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Summit envisages deeper integration

unnamed-7Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, who is in Kathmandu, Nepal for the 18th SAARC Summit visited Boudhanath yesterday

SAARC: The much-anticipated and important signings on three agreements among SAARC nations – railway and motor vehicle connectivity and energy cooperation – are not likely to happen at the 18th SAARC summit,  in Kathmandu, Nepal. This, sources said, was because of some differences Pakistan expressed. If one member country does not sign, the agreements may not come into effect. However, during the council of ministers meet, yesterday, the foreign minister, Rinzin Dorje, said Bhutan attaches high importance and remain steadfast in its commitment to the [... Read More]

Domestic violence is still at home

IMG_6608Lyonpo Dorji Choden launches the audio visual on teenage mothers

Though the country has come far in this respect, there is yet some ways to go  Gender: Despite the nightlong endurance and being severely injured in her genitals, Karma (name changed), 26, from Wangduephodrang chose to withdraw the domestic violence case against her husband. For injuries from the assault, Karma was admitted at the hospital for more than a week.  Her younger sister filed the police complaint and the husband was locked up.  However, as soon as Karma recovered, she withdrew the case and took [... Read More]

Situation improved but not yet normal

IMG_20141125_125248In convoy: Vehicles bound to Phuentsholing and Samdrupjongkhar wait for escort

Samtse: Although the border gate in Samtse is still closed, and movement of people across the border restricted, police in Samtse allowed vehicles to move by midnight of November 25th. The border gate was closed following the death of an Indian maid in Samtse, and after a mob in Chamurchi of North Bengal, India, attacked Bhutanese vehicles plying along the Indian highway. Police in Samtse said they sent about 35 Indian vehicles and people stranded inside by midnight of November 25th, after the Jalpaiguri superintendent [... Read More]

Unemployment, yet again

Assembly: Members of the opposition party yesterday asked the government to stop blaming the previous government for failing to address rising unemployment in the country and come out with measures of their own. During the question hour session, Kengkhar-Weringla representative Rinzin Jamtsho pointed out the rising unemployment and asked the government to spell what measures were taken to address the issue. Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said the rise in unemployment rate last December was because the labour force survey started even before the present [... Read More]

BOiC questioned again

NA Q&A: Members of the opposition, in the question and answer session yesterday, raised the issue of legality of Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC), and alleged that the government was keeping its eye shut although they know it was illegal. Panbang representative, Dorji Wangdi, claimed that he observed four issues of the centre that contradicted Royal Civil Service Commission’s rules. “The government is aware that the use of external grant to run BOiC is illegal,” he said.  MP Dorji Wangdi said that operation of [... Read More]

The central evaluation experiment

IMG_1324Teachers completed evaluating the last paper yesterday

25 Thimthrom schools assess for the first time class III annual exam papers together Education: To identify areas of need for primary school students, 25 Thimthrom schools have come together to evaluate their annual examination answer sheets. About 160 teachers from these 25 schools gather at Rinchen Kuenphen primary school every morning, form groups of five and six each, and begin evaluating the four subjects – mathematics, English, Dzongkha and environmental science (EVS). There are 1,788 class III students in 25 schools. These also includes [... Read More]

S/J gets its first-ever waste treatment plant

IMG_4412Inaugurated: Samdrupjonkhar’s waste treatment plant

Along with this, the town’s bore well was also inaugurated yesterday Sewage: Samdrupjongkhar thromde’s first-ever waste treatment plant, which is expected to solve the issue of unhygienic septic tanks in the locality, was inaugurated yesterday. The Nu 45M treatment plant is connected to the lower part of the dzongkhag that is demarcated under the local area plan I (LAP I).  About 84 households will avail the facility. Beginning today, all household waste will be treated and released into the river, unlike before where overflowing septic [... Read More]

Man killed by teenager

The accused has been charged to court for voluntary manslaughter Crime: For 55-year-old widow, Lami Yuden, from Lephu village in Trashigang, life has been hard for the last few weeks. Almost a month ago, she lost her husband, when a 19-year-old man struck him on his head with a wood during a fight. Although a mother of six, none of her children stay with her.  While two have joined the monastic body, one moved out after getting married, and the youngest three are studying in [... Read More]

Ugyen Academy outplays Assam Electricity

King’s Cup: Ugyen Academy FC outplayed Assam Electricity 4-0 in their last match of the King’s Cup yesterday at the Changlimithang stadium, Thimphu. Both the teams are out of the tournament, but they didn’t disappoint the crowd and gave a thrilling match. The first goal of the match came in the 16th minute from striker Tshering Wangdi when the ball deflected from one of the Assamese defenders. It seemed that Ugyen Academy had found their luck with the crowd who rooted for the local team [... Read More]

19-year-old man detained in Gelephu

Early this month, Gelephu police forwarded to the office of the attorney general, a case of a 19-year-old man, who has been in detention for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl. The girl’s parents had filed a missing case on October 24.  “The girl was with the 19-year-old man and they were found at his brother’s house in Gelephu,” a police official said. Police said according to the man’s statement, the two were in a relationship since October. They were working as parking fee [... Read More]

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