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Defendant’s lawyer asks court for minimal penalty

Hearing: In the opening statement of the case involving a police constable who was accused of attempted rape of a 20-year-old woman, lawyer Kinzang Wangchuk of Bhutan Law Service requested the court for minimal sentence on the grounds that the constable was mentally unsound at the time when he committed the crime. While agreeing on […]

Bhutanese held for allegedly smuggling sandalwood

Crime: A 37-year-old Bhutanese man is currently in Jaigaon police custody for allegedly trying to transport sandalwood worth Rs 10.5M into the country. He is from Tabrang, Phongmey in Trashigang. On the midnight of January 2, Jaigaon police along with the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) intercepted a white private truck at Dalsingpara, some 10km from […]

Rapist gets 8 years, 9 months and 9 days term

Crime: Lhuentse dzongkhag court sentenced a 29-year-old man to eight years, nine months and nine days in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl and impregnating her in December 2013. The court found Sonam from Umgar guilty of statutory rape. According to section 183 of the Penal Code of Bhutan, a person shall be guilty of […]

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More than a thousand Bhutanese devotees joined nuns, monks and other devotees from other Himalayan countries last weekend for a mass cleaning campaign at the Swayambhunath choeten (Stupa) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The cleaning drive was part of Pad Yatra, that His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa spearheaded. (photo courtesy ADC)      

Only one product wins Seal of Excellence

Award: Only one of the 19 products submitted under the traditional category was awarded the Seal of Excellence Certificate yesterday in Thimphu. A total of 12 products were awarded the Seal of Quality Certificate. Besides the certificates, the winners were also awarded cash prizes. The selected products will be given promotional support and other marketing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]