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A productive year for agriculture

Yearender | Agriculture: The agriculture sector, that 58 percent of the population depends on for their livelihood, experienced some major milestones in the year of the Monkey.

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Contemporary Bhutnaese artists carve out a niche

Yearender | ARTS & Culture: The Fire Male Monkey Year saw development of art and culture in the country. Art exhibitions and some of the memorable art and literary festivals such as the Mountain Echoes brought together talented artists from both within and outside the country.

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CCTVs watch over Thimphu

… in a bid to further reduce crime
Yearender |  Crime: The past five years saw a drastic drop in crime rates in the country from 4,697 cases in 2011 to 2,055 in 2015. Battery and assault remained the top crimes committed in the country in 2015, followed by larceny, and then crimes related to drugs.

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ACC’s snail pace

Human resource shortcomings plague investigating agency
Yearender |  Corruption: The Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) pro-activeness was questioned in the last year, as a result of its, as many perceived, snail pace on several cases.

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An eventful year for tourism

Yearender | Tourism: Increasing regional tourists and the proposed closure of Taktshang monastery were some of the major issues the tourism sector faced during the fire Monkey year.

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A much needed reform begins

Yearender | Education: As the nation observed Teacher’s Day in May, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay flanked by other Cabinet ministers waited in queue to receive over 1,400 teachers at the Royal Institute of Management.

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Bold moves to protect the environment

Yearender | Environment: The launch of the much awaited National Forest Inventory 2015 report laid to rest a lot of apprehension. The last such survey to determine the state of the environment or the forests was carried out decades ago. Given the spate of development involving large-scale infrastructure building mainly roads, many feared that the forests were shrinking.

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