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Multiple life terms for vandal duo

One of those convicted got a record maximum sentence – 12 lifetime imprisonments

Crime: When Mongar district court on December 8 sentenced a 32-year-old man, Langa Dorji, to 12 lifetime imprisonments, he became the country’s only convict to receive the highest sentence to date.

The farmer, along with his four accomplices, had vandalised and robbed 12 chortens in Mongar dzongkhag between 2008 and 2013.

Of the 12 chortens, Langa Dorji from Zorgyen village in Chaskhar gewog, [... Read More]

For a better future, read: HM

20141209-2C4A7070-(1)His Majesty the King addresses a gathering of students and teachers at the launch of National Reading Year at Tendrilthang, Thimphu, yesterday

His Majesty the King granted tokha to more than 10,000 students and teachers

Anniversary:  More than 10,000 students and teachers remained glued, unbothered by the midday sun, reading through a special edition biography of Lord Buddha “Prince Siddhartha – The Story of Buddha” at the Tendrilthang yesterday in Thimphu.

The National Reading Year had begun, in earnest, with an apt gift from the His Majesty the King for the occasion they were gathered for.

Soon Tendrilthang [... Read More]

The sleazier side of Phuentsholing’s beauty parlours

Lifestyle: With the onset of winter, Phuentsholing is becoming crowded by the day, as visitors, both Bhutanese and Indian, flock to the busy town.

It may take about 15 minutes to drive through the town’s main lanes.  But, there are endless alleys that lead to the concretes that separate the town in intersections.

In one of the alleys, some three buildings past pass the Mig Cinema theatre is a wide space that creates an unusual [... Read More]

Liquor retail trade license issue suspended

As its issuance and attempts to control alcohol consumption were seen to be at variance

Notification: The trade department, on December 6, issued a notification suspending the issuance of liquor retail trade license with immediate effect.

According to the notification, the unrestricted issuance of liquor retail trade license has been proving counter productive to the control measure that was put in place.

Ministry of economic affairs joint secretary, Sonam P Wangdi, said the suspension was a [... Read More]

Work on Kholongchu project to kick off in 2015

Tenders for construction of roads are currently under evaluation

Hydropower: Construction work for the 660MW Kholongchu hydropower project (KHP) in Trashiyangtse is expected to begin by early next year.

Project officials had earlier said that constructions of roads could begin by this month.  But tenders were opened in the first week of November, and the documents are still under evaluation.

“We may complete evaluating the bidding documents by end of this year and award the works [... Read More]

Yearend deadline for new lagthrams extended

IMG_1542Land commission secretary (left) hands over 1,477 new lagthrams to Thimphu thrompon

Their issue will be delayed due to technical glitches accruing from server gridlock

NLC: A month after the National Land Commission’s assurance that new lagthrams (land ownership certificates) would be issued to the remaining nine dzongkhags by the end of the year, officials yesterday said that would not be possible.

Commission officials cited technical glitches with the server for the delay in preparing and distributing land ownership certificates.

Head of the cadastral information division, Tenzin Namgay, [... Read More]


National Reading Year

If there is one thing most Bhutanese would agree on, it is the importance of reading.  Yet the reading culture is poor.

Reading is not our habit.  For some, it is equivalent to work.  We would prefer to gossip or while away our time in front of the television.  Very few find recreation in reading.

This may be because we are still emerging from a strong oral society and, for a long time, reading was not encouraged [... Read More]

ACC directs dzongkhag to reinvestigate principal

UMSS: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has directed the dzongkhag to reinvestigate allegations of misuse of funds and authority by the principal of Ura middle secondary school (UMSS).

This comes following media reports that questioned the dzongkhag’s earlier findings that cleared the principal of all allegations.

The dzongkhag had refuted allegations by the complainant and revealed the complainant’s identity.  A teacher filed the complaint to the ACC.

Once the complainant’s identity was disclosed, the teacher alleged [... Read More]

Patient for whom Punakha hospital is now a home

IMG_20141208_171037Ap Sangay Dorji is the longest staying patient at Punakha hospital

Lifestyle: Seven years ago, 93-year-old Sangay Dorji from Kabisa was admitted at Punakha hospital with severe joint pain.

Since then, the hospital has become his home.  Despite being treated a few months after he visited the hospital, he continued to stay there, for he had nowhere to go, or any relatives to take him home.

Doctors at Punakha hospital said, besides his visual problems, Sangay Dorji can’t hear or speak well, and is now seriously [... Read More]

Damphu shopkeepers resent undercutting street vendors

Commerce: Shopkeepers of Damphu town are disappointed that nothing was done despite their appeal to the Bhutan Chamber for Commerce and Industry (BCCI) regional office two months ago to stop unregistered vendors from selling their goods in town.

The shopkeepers had submitted an appeal letter to the BCCI office’s in-charge, Lok Nath Mishra, complaining that the vendors selling goods at a lower price was affecting the business of the registered shopkeepers.  There are 130 [... Read More]

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