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Police taking case of missing boy seriously

For the past few days, two constables have been sorting through dusty old files at the city police station in Thimphu to find out who were the dealing officials in 2005, when a 13-year-old boy, detained and convicted for abusing controlled substances, was released from police custody.

The document and statements from dealing officials would be crucial in establishing the liability of the missing child, as it would show, who took charge of the boy, when [... Read More]

The friendly move

dptTaking turns: Incumbent member of parliament Sonam Penjor (right) and Rinzin Jamtsho

Done with his stint, sitting candidate steps down for buddy

They had both pursued the party ticket from Kengkhar-Weringla constituency in Mongar while gearing for the first parliamentary elections in 2008.

The party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, had to resort to an election within the party.  Sonam Penjor secured more votes and went on to contest the election from his constituency.  Rinzin Jamtsho continued to be with the party that won the election and became the in-charge of [... Read More]


Parties’ last minute issues

Looking for a pit when the need to pinch a loaf grows desperate.

Coarse as it might sound, but this Bhutanese maxim quite sums up the three new political parties’ calling on the prime minister with three basic issues facing them on the eve of the looming elections.

They raised concerns over the difficulty in finding candidates to join them, particularly those they deemed potential, because of the apolitical nature of the civil service, the main pool [... Read More]

The new deal: More data for the same price

Speed limits could be increased across the board

Druknet will revise its broadband packages in June, according to the internet service provider (ISP), which is most likely to include a sizeable increase in the data limits or quotas, and removal of bandwidth limits.

“It’s most likely going to be downward revision on price per MB (megabyte),” Druknet general manager, Tshering Norbu said. “There’ll be increase in data quota for the same price, and may not be reduction [... Read More]

Picture story

READ Bhutan, a non-profit organisation focused on establishing community libraries across the country is likely to establish one at Chuzaygang in Sarpang with the help of a 15-year-old high school student from California, Claire Thomsen, who has raised USD 50,000 in the US to build the library.

Driven by her motivation to bring the world closer to rural Bhutanese children, after four years since she started raising [... Read More]

Highway stop where sanitation is not a priority

narphungOne of the few toilets in One of the few toilets in Narphung

The Narphung settlement, lining either side of the eastern highway, is a good stop to buy greens and fruits coming from nearby villages, but lacks proper restrooms travellers could use.

Narphung is 67km from the border town of Samdrupjongkhar, and public transport services and other vehicles stop for meals or to buy farm produce.

But ask around for a toilet, and a shopkeeper will point you to the next shop or eatery, which will point you to [... Read More]

The two-day internet speed bump

While close to normal internet speeds were restored, yesterday, affected users say more redundancy is required.

The two-day internet slowdown, which began on Wednesday and particularly affected businesses dependent on internet access, was the result of a severed undersea internet cable that links Bhutan to a point of presence in the United Kingdom.  It was one of two links that connects Bhutan to the internet.  The other is to Hong Kong.

Bhutan ICT and training association president, [... Read More]

A close encounter with a wild pack of canines

dogbiteDesang shows his lacerated leg

Dogs, released from a rehab centre in Anakha, Haa, have turned into a roving menace 

All that was on his mind, when Desang, 68, stepped out of his house on the morning of March 28, was to check on his cattle grazing half a km away and head to work.

The carpenter from Tshapey village in Uesu gewog, Haa, least expected to run into a pack of canines that were attacking his cattle and would attack him.

On [... Read More]

The myriad reasons behind the delay

karpoLhakhang Karpo in Haa

Chief among which was the foundation work for an earthquake resistant Lhakhang Karpo, say officials

Difficulty in getting skilled labour, celebration of annual tshechu last year and Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) investigation against the misuse of the lhakhang’s funds delayed the construction of Lhakhang Karpo in Haa, said dzongkhag authorities.

“It’s not easy to get skilled labour in Haa, and those skilled are already engaged in the earthquake’s reconstruction works,” Haa dzongrab Jamba Gyeltshen said. “We had [... Read More]

Lhuentse’s final two

IMG_3607Tshango villagers walk to Khoma to attend the zomdu

Lhuentse will choose between former National Council member Rinzin Rinzin of Khoma and former electricity services division manager in Thimphu Tempa Dorji from Jarey on April 23 for the council seat.

The other six gewogs of Tsenkhar, Menji, Menbi, Metsho and Kurtoe did not have a candidate.

Rinzin Rinzin was nominated on March 28 during a zomdu in which he secured 199 “yes” votes against 17 “no” ones.

During the zomdu the last for the dzongkhag, some villagers [... Read More]