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Chengkari road in decrepit condition

unnamed-12Bumpy ride: Cracks and the potholes along the road have irked many

DoR: Barely three years after the road from the Indian border up to Chengkari in Nganglam was handed over to the Department of Roads (DoR), residents complaining about its poor quality. The road, which is part of the Nganglam-Gyalpozhing highway, passes through Nganglam town to Chengkari, where the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) is located, is damaged. Road users say accidents occur on this road frequently because it is difficult to negotiate the numerous potholes along the stretch. Pema Wangdi, a private employee said even [... Read More]

Norbuling’s non-functioning farm road

Tashiding: Three years after Norbuling chiwog in Tashiding, Dagana, was connected with a farm road, residents are yet to reap its benefits, as the farm road is not pliable. The five-kilometre farm road, constructed in 2011, connects the village to the Sunkosh-Dagana highway.  But the road is pliable for only two kilometres from the highway. The former Norbuling tshogpa, Thak Bahadur Rai, said people have to carry their goods on their backs even though there is a farm road. Villagers say that if the farm [... Read More]

White cane safety day observed in Khaling

unnamed-10Right of way: Visually impaired students and Khaling residents observed the day with a walk

An international day to pay tribute to the international symbol of blindness Occasion: International day for “white cane safety” was observed by the Muenselling Institute in Khaling, Trashigang on October 15. The white cane is an instrument used by the blind for walking. To observe the day, students from the institute, Jigme Sherubling higher secondary school, and Khaling lower secondary school, visited the Rongthong Draktsho vocational centre. In Rongthong, almost a hundred officials of various agencies joined to also observe the day. Muenselling Institute principal [... Read More]

Couple convicted for criminal elopement

Crime: Tsirang dzongkhag court convicted a man for criminal elopement and sentenced him to one year and six months in prison.  The woman he eloped with was sentenced to six months in prison. The defendant, Lok Bahadur Rai, 26, and the woman he eloped with, Suk Maya Rai, 32, are from Semdenjong village of Sergithang gewog.  They eloped to Gelephu in February this year after telling Suk Maya’s husband, Birkha Bahadur Rai, that she was going to Damphu hospital. The husband filed a missing case, [... Read More]

The Begana community of senior citizens

IMG_4622Left behind: More than twenty abandoned elderly people have made Begana chorten their home

Left to fend for themselves, these old folks can do with whatever help is forthcoming  Lifestyle: Like the elderly circumambulating the memorial chorten, about two dozen elderly men and women can be seen at the Begana chorten in the capital. But unlike the elderly in the city, who return to their families in the afternoon, the elderly at Begana go back to their rat-infested huts, curtained by a thick forest, a few metres above the chorten. While some of them are without family, others have [... Read More]

Collateral damage of biological corridor

DSC_5835-(1)Idle: The tanks that was constructed at Nu 20.5M

Water: The recent demarcation of the biological corridor in Nganglam has not only affected the Rinchenthang township plan but has also left three water reservoir tanks worth Nu 20.5M idle for the last two years. Covered in vegetation, the reservoir tanks, were constructed in 2012 as part of township activities in Rinchenthang, and stand about a kilometre away from the existing Nganglam town.  The construction of the tanks was the first activity implemented after the master plan was approved. However, with the biological corridor’s demarcation, [... Read More]

Defense turns table on litigant

Counsel levels charges of sedition, corruption and incompetence against the accusing party Libel: Dasho Paljor J Dorji, popularly known as Dasho Benji, claimed that Druk Phuensum Tshogpa is a seditious political party in his statement to Thimphu district court’s bench five, yesterday. Dasho Benji’s defense counsel, Younten Dorji of Bhutan Law Services, gave his opening statement at Thimphu district court’s bench five after DPT took Dasho Benji to court for an alleged libel suit, following a comment on Facebook. The defense counsel requested the court [... Read More]

Defense goes on offensive

Counsel drew a distinction between personal defamation and comments on a political entity Libel: The defense counsel for Dasho Paljor J Dorji, in his opening statement yesterday, requested the court to bar political parties from filing defamatory suit against individuals. Lawyer Younten Dorji of Bhutan Law Services is representing Dasho Paljor J Dorji, popularly known as Dasho Benji, in the libel suit filed by Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), following an online comment against the party on Facebook. The defense counsel claimed that government agencies or [... Read More]

Second hearing on illegal roadside houses

The dzongkhag will present its rebuttal in court against the 18 charged households Drakteng: Court proceedings against 18 households, who constructed their houses within 50 feet of the highway against the road right of way in Drakteng, Trongsa, are underway since September 16. The second hearing for the 18 households in Drakteng will be done today, during which the dzongkhag administration will submit its rebuttal. Section 165 of the road act of Bhutan prohibits construction of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent structures within the road right [... Read More]

An insight into suicide


Dr Brent Waters has worked as a psychiatrist for the past 43 years in Papua New Guinea, Canada, and Australia.  He was also a professor of psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Australia.  Dr Waters, who is from Australia, often visits Bhutan as a tourist, but also provides his services in the fields of depression and disability while here.  Kuensel reporter Tenzin Namgyel recently spoke with Dr Waters on the rising number of suicides in Bhutan.  Interview: 1. Generally what makes people commit [... Read More]

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