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OAG reviews a separate 19kg gold smuggling case

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is reviewing a separate gold smuggling case involving 11 men and 19 kilogrammes (kg) of gold worth Nu 57 million. Nine farmers from Paro, Wangduephodrang and Chukha, one businessman from Thimphu and an unemployed man based in Phuentsholing are accused in the case. …

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Man sentenced for attempt to rape

Samdrupjongkhar court sentenced a 20-year-old man to one year and six months in prison for criminal attempt to rape of a married person. Tashi Penjor from Rantsam in Dewathang followed a woman on the night of December 30 last year on her way home from a restaurant and tried to …

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Teachers forced to rent hotel rooms in Nganglam

With acute housing shortage in Nganglam, Pemagatshel, civil servants, corporate and private employees are forced to rent hotel rooms. While it is bringing good business to the hoteliers, it is costing heavy and causing inconveniences to the tenants. It is mostly teachers, who occupy the hotel rooms and they say …

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Trashigang DT forms four committee

In the last day of Dzongkhag Tshogdu(DT) in Trashigang yesterday, local leaders formed four committees as per the Local Government Act of Bhutan 2009. At a time when the government has begun initiating greater decentralisation progress with increased development and financial power to the local governments, the committee is expected …

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Taxes are levied on net profit, not on total turnover: HC

High Court

Overturning the ruling of High Court’s bench III on August 15, the larger bench ruled that Jatan Lal Prasad, the owner of Jatan Prasad Lal Prasad (JPLP) enterprise in Phuentsholing, is liable to pay Nu 14.487 million (M) for evasion of tax amounting Nu 3.937M. The figure was worked out …

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Mines and Minerals Bill will not be tabled as urgent Bill

The mining sector is recognised as one of the five jewels of the economy (file Photo)

Amid several issues in the mining sector requiring immediate redressal, efforts by the economic and finance committee of National Assembly to table the Mines and Minerals Bill 2020 as urgent Bill in the upcoming winter session has failed, mainly due to objections from the National Council (NC). The Speaker and …

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WeChat brings home missing yaks in Soe

Soe’s School Among Snow Leopards (Photo: Namgay Zam)

On a clear morning, the sharp tip of Jichu Drakay is a crystal dagger piercing the sky. The ancient ruins of Jangothang are dark and crumbling against the shiny face of rugged Jomolhari. An imposing rocky mountain rising sharply from the banks of the Pachu is the citadel of Ap …

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Tsirang DT decides not to impose parking fees

The two-day dzongkhag tshogdu ended yesterday

Tsirang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided not to introduce parking fees in Damphu town as of now. In the DT held yesterday, local leaders decided there has to be more consultation with people in the dzongkhag. With an increasing number of vehicles and residents and shopkeepers parking their vehicles in the …

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TTIs’ admission drops this year

Admission to TTIs is carried out in two phases

Despite various initiatives in place to improve Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), it is still considered the last option for many. A majority of the Technical Training Institutes (TTIs) this year saw a decline in enrolment applications. Some principals of TTI attributed the drop because of the change …

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