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Exploiting ICT to the fullest

Another signifiant milestone occurs today in the fields of information communications technology (ICT) and banking. The government will launch its interbank online payment gateway which will enable customers to make online payments between accounts of three banks. Until now, online payments were limited to between accounts within a bank.

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Thoughts of fire season

The season of fire is upon us. Recently, in a span of a week, Thimphu saw two forest fires – one above Simtokha Dzong and the other at Serbithang. Going by how frequent such incidences are, especially during winter, we can expect many more.

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No landmark decision

Businessman Sonam Phuntsho (Ap SP) withdrew his libel case against freelance journalist Namgay Zam and Dr Shacha Wangmo, a day before a much-awaited verdict was to be handed down.

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Keeping the Rupee ship afloat

The cash crunch (INR), post demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes is gradually showing signs of recovery. The doubling of ATM withdrawal limits in India, increasing the monthly quota from the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) and in days the counter value of surrendered notes will be deposited in respective bank accounts.

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PPP needs to penetrate into gewogs and villages

We ought to commend the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) for the initiatives it has made over the years to address law and order issues both in urban and rural pockets of the country. Police-Public Partnership is one example of successful initiative. There are many more.

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Where does our priority lie?

We are a small and developing society; agriculture is our mainstay still. A good 70 percent of our people is engaged in this vitally important sector. We are, however, not producing enough to feed ourselves. This is one of the great paradoxes of our time.

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