Entries by Pema Tshering

Not embezzlement but officially induced error: Defendant

While the prosecutors of the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) maintained that Major Lingi Jamtsho adjusted and embezzled Nu 180,000 from the seventh batch DeSuung training programme and Nu 601,245 from the 23rd batch, the defendant contended that the Nu 601,245 were from the receipts for scouts leadership training programme held in December 2016. “I should […]

Lhuentse court sentences four men for environment pollution

Lhuentse dzongkhag court, after altering the charge of illegal possession of explosives to environment pollution, sentenced a 52-year-old man from Rodpa in Gangzur, Lhuentse, to one year, 10 months and 15 days in prison. The Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) attorney charged the man, Tandin Wangchuk, for illegal possession of explosives after forest officials in […]

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Under Secretary – General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), Fekitamoela Katoa ‘Utolkamanu, is one a five-day visit to Bhutan from February 24-28. The Under Secretary General called on the Prime Minister and foreign minister yesterday. The UN-OHRLLS office monitors implementation of the programme […]

BNCA claims drug testing as major achievement

Of the total 39 success indicators for Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority (BNCA), four were achieved, 35 were on track, and none were at risk. This was presented during the mid-year review of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) yesterday in Thimphu. BNCA’s director general, Phuntsho Wangdi, said BNCA is not entirely a health sector and that […]

BHUTAN-1 ready to be delivered for launch

Hitting a milestone in the history of space science and technology in Bhutan, the country’s first cubesat BHUTAN-1 is ready for delivery to the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for launch. The news was shared during a press conference via video conferencing for cubesat Flight Model (FM) delivery organised by the Kyushu Institute of Technology […]

School feeding programme must receive priority

That the Ministry of Education has begun taking initiatives to improve school feeding programme is good news. It has been long time coming. Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) performance report on the school-feeding programme in 16 schools found that our students in boarding schools are not eating the right or good food and recommendations were made […]

Bhutan Milo Cup 2018 launched

More than 400 youth footballers, officials from Nestle India, Bhutan Football Federation and parents were involved in a grassroots festival held at Changlimithang, Thimphu on February 25 to flag off Bhutan Milo Cup 2018. Bhutan Milo Cup is a youth football tournament that is expected to include around 20,000 students from across 20 dzongkhags and […]

Bhutan improves in Corruption Perception Index

Bhutan climbed a spot up to the 26th position among 180 countries in the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017 that Transparency International (TI) released on February 21. Bhutan had occupied the 27th spot consecutively in the previous two years. The CPI measures the perception of corruption in a country’s public sector on a scale […]

Gelephu court sends seven to prison for illicit drug trafficking

Gelephu drungkhag court sentenced seven individuals to prison terms ranging between five and eight years for illicit trafficking of narcotic substances and psychotropic substances and related charges on February 13. Monoj Verman, 19, from Shanji Basti in Chirang district, Assam was caught with 120 pieces of Spasmoproxyvon Plus (SP+) and three pieces of Nitrosun-10 (N-10) […]

No SDF for tourist visiting six eastern dzongkhags

Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) waiver for tourists visiting the six eastern dzongkhags came into effect from November 16, 2017. An official with Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) said the tour operators who have already operated groups in the six eastern dzongkhags from November 16 last year could contact TCB to process for refund of SDF. […]

Party activities in constituencies halted

Members of political parties cannot take familiarisation tours to constituencies until the completion of the National Council (NC) election, according to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB). “It is a gentle reminder to all the political parties to immediately stop party related tours and activities undertaken by honourable leaders and candidates in dzongkhags and demkhongs,” […]

Bhutan ranks 60th in neonatal mortality: UNICEF

According to a UNICEF report published this year,  Bhutan is ranked 60th among 184 countries in neonatal mortality rate. This means in Bhutan one in every 55 children dies during the first 28 days after birth. In other words, there are 18.1 deaths per 1,000 live births during the first 28 days. In the lower […]