Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - 12:47 PM
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Embassy confirms Bhutanese detained in Delhi jail

Crime: Officials of the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi confirmed that a Bhutanese man is detained at Delhi’s district jail in Rohini in connection with smuggling of 17 kilogrammes of gold worth Nu 44.2 million.

A Bhutanese embassy official, who is looking after the counselor service, said that he went to see the suspect on Thursday evening and confirmed that Kinley Dorje, 48, is from Sha Kazhi, Wangduephodrang.


Getting set for the monsoon

If the week that just went by was wet, we had better be prepared for worse.  Monsoon has just begun and we will see more rain in the coming days, going by the weather forecast.

The first continuous rain for days has caused some damage, though not severe, in some pockets of the country.  Trongsa was the worst affected, with roads blocked and a few huts washed away by a flash flood.  By late afternoon yesterday, the town was put on alert, with a few residents evacuated, as rainwater threatened to cause slides and homes were flooded.


Not a pretty picture

DSC_9166AdrukA was launched in May

Inflow of FDI brings capital and expertise into the country

FDI: One of the latest foreign direct investment (FDI) company in the country, AdrukA Pvt Ltd, provides import quality furniture and has employed 50 Bhutanese.

The company has already provided home made furniture to a few high-end hotels in the country.  AdrukA’s CEO Ugyen Dhendup said Bhutan was expecting a sharp increase in tourism over the next 10 years and AdrukA hopes to bring value to the country’s manufacturing sector, by creating more jobs and supplying high quality sustainable products to the newly developed properties.  AdrukA is a FDI joint venture with AA Corporation from Vietnam.


Picture story

Khenpo Namgay was appointed as the principal of Seula shedra in Punakha by the Dorji Lopen of the Zhung dratshang, yesterday. The khenpo was previously a lecturer at Tango monastery


Facilitating land-related issues

Towards this end, the commission has sent a land inspector each to all 20 dzongkhags

NLC: Local leaders are overwhelmed with land related issues in the gewogs, especially with cases of individuals encroaching on to state land and constructing houses on wetland, knowingly or unknowingly.

To facilitate people facing such issues, the National Land Commission (NLC) last week sent a land inspector each to all 20 dzongkhags.  Their main role is to monitor encroachment into state land, use of state land leased, and construction of houses in the road right of ways.   The land inspectors are expected to curb violation of land act right from the start.


The Brahmis of Trashigang

20150617_160940The age-old culture of the Brahmis is slowly fading

A curtain is drawn on a crossbreed of cultures with the dawn of modernisation

Lifestyle: Pushed to the hinterland of one of the remote pockets in Trashigang, the residents of Thongrong village in Phongmey gewog are referred as Brahmis or outsiders.

They dress like the highlanders of Merak and Sakteng, but are not one of them.  Most are fluent in Dakpakha, the language of the Tawangpas (Dakpas) or the Brahmilo.

Although a chiwog of Phongmey, their home is separated from the gewog by Gamrichu, and lies on the other side of the river en route to Sakteng gewog.


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 his job, sold his car and started processing his visa more than a year ago.  All together, he spent Nu 1.5 million (M).  The 35-year-old is still in the country “homeless and jobless” and deep in debt.


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 people, parents, caregivers and service providers on ill effects of drugs and alcohol use.  It is also to mobilise and garner support and action of relevant stakeholders and communities in addressing drug and alcohol issues.


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, with Drukair keeping the Bumthang route, while Tashi Air gets the Trashigang and Sarpang routes.