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PDP replaces three serving MPs

The People’s Democratic Party introduced two former dzongdags and a former member of National Council as party candidates yesterday. They replace current MPs of Chummig-Ura in Bumthang, Gelephu, and Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang in Tsirang. Former Trongsa Dzongdag Sonam Rinchen, who has been in the civil service for the last 33 year, will …

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Fuel prices hiked

Following a fuel price hike in India last month, the cost of petrol has increased by Nu 3.2 a litre and diesel by Nu 2.5 a litre in Bhutan. Petrol in Thimphu now costs Nu 65.39 a litre and Nu 63.05 a litre in Phuentsholing. A litre of diesel in …

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Recycled plastic waste exhibited in S/jongkhar throm

The exhibition was held to create awareness among students and the public on the impact of plastic waste on the environment

To make Samdupjongkhar thromde a plastic-free town and to celebrate the environment day coinciding with Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen’s birthday, the thromde organised a recycled plastic waste exhibition on June 4. About 90 students from Samdrupjongkhar PS, Samdrupjonkhar MSS, Dewathang PS and members of the youth centre participated in the …

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Sarpang police to forward minor rape case to OAG today

Sarpang police will forward the case of the soldier, who allegedly raped a nine-year-old student in Gelephu to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) today. Police officials say the case was registered as  ‘statutory rape’ although the medical report stated that there was no redness or sign of penetration …

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Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk yesterday delivered a lecture at the Royal Thimphu College on Constitution, Monarchy and Rule of Law as part of Legacy of the Monarchy Lecture series. Organised by Bhutan National Legal Institute, the lecture series was initiated by Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, President of …

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Cordycep collectors return to Wangdue from Lunana

About 10 police personnel and five foresters are deployed at Gangchenphu in Lunana to keep a strict watch on intruders from other dzongkhags and illegal collection of cordyceps. The deployment was made following a dispute last week where about 1,000 cordycep collectors from four gewogs of Kazhi, Sephu, Dangchu and …

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Waste recovery center opens in Ngabiphu

Coinciding with the environment day, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen inaugurated the waste recovery centre (transfer station) at Ngabiphu, Thimphu yesterday. Her Majesty also launched the behaviour change strategy and Thimphu thromde signage guideline 2017 during the inauguration. The recovery centre will be used to sort dry waste and recover recyclables …

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People from Laya comb the Shinche la pass between Laya and Lingzhi for the medicinal caterpillar-fungus (Photo: Kesang Tshering, Bhutan Wilderness Travel)

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World Bank supports DGM to reform the mining sector 

The grant will assist DGM to implement the new mineral development policy 2017

The government yesterday received USD 300,000 in grant from the Work Bank-led Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) multi-donor trust fund to support reforms in the mining sector. The grant will also assist the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) in implementing the Mineral Development Policy 2017. The Supporting Minerals Management …

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OAG charges eight in Goshing gup’s corruption issue

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) charged Zhemgang’s Goshing gup Sangay Lethro to Panbang drungkhag court on June 4 for alleged embezzlement of more than Nu 10.5M from public fund between 2011 and 2015. The gup, who is also the Zhemgang dzongkhag tshogdu chairperson, was charged with embezzlement, solicitation …

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