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  • SC orders judges to use discretion…

    ... while interpreting the compensatory damages clause in the Penal Code

    Penal Code: Judges around the country can use their discretion in applying the amended section 39 of the Penal Code of Bhutan in matters of compensatory damages.

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Community forest handed back

Dzongkhag forest officials take over the CF

Dado goempa becomes the first to hand back the CF to the department of forest Punakha: Almost seven years after taking over a community forest (CF), the Dado goempa community forest group in Shengana gewog, Punakha officially handed back the CF to the department of forest on May 18. Punakha’s ...

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Trongsa farmers unable to meet MHPA vegetable demand

A truck carrying imported vegetables reach Langthel, Trongsa

As a result almost all of its needs are met through imports from India Agriculture: With vegetable production in Trongsa unable to meet the demand, Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHPA) meets almost 97 percent of its vegetable requirement through imports. The project requires 1,567MT (metric tonnes) of vegetables every year, ...

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Council moots master plan for tourism

Most stakeholders feel a liberalisation of the sector will lead to equitable distribution of benefits Tourism: Talks on whether tourism should be liberalised or not have come up again.  This time it came up after the National Council’s economic affairs committee held several meetings with various tourism agencies last month. ...

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Much to mull over public debt management

Deliberation: Should the country prosper, governments will have to avail loans even if public debt accumulated over the years seem alarming. This was what both the former and current ministers said, during a daylong deliberation on the Royal Audit Authority’s report on public debt management. However a debt management policy ...

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Sanam Tshongkhang opens in Sephu

Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji inaugurates the Gewog Banking Service centre

Farm Road: To facilitate better market access to farmers and improve the quality of farm inputs including shortage of farm labour, agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji, inaugurated the first “Farm Shop/Sanam Tshongkhang” at Sephu gewog in Wangduephodrang on May 17. According to a press release from the ministry, the “semi business ...

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17-year-old nabbed for string of burglaries

Crime: Sarpang police last week caught a 17-year old boy in connection with a series of burglaries in Saprang and Thimphu. The police managed to track him down after he broke into seven houses in Sarpang Tar and one in Hilay. According to police, the boy was looking for cash ...

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Search continues for missing bodies

Villagers look out for the bodies along Drangmechu

Update: Despite a rigorous search along the river Gamri and Drangmechu by a team comprising of policemen and volunteers yesterday, the two missing bodies of a five year-old girl and a 35 year-old driver of the Riju accident, were not recovered. The search began from Riju until Rolong while villagers ...

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Put climate change assessments into action: PM

PM meets the participants at the Climate Change Dialogue

Dialogue: It is time Bhutan started translating assessments and studies done so far on combating climate change into action, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. He said there are already numerous assessments within sectors that point towards strategies and policies for clean and green socio-economic development in Bhutan. Lyonchoen called for ...

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ILCS holds a Read Fest to encourage reading

Reading time: Students greet their classmates to the Reading Fest yesterday at ILCS, Taktse

Reading: Monday had perhaps never been this exciting for the students and teachers of Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS), Taktse, Tongsa. Characters from books they read came alive yesterday and filled the campus as final year students of BA in Language and Literature (BLL) organised a day long ...

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High tech to thwart low thievery

One of the hundreds of vandalised choetens in Trashigang

Law and Order: To deter and reduce vandalism of choetens and robberies of lhakhangs, the police are planning to install CCTV (close circuit television) and shock sensor technology. The plan will see two CCTVs installed in each identified lhakhang.  The move is estimated to cost Nu 330 million. Some 476 ...

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19 officials yet to declare assets

ACC: More than two weeks after the month long grace period for 2014 ended on April 30, a total of 19 officials out of the 45 under Schedule I are yet to declare their assets with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Schedule I comprise ministers, MPs, heads of political parties, heads ...

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For affordable and reliable connectivity

The telecom policy replaces the Bhutan ICT policy, 2004 IT: The government will have to ensure affordable connectivity for all through the creation of a conducive environment for private investments and competition. This is one of the many objectives of the Bhutan Telecommunications and Broadband policy 2014, which will guide ...

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My Country, My Town

  • Street art: A stone sculpture of sorts in still water presents a Zen-like creative expression Photo by Phuntsho Wangdi, BoB, Thimphu
  • Nipped in the bud: Whatever plant there once was in that pot has long ceased to exist and there’s the reason why Photo by Kinley Tshering, Gedu College, Gedu
  • Canine comfort zone: Man’s best friend in his master’s best chair Photo by Kinley Tshering, Gedu College, Gedu