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It takes just a game to lose it all

The last game of the King’s Cup in Thimphu Tuesday left us with an awakening that compels us to look deeper into our own soul.

What we discovered about ourselves that day was shocking. It was sad too. But learning is good, always. We need to understand what stock we are made of.

The audience at the final game of the King’s Cup behaved in a way that bordered on hooliganism. Racial remarks were hurled, bottles and [... Read More]

High Court awards disputed land to NA speaker

In doing so, the district court’s restitution of said holdings to the govt. was reversed

Gyalpoizhing: The high court, on December 2, overruled a Mongar dzongkhag court verdict, which restituted the land belonging to the National Assembly speaker to the government, and awarded the land to the speaker.

Speaker Jigme Zangpo claimed the plot measuring 5,373.12sqft in Gyalpoizhing town, after his land in Gyalpoizhing was acquired by the Kurichu hydro electricity project.

The high court judgment [... Read More]

Committee recommends reporting pregnancies in minors

From a WCYC report compiled following a visit to seven dzongkhags in October

NA: Pregnancy of minors is a major concern due to legal consequences the father would face if the case were reported to police, according to the latest report compiled by the Women, Children and Youth Committee (WCYC) of the National Assembly (NA).

Presenting the report to the NA on Tuesday, the committee’s vice chairman Karma Dorji said most pregnant minors were married, [... Read More]

Waiting for word on approach road repair

unnamedBad: The road between Birpara and Gomtu is riddled with potholes

As it lies in India, the issue has to be discussed and decided on a govt.-to-govt. level

Gomtu: Gomtu residents say they are still waiting for the government to hold talks with the Alipur district authority in India to improve a 14km road stretch between their town and Birpara.

With hundreds of potholes and a perpetual dust cloud hanging over the road, Gomtu residents and industries complain the road is causing them major problems.

The travel [... Read More]

Thimphu thromde considers outsourcing waste collection and management

DSC_4450Overwhelmed: The capital city produces 25 tonnes of waste every day

Garbage: Thimphu thromde is considering privatising the city’s waste collection and management starting January 2015.

Lack of resources and management problem are some of the reasons why the thromde is planning to outsource the management and collection of the city’s mounting waste.

The thromde will divide Thimphu city into three blocks – south, center and north. Private contractors will collect waste from these blocks once every day.

Because of the mounting waste problem in the city, [... Read More]

Life terms for repeat chorten vandals

Crime: Mongar district court has sentenced a man to three life terms and another to two for repeated chorten vandalism.

The court also sentenced another two vandals for three and seven years, respectively.

According to the verdict passed last week, Namgyel, 34, and Tshewang Lhuendrup, 28, were convicted for vandalising the Dheysung Dra chorten in Jurmey gewog on July 10.  They were sentenced to life imprisonment.

In the other judgment, Namgyel and his accomplice Tenzin Dorji, [... Read More]

Picture story

His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck and Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale hand over a Nu 25,000 cheque to the winner of the essay competition, Ngawang Gyeltshen of Motithang HSS.
The Nehru Wangchuck Cultural Centre conducted the essay competition as a part of celebrations of the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The second prize, Nu 15,000 went to [... Read More]

Lyonchhoen fields questions on GDP growth

NA: The government has formed a taskforce to identify factors that led to the drop in the GDP to 2.05 percent in 2013, the lowest in recent years, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said at the National Assembly’s question hour session yesterday.

Lyonchhoen was responding to questions from the opposition on the slump in GDP, and the Prime Minister’s statement to make the country self-reliant by 2018 at the last meet-the-press session.

The taskforce, lyonchhoen said, [... Read More]

Cabinet yet to decide on Bhutan Airlines’ domestic flights

NC takes govt. to task for allowing private airline to violate agreement and then dictate terms

Aviation: National Council yesterday questioned the government why it allowed Bhutan Airlines to violate the terms and conditions of licensing international flights, which was to subsidise domestic flights, and on setting an unhealthy precedent.

Two months after the deadline to resume domestic flights, the government has been unable to decide on what it would do with the airline.

Trashiyangtse councillor [... Read More]

Tashi case illuminates matrimonial and inheritance issues

Judiciary: The case of Tashi Group of Companies, which was worth Nu 30B in 2006 when the sole proprietor Dasho Ugen Dorji, popularly known as Dasho Rimp, expired, attempted to answer some of the confusing legal provisions on marriage and inheritance.

During the four-year trial, questions were raised on whether the marriage between late Dasho Rimp and his second wife Lhaden Pem Dorji should be considered legal, as they did not have a marriage [... Read More]

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