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PE result out

Result for the RCSC’s preliminary examination is out online. The cut-off percentage to qualify candidates for Bhutan Civil Service Examination has been decided at 50 percent. Those who qualify are required to report, in person, for document verification and confirmation of candidature between September 1 to 19 to the RCSC office. Candidates can check their verification schedule online.

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Two more Indians sentenced for gold smuggling

Nine Indians sentenced so far in three smuggling cases

Verdict: The Paro district court yesterday sentenced two Indian nationals to two and a half years in prison for smuggling 3.53 kilograms of gold worth Nu 8.764M through Paro international airport in May this year.

The court established that accused Noushad Khazilane Ebrahim and Jamal Powal Chalkara, both from Kerala, India attempted to smuggle gold, which was brought from Dubai via Bangkok, to their home country, [... Read More]

Dagana student diagnosed with ruptured eardrum

Update: The 17-year-old student from Dagana, who was allegedly beaten by the school principal, was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum, a medical examination including forensic tests, at the Thimphu referral hospital yesterday confirmed.

Medical examination by the ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon at Thimphu referral hospital found a hole in the right eardrum of the class VII student of Drujegang HS.  The school principal had allegedly beaten and slapped the student on August [... Read More]

Picture story

Nuns train nuns: Five nun trainers trained 20 other nuns from nunneries across the country on women’s health issues in Paro last week. The training was organised by the Bhutan Nuns Foundation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

  

Gender discrimination may be deeply ingrained

DSC_2034Panelist discuss socio - cultural factors as an enabler for women’s empowerment yesterday

Culture and tradition conspire against giving women equal status and their rightful place in society

Forum: Praying to be reborn as men in the next life, and not allowing females to enter a goenkhang (sanctum sanctorum), were some of the social and cultural factors that came up for discussion yesterday at the third multi-stakeholders’ forum that was held on the role and contribution of women in economic development.

Participants, mostly women, raised this issue during [... Read More]

Editorial

The rub of the (gender) green

At the tender age of 19, in 1992, Kinley left school to marry a husband chosen by her single mother.  She had been in class VII.  She failed the final examinations and wanted to repeat, but that was her last chance.

An average student, Kinley had already failed the then class VI board examination and repeated.  She convinced her mother that she would quit school if she failed again.  When she did, the happiest person was [... Read More]

Bhutan makes official request to Japan for 1,450 power tillers

Consultation: Bhutan officially requested Japan for 1,450 power tillers during its annual consultation, which was held in New Delhi earlier this month, according to the foreign affairs ministry.

Besides reviewing and assessing current Japanese-assisted projects in Bhutan, an official request for the power tillers was also submitted to the Japanese government.

Some projects the Japanese are assisting Bhutan with currently include the rehabilitation of the Taklai irrigation system in Sarpang, improvement of rural power supply, [... Read More]

Villagers want ngar thram surveyed

For various reasons certain areas could not be covered in the last survey of 2012

NLC: The villagers of Phangkhar and Trong gewogs in Zhemgang are urging the national land commission (NLC) to complete the survey of those land reflected as ngar thram (old) in 2012, as surveyors rushed to wind up the survey before the December 17, 2012 deadline.

The land recorded in ngar thram was not surveyed because of location, shortcoming of survey [... Read More]

Woman inclusive good governance

Weeklong workshop on building capacity on gender responsive planning and budgeting 

GRPB: Some 120 officials from health, education, and agriculture sectors across the country will now have additional roles to play in institutionalising and sensitising gender-responsive planning and budgeting (GRPB).

A weeklong workshop on capacity building on GRPB in these sectors concluded yesterday with health officials’ participation.  The workshop was organised by UN Women, with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to work with [... Read More]

Local leaders and bar owners see eye to eye

With respect to the mushrooming of alcohol retailers, albeit for different reasons

Alcohol: While the reasons are different, after local leaders, it’s now Zhemgang’s bar owners, who are expressing concerns over the proliferation of retail wine shops in the district.

Zhemgang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) had recently suspended issuance of retail wine shops in its jurisdiction, fearing detrimental impact on the health of the community. However, the concern of bar owners is purely business.

There are around [... Read More]

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