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The kidnapping racket

One thing is clear from the recent incidence of people from across the border kidnapping hapless Bhutanese citizens.  Security along the borders should be a priority for the government, both local and central, and with a red-flag urgency.

As if to thumb their noses at our government and security forces, another two men were kidnapped even as the four Norbugang residents were returned.  The incident happened on the same day.

This says a lot of things.  The [... Read More]

Jigme Losel PS’s exchange programme

IMG_2332Sharing classroom: Chiya PS students with students of Jigme Losel PS

The now autonomous school is hosting twelve from a remote school in Udzorong

Education: Twelve students from a remote school in Udzorong, Trashigang are attending classes at the Jigme Losel primary school as a part of an exchange programme.

Jigme Losel PS initiated the programme after it was granted autonomy this year.

The exchange programme, Jigme Losel PS teachers said, was a part of its five-year plan as an autonomous school.  The month-long programme is expected [... Read More]

PM addresses desuups

IMG_3153March past: MPs exhibit their marching skills

Lyonchhoen was at the formal launching of the 13th desuung training program

Tencholing: Desuung is about patriotism, volunteerism, leadership and management, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said, addressing 121 executive officers and managers at the formal launching of the 13th desuung training program yesterday.

The program is conducted at Tencholing military training centre, Wangduephodrang.

“The very fact that you’re here is to prove that you are willing to step outside your comfort zone and do something,” the [... Read More]

Kangpara bouncing back from chili blight


Production of the main cash crop has been progressing from strength to strength

Agriculture: After losing huge quantities of chili, the main cash crop for Kangpara gewog, to blight in 2011, chili production in the gewog is now picking up.

Last year, the gewog produced 360MT of chilies from 110MT the previous year.  In 2011, chili production had plummeted to about 30MT.

“We’re expecting the production to increase further this year, as damage from blight after [... Read More]

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Representative of His Majesty the King and president of Bhutan Olympic Committee, HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, and the president of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding in Thimphu yesterday.
The parties agreed to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between the countries through sports.


Two men washed away by Kurichhu

Mishap: Two men were washed away by Kurichhu yesterday afternoon.

Gyalpoizhing Police, Kurichhu hydropower corporation staff and residents of Gyalpoizhing town are searching for their bodies.

The incident took place at around 12:30pm at Tshokor in Gyalpoizhing. According to sources in Gyalpoizhing, the men were reportedly swimming at Tshogkor, between Gyalpoizhing and Kurizampa, with two other friends.

Gyalpoizhing police said both men were in their 20s and were employees of an automobile workshop in Mongar. Since [... Read More]

Four abductees released, another two gone missing

They were set free, as promised, on payment of the ransom

Update: The four men, who were abducted at gunpoint from their homes in Norbugang village, Sarpang on August 7, were released on Saturday after paying Nu 3,75,000 each in ransom.

Three relatives of the abductees, who went to reach the cash were directed over the phone towards Shantipur, about 15km away from Gelephu town.

The four abductees are, meanwhile, traumatised.  One of them, 57-year-old Koti [... Read More]

Woman survives hair-raising post-natal crisis

Health: Thinley Wangmo never thought that the usually two-hour trip to the road from her village would one day become the longest journey of her life, and possibly the last.

Thinley gave birth on the evening of August 26 to a healthy baby after being in labour for more than 19 hours in Wamling in Kheng Shingkhar, Zhemgang.

But her ordeal did not end there.

Her husband walked for two hours to call the health assistant [... Read More]

Pipped at the post

Door slammed on prime candidate for media attaché position at the 11th hour

PMO: A month after getting selected for the post of media attaché at the prime minister’s office, the cabinet secretariat cancelled the appointment of the former Bhutan Observer’s editor.

The candidate, Needrup Zangpo, had appealed to Journalism Association of Bhutan, seeking redress for the ‘grossly unfair treatment’ to him.

“My appointment to the post of media attaché, which I earned through a rigorous [... Read More]

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Getting ready: 121 would-be DeSuups in the 13th batch including 23 member of Parliament, four director generals, 19 dzongdas, 11 drangpons and three doctors will begin their training in Tencholing, Wangduephodrang today.


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