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Lapon denies embezzlement, admits tampering with witnesses

LHAKHANG KARPO: Of the two charges the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) framed against the site supervisor (lapon) of the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project, Lhab Dorji denied embezzling Nu 126,305 for 19 labourers.

Rebutting the charges, lapon Lhab Dorji submitted at the Haa district court that he issued receipts for the money collected and accounted for the same. “It’s not fair that someone, who hasn’t committed any offence, is charged for embezzlement,” Lhab Dorji said.


Nu 508 million remitted in 2014

Remittence: There was a small but increasing flow of remittances to Bhutan from Bhutanese working abroad, particularly in the US and Australia.

Non-resident Bhutanese remitted various currencies worth Nu 508 million (M) from January to December, 2014, according to the Royal Monetary Authority’s monthly bulletin of February. This was an increase of Nu 164M from Nu 344.6M in the previous year during the same period.

In other words, remittances increased by 47 percent last year. This also means that the number of Bhutanese citizens working abroad has increased significantly over recent years.


Online scholarship application saves time and money

The DAHE facility serves as an example for other online services in its ease of access and use 

G2C: Now into its third year, the Department of Adult and Higher Education’s (DAHE) online scholarship application service continues to save students and the department, time and money, and serves as an example of how other public services can be provided under the G2C (government to citizen) model.

A total of 755 applicants did not have to travel to Thimphu to apply for a scholarship, this year.

With no need to travel to the capital city, applicants were able to save on both costs and time.

If travelling all the way from Trashigang, transportation and accommodation costs can run into the thousands for the applicants.


Pilgrims are the biggest litterbugs

DSC07503An eyesore: Who is responsible for Taktshang’s growing garbage problem

Despite numerous cleanup campaigns, the trail to Taktshang remains strewn with trash

Tourism: From its base in Ramthangka until the monastery, the garbage strewn along the trail is evidence that the Taktshang monastery in Paro is one of the most visited destinations in the country.

Polythene bags, pet bottles and empty packets of packaged food litter the trail.  Three huge dustbins placed at different locations are overflowing.

Despite the recent cleanup by Clean Bhutan, a project initiated last year to advocate behavioural changes, the place still remains littered.

Project coordinator Nedup Tshering said people don’t take responsibility to empty the overflowing bins, let alone clean t

he trail. “The responsibility lies with the community but they don’t do it,” he said. “We’ve asked the community to inform the municipality after they bring down the waste.”


Reflections on the De-Suug Program

The De-Suung training has reinforced my respect and admiration for the dedicated services our military is providing in the service of our motherland. With just the basic remuneration, our military men and women appear to be a highly motivated unit, taking pride and equipped to perform at their peak within their respective ranks.


What will it take to civilise us?


A four-part tongue-in-cheek attempt to ferret out the distinctive features that validate an educated person

Part I

NB AT the onset that I treat the two terms ‘educated’ and ‘civilised’ as one and the same.  Still, it must be said, as a PS of sorts to that intro, that neither is civilised contingent on wealth, nor educated gauged by degrees.  IE: one need not be rich to be refined, or a graduate to be genteel.

And now that the mist over the semantics has been cleared, lets get straight to the heart of the matter. (more…)

Looking ahead to home advantage

Football: Team Bhutan will be returning home with a major advantage following a momentous victory in their first World Cup qualifier campaign in Sri Lanka.

Coach Chokey Nima and his boys will be entering the second leg of the qualifiers with one away-goal advantage. A win or draw should comfortably take the Dragon Boys into the second round of the qualifiers where they will face the likes of Asian heavy weights: Japan, Iran and South Korea.


Picture story

His Majesty the King granted promotion to eight officers of the Royal Bhutan Army and the Royal Body Guards. The officers were promoted from the rank of Colonel to the rank of Brigadier.

L-R: Brigadiers Sonam Tenzin, Dorji Wangchuk, Thinlay Dorji, Sangay Thinlay, Tenzin Dorjee, Gembo Tshering, Dorji Gyeltshen and Dorji Rinchen


Meeting the chopper promise

A helicopter service next year was the highlight of plans in place over the next few years

APA Meeting: Bhutan will have its first domestic helicopter services by the end of the next fiscal year.

This was one of the major decisions taken at the finalisation of the annual performance agreement meeting of the ministries, excluding foreign and finance, at Paro yesterday.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said the two helicopters should come within the upcoming fiscal year.


Mangdechhu HP cost revised

The increase, though substantial, is still much lower than that of other hydropower projects 

Hydropower: Completing the 720MW Mangdechhu hydropower project will cost Nu 45 Billion (B), an amount equal to the government of India’s commitment for the 11th Plan.

The Trongsa-based project’s cost has already shot up by Nu 14B since the first detailed project cost projection was compiled based on the 2008 price level.  This means that the total cost, which was estimated at Nu 29B eight years ago has now increased to Nu 43B.