Fire destroys six buildings, 22 shops in Chamkhar

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Fourth major fire in six years to hit the town

Disaster: Charred CGI sheets and other metal items, along with several exploded cooking gas cylinders littered the scene of the December 28 fire in Chamkhar, yesterday.

P’ling thromde without a tshogde

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As a result, new projects cannot be endorsed

LG: Lack of a quorum to constitute a tshogde has affected the full-fledged functioning of the Phuentsholing thromde.

Elections in the thromde were held almost a year back in January this year. From the total of seven constituencies the thromde is made up of, only four members including the thrompon were elected.

Why another fire?

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For the fourth time in six years, another major fire broke out in Chamkhar town in Bumthang. This time, four buildings housing 22 shops and homes were razed.

Three schools in Thimphu propose boarding facilities

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Education: Three private higher secondary schools in Thimphu and one from Gelephu have proposed to introduce boarding facilities after the ministry issued an executive order revoking the Boarding Policy of 1995 this year.

Hitching a ride in Zhemgang

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Lack of a frequent public transport system in Zhemgang forces many to depend on lifts

Transport: Sangay Wangmo, 20, and Lemo, 26, were waiting for a vehicle at the dzong and Tingtibi junction in Zhemgang town at around 2pm on December 28. They were sitting in a small shelter built for people waiting for vehicles.

Theatre youth camp ends today

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Youth: Forty-seven students and 11 teachers from various schools in the country exhibited their acting skills by performing skits on various social and health issues faced by adolescents such as substance and alcohol abuse during the five-day youth camp on theatre that ends today.

Young talent waiting in the wings

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Profile: He bagged the award for the most promising player of…

His Majesty The King in Bumthang

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His Majesty The King arrived in Bumthang yesterday morning, to visit Chamkhar town, where a fire that broke out on the night of December 28 damaged six buildings.

SD Eastern coal company cleared of illegal mining

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Verdict: The Supreme Court in a landmark judgment overturned the verdicts of the lower courts and cleared SD Eastern Bhutan Coal Company Ltd (SDEBCCL) of any wrongdoing in the excess excavation case worth more than Nu 1.14 billion in restitution money.

Seven new private schools in the offing

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Education: Seven new private schools are in the offing according to the education ministry, of which two are under construction while proposals for the rest are being reviewed.

All five escaped detainees arrested

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Two other men were also arrested for helping the escapees Update:Following a massive manhunt, the Royal Bhutan Police have arrested the two detainees who escaped from the Thimphu city police station’s detention centre, from a forest between Wangkha and Taktikothi in Chukha on December 27.

Strengthening sex and health education

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Youth: For Sonam Dema, a third year BA student of Taktse college, sexual reproductive education and the health rights of women and girls is not a matter to shy away from but one to discuss openly so that with better understanding, the right decisions are made.

Whence the problem?

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A notification issued by the Department of Local Governance (DLG) on September 12 has apparently affected some of the local government leaders by at least a month’s salary less. They are of the view that the notification is in violation of Election Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2008 and Local Government Members Entitlement Act of Bhutan 2015.