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Illegal occupancy in Merak

Land: When herders of Chebling in Merak started replacing their bamboo roofs with CGI sheets, eyebrows were raised on whether the nomads were building permanent structures in tsamdros (pastureland). After an inspection by officials from the dzongkhag land record office, it was found that the brokpas had indeed built permanent …

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Mistrust between govt. and private sector: MoEA minister

Bhutan slips one position on global competitiveness in 2015  WEF Report: Bhutan ranks 103rd among 147 economies in the global competitiveness report, 2015, which measures how friendly a country is for doing business, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The country, weighed down by challenging economic conditions for the …

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The four-day annual tshechu of Ugyen Donga Chokhorling monastery at Yonphula,  Trashigang ended yesterday with the unfurling of Guru Tshengye’s Thongdrel Chenmo (eight manifestation of Guru Rinpoche).                                              

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Tingtibi bird festival in October

A feathered friends fest to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Occasion: In what may seem like a feast to birders within and outside the country, a three-day bird festival will be organised from October 29 in Tingtibi, Zhemgang. Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation …

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Most companies fail to measure up

Less than 1 out of 3 of the concerns the MoL assessed met health and safety standards OHS: Of the 37 companies across the country that the labour ministry assessed this month for occupational health and safety (OHS) standards, only 10 were found adopting good practices in line with the …

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New road for Haaps

Road: Haa dzongkhag will be better connected and distance shortened with a new proposal to take a bifurcation towards Haa from the ongoing Damchu-Chukha bypass. Prime Minister Thsering Tobgay informed the people of Eusu and Sammar, on Friday, about the government’s plan to construct the 13.1km road that cross the …

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Bhutan contributes USD 1M to Nepal

The medical team will be operating in Lamjung, the epicentre of the quake Relief: Bhutan has contributed Nu 63M (million) or USD 1M to Nepal for rehabilitation efforts following the April 25 earthquake. This is the first time Bhutan has assisted another country with such a significant amount. Prime Minister …

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ACC freezes family accounts

One customs inspector, three non-Bhutanese still in detention Corruption: In the ongoing investigation on entrenched corruption in the fraudulent export and import businesses in Phuentsholing, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday froze seven saving accounts belonging to three family members and their business firm against any outgoing transactions. The commission …

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Eight men, including five civil servants and three private individuals, were awarded the prestigious Nehru-Wangchuck Scholarship to pursue postgraduate and diploma studies at some of the premier seats of learning in India. They will be studying M. Tech in civil and construction engineering, MBA, and hospitality and hotel management. The …

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Police crack taxi driver murder case

A suspect and a witness have been detained, while a second suspect is still at large Crime: Police have arrested a suspect and detained an eyewitness in connection to the murder of a 50-year-old taxi driver, whose body was found above Babesa zero point in Thimphu on April 21. The …

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