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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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Autonomy for TVET?

The TVET development framework includes curriculum designs, faculty development, legislation and infrastructure development among others. (Photo: TTI Chumey, Facebook)

Giving autonomy to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) by making them autonomous national institute could be the answer to develop and change the image of TVET in the country. This was the consensus at the coordination meeting on the TVET reform held yesterday. With the government’s plan to revamp TVET and to kick-start work, the first coordination meeting was held among relevant agencies led by the Prime Minister Dr.Lotay Tshering.

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Home Minister appeals to High Court

Home Minister, Sherub Gyeltshen has appealed to the High Court, within 24 hours against the judgment rendered by the Thimphu dzongkhag court’s criminal bench I on August 27.The minister was sentenced to two months in prison for claiming false vehicle insurance worth Nu 226,546.

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Another opportunity to work and earn in Japan

Labour DG Shrub Tenzin signs the YELP programme with stakeholders yesterday

Ministry of Labour and Human Resources yesterday launched Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) which is expected to engage youth to take up technical training internships in Japan.Labour Minister Ugyen Dorji said that the programme would not be implemented like the Learn and Earn Programme (LEP) that did not fare well and that the programme was different from the LEP.

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Dramtoe women brave life without spouses

Without electricity, Jampem Doya prepares dinner before sunset

Inside her rickety and smoky hut, occasionally rubbing her teary eyes, Jampem Doya peels potatoes for dinner. It is only 5pm.At 42, the Lhop woman looks way beyond her age. She is sick and tired. But dinner must be cooked fast. Her three children are home from school and done with fetching water from a nearby stream. She collected some wild mushroom for dinner.

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The sand thieves of Sha region

Rinchengang, Wangdue—A full sail dredging is underway at the quarry. This happens six days a week from 7am to 7pm.The narrow stretch along the Punatsangchhu  is crowded with trucks zooming in and out, and this dizzying state of affair ever seems to stop. Sand from this quarry is ferried mostly to Thimphu and Paro. 

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Private sector drags feet to avail PF for employees

Only 2,504 enterprises of the 15,371 have registered for the PF schemes in the country as of today.This is despite the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource’s notification that says all the private sector enterprises should provide provident fund (PF) for their employees, as they are entitled to provident fund and gratuity.

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GAG better than GDG: Foreign minister

Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji (file photo)

Even after a nation-wide sensitisation programme on the gewog annual grant (GAG) by the finance minister, some confusion remains on whether the introduction of the GAG has removed the flexibility given to gewogs by the erstwhile gewog development grant (GDG).Gewogs found GDG useful because they could plan and use it for activities that were not included in five-year Plan activities. Some local leaders feared that GAG would not allow them to implement projects that were not included in the 12th Plan.

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DHI to ride on the wings of technology

The Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), the commercial arm of the government has recently instituted a new department called the innovation and technology department to collaborate, build programmes and invest in relevant technologies.To embrace technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, data analytics and block chain that are changing the landscape of business, governance, and societies, DHI also plans to establish a research and development (R&D) and technology centre of excellence through the new department.

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Bhutan-India ties: An example of bilateral relations

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering receives Prime Minister Modi at Paro

The state visit of Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi, who left the country yesterday afternoon, is an example of bilateral relations between nations in the entire world. Dowsed in emotions, the Indian Prime Minister said that his two-day visit to Bhutan is an unforgettable moment and even more is the warm gesture and compassionate hearts of the Bhutanese.

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