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Men held for alleged rape of schoolgirl

Crime: Tsirang police have detained a 24-year-old man on September 6 for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.

The incident reportedly took place on the evening of September 5, when the victim was returning home from school.  The girl Is a class four student in one of the schools in Tsirang.

Tsirang police said the victim, along with a friend, were returning home, when they realised that the accused was following them.  He first followed the [... Read More]

First wind power project to generate 600KW

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Energy: The country’s 600kw (kilowatt) pilot wind power project at Rubesa, Wangdue should be up and ready by February 2016, generating 1.21 million units of energy and earning a revenue of about Nu 2.5M a year.

After the Komaihaltec inc., a Japanese company, was selected from three bidders, a contract signed on July 22 and the project has commenced since September 1.

The project manager of wind power project division with Bhutan Power corporation (BPC), [... Read More]

OAG takes former councillor to court

Fraud: Thimphu district court’s bench four yesterday conducted the preliminary hearing on the alleged land fraud case involving a former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen, yesterday.

The Office of the Attorney General charged Chang Ugyen, who was also the former Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s vice president, for forging documents to increase his land holdings in 1987.

The attorney general, Phuntsho Wangdi, said the National Land Commission had conducted an inquiry, investigated the case, reviewed and forwarded [... Read More]

The RBP most wanted list

Posted on the police website are 14 criminals still at large for months

Crime: Six months ago, a 14-year-old girl in a remote village in Sarpang was raped.  Her parents reported the case to police.  As police had to walk for a day to reach the village, the accused ran away.  He is still at large.

Rapists, burglars, drug peddlers and even a person accused of armed robbery make up the list of 14 people, [... Read More]

To get the most out of social media

Education and media literacy are the keys, was the consensus at the BCMD ‘conversation’

Discussion: Education and media literacy are the keys to ensuring that social media is used positively rather than for negative intentions, it was agreed at a discussion titled ‘Exploring democracy – Conversation on regulating online media’ organised by the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy, yesterday.

The discussion was led by four speakers: information and communications secretary, Dasho Kinley Dorji, two [... Read More]

Safe to drink tea: BAFRA

20 tea samples for 61 individual pesticides were tested in a laboratory in Thailand

Import: All imported tea brands in the market are safe to consume, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) has confirmed, after conducting tests on the tea available in the market.

A study in India that claimed to have found pesticides in various Indian manufactured teas prompted the authority to conduct test on tea sold in the market.  Bhutan imports a [... Read More]

Editorial

Educate people about social media

Social media is a powerful tool.  It has power.  And power, as you know, can be used either ways – for good and for bad.

The opposition party Druk Phuensum tshogpa (DPT) suing Dasho Benji for ‘defamation’ is not a new case.  It is not an unexpected case, and it will not be the last case either.  The number of defamation charges so far is countable, but this will change.  With increasing number of Bhutanese going [... Read More]

Township waits donkeys years for plans to take off

DSC_1005Samtse town in anticipation of development

Initiated in 1994, townsfolk have grown old in anticipation of a signal to go ahead

Samtse: Although it has been more than a decade since the completion of the Samtse town planning, the town still wears the same look as it did in the nineties, when it was first developed.

Amidst intense heat, rain, and frequent power shutdowns, residents still await instruction from the dzongkhag and municipality on the town planning approval.

Like always, they are [... Read More]

Picture story

Gewog administrative officers and lhakhang caretakers from 11 gewogs in Pemagatshel are being trained on disaster preparedness, fire safety and strengthening emergency management. The four-day training began yesterday.

   

Deadline deferred for a third time

DSC_5648Delayed: Completion date of the bridge over Samdrupcholing-Samrang highway in Samdrupjongkhar is pushed by four more months

Monsoon precipitated landslides are being blamed for the delay

CDCL: Completion of the Samdrupcholing-Samrang highway could be further delayed with the deadline extended by four months.

This is the third time the deadline has been extended to Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) that has been awarded the works.

The initial completion date was May 31.

An official at the site said that CDCL requested the government further postpone the deadline to December after failing to meet the [... Read More]

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