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Interim budget likely to affect GDP growth: IMF

The country’s GDP growth is projected to decelerate to 4.8 percent in 2019 fiscal year, according to the International Monetary Fund’s article IV consultation report. The growth, as per the report, reflects a sharp decline in public investment as the 2019 interim budget implies a sharp fiscal withdrawal. However, the report states …

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HC alters military court decision, acquits three

Three officers that the military court convicted last year for embezzling DeSuung training funds are acquitted. The High Court’s bench three on October 26 overturned the conviction for all charges against Major Sonam Lhagyel, Peljab Sonam Dorji, and Peljab Wangchuk citing lack of corroborative evidence. Major Sonam Lhagyel was convicted …

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 Coinciding with the descending day of Lord Buddha, Duedroi Rangwang Zhidhey Tshogchung observed the world vegetarian awareness month at the Semtokha dzong in Thimphu yesterday. 

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HC acquits Lt Ugyen Dorji in desuung case

The High Court’s (HC) bench I reversed the military court’s judgment and acquitted Lieutenant Lt Ugyen Dorji and a non-commissioned officer (NCO) Tashi Phuntsho of the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA). The military court sentenced Lt Ugyen Dorji to two years and eight months in prison for embezzling Nu 478,595 and …

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Karuna shelter, home for the dogs

The dog shelter has about 40 stray dogs

Four months ago, someone hurled a puppy from a car near the landfill site at Saa-Tshalu, some 3km from Trashigang town. Just above the landfill is a dog shelter. The next day, the caretaker of the Karuna Dog Shelter, Tshewang and her younger son while returning from an evening walk, …

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Busy tailors of Thimphu

Ugyen Rinzin at work

With the new Member of Parliament-elects (MP) ready to assume office, tailoring shops in Thimphu are busy stitching traditional silk attires. Nima Tshemkhang’s owner, Nima, said: “We have a minimum of two to three orders everyday. However, we only have two workers here and we can only finish a total …

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  Tsirang dzongkhag celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday at the Gyalse Duenkuen Drubai Phodrang coinciding with the descending day of Lord Buddha.

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Private papers receive 50 percent subsidy

There are seven private newspapers in the country today

The government approved 50 percent subsidy for the private papers in the country. In April this year, Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) had notified that the private English newspapers to print a minimum of 1,200 copies of each publication. Dzongkha private newspapers had to print a minimum of 600 …

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Pest and brown spot disease infest paddy fields in Saling

Tshewang Choden in Galikhar village

Following an outbreak of pest and brown spot disease in their paddy fields recently, farmers of three chiwogs in Saling, Mongar are worried about the yield this year. Brown spot is discoloration on the leaves caused by fungus affecting the leaves and stalks. This is the first reported case in …

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His Majesty The King at the Army Raising Day celebrations of the Royal Bhutan Army in Tencholing, Wangduephodrang in 2009. Kuensel joins the nation in commemorating His Majesty The King’s coronation day.

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