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Bhutanese robbed by fake Australian visa agent

fake-visa-2Fake: A copy of the work visa one of the clients received

About 20 aspirants lost more than Nu 9M SCAM: A government job, a decent salary and happily married, Jamtsho (name changed on request) was a happy man.  But that was only until recently. With stories of life changing income Bhutanese make while in Australia, he wanted to go Down Under to work and “make his two children’s life more comfortable.”  He met a few Bhutanese, who agreed to help him.  They claimed to be partners of an Australian visa agent in Kolkata, India. Jamtsho quit [... Read More]

The ones that do not vote

Parliament: Elected leaders, voted to represent the people in Parliament, are not voting on issues, bills and decisions that will have far reaching effect on the people who voted them. This is despite the rules of procedure mandating all members to cast their votes to endorse a bill or any other decision that the speaker deems necessary at a parliament session.

Drug free campaign 2015 launched

DSC_0286Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck with Thimphu students at the launch of the Drug Free Campaign 2015, yesterday. Photo YDF

For happiness without drugs and alcohol Occasion: To address drug use issues in the country in a holistic way, Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck launched the ‘Drug Free Campaign 2015’ yesterday in Thimphu. The campaign, dedicated to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 60th birth anniversary celebration, was launched to coincide with the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.  It is themed, ‘Together we can: Happiness without drugs and alcohol” The campaign is aimed to enhance knowledge, attitude and behaviour of young [... Read More]

Drukair responds to government’s ultimatum

IMG_20150519_153937Not big enough for the two

Aviation: National airline Drukair has revealed to the government that it will continue to operate domestic air services, in a press release issued to this newspaper. However, it does not specify if it will operate to all three domestic airports as required by the government. The government issued a precondition in April that domestic operators have to fly to all domestic airports or leave the market altogether. The government  was responding to a Drukair proposal that the domestic market be divided between the two airlines, [... Read More]

Illegal bars busted

More inspections will be carried out Trade: More than 80 percent of bars in drayangs and discotheques in the country were found to be running illegally when the trade department conducted a surprise inspection on June 24. Nine out of the 20 dzongkhags have drayangs and discotheques, where bars are operated. Currently there are 43 drayangs and 25 discotheques in the country.

Contractor on 100-day penalty deadline

DSC_0225The long road

The company’s section of the highway remains incomplete despite extensions given  Road: Despite extending the contract by 18 months, Rirab Construction company has not been able to complete the construction of the Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway from Gyalpoizhing side. The contractor was given until June 6 to complete the construction of a 10.46km road until Gongrizomsa.  However, with work on the 1.5km road towards Nganglam still incomplete, the contractor is working with penalty for three more months. According to road officials, the contract duration was initially for [... Read More]

Collection of Dochu Kewa allowed with permits

Flora: Individual households can now collect Paris Polyphylla, a plant believed to have medicinal properties, with permit from the forest field offices in the country. Paris Poyphylla is known as Dou Sethochem/ Dochu Kewa in Dzongkha, Thoksampa in sharchop kha and Satuwa in lhotsham kha. It grows at an altitude up to 3,300 meters and blooms well in places with moist and humus rich soil under a forest canopy of full to partial shade. The plant is found in eastern, central and western parts of [... Read More]

Nine-year old allegedly raped by former stepfather

Crime: Wangdue police has detained a 38-year old Punatshangchu employee for allegedly raping a nine-year girl. The man had been married to the girl’s mother for six years, sources said, but were not together anymore. The mother had filed the case. Sources said on June 11 evening, when the mother was about to give the daughter a bath, she observed an unusual smell from the girl’s under garment. After asking repeatedly, the daughter revealed that the former stepfather had raped her. The mother immediately reported [... Read More]

To empower shazo as wood industry

IMG_6302Applying lacquer in Yangtse

Handicraft: The introduction of more parks, wildlife sanctuaries and community forests has shrunk the collection areas of raw materials for shazo (wood carving) practitioners in Trashiyangtse. Shazo is the main source of cash income for the community of Yangtse.  Shazo needs bha and zapshe (burrs) to carve these abnormally grown woody knots into dhapa (bowl), phorp (cup), plates and wine glasses. These raw materials are available in Bumthang, Dagana, Chukha and Zhemgang. Although permits are issued for extraction of burr from these protected areas, getting [... Read More]

Town community night patrol

IMG_8913Volunteers question a driver after the vehicle had entered the bazaar after 9pm

Security: It’s 9pm, holding a long cane and torch each, about six people in a group gather near the Tsangchuthama bazaar in Samdrupcholing dungkhag. These people are on voluntary patrolling. They patrol the bazaar the whole night. Describing it as an old practice, these volunteers that comprise of shopkeepers from each shop, said this practice had begun since the 1990s when there were security threats. After which the communities have been patrolling and people had decided to carry out what was initiated by their elders.

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