Driver shot by security guard                                                                                                                         May 15 2016

|Puran Gurung, Thimphu

A security guard of Punjab National Bank (PNB), Thimphu, shot a driver of the same bank with a .303 rifle around 12.30 pm yesterday. The bullet hit the victim’s left arm and pierced through the wall of the adjacent building.
While the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) refused to comment saying that the case is under investigation, people who were in the bank when the incident occurred said that it happened in the lobby.
The Journalist learnt the incident occurred following a scuffle between the two over some official matters.


A Thimphu college student commits suicide

| Dechen Dolkar, Thimpu

A second year student of Royal Thimphu College (RTC) was found dead from hanging in her room in Motithang Friday evening.
The hospital has ruled out any foul play, according to a reliable source at the National Referral Hospital. “She was dead before reaching the hospital and there was no pulse beat. We tried to revive the body and we could not help. It’s a suicide case,” the source said.
The deceased, 24, was brought to the National Referral Hospital by her friends and relatives at around 6 p.m. on Friday after seeing her hanging from a scarf (Rachhu) in her room.
The Police Officer on-duty, who investigated the case, affirmed it was a suicide case. The officer said they went to investigate the case after having received a phone call from the hospital.
The deceased, meanwhile, was a scholarship student in RTC. She was a very good sportswoman and also a player of the National Basketball Team.

Bhutanese smuggling Cordyceps into Thailand

Three consignments of Cordyceps were confiscated by Thai authorities.

| Dechen Dolkar, Thimphu

The Bhutanese Embassy in Bangkok has reported three cases related to confiscation of Cordyceps in the last two months.Cordyceps Wild Tibet Dong Chong Xia Cao chong cao (1)
The report was circulated by the Bhutanese Embassy in Thailand to the Department of Agriculture and Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF).
In the report dated August 22 this year, “Thai Custom officials apprised that Cordyceps is not a contraband or prohibited item in Thailand”, unless one possesses an import license/permit from the food and health control organization of the Thai health ministry.
According to the marketing officer of DAMC, Dorji Wangchuk, the export permits issued from Bhutan is not sufficient for legally exporting Cordyceps.
Even if Cordyceps are legally exported, customs duty of 200,000 to 250,000 Baht per kilogram will be levied depending on the quality.
He also added that the goods will be also confiscated if not declared at the Thai Customs. If the confiscation is challenged, the case will be referred to Thai Airport police, whereby the illegal importer will be detained and charged with criminal acts, including imprisonment and 130 percent penalty and the goods will not be returned.
The report further stated that again on August 21, the third illegal importer was caught with Cordyceps undeclared at the customs gate. All efforts by the Embassy failed to release the goods and send back. The importer agreed finally to buy back at 130 percent after obtaining the import license/permit from FHCO, as a special case. This facility was reportedly extended as the importer pleaded innocence on the customs formalities.

Government  to deal with cyber crime seriously

| Staff reporter, Thimphu

The government is viewing the issue of cyber crime very seriously said the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay during a high level meeting of representatives from the Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC), Bureau of Law and Order, Royal Bhutan Police (RBP), and Office of Attorney General (OAG) on Friday at the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss the issues of Cyber Crime.
Commending the work of the RBP in their cyber-watch activities, LyonchhenTshering Tobgay said that the government was viewing the issue of cyber crime very seriously.
He instructed all the relevant organisations to step up their activities to control the undesirable trend of illegal production and distribution of obscene content.
The meeting will bring about a setting of the separate Cyber Unit, which will specialize in cyber crime, at the Office of the Attorney General.
Further, MoIC will update the Bhutan Infocom and Media Act to incorporate strict clauses to strengthen legislation and regulations on cyber crime.
As well as the government will work with the media to educate the public on cyber crime including online harassment and cyber bullying.
And the RBP will continue to monitor and investigate cyber crime and train police officers to combat all forms of cyber crime.

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