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PPI records 5.14 percent inflation

Measured from producer’s perspective in the last quarter of 2017 (October, November and December), inflation increased by 5.14 percent compared to the last quarter of 2016, according to the producer price index (PPI). This means local producers experienced a price rise of 5.14 percent in the last quarter of the …

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Perceiving corruption

Bhutan’s ranking in the corruption perception index has improved by a notch with Transparency International ranking the country as the 26th cleanest country. This improvement is encouraging for the country had remained in the 27th position for two years in a row. High levels of corruption perception could breed a …

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Nu 20B revenue forgone between 2011-16

A revenue of Nu 19.8B has been foregone from fiscal incentives, tax holidays and exemptions from 2011 to 2016, according to national revenue reports of 2011-12 to 2016-17. Tax holidays on selected sector and tax exemptions on selected commodities were among the government’s initiatives to promote private sector development. While …

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Court orders litigants to produce evidence in next hearing

The High Court’s Bench I yesterday asked both the defendants and RBA prosecutors to produce evidence during the evidence hearing on March 20 and 23. The court has asked the defendants, Major Ugyen Nidup, Pelpon Sangay Dakpa and Colonel Kinley Dorji to produce evidence on how they adjusted the bill …

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Man convicted for abusing and possessing cannabis

A non-Bhutanese was convicted for solicitation Thimphu dzongkhag court’s bench I sentenced a 25-year-old man from Samtse to a year in prison for possession and abuse of marijuana on February 14. Police arrested Subash Subba and a non-Bhutanese man near the Thimphu thromde office at 8pm on June 12, 2017, …

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Meet the people programme suspended during election period

Following the Election Commission of Bhutan’s public advisory to avoid public meetings and gatherings from February to May and August to October this year, the weekly Meet the People Programme has been suspended until the National Council (NC) elections are over. According to records with the Cabinet secretariat, 200 meet …

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Thromde to strictly monitor encroachment of footpaths

Thimphu thromde would no longer allow shopkeepers and vendors stacking and selling their goods on the newly built footpaths in the city, thromde officials said. Thimphu thromde on January 26 issued a notification reminding shopkeepers and vendors not to misuse the walkways and states that fines would be imposed for …

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Wangdue reports three forest fires last week

The fire at Kameychhu is not completely contained Soon after the Khujula fire was contained in Wangduephodrang, a forest fire in Khotakha and Kameychhu broke out on February 15. Wangdue dzongdag Sonam Jamtsho said the forest fire in Khotokha was contained on February 18. “The fire in Kameychhu is almost …

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An amateur artist takes up dotted art

Manzil Lama works on his art

A canvas, a steady hand and patience is what takes a promising artist, Manzil Lama in Phuentsholing, to painstakingly craft a surreal portrait of Punakha dzong from a billion points (dots) of ink pens. Just three years into art, the 32-year-old has developed a knack for realistic pointillism in 3D …

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