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Penalties on defaulters reduce on biosafety

… Parliamentarian entitlement act (amended) 2014 endorsed

Council: A person importing genetically modified organisms (GMO) and capable of reproducing it in the country will not be punished with fourth degree felony but a fine, the National Council (NC) decided yesterday.

This was one of the changes the council made after revisiting the provisions on penalties for offences in the biosafety bill, 2014, which was endorsed unanimously by the 23 members present.

The assembly’s version of the [... Read More]


The status quo prevails

The National Assembly yesterday decided that there was no need to amend the Election Act, 2008.  But it was not as straightforward as the result of the secret ballot cast.

After more than three hours of disagreement, the Speaker asked for a vote and 27 members voted “nay” to an amendment.  Going by the nature of the discussions, it was mostly the members of the opposition that wanted the Act to be revisited, if not amended, [... Read More]

50 women undergo salpingectomy

Tubectomy: After having two daughters, Penjore, 28, and his wife decided to not have any more children.

Penjore’s wife was among more than 50 women from across Wangdue who were at Punakha hospital to undergo salpingectomy, a surgical removal of the fallopian tube, at the three-day camp, which started yesterday.

“Right now our children are small and we’re raising them well, but in future, we fear, we may be unable to provide them better education [... Read More]

Bhutan ranked eleventh most charitable country

Charity: Bhutan has been ranked 11th in the World Giving Index which measures charitable giving behaviours among countries.

This is the first time Bhutan has been included in the index, which aims to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world.

The annual index is calculated by simply averaging responses to three central questions. The respondent has to answer whether any money has been donated to a charity, any voluntary work [... Read More]

A tribute walk for the Fourth Druk Gyalpo

03432 students walked from Taraythang primary school to Gelephu town

To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, 32 students of Taraythang primary school in Sarpang ogranised a “tribute walk and a tribute exclusive night” last week.

The program was initiated by a science teacher, Tshewang Ngedup, to give special thanks to the visionary fourth monarch and provide exposure to students of  remote schools in Bhutan.

The 32 students walked from Taraythang primary school until Gelephu town for four hours, carrying portraits [... Read More]

A crematorium that cries out for restoration

DSC_6286The crematorium, often kept dirty with empty bottles and plastics, needs attention

Relief is around the corner with its rehabilitation included in the 11th Plan 

Thromde: Samdrupjongkhar residents say there is a dire need for a caretaker to give the dzongkhag’s only crematorium some attention.

Located about a 10-minute walk from town, the crematorium, although intact, lacks proper lighting and road, is littered with unhygienic waste and lacks space for families to stay overnight.

Residents say this is a place for families to conduct the last rites of [... Read More]

Public nuisance near national monument

IMG_3643Convenient: Some urinate between cars parked outside the gate

People are openly urinating in the car park outside the National Memorial chorten 

Landmark: It is a national monument, a landmark and a place where important religious ceremonies, big and small, are conducted.  But the sanctity and beauty of the National Memorial chorten in the capital is under threat from open urinating.

The entrance to the chorten stinks of pee, with the odour becoming unbearable during sunny days.  It gets worse when people gather during [... Read More]

Picture story

Back up: Thimphu residents queue up at the regional trade office to process for additional LPG cylinders. The trade office entertains only 15 applications a day.


Both local teams out of King’s Cup

DSC_3531Dozo (Number 9) got a brace as MMC beat Ugyen Academy 5-1

King’s cup: Defending champions  MMC showed what they are capable of as they thrashed Ugyen Academy 5-1 yesterday and booked a  place in the semi finals of the King’s cup.

The last of the two local teams, Ugyen Academy is now out of the tournament after their second defeat of the tournament, although they have a last game against Assam Electricity on November 26.

In a fast-paced opening half, MMC dominated most part of the [... Read More]

Drunk driving kills one, injures another

Accident: A 31-year old man from Perimani, Mongar succumbed to head injuries after a Maruti van hit him in Pam, Trashigang on November 23.

The incident occurred around 7:30pm, when the man and his 48-year old friend were walking along the highway.  The van hit both, but one escaped with minor injuries and is admitted at the Trashigang general hospital.

Eyewitnesses said that, on the night of the incident, they heard a loud noise and [... Read More]

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