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Man fights off bear

Wildlife: A 55–year old man from Decheling in Nganglam was referred to the Thimphu hospital, yesterday, after suffering injuries from a bear attack.

The man was on his way back home with a friend when he was attacked by the bear.

According to the man’s friend, the man wrestled with the bear and both slipped and fell down a cliff.

While the man was saved by a tree branch, the bear fell into a small stream.

The [... Read More]

Challenges of fulfilling basic rights of children

DSC_2522 Child Rights: UNICEF Representative Shaheen Nilofer, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and Lyonpo Dorji Choden join children at the VAST art park to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child yesterday

The fault lies not so much with legislation as with implementation

Right: With rapid urbanisation, families in Bhutan are becoming more nuclear, leaving children and youth even more vulnerable, according to the State of the World’s Children report 2014, launched at the VAST art gallery in Thimphu, yesterday.

The country is confronted with the challenges of fulfilling the basic rights of children, youth and women, according to the report.

In addition, it is reported that the [... Read More]

Falling just shy of the one CC/gewog target

Connectivity: The government may not establish community centres (CCs) in all 205 gewogs by the end of this Five Year Plan (FYP).

Since 2010, the government has established 185 CCs, and 10 are currently under construction to be completed by next month.

Funding for another four has been obtained, which means the total number of CCs that will have been established by the time this financial year is over will be 199.

The initial plan was [... Read More]

Spate of shop burglaries on Gelephu-Sarpang highway

Crime: Sarpang police are still on the look out for miscreants that robbed about 20 semi-permanent shops located along Sarpang-Gelephu highway, last month.

The most recent incident occurred in Chokhorling, which is about 35 minutes drive away from Sarpang towards Gelephu, where 11 shops were broken into on the night of November 19.  Miscreants also attempted to rob another shop, but could not break the door.

Police officials in Sarpang said the miscreants managed to [... Read More]


Is the world today a better place for children?

When world leaders signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 25 years ago, they made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.

This year as we celebrate 25 years of the CRC, it is a time to stock-take on where we are and [... Read More]

Gewog decides to clear road on its own

PIC_0295The DoR will take more than a week to clear the block at Taguna

Possibilities of new alignment studied

Dungana: The Dungna feeder road in Chukha will finally be cleared for traffic more than two months after heavy rains in August 30 caused a massive landslide, which washed away huge portions of the road.

Although connectivity to five gewogs was affected, it is Dungna gewog that has agreed to inject Nu 0.3M from its gewog road maintenance budget.

The Dungna gup Lam Dorji said they couldn’t wait any longer for [... Read More]


Let us engage constructively to put our values into action

Few days ago, an ordinary conversation with a friend turned into a heated debate: I realized that he is open to the idea of hitting his future wife “under certain circumstances”. In other words, he does not oppose domestic violence. My opinion on the matter is that domestic violence is wrong – plain and simple. I think domestic violence is wrong regardless of the gender, class, race, origin, social-status, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. of [... Read More]

Six officers set to leave for Liberia for UN peacekeeping mission


As part of Bhutan’s ongoing UN peacekeeping engagement, six officers, including a female officer, from the Royal Bhutan Police will soon leave for a yearlong assignment at the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

This is the first time that police officers from Bhutan will be participating in a UN peacekeeping mission under the UN Police (UNPOL).

The six police peacekeepers are Lt. Col Passang Dorji, Lt. Col. Dorji Khandu, Lt. Col. Jatshola, Lt. Col. Wangchula, Lt. Col. [... Read More]

Legislators and judiciary divided on age of consent

Amending the provision in the Penal Code could make girls more vulnerable, say NA

Penal Code: The National Assembly (NA), the highest legislative body in the country, didn’t feel it necessary to amend the provisions of the penal code related to consensual sex.  But law practitioners and those implementing it feel otherwise.

The need to revisit one particular provision in the penal code emerged after the people of Dagana dzongkhag submitted a proposal to the [... Read More]

India to expedite alternate route to Pasakha

DSC_1879Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale (right) and the Consul General in Phuentsholing, JK Sharma

Visit: A 1.2km alternate route for heavy vehicles traveling between the Pasakha industrial area and Bolan Chaupati in Jaigaon, will be expedited according to Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale.

The route is expected to ease traffic congestion in the two border towns and also reduce transportation costs for industrialists.

In his first visit to Phuentsholing and Jaigaon yesterday, the ambassador met with Bhutanese and Indian officials, including those of the Indian security agency Sashastra [... Read More]

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