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Assam Electricity lose again

DSC_1325Dipak Rai scores the equaliser for Assam Electricity Ltd.

King’s Cup: Defending champions, Manang Marshyangdi Football Club (MMC) of Nepal bagged their first win of the King’s cup beating Assam Electricity Limited, 2-1, yesterday at the Changlimethang stadium.

In one of the few closely contested matches in the football tournament so far, the Assamese maintained a strong line of defense and intercepted most of the shots made by the Nepalese. They held MMC until the 35th minute to a goalless draw. But the [... Read More]

21st national boxing championship begins

Boxing: The 21st national boxing championship (NBC) that started on November 15 in Phuentsholing has got the town’s residents excited, with hundreds gathering everyday to watch the championship.

A total of 83 boxers, from the Royal Bhutan Army’s (RBA) 10 wings across the country are participating in the knockout tournament.

Seven bouts of matches are held daily and 28 have been held to date of the 74.

From lightweight (49kg) to heavyweight (91kg), the tournament has [... Read More]

Nationwide Vitamin B complex supplement for students

Measure being taken to prevent further outbreaks of peripheral neuropathy in schools 

Nutrition: To prevent further outbreaks of peripheral neuropathy in schools, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has instructed all students across the country be immediately put on a month long vitamin B complex supplement.

Following the Prime Minister’s instruction, health minister Tandin Wangchuk issued an executive order on November 14 to all district health officers to start supplementing Vitamin B complex from November 17.

Nutrition health [... Read More]

Austrian govt. commits Nu 173M for energy, environment and tourism

Aid: The Austrian government has committed Nu 173M for three new projects in energy, environment and tourism that are in line with the 11th Five Year Plan.

The Gross National Happiness Commission secretary, Sonam Wangchuk, and resident representative of the Austrian coordination office, Christine Anna Jantscher, signed the three agreements yesterday.

Sonam Wangchuk said hydropower and tourism have been priority areas for the government in achieving self-reliance and that assistance in these areas would be [... Read More]

BBS MD appointment in accordance with Companies Act : I&C minister

Q-hour: The appointment of Bhutan Broadcasting Service’s managing director was in accordance with the Companies Act 2000, the minister for information and communications, DN Dhungyel, said.

Responding to a question of Bumdeling-Jamkhar representative, Dubtho, on the appointment of the managing director for BBS during the ‘question hour’ yesterday, the minister said section 85 of the Act states that a chief executive officer of a company is appointed for a term, not exceeding five years, [... Read More]

PM explains govt.’s debt management policy

This elucidation was in response to the former finance minister’s queries on the same

Q-hour: After years of defending the government on its borrowing policies, the former finance minister and Bartsham-Shongphu representative, Wangdi Norbu, is now questioning the government about its policy on debt management.

Yesterday, during question hour, he questioned the government if they had prepared a plan or a road map for the national debt and for the Indian Rupees reserves, and that [... Read More]

JAB gets CSO status

Journalist:  The journalist association of Bhutan (JAB) obtained civil society organisation (CSO) status, yesterday.

General secretary of the association, Kinley Tshering, said the registration of JAB as a CSO is a new milestone for the association and the community of journalists in Bhutan.

“It took quite a long, but better late than never,” he said. “This means JAB is now a legally recognised and certified mutual benefit organisation under the CSO Act of Bhutan.”

The registration also [... Read More]


The consensual sex clause

The National Assembly missed an opportunity to relook at one provision in the penal code, which many feel should be revisited, and propose an amendment.  The issue is about consensual sex.

The issue came out of Dagana dzongkhag.  The representative submitted that the provision puts men at the losing end, as the provisions of the penal code punished them with second-degree felony, even if they had engaged in consensual sex with a girl between the ages [... Read More]

Equal benefits for LG tshogpas: NC

DSC_9407Eminent council member Tashi Wangmo

With this decision, the council contradicts NA’s earlier stand against the allowance

Council: The National Council on Monday decided that tshogpas, elected members of local government, should be entitled to paid leave, in contrast to the decision the Assembly took in the last session

Good governance committee chairperson, eminent council member Tashi Wangmo, said the committee proposed equal entitlement, as all elected members of the local government are equal under the Constitution.  Local leaders, including [... Read More]

LDCs to push for more funding

Demand will be made at the climate conference in Lima, Peru

Conference: Least developed countries (LDC), including Bhutan, will once again push for more funds to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts at the upcoming climate conference in Lima, Peru next month.

Nepal is the chair of the least developed countries group representing 48 nations that are vulnerable to impacts of climate change and would benefit from the climate change adaptation funds.

Nepal’s secretary of science, [... Read More]

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