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OAG defends charges against foreign minister

Court: Foreign minister Rinzin Dorje’s unilateral decision to award timber sawing works for the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project in Haa had illegitimately benefited a saw-miller, according to the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) prosecutors. In their rebuttal statement submitted to the Haa district court yesterday, prosecutors explained why Lyonpo …

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Bhutan to declare protected river system

It will be the first country to do so in the region Environment: Bhutan will be the first country in the region to declare a protected river system. This declaration will be made in September. Experts from various local organisations and the World Wildlife Fund  (WWF) are working on a …

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Programme to go on despite nominal participation

Meet the people: On an average, only about 10 people attend the government’s Meet the People Programme. Since the launch of the programme on August 24, 2013, about 740 people have shared their grievances over 74 sessions of the programme.  The grievances included issues concerning lawsuits, employment, census, education loans, …

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“Music should be for love not to make money”

Indian singer and songwriter, Lucky Ali, recently visited Bhutan and performed in Thimphu for the Bhutan International Festival. He made his debut with the soulful album Sunoh and his song O Sanam is considered by many to be his best song. He is well known in Bhutan. Kuensel’s Gyalsten K …

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One convicted; legal proceedings for six others continue

OAG to rebut foreign minister Rinzin Dorje’s opening statement today Lhakhang Karpo: Of the seven individuals charged with official misconduct, forgery, bribery and embezzlement in the Lhakhang Karpo corruption case, the Haa district court sentenced a 31-year old businessman from Paro to three months in prison yesterday. Druk Leading Enterprise’s …

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Seven years of connecting Pemagatshel

The district is now so networked with roads that walking has become a thing of the past Connectivity: People in Pemagatshel still remember when travelling to another gewog meant arduous uphill climbs – heavy rations strapped onto their backs – of almost an entire day. Today, the story is very …

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Tsebar women switch from weaving to metal design

The reason being that the latter craft is far more profitable than the former Handicraft: It is 8am, a mild morning in Duwang in Pemagatshel.  Karma Zangmo, 30, helps her two children get dressed for school. She has their lunch packs ready.  As the little ones hurry out the door, …

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Cricket club competition begins

BCCB: The Bhutan Cricket Council Board (BCCB) K4 Cup, formerly the Bhutan Super League, began last week. In the opening match team Tashas United defeated Takin City by 190 runs. Yesterday’s encounter saw Tashas United notch up yet another victory inspired by their veteran player Damber Gurung. His score of …

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In the year of the Horse

Looking back at the year just gone by, we remember the early morning Kanglung skies clearing for the sunrays to warm the thousands of people gathered for the 107th National Day celebrations. Not because the celebrations happened recently, but it was a momentous occasion, where the entire Royal Family joined …

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A Malady Called Rural-Urban Migration: Part IX

If we are serious about reversing rural-urban migration, the priority should be working towards creating a conducive atmosphere for income generation. We take pride in declaring ourselves as an agrarian society yet, we have allowed our farmers to be totally disenchanted with farming turning them into consumers, from their traditional …

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