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OAG sticks to its guns in land scam case

Update: The Office of the Attorney General yesterday insisted that the former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen, manipulated his thram and increased his land holding size to 2.03 acres in Omkha, and registered seven acres in Lubding, during his tenure as a gup.

In their rebuttal at the bench IV of the Thimphu dzongkhag court, OAG’s prosecutor, Tashi Gyalpo, submitted that thrams prior to 1979 clearly state the land size in Omkha as 0.02 [... Read More]

Beaten to the punch

An allegedly illegal tenant sues NHDC legal officer over eviction action

Housing: A support staff of the national land commission (NLC) has filed a court case against the legal officer of the national housing development corporation ltd (NHDCL), accusing the latter of forcefully evicting him from a government house in Kawangjangsa.

Tenzin wrote to court that the legal officer had asked him to vacate the house, where he has been living with his wife and [... Read More]

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Court case coverage

A highlight of the response of the lawyer representing former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen, to the prosecutor’s (OAG) rebuttal yesterday, was not to allow media in the courtroom, and thereby stop coverage of the trial.

The idea is clear. They feel that with media  covering the proceedings of the case, two trails are being conducted simultaneously – one by the court and the other by the media.  They also expressed concerns that media coverage could [... Read More]

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Bhutan, Dr Ornella Lincetto presented her credentials to the foreign minister Rinzin Dorje yesterday in Thimphu. Before her appointment to Bhutan, Dr Lincetto was working as the technical officer, maternal health, with the WHO western Pacific region country office in Papua New Guinea.

    

Phobjikha plagued by erratic power supply

SONY DSCOutage: Erratic power supply is a persistent issue for Phobjikha and Gangtey

Though electrified since 2011, the valley suffers from frequent blackouts

Electricity: Despite receiving electricity since 2011, people of Gangtey and Phobjikha valleys mostly depend on solar energy for electricity.

This, according to villagers, is because of the erratic power supply without a possible solution so far.  Villagers said there have been no signs of improvement, despite several complaints and earnest requests.

With the valleys experiencing blackouts frequently, at times for about a week, villagers said solar [... Read More]

The great Battle of the Zhuls

IMG_5294An angry Zhul being taken to fight

Highland: Tenche village in Lunana is more a pasture than a settlement, vast and awfully silent in September. The golden wheat fields, a roiling river, and a few houses here and there, it is an old sepia from long, long ago.

But the village has come to life today with shrieks and laughter of children, cattle bells and occasional calls from far away. Yaks are coming down from the mountains where they have been [... Read More]

Fewer cars imported after lifting of ban

Reasons for the slump range from higher govt. taxes to lower bank loans

Vehicles: About seven new cars hit the road everyday after the government lifted the ban on import of vehicles three months ago.

That the country imported some 707 cars since July is, however, not a good number for vehicle dealers in the country, who imported almost thrice that number when the ban was not imposed.  In the last three months before the [... Read More]

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Misery continues: The only athlete representing Bhutan, Lhaba Tshering, 19, could not pass the qualification in the Men’s 200m Round 1 yesterday in Incheon, South Korea. Of the eight runners Lhaba completing the 200m in 24.18 seconds stood seventh, while Oman athlete was disqualified. He raced with athletes from China, Korea, Kazakhstan, Hongkong, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Oman. Meanwhile, in taekwondo, Tilak Gurung will [... Read More]

RAA pulls up MoIC for lapses

The highlight of the report was the misuse of government funds by a former senior accounts officer 

Audit: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has directed the information and communications ministry to initiate appropriate action against the former senior accounts officer for deliberate misuse of government fund amounting to Nu 2.206M.

The audit has also asked the ministry to take appropriate administrative action against the immediate supervising officials for their failure to supervise and monitor the [... Read More]

Has the lean season offer backfired?

DSC_0290Photo opportunity: A tourist pose with a monk during the Thimphu drubchen yesterday

Tourism: The Bhutan-Thailand friendship offer that the government initiated to make Bhutan a year-round destination has backfired, thereby affecting their business, tour operators claimed.

With many tourists expecting similar offers, tour operators said they mostly get inquiries on whether a particular country could be listed next, as part of a similar offer. Tour operators requested anonymity fearing repercussions

A tour operator said, by this time, he usually gets around 100 bookings from Japan for next [... Read More]

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