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JAB president reappointed

The board of the Journalists’ Association of Bhutan (JAB) has reappointed Editor of Kuensel (Dzongkha) Rinzin Wangchuk, as the president for a second three-year term, a press release from JAB states.  His second term began on November 1. Rinzin Wangchuk is the senior most working journalist in the country and …

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ACC reviews HC’s desuung judgment

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officials are reviewing the High Court’s (HC) judgment on the desuung cases. ACC officials said they are reviewing both the conviction and acquittal judgements but whether they would appeal on the case or not would depend on the military court’s decision. “If the military court does not appeal, …

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Man detained for rape

Thimphu police detained a 19-year-old man for rape of a child above 12 years of age on October 26. The case, which was initially filed as a ‘missing of person’ case, was forwarded from Paro police to Thimphu police on October 26 after the police in Thimphu were informed that …

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Passengers complain of non-compliance to RSTA fares by taxis 

The fare charged with the taxi is not consistent with the fuel prices

While the fuel price has dropped once again this year, passengers commuting through taxis in Thimphu are unhappy with taxi drivers charging a higher fare than the one that the Road Safety and Transport Authority’s (RSTA) set in October this year. Due to an increase in fuel price and other operating …

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P/ling vendors want vegetable market to be more organised 

The new vegetable market in Phuentsholing

Although vegetable vendors in Phuentsholing are happy to settle down in a new three-storied structure since October 14, they are not optimistic and pointed out several issues. Vendors said the arrangement has to be changed explaining that today the  stalls of non-Bhutanese vendors and Bhutanese vendors are all mixed. They also …

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Foreign workers are now closed to four more occupations

Indian workers outside the immigration office in Phuentsholing

Starting this month, work permits for foreign workers in four occupations will not be renewed and issued according to labour ministry officials. The move is in line with the Regulation on Recruitment and Management of Foreign Workers, 2012. A notification from the Department of Labour listed carpenters in furniture units, …

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Odd location leaves Kilkhorthang lhakhang deserted

The Kilkhorthang lhakhang in Tsirang

Almost a decade since the gewog lhakhang in Kilkhorthang, Tsirang was constructed, the lhakhang is rarely utilised. During the recent descending day of Lord Buddha on October 31, instead of visiting the gewog lhakhang, villagers visited the dratshang or the Threma lhakhang in Dampu to make offerings. The gewog lhakhang remained …

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Rephey-Koshala bypass road in Trongsa to open by February

The construction for the bypass began in 2012

The Rephey-Koshala bypass road in Langthel, Trongsa is expected to open to traffic by February next year once the two bridges connecting the bypass are completed. The 16kms bypass has already been blacktopped and handed over to the Departments of Roads (DoR) in May this year. People of nearby villages …

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Trashigang lifts moratorium on construction of houses

Trashigang town

With the moratorium on house construction in Trashigang town lifted, residents are hopeful that the housing shortage in the locality would now be addressed. However, the dzongkhag municipal office is yet to receive a formal letter from the ministry of works and human settlement, sanctioning the lift. Following the approval …

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Lhop struggle to save their traditional songs 

The Lhop community radio in Lhotokuchu Jigme

Lhops have a song about a black-necked crane and a hoopoe. It compares the birds, about the crane’s intelligence and elegance, and about the hoopoe’s stupidity. Kunti Doya, 58, from Lhotokuchu Jigme, is effortless with this song. Today, she has taken time out from her dairy works to sing the …

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