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Girl killed by falling pillar

A seven-year old girl died after the falling Shogshing, the main pillar holding one of the two dhoes of the Sipa-Chi-Dhoe in Thangzona, Punakha fell on her head.

She was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed to the injuries. Doctors said the girl had sustained severe head injury.



No re-examination for leaked English II paper

Students will be awarded the same marks they scored in English paper I

Education: Class XII’s English paper II, that was leaked before the examination, won’t be re-conducted and its answer sheets abandoned, decided the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) board at an emergency meeting yesterday afternoon.

Except for the board member from India, the remaining five members, including the education minister, had three options at hand excluding the choice to do [... Read More]

HC questions fictitious companies

Express concerns of tax evasion

Judiciary: The High Court (HC), while studying the case of winding up and distribution of profits of Mega Private Limited based in Phuentsholing, revealed that there are many fictitious companies created to import and export goods without having to pay taxes to the government.

Expressing grave concerns, the HC on December 31, ruled that such existence of fictitious companies was not only deceiving the government through tax evasion but also [... Read More]

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Commuters push cars through the snow laden Ura-Nangar road yesterday. The block was cleared the same day




Fairly unfair

There will be no re-examination of the English paper II, says the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) board.

The board unanimously decided that the best option at the moment is to validate the results based on marks students obtained in the sister paper, English I. This means that if a student scored 70 in English I, it will be considered the same for English II. The board had, after much consultations and thought, [... Read More]

The cost of helping hands for MPs

Without clerical support, MPs in both the houses claim to be bogged down with paper work

Parliament: The recently amended National Assembly (NA) and National Council (NC) Acts will open up vacancies for over 190 jobseekers.

A research assistant and a personal assistant each for every member of the NA and NC will be appointed in line with the National Assembly and National Council (amendment) bills that was endorsed during the winter session of the [... Read More]

Gomchen convicted for rape of minor

Crime: Lhuentse dzongkhag court recently sentenced a 26-year-old man to eight-years, nine months and nine days in prison for raping a 14-year-old in September 2014.

The court found Kinzang Dorji from Umgar village Mitsho gewog guilty of statutory rape, in accordance to section 183. The section states that a defendant shall be guilty of the offence of rape of a child above the age of twelve years, if the defendant has sexual intercourse with [... Read More]

Trust vital for economic development

Talk: Trust in a society is an important source of economic development. Some form of trust is embodied in all business and social interactions.

That was the message Kaushik Basu, World Bank’s senior vice president, conveyed at a talk on “Social and Behavioral Foundations of Economic Development” at Taj Tashi Hotel in Thimphu last Monday.

Kaushik Basu, who is also the chief economist of the Bank, emphasised on the importance of social and psychological dimensions [... Read More]

Guesthouses make Gasa Tshachu viable

IMG_9337The seven guesthouses were constructed at a cost of Nu 30M

The affordable accommodation has made it convenient for visitors to stay there

Accommodation: When Chorten, 72, from Dhur in Bumthang visited Gasa Tshachu (hot spring) recently, he did not have to carry gas stoves and tents like he did in the past.

This is because the Tshachu now has seven well furnished guest rooms for visitors. Of the seven, three double storied building blocks house 20 rooms each.

Each room can accommodate at least seven people [... Read More]

Rice production drops in Radhi

DSC01281Farmer Kuenzang Yeshey stores paddy for winter

Due to lack of irrigation water and dependence on monsoon

Harvest: Unlike in the past few years, most farmers of Radhi gewog, the rice bowl of eastern Bhutan saw a drop in rice yield last year.

Save for Tongling chiwog, the remaining four chiwogs of Jonla, Pakaling, Kadam and Tongshingmang harvested about 20 percent less paddy.

Farmers attributed the decline in yield to lack of irrigation water. Radhi mangmi, Pema Wangchuk, said the transplantation gets delayed [... Read More]

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