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Court sentence man to 14- lifetime imprisonment

Four other convicted for chorten vandalism

Crime: Langa Dorji, 32, will have to spend 14 lives in prison. This is the total sentence term the farmer from Zorgyen village in Chaskhar gewog, Mongar, received after the Lhuentse court sentenced him to two-lifetime imprisonment recently.

Langa Dorji was convicted for vandalising 12 chortens in Mongar earlier and the Mongar court had already sentenced him to 12 lifetime imprisonments. The Lhuentse court also sentenced two men to [... Read More]

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On the threshold: B.Ed graduates from Paro and Samtse College of Education gather at Lungtenzampa parking yesterday to sit for the civil service examination, which ends today . There are only 182 vacancies for more than 400 graduates.


Citizens initiative for safer Taktsang trail

Safety: Following the recent death of a tourist at Taktsang, a private campaign has been launched to collect funds and make the trail to the monastery a safer one.

While the campaign is still in its very early stages and a concrete objective has not yet been decided, the goal is to at least collect enough money to install railings at sections that can be made safer.

The Thai tourist who died last week fell [... Read More]


Thinking beyond cost

English I is a subject that is different from English II. That’s why students have to sit two different exams.

If the two subjects were the same, or almost, as BCSEA would like us believe, why are we taxing our teachers by making them teach two different things that are in essence just one and the same?

This is the question parents and students are asking  in the wake of BCSEA’s decision to not conduct English II [... Read More]

Economic climate casts a pall over sawmill business

IMG_9320Slow business for sawmill owners in Bumthang

The housing loan restriction has been lifted but it’s yet to see improvement in business  

Construction: Despite the restriction on housing loan lifted since September last year, sawmill business in Bumthang is yet to pick up.

Following the Rupee crisis in 2012, several loans including the housing loan were suspended to curb Rupee outflow. The housing loan restriction, according to sawmill owners badly affected their business.

Prior to the loan restriction, the sawmills catered to [... Read More]

No news on abducted Bhutanese

Border: With almost four months gone, there is no news on the two drivers, a Bhutanese and an Indian, who went missing from Shantipur near Gelephu.

In the last ransom call family members received from kidnapper towards the end of September, the brother of the Bhutanese driver had tried to negotiate with kidnappers. But before he could explain the call was ended and the mobile switched off.

“Since then the number they called from is [... Read More]

Mega Pvt. Ltd partner appeals to Supreme Court

Claims govt. should benefit more from evaded tax

Judiciary: The legal battle over the distribution of profits among four founders of Mega Private Ltd continues as one of the appellants decided to appeal to the Supreme Court.

“My client has decided to appeal as the High Court denied 25 percent of his share which he is entitled for,” plaintiff Kunley Wangdi’s legal counsel, Cheda, said.

The other ground for appeal, according to Cheda, was that government [... Read More]

Cabinet asks BCSEA board to review its decision

Amidst students, teachers and parents calling it unfair, the Cabinet has, this afternoon, asked the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment’s Board to review their recent decision not to re-conduct the examination of the leaked English II paper.

BCSEA board on Sunday decided not to re-conduct the examination citing several reasons, including cost, logistics and hassle to students. It decided to validate English II marks based on what students scored in English I.



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]

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