HAA: Following five months of court proceedings, the Haa dzongkhag court yesterday acquitted foreign minister Rinzin Dorje in connection with the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project case.
The court dismissed both charges of omission, amounting to abuse of functions and embezzlement of public property that the Office of Attorney General (OAG) booked against the foreign minister, who was the then Haa dzongdag.
Under misapprehension it was the last training course, taxi drivers storm hall
RSTA: About 300 taxi drivers thronged the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) office about 8:30am yesterday. The taxi drivers wanted to make sure they didn’t miss a refresher course on “road safety and traffic discipline” organised by the RSTA.
However, a drama unfolded when the training officials announced that only about 120 would be taken.
The crowd started making what the RSTA officials described as “unruly noise”. Within minutes, the situation in the training hall turned into complete chaos, as taxi drivers tried to grab a chair. Some of them said they thought they would be able to sit for the course if they grabbed a chair.
Embassy yet to confirm incident
Crime: A Bhutanese man, allegedly found with 17 kilogrammes of gold worth Nu 44.2 million, tied around his waist, was arrested by Indian revenue officials in New Delhi, on June 20, according to an Indian media report.
The man, identified as a Kinley Dorje, 48, was arrested by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials on his arrival at the New Delhi railway station, the report said.
The country is currently ranked 143 out of 193 countries by the UN
ICT: Bhutan has improved by nine places in the e-government development index (EGDI) and is now ranked 143 out of 193 countries, according to the United Nations e-government survey 2014.
The biannual UN survey measures how public administrations provide electronic and mobile public services. The EGDI is a composite measure of three important dimensions of e-government: online services, telecommunications connectivity and human capacity.
The groundbreaking ceremony done, a long awaited farm road will soon benefit 75 households
Ganglapong: With the groundbreaking ceremony of 19km Ganglapong farm road in Tsamang gewog, Mongar held on June 22, the farm road is expected to benefit 75 households.
The overall cost of the farm road is estimated at Nu 12M (million) under the Small Development Project II as per part of the gewog plan for 2014-2015.
Change in rainfall pattern has adversely affected paddy plantation
Monsoon: Unlike previous years, farmers, who depend on rainwater for paddy transplantation, are happy that this year’s rainfall has been good enough for them to transplant their paddy saplings.
However, receiving enough rainfall may not be of much help to farmers in the long run mainly because of the change in rainfall pattern, according to the principal research officer with RNRRC Bajo, Thinley Gyamtsho.
“Although we do receive the same quantity of rain, today’s rain is like a shower and not continuous,” he said. “Such rainfall remains at the surface and does not infiltrate into the soil.”
The much-awaited verdict on the Lhakhang Karpo case is out, bringing the case to an end, at least for now.
The dzongkhag court acquitted foreign minister Rinzin Dorje of all charges the Anti Corruption Commission had compiled after almost two years of investigation. He will have to pay only Nu 4,166 as restitution to the government within 10 days. The penalty was imposed after the minister was not able to produce receipts for using a government vehicle to transport timber to his construction site in Thimphu from Haa.
Preterm birth is the top cause for newborn deaths in the country
UNICEF: Despite Bhutan’s progress in improving the survival of infants and those under-five years, the number of babies dying within the first 28 days of birth is still high, according to a UNICEF policy brief for Bhutan.
The national health survey, 2012, found that 21 out of 1,000 babies born alive die within the first month of birth, indicating that about 67 percent of infant deaths occur in the first 28 days of birth.
Crime: A 32-year-old man was murdered around 2.40pm yesterday above the sports ground of Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School.
The deceased was at his aunt’s house with her three children and having lunch when the 27-year-old suspect showed up.
One of the eyewitnesses, a class-two student said an argument ensued between the two after the suspect had scolded her for looking at him bang the table. The suspect then took out a knife from his back and started to stab the deceased. Two stab injuries were found on the body.
Once a fixture of rural Trashigang, the lay monk has now become a rare breed
Religion: When the tsozin (head) of Samcholing goenpa in Samkhar, Trashigang lost his life in an accident recently, the community didn’t have anyone to replace him for quite some time.
It brought out a bitter truth. The number of gomchens (lay monks) in villages is dropping to the extent that finding a replacement for caretakers or enough to form a complete set to perform a ritual is becoming difficult. With goendheys not seeing new enrollments, a handful of aging gomchens remain in the goendheys.