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Murder most foul

It is not often that we hear of cold-blooded murders in the country.  But the once in a while a case is enough to give us the shivers.

The now apparent murder of a young man at the Central Plaza shopping complex in Lungtenphu, earlier this week, came as a chilling reminder of safety, or rather how of unsafe Thimphu has become.  It was a gruesome murder.  And it happened at a busy place, with some [... Read More]

One body recovered; search on for the second

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Accident: More than 40 people, comprising the Gyalpoizhing police, army and powerhouse staff, combed the banks of the Kurichu yesterday in search of the bodies of two men, after the car they were travelling in veered off road on January 12 night.

A police source from Gyalpoizhing said the incident occurred when the men were returning from Mongar town after attending a baby shower of one of their friends.

On January 13, powerhouse staff informed [... Read More]

Groundbreaking ceremony for Labar-Khengzor farmroad construction

IMG_0789On completion, the farm road will benefit 88 households

SDP: With the groundbreaking ceremony on January 14, villagers of Labar-Khengzor in Khar, Pemagatshel are all smiles, as soon their chiwog will be connected with a farm road.

The construction of a 5km farm road began yesterday.  The project is funded under the first batch of small development projects (SDP), a part of government of India’s grant assistance to Bhutan in the 11th Plan, stated a press release from the Gross National Happiness Commission.

A [... Read More]

Zhiwa Ling listed as ‘unique lodge’

A label places it among a set of boutique hotels in exotic places worldwide 

Nat Geo: The National Geographic society has chosen Zhiwa Ling hotel in Paro as one of the unique lodges in the world this year.

Zhiwa Ling was listed among 24 properties across six continents.  The announcement was made on January 6.

The National Geographic unique lodges of the world, the press release states, is a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places [... Read More]

No compensation yet received for vehicle damage at Chamarchi

Samtse: More than a month since Samtse dzongkhag authority wrote to the Jalpaiguri magistrate seeking compensation for the damages of nine vehicles belonging to Bhutanese individuals, the dzongkhag has not received any response from the magistrate.

Samtse dzongkhag requested for compensation, following public outrage in the bordering town of Chamarchi on November 23, 2014 following the death of an Indian maid in Samtse.

Two vehicles were burned and seven damaged.  Authorities in Samtse on November [... Read More]

Badminton coaching camp draws 62 youth in Mongar

IMG_9933Youth practice badminton at the Mongar LSS auditorium

Sports: Sixty-two youth between 10-20 years are participating in a two-week long Badminton coaching camp at Mongar Lower Secondary School in Mongar.

National Badminton Coach Sherab Gyeltshen said the main objective of organising this champ, which ends on January 18, is to train players from the eastern dzongkhags for the preparation of U-19 tournament which will be held in May this year.

For the last one week, the coach has taught the basics of badminton [... Read More]

Sports

More teams sign up for national league

Football: Paro United FC is the newest club to join the national league this season.  Seven teams will take part in the tournament this year – four from Thimphu and one each from Punakha, Paro, and Phuntsholing.

FC Rigsum is one of the new clubs to enter the A-division level from B-division this year.  A total of 27 clubs – eight A-division, 10 B-division and nine C-division – have registered this season with Bhutan [... Read More]

English II paper’s evaluation begins

Investigation ongoing to fix accountability for question paper leak

BCSEA: Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) started evaluating the class XII English II answer sheets yesterday following the prime minister’s approval of its board’s decision.

Some 40 English teachers were recalled to evaluate the paper at the College of Science and Technology (CST) and will complete it in a week.

The council’s press release stated the board “recommended that BCSEA evaluate English II paper [... Read More]

Housing allowance to be paid in full

The decision was prompted mainly by the plight of those availing institutional quarters

HRA: The Cabinet last week approved the decision to pay full 20 percent house rent allowance to civil servants starting July 2015.

Finance minister Namgay Dorji said the decision couldn’t be implemented sooner because it was not budgeted for this fiscal year. “It’s costing us an additional Nu 85M annually, that’s why it will be effective from July this year,” lyonpo said.

This [... Read More]

PM calls on Indian President

PresidentVisit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay calls on the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday in New Delhi, India

Visit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, on his first day in Delhi called on the President, Vice President and met the Indian Foreign secretary, Minister of External Affairs and the minister of Power yesterday.

President of India, Pranab Mukherjee welcomed Lyonchhoen and said Lyonchhoen’s speech at the Vibrant Gujarat event has made a positive impact in India.

The President also mentioned about PM Modi’s visit to Bhutan shortly after the elections and recalled most fondly, his recent [... Read More]

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