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Don’t close school, parents appeal

IMG_8732Jigmeling primary school in Bebzur, Tang

The gewog has come up with many reasons why a central school is not good for little kids Jigmeling  PS: Parents of students in Jigmeling primary school (JPS) in Bebzur village in Tang, Bumthang, have written to the gewog administration not to close the chiwog’s only school with the introduction of a central school in Tang. Surprised by the petition, the gewog administration, which was unaware of the development, also wrote to the dzongkhag to refrain from making such a decision. “Closing primary schools in [... Read More]

Man convicted of minor rape appeals to higher court

Crime: The 20-year old man, who was convicted for the rape of a 16-year old girl and sentenced to nine years imprisonment by the Gelephu dungkhag court on November 7, has appealed to the higher court yesterday. There was no ground of appeal mentioned in the appeal letter. According to the verdict, the girl and the accused were meeting over the phone for two years but met in person in July this year. The girl told the accused, his parents and even gewog officials that [... Read More]

Assam Electricity lose again

DSC_1325Dipak Rai scores the equaliser for Assam Electricity Ltd.

King’s Cup: Defending champions, Manang Marshyangdi Football Club (MMC) of Nepal bagged their first win of the King’s cup beating Assam Electricity Limited, 2-1, yesterday at the Changlimethang stadium. In one of the few closely contested matches in the football tournament so far, the Assamese maintained a strong line of defense and intercepted most of the shots made by the Nepalese. They held MMC until the 35th minute to a goalless draw. But the deadlock was broken when MMC’s Leonce Zikhai Dozo scored after the [... Read More]

21st national boxing championship begins

Boxing: The 21st national boxing championship (NBC) that started on November 15 in Phuentsholing has got the town’s residents excited, with hundreds gathering everyday to watch the championship. A total of 83 boxers, from the Royal Bhutan Army’s (RBA) 10 wings across the country are participating in the knockout tournament. Seven bouts of matches are held daily and 28 have been held to date of the 74. From lightweight (49kg) to heavyweight (91kg), the tournament has nine weight categories.  However, super heavyweight (more than 91kg) [... Read More]

Nationwide Vitamin B complex supplement for students

Measure being taken to prevent further outbreaks of peripheral neuropathy in schools  Nutrition: To prevent further outbreaks of peripheral neuropathy in schools, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has instructed all students across the country be immediately put on a month long vitamin B complex supplement. Following the Prime Minister’s instruction, health minister Tandin Wangchuk issued an executive order on November 14 to all district health officers to start supplementing Vitamin B complex from November 17. Nutrition health program officials at the health ministry said a total [... Read More]

Austrian govt. commits Nu 173M for energy, environment and tourism

Aid: The Austrian government has committed Nu 173M for three new projects in energy, environment and tourism that are in line with the 11th Five Year Plan. The Gross National Happiness Commission secretary, Sonam Wangchuk, and resident representative of the Austrian coordination office, Christine Anna Jantscher, signed the three agreements yesterday. Sonam Wangchuk said hydropower and tourism have been priority areas for the government in achieving self-reliance and that assistance in these areas would be of immense benefit. The implementing agencies –Druk Green Power corporation [... Read More]

BBS MD appointment in accordance with Companies Act : I&C minister

Q-hour: The appointment of Bhutan Broadcasting Service’s managing director was in accordance with the Companies Act 2000, the minister for information and communications, DN Dhungyel, said. Responding to a question of Bumdeling-Jamkhar representative, Dubtho, on the appointment of the managing director for BBS during the ‘question hour’ yesterday, the minister said section 85 of the Act states that a chief executive officer of a company is appointed for a term, not exceeding five years, at a time with approval from the shareholders. “Since BBS is [... Read More]

PM explains govt.’s debt management policy

This elucidation was in response to the former finance minister’s queries on the same Q-hour: After years of defending the government on its borrowing policies, the former finance minister and Bartsham-Shongphu representative, Wangdi Norbu, is now questioning the government about its policy on debt management. Yesterday, during question hour, he questioned the government if they had prepared a plan or a road map for the national debt and for the Indian Rupees reserves, and that it should provide a framework for any debt, including that [... Read More]

JAB gets CSO status

Journalist:  The journalist association of Bhutan (JAB) obtained civil society organisation (CSO) status, yesterday. General secretary of the association, Kinley Tshering, said the registration of JAB as a CSO is a new milestone for the association and the community of journalists in Bhutan. “It took quite a long, but better late than never,” he said. “This means JAB is now a legally recognised and certified mutual benefit organisation under the CSO Act of Bhutan.” The registration also strengthens the association’s position as a CSO for, by [... Read More]

Equal benefits for LG tshogpas: NC

DSC_9407Eminent council member Tashi Wangmo

With this decision, the council contradicts NA’s earlier stand against the allowance Council: The National Council on Monday decided that tshogpas, elected members of local government, should be entitled to paid leave, in contrast to the decision the Assembly took in the last session Good governance committee chairperson, eminent council member Tashi Wangmo, said the committee proposed equal entitlement, as all elected members of the local government are equal under the Constitution.  Local leaders, including tshogpas, should be entitled to casual, earned, maternity, paternity and [... Read More]

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