Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 - 12:19 AM
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A rash decision?

“I’ll make you bask in the sun for days.”

This is not a well-intended line.  Villagers often say this when they quarrel or have disputes.  It is rather a threat, as litigants have to report to court and wait, and wait in the sun more oft than not.


Project manager pleads not guilty

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Lhakhang Karpo: The project manager of Lhakhang Karpo conservation project, Wangchuk Tshering, pleaded not guilty, saying the fund that he is charged with having embezzled was utilised legally.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has accused him with two embezzlement charges, involving sums of Nu 74,985 and Nu 55,380, for using ghost labourers in the muster roll.

Wangchuk Tshering, however, rebutted last week that he hadn’t misused the money. “Therefore, I’m not liable for legal action for the charges framed on me as per section 52 (1) (a) of the Anti Corruption Act, 2011,” he said.


Civil servants’ performance to be measured from next FY

APA: Performance agreement deliberations for the new fiscal would begin soon with the deadline to submit the annual performance agreements ending on March 8 for central agencies.

The annual performance agreements (APA) enter the implementation phase, after the completion of the pilot phase at the end of this budget year in June.

APA is one of the measures the government has taken to improve good governance.


Man sentenced for sangdha killing incident

Verdict: Dagana district court last week sentenced a 29-year-old man from Larja gewog in Dagana to six months imprisonment for placing a sangdha (trap arrow) that killed a 40-year-old man.

The court also ordered Janga Bahadur Gurung to pay Nu 300,000 as compensation to the deceased’s family. According to the verdict, he was charged under section 160 of the Penal Code of Bhutan which states that a defendant shall be guilty of reckless endangerment, if the defendant’s reckless conduct including laying of sangdha places another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury.


From mountains to Times Square and back

IMG_7574RTC students who returned from Wheaton

Five RTC students and a teacher return from an educational trip of a lifetime

Education: Sangay Tshering, a final year B.Com. (Accountancy) student of Royal Thimphu College (RTC), his friends and a teacher, six in all, are in Delhi to process their visas to go to Wheaton College in Massachusetts, the United States of America.

Just a few feet up the queue, an Indian man is crying, loud at the counter because his visa application did not get through.  It is a tense moment for the Bhutanese group from RTC.  Some of them will board a plane for the first time in their lives, if they are lucky, that is.


Users of mobile and broadband internet increase

Report: Bhutan has exceeded the mobile broadband internet penetration rate for developing countries, it is revealed in the latest annual information and communications statistical report released by the government.

Mobile broadband, categorised as 3G (third generation) or 4G connections, saw subscriptions increase by 83 percent, last year. This increase follows a 529 percent increase in 2013.


Foreign coach lifts spirits of newly promoted team

IMG_7595Thimphu FC coach Fabio Lopez and club owner Yiwang Pindarica

An Italian is the first outsider to train a Thimphu “A” division side

Football: Thimphu FC is taking the Thimphu “A” division football league, which is just around the corner, seriously.

The club has a new owner and hired a former Italian football league coach, Fabio Lopez, the first international coach to train a Bhutanese club.

The 42-year old Italian had coached football clubs in the Maldives, Indonesia, Malaysia and Lithuania.


Samtse schools cry out for boarding facilities

unnamed-1One of the rented rooms that students share

In their absence, students have to rent rooms and live in dire conditions 

Education: It’s 4pm.  Mindu Wangzom, 18, is back from school.  The class XII arts student is working hard to ensure that she gets through the board examination.

She is among the 811 girls studying in one of the country’s most populated schools, the Peljorling higher secondary school (PHSS) in Sipsu, Samtse.

The school has 1,622 students, but no boarding facilities.

In the absence of hostels in the school, students like Mindu have rented a room some 20m away from the school’s main gate.  She shares the room with her brother, a class XI arts student.


National topper not awarded Fulbright scholarship

On merit ranking, a Bhutanese student from Canada bagged the slot

Education: A score of 91 percent was not enough to secure the coveted Fulbright scholarship in the USA for the whole Bhutan 2014 class XII topper, Jambay Kinley from Ugyen Academy.

He lost the slot to a student from Blyth Academy, Canada, who had scored 94.25 percent.  While Jambay Kinley had better marks in science subjects, his English mark, 72, was no match for the other student’s 92.  He needed to score 86 in English, but the highest English mark last year was not close to 80.


Project engineer accepts forgery charge

His plea, however, is that the offence should be deemed a misdemeanour and not a felony

Lhakhang Karpo: Among the four charges against him, including seven counts of official misconduct, Lhakhang Kapro’s project engineer Tashi Gyeltshen has accepted the forgery charge under section 297 (c) of the Penal Code of Bhutan.

In the ongoing legal proceedings at the Haa district court, Tashi Gyeltshen has the highest number of charges against him among the seven involved.