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Bhutan national assembly speaker NimaTshering has banned Bhutan MPs from bringing laptops into Parliamentafter seeing them used for playing games.


"I have seen many of our lawmakers playing computer games when others are debating serious issues," he said.

"I have no problem if the lawmakers carry their laptops and use it fordata they might need during debates. But I have a major problem if theyplay games and look uninterested in the proceedings."

Bhutanis a tiny Himalayan country that is slowly joining the modern world. Itheld its first democratic elections in March and only gained internetaccess nine years ago. In the last five years, sales of desktops andlaptops have risen by about 50 percent. There were no figures about WoWsubscribers.

Despite this, MPs have denied the claims. "It isnot however true that we were always playing games," an unnamed MP saidto the BBC. "We need the laptops because that saves us the trouble of having to carry huge amounts of paper and documents."

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