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Don’t raise your hand

Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel presides over a sitting during the first session

There is a change in who gets to speak in the National Assembly. The attention of the Speaker will be sought through a digital “request button” waving goodbye to the “raise your hand” practice.  It was put in use during the first session of the third National Assembly, which  concluded …

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Seven years without a Tshogpa

Tshothang chiwog in Lauri

Finding a tshogpa in remote Tshothang chiwog in Lauri gewog, Samdrupjongkhar is a challenge. The chiwogs didn’t have one for the last seven years. Most men in the chiwog are lay monks registered with religious institutions. Some youth who expressed interest were disqualified because they were underage. The Election Act of …

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Goede and Tharpei Lam pedestrianised  

Tharpei Lam in Phuentsholing

Two of the busiest lanes near the Zangtopelri lhakhang in Phuentsholing, Goede Lam and Tharpei Lam, are closed for traffic giving residents and visitors to the busy town a breath of fresh air. The roads were closed for traffic since January 24. The move was considered after the new three-storied …

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Preparation in full swing for foothills festival

Sarpang dzongkhag officials prepare for the festival

Gelephu town is busy these days. If the place is already crowded with thousands of people attending the Nyingma Gyubum oral transmission, there are more coming for the Foothills Festival later this week. More than 40 bikers, who registered for the 75kms cross-country cycling race in the upcoming festival, are …

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Tourist entry points to be opened on need basis 

Regional tourists should use local vehicles

Direct flights from the Indian city of Guwahati to domestic airports in the near future is not possible. Speaking at the second meet the press yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering explained that airports must be upgraded to international airports should there be direct flights from Guwahati. The initial motion …

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UN working group assess deprivation of liberty in the country

Detention due to failure to repay debt, lack of pretrial detention facilities for adults and lack of legal aid and legal representations were some of the issues on the deprivation of liberty in Bhutan, according to a UN Working Group. On January 14, a delegation from the UN Working Group on arbitrary detention …

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OAG seeks exemplary punishment against those who sexually exploit children

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) cited three grounds for appeal against Gelephu drungkhag court’s January 14 judgment on the teacher who was convicted for molesting six students. The OAG stated that section 192 of the Civil and Criminal Procedure Code of Bhutan mandates separate liability for a separate offence. “The …

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Government to regularise all contract employees

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said the government would regularise the service of contract employees across all sectors and not just the education ministry. However, they will not be regular civil servants. At the meet the press session yesterday, Lyonchhen said there are several other ways to regularising employees besides …

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NGI says it had warned about overburden slide at PI

The third-party expert the Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project I (PI) hired, the Norwegian Geological Institute (NGI), refuted allegations of the consultant failing to provide a concrete solution. According to the technical lead, engineering geology and rockslide, Mahdi Shabanimashcool, NGI mentioned that the local slide at PI project, which recently failed, was unstable …

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