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Urban tax revision under consideration

A move aimed at enabling class ‘A’ thromdes to be self-sustainable Township: To meet at least some portion of the current expenditure and enable class ‘A’ thromdes to be financially independent, a possibility of revising urban taxes is being looked into. A task force to review the 1992 taxation policy ...

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Bangkok referral fund ball in OAG court

The misappropriation first came to light in 2011 due to huge outstanding bills with some hospitals there Embezzlement: Following more than four years of investigation on the misappropriation of referral funds by the former head of chancery at the Bhutanese embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, the case is now with the ...

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Ambassadors present credentials to HM, call on PM

Diplomacy: The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Bhutan, Tomasz Łukaszuk and the Ambassador of Egypt to Bhutan, Hatem Elsayed Mohamed Tageldin presented credentials to His Majesty the King yesterday at the Tashichhodzong. His Majesty the King also granted an audience to the Ambassadors after the credentials ceremony. Later, ...

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Animated film producer files piracy police report

Ap Bokto, a full-length animation, has leaked through unauthorised sources Copyright: The producer and director of the first Bhutanese 3D animation film, Ap Bokto, filed a police complaint yesterday afternoon, after the animation film leaked more than a month ago. Athang Animation Studio produced the film, which took over two ...

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Picture story

Food Matters: Students of Gyalpoizhing Higher Secondary School in Mongar catch up over a meal of rice and chickpeas during their lunch break. Schools have however already complained that the centralsied procurement system has not helped them feed better meals to students.    

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Airlines, passengers affected by Kathmandu airport closure

Aviation: Almost 250 Drukair and Bhutan Air (Tashi Air) passengers were affected as a result of the closure of Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan international airport on Wednesday. The airport was closed after a Turkish Airlines aircraft, carrying 224 passengers, skidded off the runway on landing and ended up on the adjacent grass ...

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Land transfers can begin in Trashigang

Lagthram:  With the issuance of new lagthrams (land ownership certificate) to the remaining 10 gewogs in Trashigang, land transactions can now occur in the dzongkhag after being withheld for more than four years. The land records office issued 15,466 of 15,862 new lagthrams to landowners by mid-February. The pending 396 ...

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First Japanese grants for two Bhutanese NGOs

RENEW and Draktsho are the beneficiaries of this assistance for grassroots projects Contracts: Japan’s ambassador to Bhutan, Takeshi Yagi, signed grant contracts with two non-governmental organisations (NGO) in the country, RENEW and Draktsho, yesterday.  Both projects are under Japan’s grant assistance for grassroots projects (GGP), which provides funds for relatively ...

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Kumbu – the sacred cremation ground

Belief: The Kumbu cremation ground in Gangtey, Wangdue is considered one of the most sacred cremation grounds in the country. Locals say that, here, it is not necessary to clean the ashes after cremation. The ground cleans itself. Located at the base of a rocky hill called Kumbu Bja, the ...

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22 cows killed in gutted Tomla farmhouse

Fire: About 22 cows were killed, when a fire gutted the three-storied traditional house in Tomla village in Dangchu, Wangdue around 11:30pm on March 4. 25 cows were kept in the ground floor, and three managed to escape during the fire.  Eight were pregnant. A couple, 66-year old Wangdi and ...

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