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Two men caught with 83kgs of dried marijuana

The seized bags of marijuana

The Jomotshangkha police in Samdrupjongkhar, based on a tipoff, arrested two men in connection to illicit trafficking of dried marijuana around 8:30pm on October 31. The men were arrested from Jampani, about 3km away from Jomotshangkha and seized 83kgs of dried marijuana. According to the 29-year-old suspect, they brought the …

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Bhutan drops to 81st position in ease of doing business 

Bhutan’s ranking on ease of doing business has been slipping for the last three years despite reforms and the former government’s pledge to take the country’s ranking to the top 50. The World Bank’s ease of doing business report, 2019, which compares business regulation for domestic firms in 190 economies, placed Bhutan in the 81st position, down from 73 in 2018.

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A caravan of horses cross one of the many bridges over the MoChhu en-route to Laya in Gasa. Porter pony is an important source of revenue for the highland communities of Gasa and according to the 2018 livestock statistics, the equine (horses, mules and donkeys) population in Gasa is 2,156.

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A separate OPD for kidney transplant patients at JDWNRH

A separate outpatient department (OPD) for kidney transplant patients has started at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. The kidney transplant patients can now get consultation with the only nephrologist at the hospital, Dr Minjur Dorji, every Saturday at Chamber 17 at the old hospital building. A …

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HC acquits last two in desuung embezzlement case

The Lhadrong complex in Hejo that houses the Supreme and the High Courts

The High Court’s (HC) bench I on October 26 acquitted all the five officers and four non-commissioned officers (NCOs) of Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) in the desuung fund embezzlement case. Major Ugyen Nidup and his assistant peljab Sangay Drakpa were the last two that the court cleared off the embezzlement charges in the DeSuung case judgment …

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RAA’s professional development centre opens in Tsirang

The professional development centre in Tsirang

The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) inaugurated a professional development centre in Tsirang yesterday. This, according to the RAA officials, is expected to bring more human resource capacity development of the auditors, as the centre will begin conducting short-term trainings and workshops for auditors. The chairman of Druk Holding and Investments …

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First junior ranger club forms in Merak

Twenty students of Merak PS took part in the daylong junior rangers programme yesterday in Merak, Trashigang (Photo: Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary)

Students of Merak Primary School in Trashigang enter the school’s hall with smiles and rosy cheeks, as they anticipate of becoming the first junior rangers in Merak yesterday.   Coinciding with the coronation day of His Majesty The King, Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) in collaboration with Merak PS organised a …

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NA elects Speakers from ruling party 

Members of parliament of the National Assembly took office yesterday

The National Assembly yesterday elected Wangchuk Namgyel from the ruling party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) as the Speaker as the Members of Parliament voted along party lines. Wangchuk Namgyel, 55, from Wangdue’s Nyishog-Saephu constituency secured 30 votes, exactly the number of seats DNT commands in the 47-member House. He beat …

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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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