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About eleven per cent of over 20,000 surveyed women have experienced economic violence from their partners in the country. This is according to a recently released fifth National Health Survey by the health ministry. The United Nations defines economic violence as a form of control or abuse where a girl or woman is denied financial access. According to RENEW, economic violence often leads to other forms of violence such as physical, psychological and sexual violence.

Economic Stimulus Programme to...

For the next three days, mostly cloudy to cloudy weather with light rain is expected over the country, with moderate rainfall over isolated places of the Southern parts. Gusty winds are likely over isolated places of the country during the same period.

Economic violence more prevalent...

Economic violence which often leads to other forms of violence such as physical, psychological and sexual violence is more prevalent among women aged 20 to 24 in the country. This is according to the health ministry’s fifth edition of the National Health Survey released recently. The survey found that about 11 per cent of women in the country are experiencing economic violence from their partners. The United Nations defines economic violence as a form of control or abuse where a girl or woman is denied access to financial independence.

Nyisho and Kazhi farmers...

Farmers of Nyisho and Kazhi Gewogs in Wangdue Phodrang are enjoying a bountiful chilli harvest this season. Despite not fetching high prices as in the previous year, the farmers are pleased with the good production without facing any marketing challenges. They have been selling it easily in the nearby towns and Thimphu. Chilli remains as one of the cash crops for these communities.

Residents of Bartsha_Namgyalgang and...

Residents of Bartsha_Namgyalgang and Jurugang of Kana Gewog in Dagana have been requesting to constitute the two chiwogs as a separate gewog or to club them under the nearby Gesarling Gewog for the last few years. Residents say it is challenging for them to travel to Kana Gewog Center to access services and to attend important gewog meetings. The Drujeygang_Tseza constituency’s former Member of Parliament pledged to form a new gewog merging the two chiwogs or to merge them with Gesarling Gewog during the 2018’s parliamentary elections. With the pledge still on the paper, people are once again requesting the relevant authorities to look into the matter.  

Innovative solutions for person...

Prototypes that can interpret sign languages into voice, recognise voice and switch on and off electronic appliances, and a cost-effective braille printer have won the Innovation Challenge. The challenge was held at Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck Super Fab Lab in Thimphu yesterday. It was aimed at empowering lives of persons living with disabilities with assistive technology and developing solutions that enhance the quality of life.

Department of Law and...

In view of the increasing incidents of extreme challenges content creators take part in on social media platforms, especially on TikTok, the Home Affairs Ministry issued a public notification on Wednesday, cautioning Bhutanese content creators against potential disharmony and harm to the community. While there is no particular law to deter content on every online platform, as of now the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) Rules and Regulations on Content, Information, Communications and Media Act of Bhutan (ICM) and the Penal Code of Bhutan serve as a standard.

Rabies cases in Phuentshogling...

In Chhukha, several people have been bitten by rabid dogs in the last few days. Similarly, Nganglam in Pema Gatshel also reported rabies outbreak where four individuals were bitten by a rabid dog. All the individuals bitten by rabid dogs in both districts are said to be in stable condition as of now.

Bhutanese Karatekas bags 5...

In the finals of the 8th Asian Karate Championship, Bhutanese Karatekas bagged five silver and 37 bronze medals yesterday. His Serene Highness Jigje Singye Wangchuck graced the closing ceremony of the championship in the capital. Bhutan hosted the South Asian Karate Championship for the first time.

Thimphu Technical Training Institute...

The Technical Training Institute in Thimphu can now enrol more trainees. The institute has expanded its enrolment capacity with the establishment of a new building at Serbithang which the Education Minister inaugurated yesterday. The new building has improved facilities including adequate classrooms, staff rooms, training infrastructure, and boarding facilities unlike the previous one at Changzamtog. The construction was funded by the government and the Asian Development Bank. 

Country to have anticipatory...

In times of disasters in the country, response and relief measures usually happen after the disaster. This is according to the Bhutan Red Cross Society. Officials said there is a need for preparation or anticipatory action for forecast disasters such as floods, landslides and rainfall among others. Realising its importance, the Bhutan Red Cross Society held a three-day sensitisation workshop which ended yesterday.

Bhutanese dyer defies trends...

With synthetic dyes easily available in the market, the art of traditional or natural dyeing is fast fading in the country with only a few following the age-old tradition. Unwilling to give in to the evolving trends, a middle-aged Bhutanese man has found his life-long hobby in natural dyeing. He is a professional dyer and has been experimenting with natural raw materials for almost three decades and contributing to the preservation of traditional dyeing.

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