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Embassy officials meet Bhutanese students in Bangkok

Bhutanese embassy officials in Bangkok, Thailand, and the Bhutanese students association (BSA) met Bhutanese students of Rajamangala University, who were moved out of their campus for safety reasons.

The ongoing protests at Bangkok slowed down yesterday, stated media reports.  The anti-government protest is expected to pause today to observe the birth anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Ambassador Kezang Wangdi, minister counsellor Chitem Tenzin, counsellor Gyembo and BSA president Dorji Penjor assured Bhutanese students that they would render [... Read More]

Denmark commits support to Bhutan

The government of Denmark reiterated its commitment to Bhutan with multilateral funds to support efforts within climate change, environmental protection and others at the Biennial High Level Consultation on Bilateral Cooperation between Bhutan and Denmark on December 3 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Danish delegation appreciated the commitment and support extended by the national and local governments to the Danish-Bhutanese partnership during the Tenth Plan, including the support and assistance extended to the Representation Office of Denmark [... Read More]

Man mauled by Himalayan black bear

Wildlife: A 49-year old man from Patshaling in Tsirang, who was mauled by a Himalayan black bear on December 3, is recovering at the Damphu hospital.

The victim, Talman, suffered multiple injuries on his face, lower eyelid, left hand, thighs and the right foot, said health officials.  His lower lip was also cut and three front teeth were uprooted.

The incident took place about two kilometres from Talman’s house at Thangrey.  Talman and his friend [... Read More]

Two policemen go missing

Last week, two policemen went missing from two different places.

A constable, corporal by rank, who is in his early 30s, went missing from Taktsang in Paro on the night of November 30.

Police sources said they found the gopa’s cell phone few meters below Taktsang and suspect him to have fallen off the cliff. The gopa was on duty in Taktsang when the incident occurred.

Police in Paro refused to comment.

In another incident, a police constable, a [... Read More]

Security guard detained for alleged rape of minor

Thimphu police has detained a 38-year-old security guard of a shopping mall in Olakha for alleged rape of an eight-year old girl.

Officials from women and child protection unit said the security guard was arrested on December 3 after the girl’s mother lodged a complaint against him.

The girl’s mother, in her statement to police, claimed the incident occurred on November 26 when the girl went to play in the shopping mall’s game zone.

It was alleged that [... Read More]

Opinions

Suicide – The ultimate cop-out

Self-murder is a societal malaise that calls for a social solution

As Bhutan moves towards a future, with the goal of happiness for all as its guiding principle, people, who are trying to deal with difficult life situations associated with high suffering may be left behind.  There are a growing number of people, who are socially isolated, prone to intoxication patterns, and exhibiting deterioration of mood, manifested as anger and sadness.

Frequently, urbanisation and loss of the [... Read More]

Bhutan climbs two steps up on CPI

It is perceived cleanest among SAARC member nations and ranks sixth among Asia Pacific ones

Report: The country has climbed two steps up to secure the 31st position among 177 nations considered for perceived levels of public sector corruption this year.

This is according to the 2013, Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which was out on the Transparency International website yesterday.

In 2012, the country was 33rd among 176 nations.

The country retained its 2012 score of 63 [... Read More]

DPT elects new president

IMG_0338Catching up: While members vote, outgoing president and the nominee share a moment

Politics: Former Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, officially stepped down as the president of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) yesterday at the party’s  11th executive meeting.

Replacing him is opposition leader Dr Pema Gyamtsho, who was elected the new president, after securing 50 “yes” and a single “No” vote.

The party also decided to elect three vice presidents to address different issues, such as parliamentary and legal affairs, economic policies and the party as an institution.

A [... Read More]

JYT bids farewell to DPT

Politics: In taking leave from the party and its presidency, former Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, said he has done his part by serving with Druk Phuensum Tshogpa for the last six years.

Besides stating it was not ideal for one person to head a party for lifelong in a democratic setup, for the party to emerge strong, it was wise to have a president, who was in the Parliament.

“I’ve served the country for [... Read More]

TashiCell goes 3G

IMG_0236At the launch: Tashi InfoComm chairman Wangchuk Dorji (right) with managing director Tashi Tshering and general manager for network operations, Ganga R Sharma

Mobile: The nation’s first and only private mobile company, Tashi InfoComm launched its 3G (third generation) mobile wireless network yesterday in Thimphu.

With this, TashiCell operators said subscribers would be able to download and stream multimedia, talk face to face through video call and download large email attachments via devices that support 3G.

To start with, 3G will be available in places like Thimphu, Paro, Bajo in Wangduephodrang, Punakha, Gedu, and Phuentsholing.

TashiCell’s commercial manager Jigme [... Read More]