one of the two men allegedly acquired copies of land documents of the wife of the former land secretary and her relatives from the caretaker of the gewog [... Read More]

A caretaker to the rescue

care-taker-teaching_nDawa Tshering

Lack of teachers helps one fulfill longstanding dream

Education: Twenty-seven-year-old Dawa Tshering from Haa was 18 when he decided to quit school.  Laying aside his dream of becoming a teacher, Dawa stayed home to deal with the many “personal problems” he had to go through.  But he didn’t banish his dream, not one bit, from his mind.  He would be a lopen one day.

Father of two, Dawa joined Rangtse primary school (RPS) in Haa [... Read More]

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