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Suspect cop detained at police HQ

An investigation is underway to determine if there is a prima facie case against him

Crime: The police constable, who was accused of attempted rape and murder of a 20-year old woman in Thimphu on December 1, had been handed over to Thimphu police station.

A suspension order has also been issued to the constable, who works in the security force.

Police chief brigadier Kipchu Namgyel explained that, once the suspension order is issued, the implicated [... Read More]

A man at the loom

unnamed-32Pundu, 56, has been weaving since he was 10-years-old

Pundu happens to be the only male weaver in his gewog, and a right good one, he is too

Occupation: Pundu was eight years old when he first stole a ball of yarn from his mother and went at the back of the house to weave something out of it.  Since then, he hasn’t looked back.

The fifty-six-year-old from Nanong in Pemagatshel is the only man in the gewog who can weave.  His weaving talent [... Read More]

Woman and child killed by reversing vehicles

Fatalities: A five-year-old boy died yesterday afternoon in Dagapela when a tipper truck hit him while it was reversing.

Dagana police said the truck had come to drop materials at the Dagapela hospital staff quarter’s construction site.  The boy’s father works at the hospital as a cook.

Dr Sonam Yangzom at the hospital said the boy had suffered internal head injuries. “When he was brought to the hospital, he was bleeding from the nose and [... Read More]

Limited landholding delays institute upgrade

The Trashiyangtse IZC’s acreage falls somewhat short of the MoE-mandated 15 acres

Zorig chusum: Although the institute of zorig chusum (IZC) at Trashiyangtse has plans to upgrade to a college of arts and crafts, inadequate landholding has stagnated its progress.

The education ministry (MoE) requires tertiary education institutes to have at least 15 acres of campus area, but the institute spans over an area of 8.4 acres only.

IZC’s principal Thinley Wangchuk said they were still [... Read More]

Mongar mass chorten vandalism convictions

IMG_9162Convicted: Police escort the convicts of chorten vandalism in Mongar to the prison

Crime: Mongar district court yesterday sentenced six men to life imprisonment and another six to prison term ranging from four to 10 years in connection with chorten vandalism.

The court also sentenced another seven men from three months to two years, where they are allowed to pay thrimthue (fine) in lieu of imprisonment.

In what may be the biggest chorten vandalism conviction the district court handled, the court passed 21 verdicts, of which 19 men [... Read More]

ACC to appeal HC decision to return land

Gyalpoizhing: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will appeal to the Supreme Court today against the High Court verdict, which gave back the land belonging to the National Assembly speaker, Jigme Zangpo.

The High Court on December 2 overruled the Mongar district court judgment, stating that speaker Jigme Zangpo’s ancestral land, measuring more the three acres, was acquisitioned for the Kurichu project, and requested for a land substitute through a petition.

“We aren’t satisfied with the [... Read More]

Bhutan and Bangladesh renew bilateral trade agreement

unnamed-30Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives Lyonchhoen at the Hazrat Shahjalal international airport in Dhaka on Saturday

State visit: In a move to liberalise trade and promote free flow of goods between Bhutan and Bangladesh, the two countries renewed the bilateral trade agreement on December 6.

The agreement extends duty free trade on 18 products that cover 90 different items.  The agreement, which was first signed in 1980, was last renewed in 2008, when 18 major categories of duty free import items from Bangladesh were identified.

Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk and [... Read More]

The Election Act of Bhutan, unamended

The review and eventual decision not to change the Act was a roller coaster ride of sorts

Parliament: The Election Commission of Bhutan welcomes the recent decision the National Assembly made not to amend the Election Act of Bhutan, 2008.

“We’re happy that the Parliament in its wisdom has found that the Election Act was in order and didn’t see the need for an amendment,” the Chief Election Commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, said.

However, he said, [... Read More]

Bangladesh gifts plot for permanent Royal Bhutan mission in Dhaka

State Visit: As a gift from Bangladesh to Bhutan, Prime Minister Sheik Hasina on December 6 presented a plot of land to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay to construct a permanent Royal Bhutan Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bhutan will build its permanent embassy on 3,200 sqm of land at Baridhara, where President Ershad of Bangladesh offered the existing embassy building as a mission office for Bhutan.

Foreign minister, Rinzin Dorji, who signed an agreement on the [... Read More]

Australia-Bhutan relations underpinned by education partnership

Scholarship: The education partnership between Australia and Bhutan is a very important part of the relationship between the two countries, the Australian deputy high commissioner to India, Bernard Philip, said.

The deputy high commissioner, who was in the country for the last three days, said the partnership was providing good opportunities for Bhutanese students to come to Australia and get developmental trainings, which would help them to play an important role when they return [... Read More]

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