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Special patrols net fishermen and illegal vendors

IMG_2120Seized fish

Punatsangchu: More than five illegal fish vendors (shops) and eight illegal fishermen in Punakha and Wangdue were caught and fined by the Wangdue forest division  during special patrols it conducted in the last two weeks. The patrols, which started on May 25, have netted fines worth Nu 126,500, seized fish and various fishing equipment as of June 10. Assistant divisional forestry official with Wangdue division, Tashi Dendup said the special patrolling was necessary because Punatsangchu was one of the most important river basins, in terms [... Read More]

Search called off for missing man

Missing: Relatives of a 29-year old who went missing on May 31 have called off the search after a search team of about 100 people were involved in the search for days.

Nationalising mines not in national interest – MoEA minister

The govt. was not in favour of turning back the clock for the sector Council: It is not the government’s business to do business and it’s best left to private sectors.  The government’s role shall be limited to facilitating and regulating businesses.

Immigration office needed in Pangbang

Locals feel it will improve tourism Tourism: With increasing inflow of tourists, business community of Panbang, Zhemgang feel the need of an entry point at border in Mathanguri, Assam to ease the travel for international guests frequenting the dungkhag.

Devil in a van that doesn’t really exist

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Our reporter Jigme Wangchuk goes to Debsi to find out whether there is truth in a ghostly story surrounding a possessed van It is raining. The mud track that winds through the deep thickets below Thimphu Gate a little away south from Babesa is all slushy and slippery. I am not at all in best of dress for the job, but I must grab the devil lording thereabout by the neck this day and show him some terror that I am capable of.

Fewer Chinese Supporters expected

10290708_579604675513340_7749402674894081706_nThe other dragons arrive (Photo courtesy: World Cup 2014 Druk Gyalkhab, Facebook page )

The April 25 earthquake in Nepal and daily tariff may have deterred them  World cup: Of the 2,000 anticipated Chinese supporters only around 200-300 Chinese are now expected for the first Bhutan-China game to be held at Changlimithang tomorrow. More than 80 percent of the Chinese supporters who had reserved tickets for the match with local tour operators have cancelled their trip. Choki, the general manager of Happiness Kingdom, one of the local tour operators in the country said that they had bought 300 tickets [... Read More]

Directive on LPG cylinders leaves depots vacant

DSC_0012Expired: All empty and old cylinders in the depots of Phuentsholing have to be re-qualified by the end of this month before circulation

IOCL has stopped filling cylinders from Bhutanese dealers at their LPG bottling plants LPG: The department of trade’s letter asking the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to not refill expired LPG cylinders from Bhutanese dealers has left the depots in Phuentsholing with no LPG cylinders to issue. With the need to inspect and re-qualify LPG cylinders as per the best international practice, the trade department’s June 9 letter had urged the oil corporation to adhere to statutory testing of the due cylinders, stating that such [... Read More]

Council passes budget bills with some caveats

NC: The National Council yesterday dissected the government’s annual budget report, pointed out flaws and made several recommendations. It recommended the assembly to instate a law or to insert a provision in a law for sovereign guarantees of state-owned enterprises (SOE) after finding out that the government has given a sovereign guarantee of Nu 424M for loan availed by Bhutan Ferroy Alloys limited (BFAL) from Exsportfinan, a Norwegian bank owned by the Norwegian government and consortium of banks operating in Norway.

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NA’s recommendations for ACC

The commission’s use of the police detention centre was a matter of particular concern Assembly: Following concerns raised on the need to enhance Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) system of detention, the National Assembly yesterday resolved that the human rights committee    would review issues pertaining to the common detention centre.

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