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Police crack taxi driver murder case


A suspect and a witness have been detained, while a second suspect is still at large

Crime: Police have arrested a suspect and detained an eyewitness in connection to the murder of a 50-year-old taxi driver, whose body was found above Babesa zero point in Thimphu on April 21.

The eye witness, Kinley Gyeltshen, was detained for not reporting the crime to police, while the main suspect, Tandin Gyeltshen, a 27-year old man was arrested from his house at Olakha on April 22.  Tandin Gyeltshen has confessed to the crime, the chief of police, Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel, said at a press conference yesterday.

Police said Tandin Gyeltshen’s accomplice, Karma Dorji, 22, is still at large, and is suspected to have travelled to Phuentsholing after committing the crime.


Defence chooses to stay the course

Despite DPT’s desire to withdraw its case, the defendant wishes to see it through

Libel: Irrespective of whether the court dismisses the sedition charge against Druk Phuensum tshogpa (DPT) as irrelevant, Dasho Paljor J Dorji’s lawyer yesterday submitted that his client would continue to fight the case for as long as it takes.

In doing so, defence lawyer Younten Dorji said the court should consider the importance of the case and, in the interest of the young democracy, allow the case to continue with the due proceedings.

The defence lawyer was submitting in response to DPT’s intention to withdraw the libel case against Dasho Paljor J Dorji, also known as Dasho Benji.


A lesson for us all

Picture speaks louder than words. Indeed. It was one of the most heart-touching pictures that we saw of Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay hugging Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala yesterday.

Nepal, our good neighbour and friend, is today going through difficult times.  The massive earthquake that hit the nation on Saturday has left thousands dead and many more injured. Rescue operation is still continuing.


Snow cover needs more studies

Cryosphere: Researchers are calling for more studies on snow cover in Bhutan given the declining snowfall the country has been experiencing over the last decade.

According to International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD),  remote sensing specialist, Deo Raj Gurung, the declining trend in snowfall is worrying because snowmelt acts as a buffer for the river systems.

This year, Thimphu declared no snowfall holiday, while it snowed for only half a night in Bumthang.

“To know what’ll happen to the river system, a good understanding of snow cover is crucial for research and adaptation,” Deo Raj Gurung said.


Picture story

Another female Asiatic elephant was darted and collared in Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary early this month taking the total number of collared elephants to four.
Forestry officials and Wildlife Conservation Division officials have been collaring Asiatic elephants to study the seasonal movements of the animal in Bhutan. Two more elephants are due to be collared in Lhamoizingkha and Samtse before the year ends. Of the three collared earlier, two were collared in Samrang, Samdrupjongkhar and one in Sarpang. (Courtesy: MoAF)


Not many takers for vocational graduates

A labour ministry advisory comes up with short and long term proposals to improve situation

Survey: More than 700 industries have not recruited a single Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduate in the last three years, a labour ministry survey found.

About 208 industries of the total 1,029 have recruited up to 10 vocational graduates each in the last three years.

The labour ministry’s human resource advisory series released last month highlights several loose ends in the TVET, a critical area that has been identified in the 11th Plan to tackle youth unemployment, and points out that the sector is not up to the mark yet.

The prime minister recently asked the employment creation task force members to explore ways to create employment opportunities.


Garage sale to raise funds for hospital

DSC_8079Student volunteers ask for donation

JDWNRH: A garage sale of secondhand items at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) yesterday earned Nu 31,201 and Nu 3,550 from the sale of baby clothes that was held to help raise money to buy hand-wash detergents for the hospital.

Two volunteers with the Japan International Cooperation Agency coordinated a garage sale, along with 13 volunteers, including hospital staff and three students of Motithang HSS.

A midwife at JDWNRH, Emi Tsukamoto, said she noticed that the referral hospital does not have hand-washing detergents, which are a necessity for a hospital. “Hand-washing detergent is important for infection control,” she said.


Tremor interrupts league game

unnamedShot block: Effects’ player blocks a Jajin jump shot

Basketball: Day four of the Thimphu B League basketball tournament was nearly called-off, when a light tremor shook the swimming complex in Thimphu yesterday.

The tremor occurred in the final seconds of the second quarter of the game between Effects and Jajins.

Screaming, audience and players rushed out of the hall.  However, the officials and the players decided to continue the game minutes after the shock.

Effects defeated Jajins 55-34, their third consecutive win in the tournament.  Phuntsho Tshering of Effects, a class 12 student of Yangchenphug higher secondary school, with 24 points, was the highest scorer of the match.


Bhutan to send medical assistance team to Nepal

11195507_362553400602129_1338766755_n-1Help: The Bhutanese medical assistance team prepares to leave for Kathmandu, Nepal today to assist in the earthquake relief operations (Photo: Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk)

This is the first such disaster unit to be deployed outside the country

Earthquake: Bhutan will dispatch a medical assistance team, comprising of at least 54 members, to Nepal,  today, following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25.

The team is being deployed on the Royal Command of His Majesty the King.

A medical unit of 11 doctors, including both surgeons and medical specialists, and 19 nurses and technicians of the health ministry and the Royal Bhutan Army form the core of the team.

The medical team will be assissted by eight supporting staff, including an electrician.


P/ling may leak Nu 20M daily in tax defaults

The ballpark figure is based on an inspection of three truckloads of commodities imported from third countries

ACC: Bhutan could be losing more than Nu 20 million (M) every day in tax evasion at the country’s largest commercial hub, Phuentsholing.

This estimate was based on the physical verification of three truckloads of commodities imported from third countries that the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) recently carried out at the regional revenue and customs office (RRCO) complex in Phuentsholing.