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Taktse lecturers appeal for reinstatement

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 16:35

Six lecturers and a supporting staff of College of Language and Culture Studies(CLCS) who were compulsorily retired four months ago have appealed to the management to reinstate them.

The application was submitted to the management on August 13.

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Crematorium of four gewogs underutilised

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 16:34

There is a crematorium constructed for the four gewogs in Samdrupcholing drungkhag. But it is hardly used.

Most of the villagers cremate bodies in open fields in their village, as the crematorium is in dilapidated condition. There is no water, electricity and the road leading to the facility is bad.

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Vegetable sheds help make income for locals

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 16:33

The vegetable sheds along the highway may conflict with the right of the way, however, it is a means of income for many families in the dzongkhag.

Construction activities are not allowed within the 50ft of the highway.

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Judoka Ngawang Namgyel to be trained in Japan

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 16:32

Ngawang Namgyel, 21, from Bhutan Judo Association (BJA) will undergo judo training at Dhoto University, Hokkaido in Japan for a month in November this year.

Ngawang was sponsored by the South East Interscholastic Sailing Association (SEISA) group in Japan.

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His Majesty The King grants dhar

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 13:52

His Majesty The King granted dhar to appoint the new Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Gasa Dzongdag, and a Zimpon Wogma to the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon.

Phuntsho Tobgay, who was formerly serving as the Director General of the Department of Geology and Mines is the new MoIC Secretary. The new Gasa Dzongdag Rinzin Penjore  was the former Director of the National Council Secretariat. Pema Rinchen, who served as Director of Project Hope under His Majesty’s Secretariat, was appointed as Zimpon Wogma to the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon. In accordance with Article 2.19 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, His Majesty The King appoints government Secretaries and Dzongdags on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, who, in turn, obtains nominations from the Royal Civil Service Commission.

Policy intervention needed to create jobs, says private sector

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:10

On September 6, addressing the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries’ (BCCI) annual general meeting, Labour Minister Ugyen Dorji called on the private sector to create jobs.

It is not the first time that government has urged the private sector to help solve the unemployment problem. The private sector claims there are jobs in the sector, without takers.

About 66,000 jobseekers will enter the labour market in the 12th Plan, according to the 12th Plan human resource development master plan.

How will the government and the private sector create jobs together?

Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji touted the implementation of the Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) flagship programme as one of the new programmes the government had come up with to create jobs. Start-up programmes also form part of the flagship programme.

The programme, he said, would encourage entrepreneurship culture and was linked to employment generation.

“This shows how serious we are about addressing the unemployment issue. The government is doing different and more than what the past governments tried,” he said.

The total allocation for the programme in fiscal year 2019-20 is Nu 235.698 million (M), including Nu 69 million for startup programmes.

The labour minister said that technical trainings would be provided to help youth find jobs in the private sector and that the sector will be provided with critical skills development trainings. 

He also said that the minimum daily wage was also being reviewed by the government to help the private sector.

BCCI Secretary-General Sangay Dorji said that the issue was not so much about lack of jobs in the private sector but that Bhutanese youth were not willing to take up the jobs. Mismatch of skills and lack of a training that is required in the private sector, he said, also remained as an issue.

He said employers including hoteliers in dzongkhags like Bumthang were facing a shortage of employees. The shortage of employees in the private sector in the southern dzongkhags, however, is met with Indian day workers.

Day workers from India, he said, were cheaper to hire. “These are issues the government has to look into and a policy intervention is required.”

However, the government’s hope of creating jobs in the private sector lies not only on the health of the economy. Development of the private sector is crucial.

The private sector is calling for policy interventions by the government to promote local products.

Besides the service sector, the government recognises the cottage and small-scale industries (CSI) as a major sector with potential to create jobs.

But local manufacturers, especially of construction materials, say that the absence of a concrete policy to promote local products and the availability of cheap Indian products forced them to close their ventures.

Kuengacholing Concrete Bricks and Bumthang Wire Mesh Gabion Enterprise are among the latest to close their business. The closure of those business units means loss of employment.

The promoters said their products could not find a market that was enough to remain in the business.

Some local manufacturers of construction materials said jobs couldn’t be created without a concrete policy intervention towards import substitution through promotion of local products.

BCCI Secretary-General Sangay Dorji said that Bhutanese manufacturers did not enjoy a competitive advantage over Indian manufacturers. He added that the BCCI would work at the policy level to help the private sector.

However, at a time when the country is facing an unemployment problem,  some local manufacturers say that they find it difficult to find willing Bhutanese workers.

Proprietor of Yangjung Sonam Bricks and Still Fabrication Enterprise in Gelephu, Sonam Dorji, said he employees 21 Bhutanese workers in his enterprise. He said most graduates from technical training institutes expected supervisory works and that he hired Indian day workers.

“The mindset of our workers has to change and that should be done during the course of their training,” he said. While Indian workers were ready to work with a monthly salary of Nu 8,000, Bhutanese workers demanded about Nu 10,000.

But the proprietor of Paro-based ST Bricks, Sangay Tshewang, is not so lucky as Yangjung Sonam Bricks and Still Fabrication Enterprise. He cannot hire day workers from India.

“It’s difficult to get workers. The business is not doing well,” he said.

The government says it will come up with a strategy to help local manufacturers within a few months so that the objective of employment generation and import substitution is enhanced. But it adds that local manufacturers should meet the quality standards and the products should be market-oriented.

MB Subba

Most patients in Samtse contacted dengue in Phuentsholing

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:09

Samtse reported a total of 75 dengue cases as of yesterday of which 63 were reported from Samtse, eight from Gomtu, and four from Sipsu.

However, more than 95 percent of the patients in Samtse had contacted the dengue fever in Phuentsholing, according to officials.

Although the first case was reported on March 5 this year, health officials said there were minimal indigenous cases. 

Despite discovering many breeding grounds, Samtse was able to keep the fever under control. A health team was thermal-fogging nooks and corners in Samtse yesterday. The team also do indoor residual spraying to kill mosquitoes.

District health officer Gunjaraj Gurung said control measures are still ongoing.

“It is not an outbreak here,” he said, adding that they have been able to keep it under control because of the experience they had in 2017.

In 2017, Samtse saw a total of 107 confirmed dengue cases. The number decreased to 25 in 2018. 

Dzongkhag malaria supervisor, Gallay, said that although the number of positive cases has decreased, they cannot take risks.

“Due to the outbreak in Phuentsholing, outbreak chances are still high,” he said, adding that they have been making  more and more people aware of the fever.

Gallay said they sought help of the Samtse College of Education students to conduct door-to-door awareness campaigns on September 7. “Many mosquito breeding sources were destroyed.”

Meanwhile, the health ministry’s public health department, issued a notification on September 9, asking all the district hospitals and BHU- grade I in the dengue-endemic areas to enforce the use of bed nets by patients “immediately and keep all the patients together on the same floor.”

The notification asked to inform health assistants of all BHUs in the southern belt to use bed net when dengue patients are kept under observation before they are discharged or referred.

Referring to the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Phuentsholing general hospital on September 9, the letter stated that, “there were dengue suspected patients scattered in all the wards including emergency ward and all the patients were lying on the bed without bed net.”

It stated that it could be one of the reasons for slowing the progress of outbreak containment despite vigorous effort in vector control and prevention in Phuentsholing.

The letter further highlighted that during such time of dengue outbreaks, it was crucial for all the patients to be kept on the same floor and under the net to prevent transmission of dengue to other patients and health staff.

Phuentsholing hospital management is currently working out to install bed nets. In Samtse, bed nets have been issued.

Rajesh Rai  | Samtse

26-year-old man arrested for attacking cabbie in Gelephu 

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:08

A 26-year-old man from Sershong gewog in Gelephu is under custody for allegedly attacking a taxi driver with a kitchen knife.

The incident took place around 9:30am yesterday near Jigmeling along the Gelephu-Sarpang highway.

According to the victim, the accused reserved his taxi for a round trip to Jigmeling and back. “He was constantly on the phone with someone. As I was looking through my rear-view mirror, I saw him suddenly attack me from the back seat with a yellow kitchen knife,” the 42-year-old taxi driver said.

He said that he managed to get hold of the right hand of the accused and jumped out of his white Wagon R car. He escaped with a minor cut below the chin from the knife.

The accused then drove the taxi towards Sarpang. The car was found toppled near Chhoekhorling in Dekiling gewog later. The accused sustained minor injuries.

Police are investigating the case.

Younten Tshedup | Gelephu

Bhutanese delegation attends UNCCD COP14

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:07

Bhutan committed to ensure sustainable management of land resources and called upon all international partners to adequately support the country’s efforts during the ministerial round-table discussions of the Fourteenth Session of the Conference of Parties (COP14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Yeshey Penjor led a delegation to the high-level segment of the UNCCD COP14, which was held from September 9 to 10 in India. “Bhutan is committed to remain carbon neutral and emphasizes on the critical requirement to transition to a clean energy economy,” he said.

The UNCCD COP14 was hosted by the India and was attended by about 8,000 delegates including 93 ministers from 196 countries; Intergovernmental organizations; Special and UN Agencies; Civil Society organizations; and media personnel.

The event was organised to identify viable solutions to the growing challenges of desertification, land degradation, and drought.

The UNCCD was adopted in Paris in 1994 to be a legally binding document for fighting desertification through sustainable land management and has been ratified by 196 countries and the European Union (EU).

Meanwhile, Lyonpo represented the Prime Minister at the event on “The Mainstreaming of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology in the Himalaya Region.  Policy Context in Bhutan, India, and Nepal” on September 6.  The press release states that Lyonpo delivered on Bhutan’s experience in promoting organic agriculture and highlighted the successful organic agriculture initiatives in Bhutan.

Besides, the minister held several bilateral meetings with the officials from India. “The minister of Forest Service of the Republic of Korea, Jachyum Kim also met with Lyonpo and expressed interest to learn more about Bhutan’s success story in its forests and environment conservation,” a press release stated.

Staff reporter

USD 20M ADB support for health facilities

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:06

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) handed over 85 audio-visual (AV) television sets to the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday to help disseminate health information in the peripheral health facilities (BHU) and district hospitals in the country.

A hundred vaccine carrier boxes were also provided to the Royal Centre of Disease Control (RCDC) to enhance the efficiency of sample transportation from hospitals to the Centre for surveillance during the outbreak of diseases.

The equipment would be distributed to 85 BHU-II in eight dzongkhags including Dagana, Mongar, Pemagatshel, Trashigang, and Zhemgang.

“With the vaccine carrier boxes, samples collected from district hospitals would be transshipped safe with optimum temperature,” said an official with the ministry.

A press release from the ministry said that the television sets would be provided specifically to the Maternal Child Health (MCH) units to screen information and provide communication and education materials.

Health Minister Dechen Wangmo highlighted the support as a movement towards focusing on preventive rather than curative health services.

Lyonpo said that the audiovisual television would help disseminate public health messages effectively and encourage mothers to feed their children correctly.

This was one of the components of ADB-funded (USD 20 million grant) project for health sector development programme.

The project spanning over five years is expected to foster equitable access to health facilities and improve health information system besides enhancing the efficiency of service delivery in the peripheral health facilities.

Project Manager with the health ministry, Sangay Tenzin, said that half of the total grant would be invested in the Bhutan Health Trust Fund to ensure sustainability of free basic health services.

USD 4 million will be pumped in developing health information system in the form of Electronic Patient Information System (EPIS).

With the EPIS in place, Sangay Tenzin said that the health information of a patient even at remote health facility could be traced from the referral hospital.

USD 6 million is set aside for the procurement of medical equipment to distribute in peripheral BHUs and district hospitals.

Under the project, four Satellites clinics would be constructed in Thimphu and one in Phuntsholing.

Initiated last year, the project will end in August 2023.

Chimi Dema

Who will develop the transport hub in Gelephu?

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:05

Three months after the issue was raised, there is no decision of who will develop the multi-modal transport hub in Gelephu.

Gelephu Thromde officials said that they have handed over the 55.35-acre area earmarked as transport hub in its structural plan to the regional Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) on July 24.

Thrompon Tikaram Kafley said the thromde’s job was to identify and approve the area. “We have done our part and have already handed over the area to RSTA,” he said.

He said that there are misconceptions that the thromde should develop all the infrastructures and facilities including the services at the multi-modal transport hub. “While we would like to do that, we cannot because of budget constraints,” he said. “Also we do not know the actual needs at the facility which is why we feel that RSTA should take the lead role.”

As per the multi-modal transport hub blueprint, the area will accommodate city-bus centre, bus terminal, driving practice area, the regional RSTA office, traffic station and multiple parking spaces among others.

The thrompon added that in Thimphu, RSTA with support from the ministry came up with the bus terminal. “Similar thing should happen in Gelephu as well. Once completed, thromde can help with beautification works and further developments if there are any as it would be one of the assets of the throm.”

RSTA’s chief road transport officer in Gelephu, Sonam Chophel, said his office had proposed for budget to carry out initial developmental activities at the location after it was approved by the thromde.

“The proposal was shot down because we were told that all capital works would be carried out by the local government in their respective areas,” he said. “We were told that the land development including the construction of infrastructures at the transport hub would be done by thromde.”

Thromde officials said that they have verified with the Gross National Commission Secretariat (GNHC) that the concerned department should execute the work.

Even the right over the area is in question. While thromde claims to have handed over the demarcated land to RSTA, the regional office denies of receiving anything formally.

Meanwhile, once the multi-modal transport hub is completed, the existing bus terminal in the centre of the town and the truck parking near the vegetable market are expected to be relocated.

Officials said that with the bus terminal shifted, most of the taxies would also relocate at the transport hub.

Sonam Chophel said that parking is a major issue in Gelephu. And the arrival of multiple trucks following the boulder export business, the issue has aggravated over the past few months.

However, the thrompon said the pressure has decreased after the boulder business came to a standstill. “The number of trucks plying along the thromde roads have reduced,” he said. “People have not come to us complaining about parking space lately.”

The multi-modal transport hub is located on the left side of the Gelephu-Sarpang highway near the Army Welfare Project Ltd office.

Younten Tshedup | Gelephu

A collective responsibility

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:04

Every life is precious. Losing someone can cause so much grief. It’s worst when a young life is lost, especially for no fault of theirs.

The murder of a seven-year-old boy in Jigmecholing, Gelephu, is unfortunate. The innocent child was last seen with a 19-year-old man, who confessed to the crime and did not have any apparent reason for murdering the child.

Local leaders claim the man is mentally unsound.

Mental illness is fast becoming a major health issue in the country. People living with mental illness need medical and social support. Extending help to such patients will not only benefit them but also ensure safety in the community.

And that responsibility of creating a safe society for our children falls on every Bhutanese—as parents, guardians and neighbours. It’s a collective responsibility.

If there is a mentally ill person in the community, he or she should be referred to a psychiatrist for help. The parents of the mentally ill person should take care of the person. They should seek medical help. The local leaders should take the lead to ensure that the person receives help. The community could come together, render support, and ensure that he doesn’t pose a threat to anyone. Health officials in remote areas should be trained to be able to diagnose and manage such issues.

Mental illness should not, however, be an excuse for criminals. When a 56-year-old woman murdered her four-year-old grandson in 2017 in Thimphu, doctors ruled that she had mental illness and the court acquitted her of the crime.

Doctors know how many people come to them for medical prescriptions to claim mental illness for reasons best known to themselves.

It’s also time we accepted the reality that we are no longer a peaceful country. Crimes like robbery, rape and murder are becoming more common. Records maintained by the police state that there were 1,141 assault and battery cases last year and 1,938 larceny, burglary and robbery cases.

Sexual offences against minors have always been an issue and, in most cases, the perpetrators are people close to the victims.

Our children deserve to be protected from all forms of violence. And we have the laws. What we need is dedicated institutions and committed professionals to address the issues our children are grappling with every day.

When our courts alter child trafficking charges to illegal immigration and attempt to rape to sexual assault, laws can do little to deter the perpetrators.

We need to protect the innocent.

Change begins from workplace

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:03

It’s small and limited, but a few agencies and offices are convinced that changing human behavior and mindset can begin from their workplaces.

The UN Bhutan office is leading the way. They reduced the use of 2,400 bottled water every month. The office installed UV water filtration system and water dispensers in the meeting rooms to limit consumption of bottled water and plastic waste. The initiative began last year.

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Villagers claim NRDCL damaged road

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:02

Residents of Khamaedthang in Samdrupjongkhar say that the trucks ferrying sand from Draduelthang have caused damage to the chiwog’s farm road.

A villager, Tenzin Tshewang, 27, from Khamaedthang chiwog, said that medical emergencies had become difficult with bad road condition.

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Change in Lingzhi as seen through archery tournament

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:01

The Yangphel-style archery tournament in Lingzhi has reached the semi-final.

The tournament, which is organised by the Lingzhi gewog administration, saw 21 teams from Soe, Naro and Lingzhi consisting of five players each.

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UAFC draws DUFC 0-0

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:00

Ugyen Academy (UA) FC failed to advantage of playing at home with good support base when they faced Druk United (DU) FC yesterday. The action-packed game ended in a goal less draw.

In a seesaw battle, both teams created chances and defended well right from the kick off.  UA created a couple of goal-scoring chances, but failed to reward their supporters, the Ugyen Academy students and lcoals of Khuruthang.

DUFC’s disciplined defense kept UA at bay, but they couldn’t create any clear goal-scoring opportunities.

The draw leaves UA trailing Bhutan Football Federation Academy Under-20 by three points who sits at the fourth place in the table with 18 points.

As of yesterday, UA played 10 matches and won four, drew three and lost three to stands fifth in the table with 15 points.

Picture story

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:09

Lingzhi primary school students from Chebisa and Gongyul villages return to school after their weekend break. The students are sent home every fortnight to meet with their parents.

Apple export sees lowest price and falling production

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:08

If Bhutanese apple, once reputed in Bangladesh, is fetching the lowest rates in years, there is no good news for those in the apple export business.

Exporters are saying that apple production is already falling and would fall drastically in the years to come.

With pressure from urbanisation turning apple orchards to residential and commercial hubs in the two apple growing dzongkhags of Paro and Thimphu, apple production is falling.

Kinley Gyem, an exporter based in Thimphu said that Debsi is one good place to take for an example.

“A lot of orchards were there before. It is now a small town,” she said.

What is today called E4 zone in South Thimphu was once apple orchards. “Most of the apple orchards are gone. The few remaining are not taken care like in the past,” said another exporter.

Exporter Kencho, said that it was better for orchard owners to construct a small hut and rent it out instead of relying on the cash crop. “An apple tree that bears good fruit one year would not yield the same next year,” he said. “These days, people often say that apple will not give you food anymore.”

In the early 2000s, a Semtokha landowner, Tshering, said she used to earn around Nu 150,000 from her orchard. Last week, she auctioned her orchard for Nu 15, 000. From about 200 trees, her orchard has only about 50 trees today.

“When we have to construct, the trees had to be cut,” said the landlord.

On the price, Kinley Gyem said the price this year was not good since the beginning of the export season. However, harvest is still better than the last year in some orchards, while harvests in some orchards have dropped.

Exporter Kencho blames those people involved in the apple business for the poor market value this year.

“Bhutanese are lured for high returns by traders in Phuentsholing,” he said. “Bhutanese buy at low prices in haste and take it to the border town. After the apple reaches there, the traders would manipulate and say the market has weakened due to apples from Shimla and Kashmir hitting the market.”

In the apple export business, exporters feel Bhutanese are always at the losing end. “We are giving them all the advantage. How will it benefit us?” Kencho said.

The Bangladesh market for Bhutanese apple is also dwindling, exporters say.

Nim Tshering, a regular exporter to Bangladesh said his parties in Bangladesh have said there is no market anymore for Bhutanese apples.

“While the prices are high, the quality is not good, it seems,” he said. Bangladesh parties have shown less interest in building Letter of Credits for this business, Nim Tshering said. The floor price for Bhutanese apples going to Bangladesh is USD 600 this year.

Kinley Gyem also said that parties in Bangladesh informed her that there is no market. She stopped exporting to Bangladesh in 2017 and shifted her focus in the Indian market.

In 2018, Bhutan exported 1,860 metric tonnes (MT) of apples to Bangladesh. It was just 620.2MT in 2017. In 2016, about 1,164.20MT was exported to Bangladesh. About 1,415.88MT was exported in 2015.

According to figures with the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA), which includes export to both Bangladesh and India, Bhutan exported 2,724MT of apples in 2016 worth USD 1.2M. However, this is a decrease from 2,896.19MT worth USD 1.3M in 2015, and 6,772.42MT worth 4.4M in 2014.


Market rate and quality

The best quality apple is fetching between Nu 600 and Nu 750 per box today in Phuentsholing, which is a slight improvement from Nu 500 in the beginning of the season.

In 2018, price ranged from Nu 600 to Nu 1,000 per box. A box of apple weighs about 18-20kg.

Average quality apples are fetching Nu 400 to Nu 500 per box, while the lowest category apples are fetching Nu 250 to Nu 300 per box.

In 2016, apples fetched about Nu 1,000 to Nu 1,200 per box, the highest in the last five years.

Meanwhile, traders in the border town said that Bhutanese apple always have stiff competition with the Indian apples that are properly graded before hitting the market.

A manager with the export house, Ugyen Tshongkhang in Phuentsholing said both production and quality has improved compared to last year.

“But the market value is not good this year,” he said.

The manager said that while grading of apples needed to be improved, packaging was better this year. “Farmers are bringing the apples packed in plastic crates, which is better than the wooden boxes,” he said, adding the buyers in India had lost interest in apples coming in wooden boxes.

Traders said farmers used to mix poor quality apples inside the wooden boxes to cheat. With the plastic trays, traders could not be cheated.

Ugyen Tshogkhang has exported about 150 truckloads of apple this year. Most of the apples are exported to Indian local markets in Silliguri, Assam, Cooch Bihar, and Bongaigaon.

Tagshing Chung Export owner said that Indian apples are still dominating the market and attributed this reason to falling prices for Bhutanese apple. Tagshing has exported 20,000 boxes until yesterday.

Rajesh Rai  | Phuentsholing

19-year-old implicated in murder of minor

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:07

A 19-year-old man is under custody for alleged murder of a seven-year-old boy in Jigmechholing gewog, Sarpang.

The incident took place when the deceased and his grandmother went to attend the annual ritual at the gewog’s public lhakhang on September 8.

The deceased who is from Jigmechholing Khatoe was studying in class PP in one of the schools in the gewog.

Sources said that the boy had gone missing after lunch. Around 3pm when the grandmother was looking for the deceased to return home, she couldn’t find him. Assuming he would be with friends, the grandmother left for home.

Jigmechholing gup, Kumar Gurung said the family didn’t inform of the missing boy after he failed to show up that night “The family thought that the kid was staying over at his friends place.”

The next morning when the grandmother went to the school to reach the boys uniform, the school administration informed that the boy had not come to school.

Gewog and school officials, students and residents began searching for the missing boy around 8:30am. The body of the deceased was found inside one of the drains near the gewog office along the Zhemgang-Gelephu highway around 11am.

Gup Kumar Gurung said that people began suspecting the 19-year-old for the murder as he was also seen at the scene near the lhakhang the previous day. “We called the police and began looking for the suspect,” he said.

The suspect was found collecting cardamom in a nearby area. “He confessed to killing the boy upon interrogation,” said the gup. The suspect said he was drunk when the incident happened.

In his statement, the suspect had said that he knocked the deceased down and hit him with a stone on the head. Assuming he was dead, the suspect then dragged the body through the bushes and wanted to throw it off a cliff.

“He said that he had removed the cloths from the body as it was obstructing while dragging,” said the gup. After arriving at the highway, the suspect decided to hide the body in a drain. “He went home after getting rid of the body.”

The gup added that the suspect is a mentally disturbed individual and stays with his parents in the gewog.

Police are investigating the case.

Meanwhile, the remains of a decomposed body that was found near Pemathang chiwog in Gelephu on September 7 has been identified as the caretaker of a transmission company.

The deceased was 53-year-old from Chudzom gewog, Gelephu.

Gelephu gup, Ugyen Wangchuk, said that the body was found with both the kidneys missing. “Staff of the transmission company said that he was a chronic alcoholic. These information and the uniform at the site helped us identify the body.”

It was learned that the deceased had asked for leave on August 29 to visit his village.

The remains of the body were handed over to the relatives on September 8.

Younten Tshedup | Gelephu

Picture story

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:06

Lakshuman Chhetri formally takes over the responsibilities of the Media Council as the Chief Information and Media Officer yesterday.

The Media Council secretariat will temporary function from the office of the department of information and media until the Royal Civil Service Commission provides full manpower and a secretariat.