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Man sentenced to 9 and half years for rape of minor

The High Court’s Bench I yesterday sentenced a 22 year-old man to nine years and six months for rape of a minor. The defendant and 16-year-old girl submitted to court that it was consensual sex. The victim also submitted to court that she does not need any compensation.  The case …

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JICA reconstructs four bridges along Gelephu-Trongsa highway

Four bridges along the Gelephu-Trongsa highway will be reconstructed with wider carriageway width and higher load carrying capacity. The four bridges are Telegangchu bridge, Beteni bridge, Samkhara bridge, and Passang bridge. The project worth over USD 17 million is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Telegangchu’s site manager, …

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CE enrollment decreases

According to the annual education statistics, Continuing Education (CE) enrollment has decreased by almost 40 percent after 2017. This, according to the report, could be attributed to the success of the programme in terms of its coverage in the last twelve years. Education ministry started the CE programme in Kelki …

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Yonphula domestic airport sees more passengers

Yonphula airport is the only in the country that allow oneway landing and takeoff

Described as one of the most challenging airports in the world, the Yonphula domestic airport in Kanglung, Trashigang is witnessing an increasing number of passengers lately. Many people availing the service were frustrated following numerous last minute cancellations due to unfavourable weather conditions since the airport reopened in November last …

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Good mandarin yield but inferior quality 

In the last two weeks at least 24MT of mandarin has been auctioned

It is yet again the season for mandarin and farmers are busy plucking, packing and transporting the cash crop. The area in front of the Food Corporation of Bhutan auction yard in Gelephu has turned orange as it readies for auction. Farmers say the yield is better than last year …

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Cardamom export to India comes to a complete halt

A worker at a cardamom depot in Phuentsholing

Cardamom export to India has come to a complete halt since November 28. Cardamom was still traded informally but the customs office across the border has now stopped the Bhutanese spice from getting through without the prerequisite documents. Export of cardamom has been affected ever since the Indian Goods and …

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Brick import hitting hard on local producers

Imported bricks are being used in the construction of the extended Thimphu TechPark building

Local brick producers are concernsed about the sustainability of their enterprises if the import of building blocks and bricks from India continues. The import of concrete blocks and bricks for construction of public infrastructure has continued despite a standing government order that requires government agencies and public corporations to use locally produced blocks.

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ADB provides USD 35M in grant for two projects

Finance minister Namgay Tshering and ADB’s Country Director Kanokpan Lao-Araya sign the agreements.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a grant of USD 35M for health sector development and expanding technical and vocational education system in the country. The grant agreements were signed between the finance minister and ADB’s Country Director yesterday. The grant of USD 20M will be used for health …

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DNT to elect new party president 

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) wants its terms of reference finalised for its party president to follow before electing a new president. The party has said that handing over the post to a new president will enable the current party president and Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering, to focus on …

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