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Shuttle time begins in Trashigang

A total of 26 SSIs and sports teachers from Trashigang ​are undergoing the three-day programme

A total of 26 sports teachers and school sports instructors (SSI) are attending a three-day school badminton programme, Shuttle Time, at the Multi-Sports Complex in Trashigang. The programme that began yesterday is expected to provide basic badminton skills. The treasurer of Trashigang Sports Association, Karma Choeda, said although popular, there …

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RSF report leaves a lot desired

We condemn the reports of Reporters Without Borders, or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation that claims to promote and defend freedom of information and freedom of the press. In Bhutan’s experience, RSF has repeatedly failed to reflect the true picture of freedom of press in the …

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Sixth industry initiative Bhutanese students saw in rural Japan

While high-level diplomacy between Bhutan and Japan is the talk of the town, less frequently highlighted is the one at the private level. Every year, more than 20 high school and college students from Bhutan, together with participants from the other SAARC member countries, are invited to a 10-day cultural …

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Best and brightest civil servants to join PDP: PM

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has confirmed that a number of senior civil servants, including the cabinet secretary, have agreed to join the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as candidates. The civil servants, however, are yet to resign from their post even after the confirmation of their candidature by the ruling party. …

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Grand BoB Loan Festival opens in Thimphu

To create awareness and provide a platform to interact with customers on their latest products and services, the country’s oldest bank with largest network Bank of Bhutan, opened a three day, Grand BoB Loan Festival on April 27 at the Changlimithang parking in Thimphu yesterday. BoB’s public relations and media …

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Phub Zam Monger brings home first international judo medal

Phub Zam Monger (Photo: BJA)

Nineteen-year-old Phub Zam Monger became the first judoka from Bhutan to win a medal in international judo competition, when she bagged a bronze in women’s 48kg category last week in Nepal. Of the five judokas that took part in the senior level eighth South Asian Judo Championship in Nepal, Phub …

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Premise: Education debate

Debates we must engage in. The more and seriously we do, the better. Without serious debates, there scarcely is anything concrete we can hope for. When the debate is about education, we have got to be all the more solemn and sincere. Trivialising education just because one can say anything …

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Measures initiated to make schools safe

The education ministry would commission a study to come up with a comprehensive safe school programme that would look into the entire school system including loopholes in terms of counselling in primary school to enable abused child to reach out and seek support. Education minister Norbu Wangchuk shared this at …

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Human value conference opens in Thimphu

More than 120 participants from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, the Maldives and Bhutan are attending the conference

The seventh three-day international conference on Human Values in Higher Education opened yesterday at Thimphu. Vice chancellor of Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), Nidup Dorji, said that with development eroding human culture, ethical and spiritual values, the need to restore faith and resolve for positive change in attitude and behaviour …

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Windstorm affects 21 households in Orong

The windstorm damaged 10 acres of maize fields

A windstorm blew off roofs of three households, damaged 10 acres of maize plants and killed cattle belonging to 21 households in Orong, Samdrupjongkhar on April 25. Orong gup, Jigme, said the windstorm affected three villages, Suzung, Menchuri and Tokorong. “Suzung village is the worst hit as it blew off …

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Bhutanese woman raped in Jaigaon

A 22-year-old Bhutanese woman residing across the border in Jaigaon was allegedly raped by a non- Bhutanese man in front of her sister around 5am on April 25. The suspect is at large. The women lodged a complaint at Jaigaon Police Station the same day and Jaigaon police are on …

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Picture story

The Rotary Club of Thimphu with support from Disaster Aid Australia has installed SkyHydrant Water Filtration Units in 11 schools, an institution and two hospitals across the country. The filtration unit installed at the Bhutan Amateur Athletics Federation (BAAF) ground at Lungtenzampa, Thimphu was handed over to BAAF on April …

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Mongar’s lone woman garners support to win NC seat

Sonam Pelzom with her husband and son

Being the only woman contestant among the 13 contestants helped Sonam Pelzom from Dramangling village in Tsamang gewog book a seat in the National Council during the recent elections. Of the 17 gewogs in the dzongkhag, Mongar fielded 13 candidates. Tsakaling gewog NC candidate, Jamyang Loday said she enjoyed the …

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