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Lack of opportunities lead to recidivism 

Pepo Lepche was 16 when he was detained for five years at the Youth Development and Rehabilitation Centre (YDRC) in Tsimasham in 2009.Pepo spent his detention term learning various vocational skills at the centre and while attending school in Chukha. He completed his Class XII in 2012. However, he had to remain at the Centre to complete his term. 

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NCWC and RENEW question court judgment

Last April, a nine-year-old girl was brought to Bumthang hospital with severe injuries on her body, legs and hand. The doctor, suspecting violence, asked health officials to inform the police. The girl and the guardian went missing that night. In June that year, the girl was again brought to the …

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Picture story

Her Royal Highness Princess Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck yesterday awarded certificates to 15 spouses of armed forces personnel and a soldier who attended a month-long training to prepare Kuwaiti cuisine. As part of Project Hope activities, the spouse of Kuwait’s Chargé d’affaires to Bhutan, Abeer HEH Marafie, trained the participants in …

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SOEs lack clarity on social and commercial mandate

Some of the state owned enterprises (SOE) are showing signs of financial distress and that there is a lack of clarity between social obligations and commercial expectations, according to findings of a review conducted on SOEs. Albeit the good intent, the findings indicate that SOEs that came up in the …

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HC upholds lower court’s judgment in favour of Thimphu thromde

The High Court (HC) yesterday upheld Thimphu dzongkhag court’s judgment that allows Thimphu thromde to acquire land in Hejo to develop diplomatic enclave. According to the HC order, the judgment passed by the lower court on December 28 last year, which claimed the development of diplomatic enclave is in the …

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How to take tourism to the top

Bhutan has long been a highlight of travel in Asia. So it makes sense that efforts are underway to improve the quality of tourism in the country. The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) says it wants to take the status quo shimmering “to the top”. But while the dialogues are centered …

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Baby dies in BHU waiting for ambulance 

A couple from Lajab gewog in Dagana lost their six-weeks-old baby on August 26 while waiting for an ambulance to take her to Damphu hospital. Lajab basic health unit’s (BHU) health assistant (HA), Rinchen Dendup, said the baby was brought to the BHU around 10:30am from Balung, which is about …

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Strategic Plan to eliminate cervical cancer

Health Minister Dechen Wangmo launches the strategic plan to eliminate cervical cancer in Thimphu on August 29

Another milestone was achieved in improving cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment services in the country with the launch of a Strategic Plan for Cervical Cancer Programme (2019 – 2023) on August 29. The strategic plan outlines interventions and plans for the next five years to accelerate reduction of cervical …

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Dagana: HR shortage could affect APA targets

The dzongkhag expects at lease five more engineers

With most of the targets of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) related to construction activities, the Dagana Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) resolved to apprise the works and human settlement ministry of the shortage of engineers in the dzongkhag. The dzongkhag is reportedly short of about eight engineers. Tshangkha Gup Tawla said …

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Chagzam–Doksum road needs maintenance

Poor road conditions between Chagzam and Doksum irks commuters

From Chagzam in Trashigang, Doksum town in Trashiyangtse is just 10.2km. But the journey is treacherous. The condition of the road has been worsening over the years. Sangay Dorji, a taxi driver, said it is difficult, particularly for small cars. “The road has not seen maintenance for along time.” Another …

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Tim Fischer: Bhutan’s Loyal Friend

Tim Fischer in Paro during his last visit to Bhutan in September 2018

Tim Fischer was a leading Australian politician, diplomat and acclaimed writer. Tim passed away on August 22 and fare-welled at a state funeral in Albury seven days later. For 34 years, he was Bhutan’s unofficial Ambassador-at-large. He began his love affair with Bhutan in 1985. Tim was 39 years old …

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