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BAFRA seizes banned vegetables

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) in Phuentsholing intercepted five vehicles yesterday and seized banned vegetables at the Rinchending check post.

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War of words between NC Chairperson and OL over cut-off point

The issue of constitutionality of the government’s decision to do away with the cut-off point for Class X continues to be the subject of hot debate. National Council’s (NC) chairperson, Tashi Dorji, has accused the opposition party of trying to drag the House of Review into a political difference between the ruling and opposition parties.

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Golden jubilee celebrations wrap up

Golden Jubilee celebrations of Indo-Bhutan relations concluded with a grand finale yesterday in Thimphu

Coinciding with the day the Indo-Bhutan Treaty of 2007 was signed, the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Bhutan and India ended yesterday with as much grandeur as it began in January last year.

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Deferment of loan repayment not implemented yet

More than three weeks after labour minister Ugyen Dorji announced that the government had decided to defer the loan repayment to help youth in Japan, the decision is not yet implemented. The Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL) is yet to receive the notification from the government to implement its decision …

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Woman sentenced to two months for threatening ACC official

Thimphu district court’s bench I on February 4 sentenced a 42-year-old woman from Phangyul, Wangduephodrang to two months for harassing and threatening an Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) investigating official. The court however, allowed Kezang Deki to pay thrimthue in lieu of imprisonment as per the Penal Code of Bhutan. Section 13 …

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Picture story

 Schools across the country reopened for the new academic session yesterday. This session will not have classes on Saturday and with the cut off point removed, a total of 12,033 students can now avail free education until class XII

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Sarpang encourages farmers to grow vegetables

Winter is the season of plenty for Lhadon in Chuzergang, Sarpang. She has enough vegetables for her family as well as for sale. The mother of three is the only farmer in Pangzur to cultivate vegetable on a large scale today. She carries vegetables on her back and visits every household in the locality.

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Cash transaction still preferred over digital

Although financial institutions offer electronic and other forms of payment services, people still preferred cash transaction, forming 63 percent of transaction volume in 2018. This is despite the value of banknotes and coins in circulation, as a percentage of GDP, has remained constant over the last three years.

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Of the year gone by

The dog’s done the barking and the new dawn is upon us. Looking back, what events and milestones marked 2018? As a small nation, diplomacy reigned supreme. Strong and sustained foreign relations and close interaction with immediate neighbours is the key to Bhutan’s success. Never has this been more relevant …

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What Female Earth Hog Year has in store?

The elderly and animals will enjoy good health. While men will enjoy a happier life than women in the female earth hog year, according to predictions by the College of Astrology in Pangrizampa, Thimphu. Sonam Rinchen, vice principal of Pangrizampa College of Astrology,  said the Hog year was auspicious for …

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A contest between change and continuity 

When Bhutan went to the polls the third time, it proved the political pundits wrong again. The year of the male earth dog, which ushered in the third round of parliamentary elections, revved the country to witness one of the dramatic spectacles of the nation, the elections. A contest between …

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