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Upsetting the apple cart of the corrupt in P/ling

Corruption: For the past four days, Phuentsholing, the country’s biggest commercial hub, has been under continued Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) scanner. ACC is investigating for corrupt practices that have evolved over the years to become a part of the regulating and enforcing agencies’ systems. As of yesterday, the commission sealed …

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DCA divided into two

Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority and Department of Air Transport are the split halves Aviation: In a significant development for the aviation industry in Bhutan, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) was split into two new agencies, yesterday. The department, established in 1986, was divided into the Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority …

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Norbu’s red-letter day outing

Ap Chundu’s mythical steed takes the limelight once a year in an appeasement ceremony Occasion: Norbu, the off-white horse, grazes in the compound of Haa dzong.  Norbu gets VIP treatment because he is the mythical steed of Ap Chundu, the local deity of Haa valley. Norbu remains tied within the …

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Taxi drivers stung by TINs on expressway

Penalty imposed on Friday, designated as zero tolerance day against traffic violations Traffic: More than 100 taxi drivers were issued transport infringement notices (TIN) yesterday for violation of traffic rules during an inspection by traffic police on the Thimphu-Babesa expressway. This has left many taxi drivers unhappy.  They said such …

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Work on JICA-funded Dechu bridge begins

Connectivity: Starting next year, the people of Athang gewog will not have to worry about being cut off during monsoon, thanks to a bridge being built over the Dechu (river) at Dogayphu, 36km from Bajo town. The bridge, according to Athang gup, Khandu Dorji, will benefit some 800 people from …

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Disputed structure falls into disrepair

Land: There is a Zangtopelri in Samdrupjongkhar that needs some real attention, but there is a dispute as well over the property between the thromde and a private individual. This Zangtopelri stands on the right side of the road towards the district hospital in Samdrupjongkhar.  It has suffered from disrepair.  …

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The ‘Black Horse’ of Bhutanese football

The once striker of the national team reminisces about his heydays Profile: Friday, 4:30pm: Two Indian men walk out of an office in Changangkha in Thimphu.  Inside the room, Goutam Mukherjee, CEO of KCR private limited, is silhouetted blackness.  He looks tired.  His personal secretary is seated next to him …

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Salami schools merge for safekeeping

Education: With the school’s structures prone to disaster, the lower Salami primary school (PS) in Tsirang was merged with the upper Salami PS last week. The lower Salami PS, which has 23 students from pre primary to class II, is now part of Salami PS, which opened in March 2012 …

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Living under the shadow of floods and landslides

Villagers in Phongmey blame tree felling and overgrazing by ‘outsiders’ for their perennial plight Disaster: For years, people on the foothills of Karmagonpa and Gazarey in Phongmey gewog have been bearing the wrath of repeated landslides and floods. They claim it is because of felling of trees by Radhipas and …

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Thimphu Thromde schools bursting at the seams

Old infrastructure and shortage of classrooms have pushed schools to use laboratories as classrooms  Education: Almost all classrooms of Thimphu thromde public schools are overcrowded with some schools using laboratories as classrooms. Thromde and school officials said this is a result of intense admission pressure they faced this year. In …

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