Thursday, March 5, 2015

How to access BOB Internet Banking with SSL/TLS error

In case you are receiving the error: ssl_error_illegal_parameter_alert  when you are trying to access Bank of Bhutan(BOB) Internet Banking then just follow the following step

In case of browser Firefox:
1. Type in address bar about:config
2. Search for security.tls.version.min and security.tls.version.fallback-limit and set the value to 0

Now open the site it will be working fine.

security.tls.version.min  value meaning:
1. 0 means SSL 3.0 is minimum/maximum supported encryption protocol.
2. 1 means TSL1.0 is minimum/maximum supported encryption protocol.
3. 2 means TSL1.1 is minimum/maximum supported encryption protocol.
4. 3 means TSL1.2 is minimum/maximum supported encryption protocol.

The above error is thrown due to SSL and TLS version which is a proactive way to combat the "POODLE" vulnerability.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ICT Champion

Coinciding the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on 17th May 2014, ICT Champions were recognized for their contribution in ICT sector.  

Tshering Dorji, IT Officer from Tsirang Dzongkhag, was recognized for his contribution in developing Dzongkha-English Dictionary which was handed over to Dzongkha Development Commission. Dzongkha-English Dictionary application works on windows platform,  a copy of it can be found in DDC website.

Younten Jamtsho, IT Officer from Department of National Budget, Ministry of Finance, was recognized for his contribution in developing android app named "Bhutan News". The app is a news aggregator that collects news from local news media sites and from three international news sites. The app is available on Google Play Store under the developer named "Bhutan ICT". 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bhutan Android Apps

Recently we have been seeing some android apps listed in Google Play Store. We are not sure if the apps are being developed by Bhutanese ict personnel's. Amongst them, the developer Bhutan ICT was a bhutanese citizen ict person doing the development.

Till date we have the following apps list in Google Play Store:
1. Bhutan News, developed by Bhutan ICT
2. Bhutan News (AIO), developed by Bhutan ICT
3. BHUTANews, registered with MileCalc
4. Druk Zakar, developed by Scan Bhutan and registered with Dratshang Lhentshog (Council for Religious Affairs)
5. Bhutan SMS Banking, developed by Bhutan ICT

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Heartbleed virus

Heartbleed virus or bug is a vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL software mostly used in the server platform. The bug allows stealing of information that is protected normally though SSL/TSL encrypted connection by allowing to read the memory of the system.

You can check online if your server is vulnerable to Heartbleed by going to

Some version of android phones are also vulnerable to Heartbleed virus, like android version 4.1.x version. The user are advised to install the Heartbleed Detector app from Lookout Mobile Security to check if your phone is vulnerable. The app with just detect and will not resolve the issue.

You can also check out Heartbleed virus site.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Bhutan Government Launches three e-Government initiatives

An e-government master plan that should change the way the government runs and make it a more efficient and transparent system, was launched, yesterday.
The master plan, launched by the prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, and information and communications minister, DN Dhungyel, will provide a road map for how the government and private sector adopt and utilise ICT towards creating a knowledge based society.
Two components of the master plan, an e-government management system, that will place all government ICT professionals under the department of information technology and telecom (DITT), and an e-GIF (electronic government interoperability framework), that should essentially allow information sharing between government agencies, were also launched alongside.
Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay pointed out that the master plan and systems being launched are very important towards achieving good governance.  He said that the master plan is about how to utilise ICT for the present and future.
There are three desired outcomes of the master plan: ICT for good governance, for a Bhutanese information society, and as a key enabler for sustainable economic development.  Some of the strategies are to build ICT capability through education, leverage it in government service delivery, deliver electronic services, promote adoption and enhance ICT capability in the government, development of the ICT industry, and promote its adoption in the private sector, among others.
The master plan lists 50 projects or initiatives, costing a total of Nu 4.9B, to be carried out in the next five years.
Of these, the two launched yesterday are within the good governance aspect.
On the two systems being launched, the prime minister said that the systems would address existing shortcomings.  He said it would bring about uniformity in management of ICT professionals and the incompatible application systems being used by the various government agencies. “If we are to achieve our national goal through ICT, we must think as one,” he said.
Information and communications secretary, Dasho Kinley Dorji, explained that hundreds of ICT initiatives and projects are taking place in the country today, however, in isolation of one another.  Therefore, the master plan would serve as a road map of what the government wants ICT to do for Bhutan.
For the government, the master plan is to guide it towards operating efficiently and transparently, by changing the way people work, in terms of both mindset and technology, he pointed out.
Dasho Kinley Dorji explained that the e-government management system will allow DITT to treat and use the 350 ICT professionals in the civil service as a team.
Currently, each ministry or government agency maintains its ICT professionals independently.  As a result, usage, capability, training, and promotion of the ICT professionals can be determined by non-standardised factors, sometimes even by their relationship with their superiors.
Dasho Kinley Dorji said that it has been found that ICT professionals are found to be “misplaced” in divisions that are not ICT related, and that their training opportunities and promotions can be determined by their relationships with their superiors.
The e-government management system is expected to address this shortcoming, as DITT will become responsible for their training and promotions.  The department will also manage the placing of ICT professionals on a skill and time basis.  This means a particular ICT professional will be placed somewhere only for the skills possessed and required by the agency, and for the time required to carry out the needed activity.
Similarly, the e-GIF system is expected to address the problem of the government ministries and agencies developing and operating application systems independently or in isolation.  This results in these systems and applications being incompatible with one another inadvertently barring the sharing of information within some government agencies.
For instance, it was pointed out that four agencies that required biometric systems developed them independently of one another.  Dasho Kinley Dorji said that the home and foreign ministries, the police, and the election commission had each purchased their own systems.  He pointed out that development is expensive.  He also pointed out that one of the agencies had even sent some of its personnel to remote areas to acquire biometric information, when it was all available in the home ministry’s data base.
Similarly, the land commission, Bhutan Post, and Thimphu thromde, had developed a geological information system independently of one another, when they could have simply shared the information collected.
He pointed out that the e-GIF would allow agencies requiring the same information to “talk” to each other.  For instance, when it comes to service delivery, the foreign ministry should be able to access the home ministry’s database to verify all required information of a citizen when applying for a passport, instead of having the applicant physically go to other agencies to acquire documents and bring them to the foreign ministry.  Such a system would allow service delivery to be significantly faster, according to Dasho Kinley Dorji.

Source: Kuensel

Monday, October 21, 2013

BMobile launching 4G LTE

Bhutan Telecom has announced the launch of 4G LTE service for its B-Mobile subscribers. The launch date is on 24th October 2013. First phase of implementation is at Thimphu. 4G LTE (Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution) is a next level mobile network which is much faster than 3G.

4G APN setting is similar to its 3G network APN. The APN name is "internet".

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dzongkha SMS Android App

On 7th September 2013, Dzongkha SMS application build for Android platform has been launched by Rigsum Institute of IT and Management, Thimphu. The first version of Dzongkha SMS has been targeted for Android version 4.1. The function of Dzongkha SMS is to send text messages in Dzongkha script (Tibetan Script). The app was developed by an Indian consultant who was hired by Rigsum Institute. Currently the institute is charging some minimal  fee to install the app.