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Peak season records fall in tourist arrivals

The industry saw a drop of about 15 percent in international tourist arrivals this fall

Tourism: While spring has not been so bountiful, there is not much to look forward to in fall either for the tourism industry that saw a drop in international tourist arrivals by about 14.62 percent as of August this year.

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Tonnes of crops lost to wildlife

Electric fencing has been the only effective measure to protect crops from wildlife

HWC: Bhutan loses a truckload of crops to wildlife everyday. In the past two years, the country lost more than 754 truckloads of crops to wildlife, latest agriculture ministry records show. This means, each month, wildlife ravaged at least 31 truckloads of crops over the last 24 months.

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5,000MW by 2021

The hydropower projects’ slow pace of progress needs to be expedited, says MoEA minister 

Hydropower: Bhutan would harness only about 5,000MW of electricity by 2021, half the target the country had earlier pursued to achieve by 2020.

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Taktshang to remain closed on Tuesdays

The dzongkhag administration proposed to close the monastery once a week for maintenance and cleaning 

Tourism: The Paro dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) last week decided to close Taktshang monastery for visitors on Tuesdays except on auspicious days.

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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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