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Local leaders want age of sexual consent to be lowered

A few local leaders have suggested changing the legal age for consensual sexual relations and marriage from 18 years to 15 or 16 years. Local leaders say that in the villages it’s common for consensual relationships to occur much before the legal age and when legal provisions of statutory rape …

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Sarpang Dzong construction delayed

The construction of the Sarpang Dzong, supposed to begin in January, has been delayed by two months because of minor changes in the design plan say project officials. The Nu 1 billion construction project is funded by the government of India. “Though the change is minor, the consultant has asked …

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Monetary and Matrimonial cases top the list

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According to the annual judiciary report, amongst the twenty Dzongkhag Courts, Thimphu with five benches has the highest number of cases registered with 1,696 and also with highest numbers of cases decided with 1,491 cases, followed by Wangdue Phodrang with 502 cases. Gasa Dzongkhag court has the lowest with 33 …

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Two men arrested

Two men aged 25 and 45 are being held for further investigation by the Thimphu police after they were caught with a stash of prescription drugs. The men were arrested on the afternoon of February 7 by a Thimphu police crack down team. Police seized from them 3 bottles of Corex …

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Melbourne case a matter of great shame: Prime Minister

During the 29th Meet the Press session yesterday in Thimphu, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay minced no words saying the invasion of privacy of two Bhutanese women in Melbourne who were allegedly filmed by their housemate while taking shower was a matter of great shame. “The police in Melbourne are prosecuting …

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No 20% women’s quota due to NCWC’s rejection

The government’s pledge to provide a 20 percent quota for women in politics in Parlaiment , given their dismal representation at the moment, is not viable according to key stakeholders, the country’s only woman minister Dorji Choden said  at the monthly meet the press. “The women quota is an important …

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Gewog offices hampered by poor internet connectivity

Poor Internet connectivity is proving to be a major obstacle in getting work done in the gewog offices of far-flung locations such as Laya and Merak. Laya Gup Lhakpa Tshering said that they face lots of difficulty in transferring official documents because of poor Internet connection. “So we have to …

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