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A case of attempted patricide?

photoHari Prasad narrates the incident

The family has a long history of internal dispute but police aren’t sold on this latest complaint

Violence: Wrapped with a white bandage around his head and wrist, and with bruised eyes, Hari Prasad Rai, 77, from Kungkha village in Phuentsholing gewog in Chukha said he doesn’t feel safe in his own home.

He said he escaped from his 44-year-old son on the night of August 20, following an argument they had. His son hit [... Read More]

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People of Ura gewog in Bumthang showcased different varieties of mushrooms at the fourth annual masutake mushroom (Sangay shamu) festival held on August 24 and 25.

There are about 100 types of mushrooms identified in Ura out of which 50 are edible. The festival saw hundreds of people attending in their best attire and different dances, including mask dances, were also performed. Several [... Read More]

Men booked for tobacco smuggling

Crime: Three men, two from Saralpara village of Kokrajhar district, Indian, and one from Ramaytoechu in Dekiling, were detained in Sarpang since August 12, for allegedly smuggling in tobacco products.

Police patrol team apprehended the three men traveling in an Indian taxi with a sack of chewing tobacco and a carton box of bidi at Patabari, Dekiling.

Sarpang police forwarded the case to office of attorney general on August 19.

Police sources say the two men [... Read More]

Playing the role of a constructive opposition


Former agriculture minister and country’s second opposition leader, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho talks to Kuensel about the role of the members of the new opposition party and its stand on some of the pertinent issues.

Q&A: Your party leader said the opposition this time would play an exemplary role. How?

As opposition, we’ll always place national interests above all. We’ll always bear in mind the interests and aspirations of the people of Bhutan for their country, [... Read More]

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Meet the people: About 19 individuals showed up to meet the Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, during the first meet-the-people program held on August 24 at NRDCL conference hall in Thimphu.

While most were those who were looking for jobs, there were also others with agriculture related proposals and transfer requests.

Initiated as a feedback and public redressal system, meet the people program was in keeping [... Read More]

1,614 graduates cross prelims hurdle

For the rest of the 3,332 though, it’s the end of their civil service dream

RCSC: With the Bhutan civil service examination (BCSE) preliminary examination result out on August 24, a total of 1,614 university graduates will go on to contest the 538 seats in civil service.

A total of 3,332 graduates had appeared the exam.

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) had decided to keep the cut-off percentage of the prelims at 54 percent to [... Read More]

Phoja, Pelden group of companies and Druk shopping complex in the finals

IMG_7368Doing the round: Phoja archers shout for a hit

Archery: In the 2011 championship of the Yangphel archery tournament, Phoja defeated Bhutan Life Exposure and Ata Boning to secure a seat in the finals, yesterday.

In the semifinals of 15 rounds,  Phoja team set two games while its opponent failed to set any. When Phoja set the first game in fifth round, Bhutan Life Exposure secured three points but Ata Boning did not manage a single point. Likewise, in the 13th round, Phoja [... Read More]

When young people take their own lives …

Suicide: Sitting with his friends  in the crowd and watching the skit was the last time (madam) Kinga saw him before the school closed for the weekend last Saturday in Thimphu.

The next day, around the same time, her 11-year old student, who used to sit in the front row of class VI ‘B’, was no more.  He had hanged himself at his house, which is less than an hour’s drive from the school.  [... Read More]

Putting their money where their mouth is

The cabinet has come up with a slew of cost-cutting measures to suit the current economic climate

Austerity: The prime minister and Cabinet ministers of the new government will continue to pocket existing salary and not adopt the new pay scale that was in the pipeline after a discussion during the first Parliament.

Which means they will continue receiving a salary of Nu 78,000 basic amount, and not the proposed Nu 180,000 for the Prime [... Read More]