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Two fall off cliff: one dead, other recovering

Accident: A man, in his early forties, died after falling off a cliff located between Gerwa and Agurwong, about 25km away from Samdrupjongkhar towards Jomotshangkha, while his 32-year-old younger brother sustained multiple injuries, on October 18.

Police said the two brothers had gone to the area to fetch wood.

One of the tshogpas with Samdrupjongkhar dzongkhag administration said, despite the efforts of the rescue team, the heavy downpour delayed operations.

Going by the statement provided to [... Read More]

Translation project difficult but not impossible

IMG_1822Dream Project: The closing session of the three day seminar

84,000: The three-day seminar of the 84,000 project concluded yesterday at Shechen monastery, Bodhgaya, with a prayer for the successful completion of the project to make the words of Buddha accessible to everyone, and renewed determination to seek more advice from scholars, masters and rinpoches helping the project.

Discussions at the seminar mostly revolved around technical aspects in the translation of the Kangyur and Tengyur, in relation to other sutras and tantras.

There were also [... Read More]

Elderly couple perish in fall off cliff

Accident: A 69-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman had a fatal fall from a cliff in Balam village, Mongar yesterday morning.

The incident happened around 7am, when the couple was on their way to meet their daughter, who is admitted at the Mongar referral hospital.

Sources said the couple was planning to get the wife checked at the hospital.  But because of her mental problem, a source said, when the couple reached Lungna Wang brag, [... Read More]


Tournament on ice till dues paid

Meanwhile, the organiser, as some BFF officials put it, is ‘at large’ and out of contact 

Football: The Thimphu departmental open football tournament was suspended since last Thursday, and will continue only if the organiser pays the remaining dues, according to Bhutan football federation (BFF) officials, who met yesterday to discuss the issue.

Although BFF officials said they had nothing to do, apart from renting the Changlimithang football ground to the organiser, they are trying [... Read More]


Picture story

Kartak Chugche players celebrate one of their nine kareys in the last round of the quarter finals of the on-going Coronation Archery tournament at Changlimithang. The crucial kareys bagged them 15 points and stopped opponent Doctor Tobgay from winning the game last evening. Kartak Chugche was trailing Doctor Tobgay by 14 points before their nine kareys took them to 22 points. Doctor Tobgay [... Read More]

OAG finds no case against three suspects

Ketamine: The office of the attorney general (OAG) has found no legal basis to prosecute the three suspects, who were arrested in connection with the drug smuggling incident that occurred in Thailand, in September this year.

No legal basis for prosecution was found for two reasons: ketamine is not a controlled substance in Bhutan, which ruled out charging the suspects for smuggling, and a lack of evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the [... Read More]

Is democracy discriminatory?

Buddhist scholar says yes, with respect to religious personalities and (non-graduate) villagers

Politics: Depriving religious personalities from the electoral process is a “total slap” in the face of Bhutanese tradition, Constitution and the dignity of a human being.

Challenging what is perhaps the most controversial clause in the country’s electoral law, an eminent scholar of Buddhism and Bhutan, Dr Karma Phuentsho said such exclusion of religious persons was “atrocious”.

“One can at least understand disallowing religious [... Read More]

Misina’s mail finally despatched

IMG_9672Despatched: Postcards and letters some of which date three years back are handed over to Bhutan Post yesterday

The post box apparently was a defunct one that hadn’t been removed

Update: About 93 postcards and six letters that had remained confined in the letterbox at Misina town, Punakha, some for almost three years, were immediately dispatched from the headquarter of Bhutan Post in Thimphu yesterday.

The letters, dated from between November 1, 2010 and October 12 this year, were brought to the head office by Andreas Hoy, a German volunteer with the college [... Read More]

Man survives arrow shot

Accident: A 22-year-old man from Tsirang’s Kilkhorthang gewog who was hit by a traditional hunting arrow (sangda) let off from a snare meant for animals, is recovering at the thimphu national referral hospital.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of October 21.

The victim, Nim Tshering from Majua village, about 5km away from Damphu town had reached Damphu hospital, his clothes soaked in blood around 4pm.

Having given him what basic treatment the hospital could, he [... Read More]

Drowned body recovered

The body of a 20-year old man, who was suspected to have drowned in the Sunkosh river on the night of October 19 was recovered yesterday, six km downstream.

A police search team recovered the body from a pool created by a diversion of the river, at a place called Tshochenthang Jug.

The incident took place at around 11pm that night.  According to police the deceased was with three other friends that night, and all of them [... Read More]