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Electricity import to increase until 2017

…until a few mega projects are commissioned

Power: Even with the likely addition of about 3,000 MW (Megawatt) of power by 2020, the country may have to import small amount power during winter months to meet the domestic demand.

However, Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) projects that the domestic demand will continue to grow gradually in short term, until the first mega power project gets commissioned, albeit at a lower rate.

Although the commissioning of Punatsangchhu [... Read More]

Great Sipa-chi-dhoe kurim concludes

IMG_0132High and clear: The first man to reach the top of the Dhoe in search of the precious Gow (amulet)

Religion: His Majesty the King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and members of the Royal family graced the final day of the five-day Sipa-Chi-Dhoe offering ceremony in Punakha yesterday.

The Prime Minister, ministers, heads of armed forces, and senior government officials attended the event, along with about 15,000 people from Punakha, Wangdue, Thimphu and other parts of the country.

The five-day kurim, presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo, is performed once every [... Read More]

Students and parents call BCSEA’s decision unfair

Examination: Class XII students, their parents and observers have taken to the social media to pour out their disappointment on the decision to not re-conduct the leaked English II paper.

Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) board decided not to redo the leaked class XII’s English paper II at an emergency meeting on January 4 afternoon.Instead, the board decided that students be awarded the marks they scored in English paper I for [... Read More]

Girl killed by falling pillar

Accident: A seven-year old girl succumbed to head injuries after one of the two pillars holding the Sipa-chi-dhoe hit her head yesterday at Thangzona, Punakha.

She was rushed to the hospital, but died around 2:30pm, moments after she reached the hospital. The girl along with her parents stayed back to collect druna (grain offerings). Sources said fierce wind unsettled the pillar and blew it after the kurim completed and most people left the area.

Hospital [... Read More]

Picture story

The five-day Dagana tshechu ended yesterday with the unfurling of Lord Buddha’s thongdrel and Guru Tshengyed Chham (mask dance). The tshechu is believed to be 305 years old.

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Editorial

Plugging the loopholes

In settling a long legal battle amongst four businessmen, the High Court has revealed several loopholes in the system of governance.

They have found that the litigants had not paid income tax for years and expressed grave concerns of how businesses are getting away evading taxes. The High Court has also asked the department of revenue and customs to calculate and collect taxes based on income tax rules from the four businessmen.

Going by the figures presented [... Read More]

Council awaits clear response from Cabinet on e-vehicles

NC had written to the govt to revisit its decision on importing second hand e-vehicles

E-cars: Although the Cabinet’s official response to the National Council (NC)’s resolution to stop importing second-hand electric cars has been “very vague”, Finance Minister Namgay Dorji said there is no going back on the government’s decision.

“The government can’t override the Parliament’s decision,” he said. The Parliament in July last year waived off tax on the import of electric vehicles [... Read More]

Defendant’s lawyer asks court for minimal penalty

Hearing: In the opening statement of the case involving a police constable who was accused of attempted rape of a 20-year-old woman, lawyer Kinzang Wangchuk of Bhutan Law Service requested the court for minimal sentence on the grounds that the constable was mentally unsound at the time when he committed the crime.

While agreeing on the charges made by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Kinzang Wangchuk requested the court to render every [... Read More]

Bhutanese held for allegedly smuggling sandalwood

Crime: A 37-year-old Bhutanese man is currently in Jaigaon police custody for allegedly trying to transport sandalwood worth Rs 10.5M into the country. He is from Tabrang, Phongmey in Trashigang.

On the midnight of January 2, Jaigaon police along with the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) intercepted a white private truck at Dalsingpara, some 10km from the bordering town of Jaigaon. The truck is also registered in the driver’s name, Kuensel learned.

The police in Phuentsholing, [... Read More]

Rapist gets 8 years, 9 months and 9 days term

Crime: Lhuentse dzongkhag court sentenced a 29-year-old man to eight years, nine months and nine days in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl and impregnating her in December 2013.

The court found Sonam from Umgar guilty of statutory rape. According to section 183 of the Penal Code of Bhutan, a person shall be guilty of the offence of rape of a child above the age of twelve years if the defendant has sexual intercourse [... Read More]

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