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Misconceptions plague LGBT community

Numerous misconceptions are worsening the social stigma and discrimination of LGBTs, forcing its members underground and to isolation, say LGBT community members. “People think that an individual chooses to become a LGBT just to seek attention and that the LGBTs are mentally ill, abnormal and different,” said Pema Dorji, a …

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Three arrested in tourist stabbing case

Thimphu police have arrested three men in connection with the stabbing of an Indian tourist on 22 October in Thimphu. The tourist was with a group of Indian bikers outside Mojo Park, an entertainment centre, when he got stabbed at around 1 am. “As per their statement, the tourists claimed …

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Man arrested for attempted rape

An 18-year old man has been detained at the community police station in Taba, Thimphu, on suspicion of attempting to rape an 18-year old woman living in Taba. According to the police the incident took place on October 27 when the victim was returning to home after buying some bars …

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Tobacco seized at Phuentsholing gate

A 29-year old man is in the custody of Phuentsholing Police for attempting to smuggle in a sizeable quantity of tobacco products in the trunk of car. The man, from Jomotshangkha, Samdrupjongkhar, was apprehended on the evening of October 30 at the Phuentsholing main gate. Police seized 2,352 packets of …

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Father-in-Law arrested for battery

Trashiyangtse police have arrested a 63-year old farmer from Khamdang who allegedly hit his son-in-law with a knife around five in the morning on October 28. Police arrested the suspect after receiving information from doctor Namsa Dorji of Khamdang Basic Health Unit (BHU) who stated that a 22-year old man …

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Bhutan unwittingly has first surrogate birth

A surrogate mother from Hyderabad, India, gave birth to a baby girl on 29th October Saturday night in the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, making it perhaps the first recorded birth of its kind in Bhutan. The baby will be handed over to the real parents by 5th November. …

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93 HIV deaths since 1993

Since the first case of HIV was detected in the country in 1993, a total of 93 people have died of AIDS according to health officials. Today, there are 373 reported cases of Bhutanese living with HIV of which 90 percent were infected through heterosexual sex. According to official data …

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Rural urban migration more than just about facilities

Rural urban migration is becoming common within the country whereby rural areas are left almost empty while urban areas become congested with an increasing population. A Rural Urban migration survey report shows lack of education facilities coming to 46 percent was the most commonly stated reason for leaving the rural …

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Balancing the forest and the farm

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Farmers under Chukha Dzongkhag feel that they are facing complex issues like agricultural productivity, human-wildlife issue and difficulty in preservation of the natural resources. Pemba Wangchuk, Chukha Dzongda said that, knowing the importance of environment preservation, the Dzongkhag administration is taking action to protect and preserve the environment. “One of …

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Dealing with rising youth delinquents at the border

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Lack of parental care and guidance and the easily availability of banned substances and other drugs from across the border are the some of the key reasons why youth come into conflict with law in Phuentsholing, which shares borders with the Indian state of West Bengal, say some residents interviewed …

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