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His Holiness the Je Khenpo confers scarf on Japanese monk

DSC_0959Lam Hakuho Kiyokawa

Lam Hakuho Kiyokawa completed Buddhist studies and a three-year retreat in Bhutan Ceremony: His Holiness the Je Khenpo yesterday, conferred Toedtse Jim, or official recognition scarf on a Japanese monk, Hakuho Kiyokawa, for his successful completion of Buddhist studies and three-year retreat in Bhutan. Hakuho Kiyokawa studied Buddhist philosophy and literature for five years in Tango Buddhist institute, and went into a three-year retreat in Cheri meditation centre, Thimphu.  He also learned rituals and ceremonies of Drukpa Kagyu School for two years. The ceremonial award [... Read More]

Societal norms, main cause for violence against women and girls

15639686357_060e76a8c8_oHer Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck addresses the conference Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran

+20 Beijing: Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck highlighted the urgency to eliminate violence against women and girls at the opening of the ministerial segment of the Beijing +20 review yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand. “Violence against women and girls is one of the biggest violations of human rights,” Her Majesty Gyalyum Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck said in her address. Her Majesty also highlighted issues of violence against women and girls in the region and the need to address them, by valuing women and girls’ rights, [... Read More]

NC passes LG entitlement bill

Council: The National Council unanimously endorsed the Local Government Entitlement Bill 2014 yesterday after incorporating a few changes to the bill National Assembly endorsed. All 23 members present voted ‘yes’ to the Bill, which will be discussed in the assembly. The Council on Monday approved that tshogpas should be entitled to paid leave, in contradiction to the Assembly’s decision last session. The good governance committee’s deputy chairperson, Tempa Dorji, reported the decisions of the committee after it re-deliberated certain provisions with other members. The house [... Read More]

Now, OAG’s ‘dozen’ against former councillor

These follow the 12 pieces of prosecutor evidence presented against the former NLC official Land Case: The Office of the Attorney General presented a dozen pieces of evidence to substantiate charges of manipulation and tampering documents against the former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen. Chang Ugyen was accused of tampering and manipulating documents to insert seven acres of land in Lubding, and change his 0.02 decimals land in Omkha to 3.02 acres in his thram. OAG’s prosecutor, Tashi Gyalpo, presented the first evidence, the investigation [... Read More]

World Toilet Day workshop

image4Sanitation: Monks learn sanitation practices as Bhutan observed World Toilet Day at the Dechenphodrang monastic school in Thimphu yesterday Photo: SNV

The aim is for the monk community to take ownership of their own facilities Dechenphodrang:  Although the toilets for the monks at the Dechenphodrang monastic body look like any other, it has a different story. The pipes are blocked, toilets pots are worn out and dirty, the floors are wet, walls are stained, and water trickles from closed taps. There are about 15 units in the toilet and, despite their poor condition, the monks cover their faces with their robes whenever they enter. To take [... Read More]

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]

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