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Towards breaking menstrual taboo  

Students of Wangbama Central School in Thimphu joined the rest of the schools across the country to observe menstrual hygiene day on May 28. (Photo: Sherab Tshering, VP, WCS)

When schools observed menstrual hygiene day on May 28, inhibition and disposal facilities were some of the common challenges associated with maintaining menstrual hygiene. Laya Central School’s health coordinator, Gyem Tshering, said that to encourage staff and students to break silence on menstruation, the school principal initiated donation to buy …

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Finance Minister, Namgay Dorji inaugurated a new fuel depot in Dangdung, Langthel gewog, Trongsa on May 25. The depot is expected to benefit residents of lower Trongsa, who have to otherwise drive more than 50km to Trongsa to refuel their vehicles and refill LPG cylinders. Commuters between Trongsa and Zhemgang …

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Deposit base of the banks touch Nu 109B

The total deposit base of banking sector increased from Nu 97B in 2016 to Nu 109B in December, up by 17.6 percent. The Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) financial sector review report attributed the rise to Nu 12B increase in current and saving account, which constituted 54 percent of the total …

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JDWNRH revamps its parking space

The parking space is currently closed for public vehicles because of the construction work

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu will build a mortuary, a canteen and a gym for staff at the basement of the hospital. The basement is currently used as parking space. Medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Gosar Pemba, said that part of the parking space was never …

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Thimphu thromde looks into opening five community libraries

To address the space congestion at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Public Library, Thimphu thromde is looking into the possibility of establishing five small libraries across the thromde. The public library is 39 years old. Thimphu thrompon, Kinlay Dorjee, said the thromde also plans to establish about five small libraries each …

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Soldier detained for alleged rape of a minor

Sarpang police has detained a 46-year-old non-commissioned officer (NCO) of the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) from Wing IX in Pelrithang, Gelephu, for an alleged rape of a nine-year-old student. An RBA official said that the soldier was court-martialed as soon as they learnt about the case. He said the accused …

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Dying cardamom plants worry Darla farmers

Turning brown: A cardamom orchard in Darla

Farmers in Darla, Chukha, are worried as the green cardamom plants, their main cash crop,  are turning brown and white. Although it is time for the plants to bear fruits, they said that the spice is not bearing any fruit this year. A farmer, Tshering Tempa, from Gengu village said …

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Relay for Life to fight cancer together

Relay for Life on June 3 in Thimphu will be held to bring together community, stakeholders, and caregivers to celebrate the lives of those who have survived cancer and are undergoing treatment. Coinciding with the global month of survival, June, the event will showcase cancer survivorship, stage solidarity for fight …

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Improve the conditions for girls

The findings of a recent study on menstrual hygiene management of adolescent schoolgirls and nuns are worrying. Our girls and nuns are skipping school from one to four days. The rate of absenteeism of about 50 percent together for the adolescents is as discomforting as the factors contributing to it. …

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Education: Looking holistically and beyond

Kuensel’s May 25, 2018 editorial titled ‘Education: Looking Ahead’, does not portray our education system in its right light. The editorial targets the education system for frequent changes of its policies and further rebukes by stating ‘play not with education and the future of the nation’. I feel that such …

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B-Pop show held to promote creativity

More than 20 artists performed at the Nazhoen Gokab’s B-Pop show

To promote creativity among artists, more than 20 artists performed at the first ever Nazhoen Gokab’s B-Pop show on May 29 at Lugar Theater in Thimphu. The show began at 2:30 pm with performance from Gokab dancers, followed by a series of songs and raps by different artists. The theatre …

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