The much-awaited verdict on the Lhakhang Karpo case is out, bringing the case to an end, at least for now.
The dzongkhag court acquitted foreign minister Rinzin Dorje of all charges the Anti Corruption Commission had compiled after almost two years of investigation. He will have to pay only Nu 4,166 as restitution to the government within 10 days. The penalty was imposed after the minister was not able to produce receipts for using a government vehicle to transport timber to his construction site in Thimphu from Haa.
Monsoon: Unlike previous years, farmers, who depend on rainwater for paddy transplantation, are happy that this year’s rainfall has been good enough for them to transplant their paddy saplings.
UNICEF: Despite Bhutan’s progress in improving the survival of infants and those under-five years, the number of babies dying within the first 28 days of birth is still high, according to a UNICEF policy brief for Bhutan.
Crime: A 32-year-old man was murdered around 2.40pm yesterday above the sports ground of Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School.
Religion: When the tsozin (head) of Samcholing goenpa in Samkhar, Trashigang lost his life in an accident recently, the community didn’t have anyone to replace him for quite some time.
Basketball: The Bhutan national basketball team will be looking for their first international win when they take part in the fourth South Asian basketball association (SABA) zone championship at Bangalore from July 3 to 5.
Health: The recent confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Thailand has put Bhutan on the red alert zone and pushed the country to step up its surveillance efforts.
FDI: With the launch of the online “Investment guide (iGuide) to Bhutan” yesterday, investors – local and foreign alike - can now access information for setting up business at the click of a mouse.
Media: The government is yet to float a tender inviting local companies or individuals interested in supplying DTH TV (direct-to-home television) to Bhutan.
Market: With the increase in the number of vegetable vendors in Bhangtar bazaar, Samdrupcholing dungkhag, most of the vendors have been forced to display their vegetables in temporary makeshifts.
Gas: Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) dealers in Phuentsholing have started sending their cylinders to be re-qualified at the North Bengal Cylinders (NBC) plant, Siliguri, India.