Thimphu police has detained a 38-year-old security guard of a shopping mall in Olakha for alleged rape of an eight-year old girl.
Officials from women and child protection unit said the security guard was arrested on December 3 after the girl’s mother lodged a complaint against him.
The girl’s mother, in her statement to police, claimed the incident occurred on November 26 when the girl went to play in the shopping mall’s game zone.
It was alleged that [... Read More]
It is perceived cleanest among SAARC member nations and ranks sixth among Asia Pacific ones
Report: The country has climbed two steps up to secure the 31st position among 177 nations considered for perceived levels of public sector corruption this year.
This is according to the 2013, Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which was out on the Transparency International website yesterday.
In 2012, the country was 33rd among 176 nations.
The country retained its 2012 score of 63 [... Read More]
Catching up: While members vote, outgoing president and the nominee share a moment
Politics: Former Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, officially stepped down as the president of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) yesterday at the party’s 11th executive meeting.
Replacing him is opposition leader Dr Pema Gyamtsho, who was elected the new president, after securing 50 “yes” and a single “No” vote.
The party also decided to elect three vice presidents to address different issues, such as parliamentary and legal affairs, economic policies and the party as an institution.
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Politics: In taking leave from the party and its presidency, former Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, said he has done his part by serving with Druk Phuensum Tshogpa for the last six years.
Besides stating it was not ideal for one person to head a party for lifelong in a democratic setup, for the party to emerge strong, it was wise to have a president, who was in the Parliament.
“I’ve served the country for [... Read More]
At the launch: Tashi InfoComm chairman Wangchuk Dorji (right) with managing director Tashi Tshering and general manager for network operations, Ganga R Sharma
Mobile: The nation’s first and only private mobile company, Tashi InfoComm launched its 3G (third generation) mobile wireless network yesterday in Thimphu.
With this, TashiCell operators said subscribers would be able to download and stream multimedia, talk face to face through video call and download large email attachments via devices that support 3G.
To start with, 3G will be available in places like Thimphu, Paro, Bajo in Wangduephodrang, Punakha, Gedu, and Phuentsholing.
TashiCell’s commercial manager Jigme [... Read More]
Thimphu police has detained four school dropouts since November 27 for their alleged involvement in extortion from two expatriate volunteers.
In the incident that occurred on the night of November 27 along the footpath above the Thai Temple area and below Kelki Higher secondary school, the four men, aged 18 and 19, assaulted the two expatriate volunteers who were returning home from a restaurant in town.
Officials from women and child protection unit said three men, two [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen studies a map of the industrial estate at Dhamdum, Samtse on December 1
Samtse’s special economic zone has had its original acreage slashed by more than half
SEZ: The industrial estate in Samtse, for which the land acquisition process is on, will be reduced to 245 acres from initial 600 acres.
The estate, located in Dhamdum, towards the northwest of Samtse, is among the three identified special economic zones (SEZ) in the country.
While work on the project has been on since 2006, it was stalled for a number [... Read More]
Thimphu taxi drivers make do with Changlimithang parking lot for now
W.r.to the once disputed former parking space, the land commission’s response is awaited
Update: While Thimphu thromde awaits the land commission’s response on the acquisition of the taxi-parking land from Tashi Commercial corporation (TCC), the taxi drivers association, on the other hand, has requested the thromde for a new area to move to.
The taxi drivers association, on December 2, wrote to the thromde office requesting that an open space below Imtrat hospital in Thimphu [... Read More]
Workers sorts mandarin for export to India at the Toorsa depot
BEA: With the ongoing 72-hour nationwide strike in Bangladesh extended until tomorrow, more than 10 truckloads of mandarin returned to Phuentsholing from the Bangladeshi border, Burimari, on December 2, according to Bhutan exporters’ association (BEA).
The Bangladesh Nationalist party led protests demanding postponement of polls has caused instability in the country, states media reports. This has left mandarin exporters in Bhutan worried, with exporters unable to dispatch their consignment from Burimari, about 117km from [... Read More]
Dr Samlee Plainbangchang
Q&A: In recognition of his contributions towards improving the country’s health care services, His Majesty the King yesterday conferred the National Order of Merit (Gold) to the outgoing Regional Director, WHO, South East Asia Region,
Dr Samlee Plainbangchang
Dr Plainbangchang came to Bhutan in 1984 as a consultant and laid the foundations for primary health care system in the country, a project, which received global recognition through the Sasakawa award in 1997.
As he bids [... Read More]