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Case dismissed but deferred

For want of evidence, the High Court ruled that a wife could not be charged for her husband’s death Crime: For lack of evidence, the High Court yesterday dismissed and deferred the case of a wife allegedly murdering her husband. One of the justices said there was not enough evidence to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt. The nephew of the deceased had appealed to the High Court after the Royal Bhutan armed forces’ court of justice and the Thimphu district court absolved the wife [... Read More]

GEF-funded project to Rinchending goenpa’s rescue

PIC_0157The Rinchending Goenpa in Phuentsholing

Along with other landslide-prone infrastructure, mitigation measures are to be initiated  NAPA (II): Built some four decades ago, the Rinchending goenpa in Phuentsholing is one of the landmarks that most locals and tourists from across the border visit every day. The tall areca nut trees, prayer flags, pigeons, and flowers instantly appeal to the visitors.  However, what is known by few of these visitors is that the goenpa is located at a place that’s prone to landslides. Every summer, heavy rains wash away three to [... Read More]

The 20 year old Kabesa land case

RENEW volunteer seeks ACC intervention, lodges formal complaint Dispute: A Kabesa farmer, who recently claimed that she was denied justice, three years after the case closed, has through a RENEW volunteer lodged a written complaint to the Anti Corruption Commission. The volunteer, Tshering Yangzom, lodged the complaint on behalf of the farmer, Jakum. The letter to the commission stated that her father who is an alcoholic was cheated of 1.4 acres of land by a Thimphu businessman in 1999 paying Nu 160,000 and without the [... Read More]

No business on this bus route

IMG_20120103_143828Trashigang’s taxi parking

The Trashigang-Trashiyangtse route has proved a graveyard for public transport services Connectivity: Trashiyangtse is the closest dzongkhag to Trashigang, but getting there is still a problem even with the increasing number of vehicles in the region. Judging by the few passengers waiting for a taxi and fewer taxis waiting for passengers, there is not much movement of people between the two dzongkhags. Wearing a tired look, Tshering, has been waiting for a taxi to Trashiyangtse since morning.  He is not alone.  A few other passengers [... Read More]

Yongla gonpa lhakhang reconstruction on schedule

IMG_5577The reconstruction began this year

Despite adverse weather and delayed supplies, work is expected to complete on time Project: Reconstruction of Yongla gonpa lhakhang in Pemagatshel is in full swing, with most of the major work almost completed, officials at the site said. The reconstruction project began this year after the earthquake of September 11 in 2011 damaged the main lhakhang completely. Yongla gonpa is about an hour’s drive from the dzongkhag, and located on a hilltop opposite the Tselingkhor gate, the entrance to dzongkhag.  It’s about 22km from the dzongkhag headquarters.  The project is scheduled [... Read More]

Where are the spectators?

DSC_0319A common scene: Only a handful watch football games played at the national stadium

Football: Except for those who have plenty of time to idle away, not many Thimphu residents come to watch the many football games played at the national stadium in Changlimethang. On an average, not more than 50 people are seen watching even the Coca Cola national league where top teams compete. Not long ago, Changlimethang was a busy stadium with residents coming and cheering their favourite team even if it is an inter-high school tournament. According to the Bhutan Football Federation General Secretary Ugyen Wangchhuk [... Read More]

Lack of support structure renders online services idle

Less than a third of the facilities are used by less than half the agencies they were developed for G2C: While 159 G2C (government to citizen) services were developed at a cost of around USD 1M, only 54 are being used by government agencies. The G2C project (2010-13) developed online services for 21 government agencies. However, only nine agencies use at least half or all of the services developed for them.  Twelve of them do not use a single of the services developed. The reasons [... Read More]

Alleged corporal punishment victim in Thimphu

School: A 17-year-old class VII student of Drujegang HS in Dagana will be consulting an ENT specialist at Thimphu referral hospital today to check for any internal injuries he might have suffered when the school principal allegedly beat him on August 22 evening. Health assistant (HA) at Drujegang BHU had asked the boy’s relative to take him to Damphu hospital to see an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist. “I saw a clot of blood on his right ear and suspected some internal injuries,” the [... Read More]

Small fish can stake the larger interest of the country

Moral responsibility must be placed on persons sitting on the top Corruption: In what could be a mass suspension in recent times, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) last week suspended 12 immigration officials from service, and 21 commercial licenses of foreign workers recruitment agencies after a prima facie case of corruption. Another 14, including police personnel, immigration inspectors and taxi drivers, are yet to be suspended for their involvement in bribery.  They allegedly received bribes in illegal exit of absconding foreign workers at Tanalum check post [... Read More]

Local leaders urge government for a bus service

IMG_2538Gasa: Connected with a road but not with a public transport

Gasa is the only district in the country with no public transportation service  Transport: Voicing the concerns of some 3,000 people, local leaders of Gasa again asked district officials why the government was taking long to provide a bus service from Punakha to Gasa. Gasa is the only district that does not have a public transportation service, and perhaps the only dzongkhag that’s still connected with a feeder highway road. Khamoed gup Karma Tshering said they have not seen any progress, although the issue was [... Read More]

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