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Friday, December 24, 2010

Accident kills Autsho principal

Thimphu: Will mishaps ever stop happening lately?
The principal of Autsho primary school was killed on the spot while another succumbed to injuries later when the car they were travelling in veered off the road near Phaling near Lhuentse Dzong.
Needup Dorji, the school principal who was in his early 50s, was driving his Santro car along with two passen­gers - Jambay, 54, and Tshagayla, both cooks of Tshangkhar School in Jarey gewog – when the accident took place around 3:00 pm.
According to the officer in-charge of Lhuentse Police station, the princi­pal had died on the spot while Tshagayla died in the hospital later. Jambay who is in his mid-thirties, however, is in a stable condition.
The principal had gone to the dzong for some official work and was on his way back to Autsho when the car fell about 60 meters below the road.
“The principal could not negotiate a bend and the car went straight off the road,” said Jambay, the survivor. “When I opened my eyes I found myself lying in the hospital.”
The cooks had taken a lift with the principal from Lhuentse town to return to their home.
According to Dr Karma Tenzin of Lhuentse hos­pital, the principal had sustained major head injuries while Tshagayla died from head injury and “massive” internal bleed­ing.
The Lhuentse police are investigating the cause of the accident.

House gutted in Bjemina

Thimphu: A two-storied house in Bjemina, Thim­phu, was razed to the ground by fire yesterday evening.
Despite having four fire engines at the scene, the house could not be saved and a refrigerator was the only item that was sal­vaged in the end.
The fire had started at around 5:00 pm. It was first noticed by one of the tenants living on the second floor.
 She had gone out to fetch water when she spotted the fire burning at one corner of the house.
At the time of the in­cident, there was no one in the house except for a 10-month old child who was fortunately saved by the mother.
The ground floor was used as a restaurant while the upper floor had three units in which the labor­ers working at a nearby quarry lived.
The fire could have started due to a short circuit or from a bukari, according to the police.
The house belonged to the Singye group of companies. The property destroyed is estimated at around Nu 250,000.
An eye witness said that if there was no timely intervention by the fire fighters, the entire quarry site would have gone up in flames.
The four families living in the house watched helplessly as the fire de­stroyed everything they owned.

Investigation on for Lam Peri accident

Thimphu: Over-loading, negligent driving and mechanical failure have emerged as the probable causes of the Lam Peri bus accident which killed nine and injured 28 people on December 22.
While the director of the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA), Tashi Norbu, said the driver will be held responsible for carrying 37 passengers, 15 more than the capacity, RSTA’s regional transport officer (RTO) in Thimphu, Dophu Dukpa, did not rule out mechanical failure as the cause.
According to Dophu Dukpa, the 24-year old driver claimed that the bus’ engine stopped all of a sudden at the accident spot. The steering got jammed, the brakes ceased to respond and the bus plunged 519 feet below the road.
Some of the passengers corroborated the driver’s claims. A 36-year old passenger who was sitting next to the driver said that the egine ceased to function when the bus reached the accident site.
“It is very difficult to come to any conclusion as to what caused the accident as the bus is totally damaged,” said the RSTA director. “We now have to discuss with the traffic police.”
He said the the driver would be charged with negligent driving and will not be allowed to drive throughout his life. The RSTA has formed a committee to decide on the course of action againt the driver while also stepping up vigilance along checkpoints and increasing highway patrolling to check on overloading.
The owner of Pelyab transport, Sangay Dorji, 44, from Paro, will also be held liable for carrying extra passengers. According to the RSTA act, for each extra passenger the bus was carrying, the owner has to pay Nu 1,000 as fine.
As required under law, Sangay Dorji paid a total of Nu 180,000 as compensation to the relatives of the deceased yesterday. In addition, he gave a semso of Nu 2,000 each to the passengers who were injured and admitted in the hospital.
“I am sad as because of my bus so many lives were lost,” he said. “He (the driver) was a good person who does not drink and I trusted him. But just to earn a little more money, he broke the rule and nine people were killed.”
On the command His Majesty the King, the Zhung Dratshang, presided over by the Yangbi Lopen, conducted the cremation rites for the deceased yesterday.
Meanwhile, His Holiness the Je Khenpo gave Semso to the bereaved families and instructed all the dratshangs in the 20 Dzongkhags to perform Moenlam and offer Karmi Tongchoed. His Holiness will also perform Mithrup Tongchoed in Punakha Dzong.
This is the third time that Pelyab transport has met with an accident, this year alone.
                                   The Pelyab transport bus which plunged 519 feet below the road

The saga of accidents

Thimphu: Cases of motor accidents in Bhutan has increased more than five-fold in the last one decade.
With only 266 road accidents reported in 2000, the number shot up to 1,436 last year. Till date this year, 1,090 incidents have been reported.
The increase in accidents has also seen a corresponding rise in the number of deaths and other casualties.
 According to the traffic division of the Royal Bhutan Police, the trend is a serious concern.
Over the past five years, 365 people have lost their lives to motor accidents. On top of that, 2,445 people have been injured.
Accidents in Chhukha dzongkhag this year itself saw 14 deaths followed by Thimphu with 10. Similar incidents in Paro, Trashiyangtse and Mongar claimed five lives each.
This year itself saw 57 deaths and 456 injuries due to motor accidents.
According to the traffic division, most accidents occurred due to people driving under the influence of alcohol and other human errors.
Over the last three years, human errors like speeding, careless driving and drivers getting distracted while driving caused 2,254 accidents.
Driving under the influence of alcohol caused 311 accidents in three years.
Among the total accidents from 2008 till date, 138 were caused by unlicensed drivers.
Mechanical defect of the vehicles have also been one of the major causes, with 169 cases over the last three years.
A total of 389 hit-and-run cases have been recorded with the traffic division in Thimphu between 2008 and 2010.
The superintendent of the traffic division, Major Passang Dorji, told Bhutan TODAY that although the causes of motor accidents are very visible, people still refuse to follow traffic rules.
Approved by the police headquarters, the traffic division will be increasing the highway patrolling to check on drunk-driving and speeding.
The division has divided Thimphu into 11 zones with 16 bikers to monitor every corner of the town area.
“Generally as compared with last year, this year there is decrease in the death cases caused by accidents,” said Major Passang Dorji.
Meanwhile, the World Remembrance Day for Road Accident Victims is being observed today.
About 1.3 million people lose their lives to motor accidents every year.
There are over 49,000 vehicles registered with the Road Safety and Transportation Authority in the country till date.


Accident at Taba- where one was killed and another was badly injured (25-5-2010)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

More suicide among man

Thimphu:  A worrying recent trend is the increasing rate of suicide among men, a trend not much seen among women.
Though separate figures were not complied with the police on how many men so far had committed suicide but it was confirmed that the men topped the list.
This year till September, a total of 15 men have committed suicide while 10 women killed themselves and five by the children.
Thimphu was the highest with the 11 suicide cases, followed by Samtse with four cases and three each from Sarpang and Trashiyangtse.
In 2001, 58 people committed suicide while in 2005 it was 38 and last year, 50 people committed suicide.  This year till September, 30 suicide cases were reported with Police.
A total of eight attempts to commit suicide were reported in Thimphu this year till September.
Recently a man tried to kill himself in one of the hotel room in the capital by consuming different kind of medicines but fortunately he survived after he was taken to the hospital on time. The reason for committing suicide was due to family problem.
The higher suicide rate among men is a worldwide phenomenon.
The reasons why men are more likely to kill themselves than women are complex and ill-understood.
 But however, a police officer said: “We cannot specific the reason for those who commit as the reason for committing suicide depends upon each individual and both man and woman have different reasons to commit suicide. Though it is easier for the man to commit suicide and have guts to do that but for woman it is very difficult. They think twice before committing suicide.”
“Depression, substances abuse, alcohol, family problem, poor family background and mental problem are some reasons which attribute to commit suicide,” the officer added.
The victims gener­ally fell within the age bracket of 17-82 years old, most were between the age group of 20 to 50 years.
In 1998, the World Health Organization ranked suicide as the 12 leading cause of death worldwide.
Suicide cases reported from 20 Dzongkhag (w.e.f 2010 Jan –Sept)

Dzongkhag
Cases
Paro
2
Haa
0
Punakha
0
Gasa
0
Wangduephodrang
0
Chhukha
1
Samtse
4
Sarpang
3
Zhemgang
0
Tshirang
0
Dagana
0
Trongsa
0
Bumthang
1
Samdrup Jongkhar
1
Pemagatshel
2
Trashigang
0
Trashiyangtse
3
Mongar
2
Lhuentse
0
Thimphu
11
Total
30


17-year old boy commits suicide

Thimphu: A 17-year old boy working in a hotel at the capital committed suicide yesterday in his own apartment.
When the boy did not turn up for his work as usual, the owner of the hotel went to check on him. The room was half bolted from inside. Upon opening the door partially, he found that the boy had hung himself from the ceiling.
The deceased was living at the attic of the hotel and was working as a cook for the same.
According to the police the cause of the suicide could most probably have been some personal problem.
The incident was reported by the hotel owner at around 8 am to the police.
The deceased was from Tsirang.
The body has been handed over to his relatives after the investigation.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Samtse killers identified

Thimphu: The Samtse police have identified the four men suspected to be involved in the August 26 killing of two women and are awaiting the coopera­tion of their counterparts from across the border to investigate further.
The superintendent of the Royal Bhutan Police in Samtse, Lieutenant Colonel Sonam Tshering, told Bhutan TODAY that there is not much devel­opment in the case apart from following up with the Indian police.
He said that the names of the suspects, aged be­tween 25 to 30 years, can­not be revealed lest they come to know that the police are following their trail and make it difficult to arrest them.
But he also said: “It has been confirmed that all four of them were identi­fied and involved in the crime as they were seen by some of the Bhutanese people coming to Guma­oney, after which the mis­hap had taken place.”
He added that it was out of the question for the Bhutanese police to go and arrest them from the Indian territory. But they have written to the Indian counterparts providing them with vital informa­tion such as the names and addresses to help them locate the suspects.
It has been 20 days since Pelkimo, 47, and her mother, 70-year old Sonam Zangmo, were killed in their house in Gumaoney on the morning of August 26. At the time of the inci­dent the two women were alone at home.
The information about the suspects was provided to the police by one of the suspect’s father who was detained at the border on his return from work from Ghumaoney on the day of the killing.

Samtse police after the killers

Thimphu: The Samtse police have sought the assistance of the Sashas­tra Seema Bal (SSB) and the officer in command at the police outpost in the neighboring Indian town of Nakata to track down those responsible for kill­ing two Bhutanese women on August 26.
While a police officer in Samtse said the four men who were seen in the vicinity of the victims’ house on the day of the killing have not been established as culprits as yet, Bhutan TODAY sources said the father of one of the men has given the police a vital lead.
The father was return­ing home from work in Ghumauney when he was stopped at the bor­der checkpoint by RBA soldiers and handed over to the police for question­ing. In his statement to the police, he said that his son, who he claimed had earlier killed his own grandfather besides serv­ing two years in Indian prison, had committed the crime.
Known as a violent man, sources say the son is a notorious criminal who often beats up his own parents although he lives separately with his wife who works in the tea gardens in the village of Baskari.
In a telephone interview with Bhutan TODAY, Pema the husband of the 47-year old victim, Pel­kimo, said that the killing was possibly planned in advance. “They had sur­veyed who were present in the house and knew exactly where the valuable ornaments were kept,” he said.
Pema who works as a revenue officer in Samtse dzongkhag was away in Chengmari on an official tour when his wife and her 70-year old mother, Sonam Zangmo, were brutally murdered in broad day­light. He found later that the killers had taken two sets of gold-plated Koma (brooch), one four-eyed Dzi (cat’s eye artifact), a necklace, a gold-plated chain and Nu 7,000 in cash.
The crime was first seen by the younger two of Pema’s four daughters who had gone home from school for lunch. They found the house in a mess – the front door, the kitchen and the bedroom were bolted up and the gas stove was still on.
“Looks like she (his wife) was in the process of preparing tea,” Pema said.
His wife was found lying in a pool of blood with her hands and legs tied. There were cut marks on her body and hand indicating that she had tried to fight back.
The body of his mother in-law was found in a simi­lar state in the bedroom.
One of his daughters informed their neighbor of the crime and then rang him up. He then reported the incident to the police in Chengmari.
Pema feels that his second eldest daughter who was helping with some work at a neighbor’s house could have been killed, too, had she been at home.
His eldest daughter is doing the final year of her BA course in Sherubtse College. The two youngest daughters are studying in classes VII and VI respec­tively in Ghumauney.
“This incident will never be erased from our mind,” Pema said.
The bodies of the vic­tims will be cremated on Monday.
Meanwhile, the killings have the local residents wondering they could be the next.
Many of them have adopted Samtse as their home under the govern­ment’s resettlement pro­gram. They have tilled the barren soil, built homes and raised their children. For several years, they have lived in relative peace, until this incident happened.
“It appears that the se­curity is not very strong,” said a resettled housewife.
“Anyone can come, rob and kill us.”
She added: “We are scared; the government should do something.”
The victims were from Yangtse village, Ramtsi gewog, in Trashiyangtse and had resettled in Sam­tse in 2000.

Journey to motherhood.....

As I reflect upon the last 9 months, I am overcome by a sense of pride and now with a baby in my life, it is a happiest moment of my life. The day when the test confirmed positive for my pregnancy, it was the moment of mixed feelings. Moment of happiness, exhilaration and worry. Happiness for being a mother, exhilaration for welcoming a new member in the family and worry about, how well shall I look after the baby, will I prove to be a good mother?
My god! the labor pain was one of the most painful experience of my life, being in the pain for more than 21 hours was worst part of my life and I wanted it to end and finally the wait came to end at 7:30 pm when a baby boy was born. After everything was settled, when I saw the face of my baby, the tears of happiness rolled from my eyes and my families were happy to see the baby.
The very moment when my baby sucked my breast, I felt like a mother. To be a mother was a very new experience for me and I had very little knowledge about babysitting, in the beginning it was a hiccup for me, baby crying and not knowing how to make him quite, breastfeeding whenever demanded by the baby and washing his stool and urine .Bathing him every morning and evening and changing his nappy time to time but gradually along with the time it became part of my life and believe me I loved doing it.
Since my young age, children hold special place in my heart and now I have a child of my own, who is close to my heart. Today my son is 11 months and 22 days old. I am waiting for the moment, when my son will speak and utter, “Mama”. To be a good mother one should have a good guidance from a mother but I was not so fortunate like other children who grew up under the shelter of a mother’s love. It was my father from whom I received the love and care. And now it is my turn to render my love and care to my dear.
Whenever the babies cried I always complained about their noise and wondered how the mother’s tolerated their cries but whenever, bundle of my joy cried it pierced my heart and then I realized being a mother. My son is apple of the eye for me and my husband and I am fortunate to have a cute son like him.
Every woman is not so lucky to experience the relationship of the motherhood but I am so lucky to experience this new bond.
I have lived many relations, good daughter, fun loving friend, faithful wife and now a new brand relation called motherhood. I am looking forward to enjoy the relationship of a son and a mother. Today I am a mother and I am proud to be a mother.