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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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SEA countries commit stringent action against tobacco

11 countries, including Bhutan signed and adopted the Dili Declaration to control the use of tobacco in the region

WHO:  Health ministers of 11 countries yesterday pledged tough actions on tobacco use as the 68th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee meeting opened yesterday in Timor- Leste’s capital, Dili.

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ACC investigation deepens into nexus of fraudulent practices

More than 800 people, including some senior officials, were interrogated, and 34 detained in Phuentsholing since April 20

Corruption: After the completion of investigation on entrenched corruption involving raiding and closing of shops in Phuentsholing, the Anti-Corruption Commission’s focus is now on the nexus of fraudulent practices.

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High Court convicts former minister

Transporting private timber by using a pool vehicle while being a dzongdag was not an emergency but a violation of laws

Judiciary: Reversing the Haa dzongkhag court’s ruling, the High Court’s Bench I yesterday convicted former foreign minister Rinzin Dorje to a year in prison for misusing the dzongkhag’s pool vehicle to transport private timber from Haa to Thimphu.

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