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An issue of affordability or constitutionality?

The government’s decision to remove the cut-off point for class X students has, among others, raised questions on its constitutionality. While the government since the campaign days has maintained that removing the cut-off point and providing free education until Class XII does not violate the Constitution, the Opposition has said …

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 Layaps’ horses graze in paddy fields opposite Punakha Dzong. Layaps are buying more horses now as Lunaps have the chopper taxi and goods are transported by the layaps.

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Plastic bag ban to go nationwide from April

Starting April 1, 20 years after the first notification was issued, ban on the use or sale of plastic carry bags and doma wrappers will be reinforced. National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) issued a notification on January 14. Last year, on November 13, NECS consulted with relevant agencies and decided to reinforce …

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Court hands murderers life term

The High Court’s bench one sentenced two men, including a non-Bhutanese, to life imprisonment in relation to a murder of a 24-year-old Bhutanese man in Hasimara, India in April 2017. Four other men involved in the case were given prison terms ranging between four and 15 years. The Office of …

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Opposition draws the line while working with government

Opposition leader Pema Gyamtsho (PhD)

Opposition leader Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) has said that he did not attend the government’s press conference although the prime minister had invited him twice. Speaking to Kuensel after the Opposition’s press conference on January 31, the opposition leader said it was not right for the Opposition and the government to …

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  A forest fire that started around 4:30pm yesterday in Kharza-Lephu chiwog in Yangnyer, Trashigang continues to rage into the night. Gewog officials, locals, police and Desuup are engaged in containing the fire. Steep and rugged terrain makes it difficult to deploy officials according to gewog officials. Another forest fire …

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ACC moves the ball to labour ministry’s court

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) could not find any grounds for re-investigation of the ‘Learn and Earn’ overseas employment programme. On January 21, parents and representatives of youth who went to Japan under learn and earn programme submitted an appeal to the ACC Chairperson for re-investigation saying the commission’s earlier investigation was …

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Former gup convicted of land grabbing 

Thimphu dzongkhag court’s bench I convicted former gup Naku of Chang gewog in Thimphu and sentenced him to two years in prison yesterday. The court found him guilty of violating the Land Act 1979 for encroaching on government land and liable for prison term ranging from three months to three …

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Rabies outbreak in Phuentsholing under control

In action: A suspected rabid dog is caught

A rabies outbreak in four villages of Alley, Majuwa, Pana B, Rangeytoong in Phuentsholing and Sampheling gewogs, Chukha are under control, officials from the regional livestock department centre (RLDC) in Tsimasham confirmed. The first case was reported in Wangdigatshel school area in Alley on January 21. Community had killed a …

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Forest fire in Punakha yet to be contained

Over 45 acres of forest was damaged in the fire as of yesterday in Punakha (Photo: Wangdue forest division)

A forest fire that started around midnight on January 30 in Punakha is yet to be contained. Over 45 acres of forest has been destroyed as of yesterday. The fire started near Tashidingkha Middle Secondary School, in Dzomi gewog. According to forest division officials in Wangdue, no casualties have been …

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Dudjom Kilaya Drupchen concludes today

His Eminence Dungse Garab Rinpoche performs jingser at the weeklong drupchen in Rangjung

More than 1,000 people from Trashigang and nearby dzongkhags are attending the 29th Dudjom Kilaya Drupchen at Rangjung Woesel Chholing monastery in Trashigang. His Eminence Dungse Garab Rinpoche is presiding over the weeklong drupchen that began on January 26. The secretary with the monastery, Tenzin Choda, said that unlike the …

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Foothills Festival earns more than Nu 5.4M in two days

Some gewogs earned more than Nu 700,000 from sales

While Sarpang dzongkhag officials are still compiling the amount gewogs, farmers and other entities earned from selling their products in the two-days Foothills Festival, records indicate that farmers have earned more than Nu 5.4M. According to the budget officer, Kinga Wangmo, Chudzom gewog recorded the highest sale of gewog products. …

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