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Revised sand supply system goes nationwide

Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited supplied 35,973 truckloads of sand from the Sha region in Wangdue last year. The Punatsangchu basin is the main sand harvesting site in the country.

Irrespective of the concerns from the transporters, the Natural Resource Development Corporation (NRDCL) will be implementing the new sand supply system across the country starting next month. The NRDCL also issued a notification yesterday stating that the corporation will take full ownership of sand collection and transportation. It states that …

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ECB to set up 64 postal ballot facilitation booths

To ease the voting process, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) will set up about 64 postal ballot facilitation booths for the upcoming National Council elections across the country. Training coordinator with ECB, Gem Tshewang, said that this added facility to the conventional system is to facilitate voters. “Postal ballot …

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Reduced orange yield and price disappoints farmers

Although it is peak mandarin season, orchards in Tsirang are already empty. Most farmers have sold their produce. But for those who continue to sell, prices have dropped to less than Nu 4 an orange. The reduced yield resulting in lower price left many farmers disappointed. Farmers say they fetch …

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Entrepreneur aspires to contest for NC from Mongar

A businessman, Ngawang Gyeltshen, 30, has declared his intention to contest in the National Council (NC) candidate from Sherimung gewog in Mongar. The gewog already has two more NC aspirants. Ngawang Gyeltshen who is from Shilling village graduated in B.Com from Royal Thimphu College in 2012. He worked for three …

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Former attorney to contest for NC from Trashiyangtse


To bridge the gaps between people’s needs and law, Thinley, 36, from Yangtse gewog has decided to contest in the National Council election from Trashiyangtse. Thinley has a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from Bharati Vidyapeeth University in Pune, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in National Law (PGDNL) from …

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Betel nut prices rise but farmers gain little

Suppliers load betel nuts in Kuendrelthang

Unlike previous years, betel nuts are fetching attractive prices in Lhamoizingkha this season. Today, a kilogram of the areca palm fruit is fetching about Nu 30 a kilogram in Kulkuley, an Indian town across the border. Tshering Dorji, a betel nut supplier said that the price last year was Nu …

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Education of children: The buck stops with parents

This is a special season. Results are out for both Class X and XII. It is time for new academic session. Hard as winter comes rolling in, we prepare for a new beginning. For some parents, though, this is a difficult time. When children do not succeed, financial burden that …

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Target to provide 24 hours water at risk

The water treatment plant at Taba, Thimphu

Thimphu thromde’s target to provide 24 hours water to 80 percent of the households in Thimphu is at risk, thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said. This was shared at the mid-year annual performance agreement review held in Paro last week. Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said that most of Chamgang to Semtokha water distribution …

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Students perform poorly in Business Mathematics and Economics

The Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (BHSEC) examination 2017 recorded the worst performance in Business mathematics and economics. According to Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA), the mean score for Business mathematics was 47.69 percent and 49.95 percent for economics. The mean score for the remaining 17 subjects …

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Defendant claims adjustment is not embezzlement

One of the accused, Lt. Colonel Rinzin Yeshey submitted to the High Court’s bench III yesterday that many people, who heard about adjustment in the DeSuung case perceived adjustment as embezzlement. But, it was not so, he said. He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison by …

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ACC to conduct prelim investigation on tax exemption allegation

An accused claims that there was no reason to forward the tax evasion issue to ACC While it is expected to take some time to look into the fiscal incentive granted to Le Meridien, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to conduct a preliminary investigation on alleged misuse of import exemption …

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BoB opens counter for senior citizens

BOB will also issue a senior citizen identification card from BOB branch offices (Photo: BoB)

Bank of Bhutan (BOB) on January 27 launched Dedicated Senior Citizen Priority Counter that will cater specifically to citizens aged 60 and above. The counter will provide services such as withdrawal and deposit, opening new accounts, and INR remittance. However, the counter will not provide foreign exchange services. Meanwhile, to …

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