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Dzee snatchers catch six-month to one-year sentences

Crime: Thimphu district court’s bench five sentenced five men to prison terms ranging from six months to a year for fraud and theft of three dzees (cat’s eyes) on September 24. The incident occurred at Olakha, Thimphu, earlier this year. The main convict, Natru, was sentenced to a year in prison for deception and theft. His four accomplices, Sonam Dendup, Yonten Jamtsho, Lalbir Tamang and Sonam Zangpo were convicted for aiding and abetting the crime and sentenced to six months in prison. Yonten Jamtsho and [... Read More]

Two killed, one injured in an accident


Update: The 60-year-old passenger who was referred to the national referral hospital in Thimphu is in critical condition and is in the intensive care unit as of yesterday. The patient was injured when the Tucson car he was travelling in  fell 90mtrs off the road below Tencholing military training center around 9:11pm on the night of September 26. He was travelling with two adults and three children. During the accident two people, the 52-year-old driver and a 26-year-old woman died on impact. Three children escaped [... Read More]

Trade dept. introduces new card system

Cylinders will be allocated to households henceforth to prevent misuse for commercial purposes LPG: To streamline distribution of domestic liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders, the trade department will now issue LPG on household basis, and not to individuals, as was the practice. Trade officials said they would implement it through a card system with effect from October 1 for the western region, followed by November 1 for the central and eastern regions. The card system is already in place in the southern region. The regional [... Read More]

Two abductees yet to be released

Kidnap: Almost a month after two men, a Bhutanese and an Indian, who were on their way to Gelephu from Phuentsholing were allegedly kidnapped from Shantipur in Assam, they are yet to be released. The two are working at a construction company in Gelephu as drivers. The last ransom call family members received from kidnappers were about five days ago. Family members said the kidnappers demanded the same amount of Nu 2M each for their release. According to sources, Gelephu police have found evidences leading [... Read More]

Picture story

A taste of Kungfu: Chinese Kungfu masters share tips on martial art with Bhutanese children at the Royal Institute of Management yesterday. A cultural troupe from China is in the capital for three days to perform the Chinese Shaolin Kungfu, which ends today.    

Are musk deer safe in parks?

Evidence points to the contrary, with both snares and the endangered creature in decline Wildlife: Locals living in and around Thrumshingla national park (TNP) in Ura, Bumthang and Lhuentse are concerned about the dwindling number of musk deer (Moschus moschiferus). Bhutan is also a habitat to the globally endangered musk deer.  The animals are hunted for their musk, a secretion of the male’s musk gland, which is highly valued for its fragrance.  Musk is used for its medicinal and fixative values in traditional Chinese, Indian [... Read More]

Arrow removed, patient to leave hospital today

Update:  The 30-year-old man who was airlifted from Lunana to the national referral hospital in Thimphu on Saturday will be discharged today after doctors removed the arrow. Gyem Dorji was hit by an arrow on September 23 while watching an archery match in his village in Lhedi, Lunana. Three attempts were made to airlift him since the accident, but failed because of bad weather. He arrived at the Lungtenphug helipad in Thimphu on Saturday around 10:30 am where health minister, Tandin Wangchuk and a team [... Read More]

Doctors discuss Lifestyle disease

DSC_5444Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay inaugurates the forum

Health: Bhutanese and Indian military doctors, over two days, discussed lifestyle disease during the 16th annual Medical Science Update organised by the India Military Training Team (IMTRAT). Calling it an “enemy within,” seven Indian doctors and six Bhutanese doctors shared information on the management of diabetes, oral cancer and obesity related problems. The forum chose lifestyle diseases as the growing epidemic of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart diseases, obesity, infertility, stroke, peptic ulcer, alcohol and tobacco related disorders are affecting a [... Read More]

ADB to assist Better Business Council

ADB: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has expressed interests in providing technical assistance to the Better Business Council (BBC) to improve the business environment in the country. ADB’s Vice president for South, Central and western Asia, Wencai Zhang, during his visit in the country last week said ADB could work with the Council to enhance the investment climate from within the country as well as abroad. “ADB can help the Council formulate good framework, regulations, legislation to ease the processes involved in starting a business,” [... Read More]

Capturing ‘Bhutan Now’

DSC_0004Capital’s nightlife: A display of photographs printed on metal

Exhibition: Inspired by her last visit to the country, photographer Sarah Keayes from Australia is displaying her photos along with works of local photographers in the capital. The weeklong exhibition ‘Bhutan Now’ at Simply Bhutan in Youth Development Centre, aims to show the juxtaposition between the old traditions vs the new influences Bhutanese youth are adapting to. “The exhibition aims to reveal how the young people of the country steeped in tradition is embracing change and in turn, changing the country,” Sarah Keayes said.  “I [... Read More]

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