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Students and parents call BCSEA’s decision unfair

Examination: Class XII students, their parents and observers have taken to the social media to pour out their disappointment on the decision to not re-conduct the leaked English II paper.

Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) board decided not to redo the leaked class XII’s English paper II at an emergency meeting on January 4 afternoon.Instead, the board decided that students be awarded the marks they scored in English paper I for [... Read More]

Girl killed by falling pillar

Accident: A seven-year old girl succumbed to head injuries after one of the two pillars holding the Sipa-chi-dhoe hit her head yesterday at Thangzona, Punakha.

She was rushed to the hospital, but died around 2:30pm, moments after she reached the hospital. The girl along with her parents stayed back to collect druna (grain offerings). Sources said fierce wind unsettled the pillar and blew it after the kurim completed and most people left the area.

Hospital [... Read More]

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The five-day Dagana tshechu ended yesterday with the unfurling of Lord Buddha’s thongdrel and Guru Tshengyed Chham (mask dance). The tshechu is believed to be 305 years old.



Plugging the loopholes

In settling a long legal battle amongst four businessmen, the High Court has revealed several loopholes in the system of governance.

They have found that the litigants had not paid income tax for years and expressed grave concerns of how businesses are getting away evading taxes. The High Court has also asked the department of revenue and customs to calculate and collect taxes based on income tax rules from the four businessmen.

Going by the figures presented [... Read More]

Council awaits clear response from Cabinet on e-vehicles

NC had written to the govt to revisit its decision on importing second hand e-vehicles

E-cars: Although the Cabinet’s official response to the National Council (NC)’s resolution to stop importing second-hand electric cars has been “very vague”, Finance Minister Namgay Dorji said there is no going back on the government’s decision.

“The government can’t override the Parliament’s decision,” he said. The Parliament in July last year waived off tax on the import of electric vehicles [... Read More]

Defendant’s lawyer asks court for minimal penalty

Hearing: In the opening statement of the case involving a police constable who was accused of attempted rape of a 20-year-old woman, lawyer Kinzang Wangchuk of Bhutan Law Service requested the court for minimal sentence on the grounds that the constable was mentally unsound at the time when he committed the crime.

While agreeing on the charges made by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Kinzang Wangchuk requested the court to render every [... Read More]

Bhutanese held for allegedly smuggling sandalwood

Crime: A 37-year-old Bhutanese man is currently in Jaigaon police custody for allegedly trying to transport sandalwood worth Rs 10.5M into the country. He is from Tabrang, Phongmey in Trashigang.

On the midnight of January 2, Jaigaon police along with the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) intercepted a white private truck at Dalsingpara, some 10km from the bordering town of Jaigaon. The truck is also registered in the driver’s name, Kuensel learned.

The police in Phuentsholing, [... Read More]

Rapist gets 8 years, 9 months and 9 days term

Crime: Lhuentse dzongkhag court sentenced a 29-year-old man to eight years, nine months and nine days in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl and impregnating her in December 2013.

The court found Sonam from Umgar guilty of statutory rape. According to section 183 of the Penal Code of Bhutan, a person shall be guilty of the offence of rape of a child above the age of twelve years if the defendant has sexual intercourse [... Read More]

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More than a thousand Bhutanese devotees joined nuns, monks and other devotees from other Himalayan countries last weekend for a mass cleaning campaign at the Swayambhunath choeten (Stupa) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The cleaning drive was part of Pad Yatra, that His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa spearheaded. (photo courtesy ADC)


Only one product wins Seal of Excellence

picCertificaterecipients with UNDP and economic affairs ministry officials

Award: Only one of the 19 products submitted under the traditional category was awarded the Seal of Excellence Certificate yesterday in Thimphu.

A total of 12 products were awarded the Seal of Quality Certificate. Besides the certificates, the winners were also awarded cash prizes.

The selected products will be given promotional support and other marketing incentives while the non-awarded products will be given product development and capacity building support to encourage producers to improve quality [... Read More]

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