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7 educationists, former and present invested in Rigzom Academy

The Opposition Party, last week, demanded the education ministry make the shareholders of Rigzom Academy, a private school in Paro, public.The reason for the demand too is not made public, but the party is suspecting the ownership structure of the school and how the school benefitted from the government’s decision to do away with the Class X cut-off point and sponsoring students.

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Trongsa Court orders Anti-Corruption Act amendment

In the 3,767-page judgment Trongsa dzongkhag court passed in the land case between the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the 10 defendants, the court pointed out anomalies in laws, particularly the Anti-Corruption Act and issued other directives.The court ruled that ACC and the Parliament should amend the Anti-Corruption Act to ensure the care and custody of immovable properties once ACC seizes it.

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Former Trongsa dzongdag, wife and five others sentenced

3,767-page judgment in the land case between the ACC and the 10 defendants

Trongsa dzongkhag court yesterday convicted the former Trongsa dzongdag, Lhab Dorji to 13 years in prison in connection to an illegal land acquisition case, but was given a concurrent sentencing of five years prison term.He was found guilty of four counts of forgery, three counts of official misconduct and execution of document by deception. 

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Transporters blame government, boulder business hits rock bottom

Idle: Dumper trucks without work at Toorsa

When the boulder business picked up in early 2018, Phuentsholing residents wondered what was happening in the town. There suddenly was an explosion of trucks.The yellow-topped giant dumper trucks, hundreds of them, rushed to border and back. The export of boulders and surface materials to Bangladesh doubled and tripled leading into an overnight thriving transportation business.

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Light at the end of hydropower tunnel

After considerable hiccups, controversies and surprises, hydropower projects in the country are envisaging a light at the end of the tunnel.The hydropower cooperation between Bhutan and India has resulted in fruition of four hydropower plants and a power generation of more than 2,100MW.

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Laying the foundation for change: the first year’s focus

Coinciding with the completion of its first year in office, cabinet ministers visited Dechenphug monastery to offer prayers and attend the annual tshechu yesterday

The government completed a year in office yesterday during which, the Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said, it built a strong launch pad to leap higher, faster in the remaining years of its term to implement the much-needed developments.Dr Lotay Tshering reported the government’s achievements at a gathering in Thimphu that was broadcast live through its Facebook page. About 6,000 viewers watched his speech. He also launched a publication -  The Executive, a report of its doing in the past year.

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Suicide attempts high among youth and women

Suicide is a major public health issue and the number of suicide attempts in the country is increasing, especially among the youth.The national suicide registry shows that a total of 132 individuals have attempted suicide in 2016 and 2017. Last year, 34 attempted suicide, of which 24 were female.

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Gelephu Thromde terminates land lease agreements

The industrial service centre in Tashiling, Gelephu spreads over 111.5 acres and is divide into 110 plots

Gelephu Thromde terminated the lease agreements of 10 plot owners at the industrial service centre (ISC) in Tashiling constituency, Gelephu in October. With no signs of work progress at the new site, the thromde administration on October 14 wrote to the 10 plot owners asking them to surrender their lease agreement and land lease certificate. 

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Govt. stops dredging and export of riverbed materials from Toorsa

The ongoing town development project in Phuentsholing. The decison to stop dredging along the Toorsa river follows concerns raised by CDCL.

After much controversy surrounding dredging and export of boulders from Phuentsholing, the government has decided to stop dredging of boulders and riverbed materials from Toorsa river basin.The agriculture minister on October 25, through a notification, stated that the decision was taken after reviewing the Phuentsholing Township Development Project (PTDP) and concerns expressed by the Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL).

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