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Central Plaza murder suspect arrested

Crime: The prime suspect in the Central Plaza murder, Gyembo, was arrested on February 8, the police chief said in a press conference, yesterday. Police chief, brigadier Kipchu Namgyel, said that a citizen’s arrest had been made, and that the suspect had been handed over to Punakha police. The police chief added that a reward of Nu 20,000 was dispatched yesterday to the individual, who had arrested and handed over the prime suspect. It was pointed out that the prime suspect had been interrogated and [... Read More]


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Tsamdros to be leased soon

Seven years after the Land Act 2007 came into being, it is to take effect on the ground Land: The long wait of farmers to lease tsamdro (pastureland) and sokshing (leaf litter collection) from the government will soon be over. The lease of tsamdros and sokshings will be executed according to the provisions of the Land Act 2007, seven years after the law was enacted.  Home minister Damcho Dorji said the “nitty gritty” on leasing procedures have been finalised. “It’s important for the land Act [... Read More]

Tier III data centre launched in P/ling


The facility offers to provide 99.982 percent availability of services to its customers Tech: With Bhutan Telecom (BT) launching a certified tier III data centre in Phuentsholing, yesterday, individuals, entrepreneurs, and organisations across the country can now host their computer systems and information in a safe and secure location, within Bhutan. The data centre will provide 99.982 percent availability of services to its customers, which indicates the amount of time the services are guaranteed.  The 99.982 percentage roughly translates to about only two hours outage [... Read More]

Misuse of rural timber on the rise in Wangdue

Timber: Selling timber meant for rural use, an illegal activity according to forestry regulations is on the rise in Punakha and Wangdue region. From just five cases of illegal sale of rural timber in 2011, the Wangdue territorial division, based in Lobesa recorded 23 cases since January 2014. Between 2012-2013 about 13 cases were registered with the division and 16 cases in 2013-2014. The division is one of the biggest territorial divisions that looks after an area of 5,030 sq.km and caters to 26 gewogs [... Read More]

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PM on wheels: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay biking around Phuentsholing during his visit to the town yesterday       

Record USD 73.2M earned from int’l tourist arrivals

Since 2009 to date, the number of dollar-paying footfalls has more than doubled Tourism: The 29 percent increase in international or dollar paying tourist arrivals last year against the previous year, earned the industry revenue of USD 73.2 million (M), the highest so far. Since 2009, the tourism sector recorded a steady increase in revenue from dollar-paying tourists, along with the increase in visitors, annually, a recent Royal Monetary Authority bulletin shows.  Tourism earnings in 2010 stood at USD 35M that increased to USD 47.7M [... Read More]

RUB and Kansai University discuss areas of collaboration

Meanwhile, 17 cherry blossom saplings will be planted on the RUB campus tomorrow MoU: Japan’s Kansai University and the Royal University of Bhutan will soon sign a basic  agreement document, followed by the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration in various academic areas. The areas of collaboration between the two universities were discussed in a meeting  yesterday in Thimphu. Director of Jigme Namgyel polytechnic (JNP) in Deothang, (Dr) Andu Dukpa, said  that, although technical institutes in the country offered various courses, lack [... Read More]

Villagers wait for farm road

IMG_20150125_090816Long journey home: Mani prepares for his trip back home from the gewog centre

The 25km road started in 2012 may finally be completed next year Connectivity: After walking for three days, Mani, 68, from Lopokha-Phaktakha chiwog, Athang gewog finally reached the gewog center in Dogayphu. He came with two horses to receive his nephew and family and also to collect necessities for the winter Lochoe. The family will take two days to reach their village. For the first night they will hold in a small cave in Hokona. This is the routine for villagers of the two chiwogs [... Read More]

Mountain Echoes speaker list taking shape

Lit fest: Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, known for directing recent Bollywood hits such as Three Idiots and PK, will be at this year’s Mountain Echoes literary festival. This year’s festival will be dedicated to the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. According to an Indian media report, some of the other speakers that could be attending the literary festival include bestselling author and entrepreneur Ashwin Sanghi, journalist Bahar Dutt who is also the sister of journalist Burkha Dutt, actor Kalki Koechin, columnist [... Read More]