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Alleged rapist found innocent

Crime: The 21-year-old man from Barshong gewog in Tsirang, who was detained on October 29 for allegedly raping a 15-year-old student, was released on November 1 after investigations found that he was innocent. The girl’s father reported the case to the school administration, following which the school filed a police complaint. Tsirang police said the girl was taken to Damphu hospital for medical examination on October 30 and the medical report stated there were no injuries. Police officials said the man denied the allegation saying [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King granted an audience to the Indian Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag at the Trashichhodzong yesterday. General Dalbir Singh Suhag is on a three-day visit to Bhutan, his first visit abroad after taking charge in July this year.      

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Anniversary: His Majesty the King graced the Chhukha tshechu on the Coronation anniversary on November 1. The Prime Minister, Speaker, National Council Chairperson, Opposition Leader, senior government officials, and members of parliament also offered their wishes to His Majesty.     

Giving an out-of-court settlement a go

The conflicting parties have taken the drangpon’s advice to resolve the matter mutually Gidawom: The four mines operating above Gidawom and the community in Mewang gewog, Thimphu are negotiating to settle the legal battle out of court after contesting for more than two months in the court. The two parties requested the Thimphu district court’s bench II drangpon to give them a week more to further negotiate on the issue on October 31 . Presiding over the evidence submission from the defendants on October 15, [... Read More]

A welfare scheme to boost civil service morale

A reform RCSC has in mind to retain “the best and the brightest” in the land CSWS: In a move towards enhancing the welfare of the civil servants, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) is initiating a civil service welfare scheme (CSWS). This is one of the various reforms that the commission is initiating to retain “the best and the brightest” in the civil service. Karma Tshiteem, the chairman of RCSC, said that the scheme is being shared with all the government agencies for feedback. [... Read More]

“This phase is the return of Asia” : Prof Kishore Mahbubani

unnamed-74The future is in Asia not Europe: Prof Kishore Mahbubani

When tensions arise between the Asian giants, Bhutan must remain pro-Bhutan Geopolitics: “Asia is rowing in the most exciting times of geopolitics in the history of the world today and it’s this time where small countries must ‘be very careful,’ cautioned Kishore Mahbubani. The dean and professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani, was speaking on ‘Asia in today’s world’ at the Friday Forum Lecture at the Royal Institute of Governance and Strategic Studies on October 31.  His [... Read More]

Truckers attacked at Santabari

Security: Four cement-laden trucks had their windshields broken when miscreants pelted stones at the trucks, which were on their way from Nganglam to Gelephu on Saturday. The incident happened at around 6pm along the bad stretch of road at Santabari, about 50km away from Gelephu.  No one was injured. Police officials in Gelephu said the truck drivers, on reaching Gelephu at around 8:30pm, came to complain that miscreants had stoned their trucks and damaged their windshields. “A police team went to the site after the [... Read More]

Private sector wants a piece of the hydropower pie

To date, its representatives say, they’ve had to make do with crumbs off the table E3: If what transpired at the E3 international conference is any indication, the government and private sector have to sit down and sort out some pertinent issues on the hydropower sector. Some private sector heavyweights at the conference in Thimphu during the past three days said the private sector had not at all benefitted, despite the aggressive drive to develop hydropower in the country. Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry [... Read More]

Residents against move to relocate dzongkhag administration

IMG_2644Empty: Business in Trong and Dangkhar has dwindled after the opening of a bypass road

The bid to centrally locate will further throw into decline the fortunes of this township Zhemgang: Business community and residents of Trong and Dangkhar villages in Zhemgang have submitted an appeal letter to Trong gewog, to not shift the dzongkhag administration. The appeal letter, signed by heads of families in the two villages and town, comes after local leaders discussed the need to shift the dzongkhag administration to a central location in the recent dzongkhag tshogdu. DT members then reasoned that, since the dzongkhag administration [... Read More]

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Picture story: The Prime Minister and cabinet ministers attended the day long annual Dechenphu Tshechu yesterday in Thimphu. The tshechu was instituted in 2003 in dedication to Gyenyen Jakpa Melen, a local deity.    

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