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Chamkharchu debate a decade too late: PM

The Prime Minister did not agree with any of the arguments raised by those against the dam 

Hydropower: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that the Chamkharchu project debate come almost a decade too late and that the economic opportunities and benefits outweigh the environmental impacts of the project.

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ACC questions OAG’s decision on bail amount

OAG released Lal Chand  on Nu 80 M bail, ACC demanded Nu 184M

Corruption: The release of Lal Chand, the owner of JPLP departmental store in Phuentsholing, on a bail of Nu 80 million (M) by the Attorney General yesterday has got the Anti-Corruption Commission questioning the decision.

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Skilled engineers leave civil service

Career stagnation and poor remuneration attributed for leaving the ministry

HR: Shortage of engineers has always been an issue with the government, but in a new development, the works and human settlement ministry, which employees many engineers is increasingly losing skilled engineers.

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Amended narcotics Act gets teeth, quantifies drugs

A total of 18 new controlled narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals have been added to the list

Drugs: Ketamine is now listed as a controlled drug in Bhutan following the incident in 2013 where a Bhutanese woman was caught smuggling the drug at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Two Bhutanese arrested in Nepal

The two are suspected of being involved in a dzee theft and for having in their possession counterfeit US dollars 

Crime: Nepalese police have arrested five people, including two Bhutanese citizens, for allegedly stealing several dzees and having in their possession USD 56,700 in counterfeit bills, according to a Nepalese police press release and Nepalese media reports.

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More questions on BOiC-BDBL merger

The govt. will ensure collateral-free loans at four percent interest irrespective of BOiC’s fate

Finance: Even as a task force looks into the possibility of merging the controversial Business Information and Opportunity Centre (BOiC) with Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL), more questions are rising on its legality, functioning and government’s decisions.

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An action plan to reduce suicide rate

On average, 73 suicide deaths occur in a year in Bhutan, which works out to about seven in a month

Blueprint: Rapid economic development is fast turning Bhutan into a paradoxical society. The proverbial country of gross national happiness is today also a country with staggeringly high suicide rate.

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Planned Chamkharchu dam sparks debate

Views divided on whether hydropower dams economically benefit local communities

Dams: An online petition to have at least one of Bhutan’s major river systems, the Chamkharchu, without a dam has sparked a public debate on the economic impact of dams.

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