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LG given budgetary flexibility in 12th Plan 

Local governments will be able to exercise greater flexibility in planning, budgeting and release of money from this year, according to the recently endorsed 12th Plan. This means that gewog administrations will not have to hold budget discussions with Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Gross National Happiness Commission annually. …

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HC orders JPLP owner to pay Nu 126.879M for tax evasion 

The High Court at the Ludrong Supreme Court complex

The High Court’s bench III yesterday ordered Jatan Lal Prasad, the owner of Jatan Prasad Lal Prasad (JPLP) enterprise in Phuentsholing to pay Nu 126.897 million (M) for tax evasion between 2011 and 2014. He also has to serve five years in prison, which is non-compoundable. The judgment stated that …

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Picture story

Devotees, who are receiving the empowerment of the Nyingma Gyubum or the canonical collection of esoteric tantric texts from His Eminence Drupwang Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche, take a break to visit and circumambulate the Desheg Choeten Gye or the eight stupas of Lord Buddha in Sershong, Gelephu. 

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A country boy of Sha Khothakha

Kinley Gyeltshen, 28, is the first to liquidate his PSL loan with BNB

Two days ago, a 28-year-old Kinley Gyeltshen walked out of Bhutan National Bank branch office in Wangduephodrang, contented and relieved. He had just liquidated his Nu 500,000 loan he availed in March last year from the bank. Kinley Gyeltshen was the first recipient of loan under the Priority Sector Lending …

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BAFRA seizes 11MT of banned vegetables since July 2016

Chilies seized by BAFRA in Phuentsholing

As the organic winter chilies from the fields hit the market, its high price has also attracted import of illegal chilies from across the border. Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) in Phuentsholing have been seizing imported chilies almost everyday. The authority on January 22 seized 684 kilograms of chilies- …

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The strongest and the fastest at the foothills festival 

Pelden Wangchuk was leading the race until the gate of the festival

Amid the crowd cheering, a dozen women struggle to rise from the Gelephu Higher Secondary School ground, carrying bundles of firewood. They look at each other and make several attempts before a sturdy woman from Samtenling gewog rises and runs to the other task. The women, one each from the …

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MHPA readies to be commissioned

The 720MW Mangdechhu Hydropower Project draws an inch closer to being commissioned. The damn’s diversion tunnel, which was used to divert the river during the construction of the dam, will be plugged tomorrow. This means that the dam is ready to store water; reservoir filling will begin by lowering the …

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Runaway prisoners arrested in Arong

The police on Monday apprehended the two inmates who escaped from Lungzor prison in Trashigang on the night of January 23. They were caught at Arong in Samdrupjongkhar. According to Trashigang police, at around 8pm the division received tipoff about two suspicious people travelling in a jumbo truck towards Narphung …

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Bhutan moves a rank up in Corruption Perceptions Index

Bhutan has moved to the 25th place in the Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2018, a notch up from the 26th place in the previous year. The country has climbed up the CPI ladder despite the TI stating that the Asia Pacific region is stagnating in the …

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BIABPO targets 3,000 jobs by 2023

To attract jobs related to Information and Technology enabled services, Bhutan Industry Association for Business Process Outsourcing (BIABPO) was launched in Thimphu TechPark yesterday. Business Process Outsourcing is a method of subcontracting various office operations to third party vendors. Executive director of BIABPO, Kesang, said that 21 founding members were …

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Study finds poor hand hygiene compliance at JDWNRH’s wards

A study found that healthcare workers at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National (JDWNRH) had only moderate-level knowledge about hand hygiene. The observational cross-sectional study carried out by Zimba Letho, the hospital’s clinical nurse, found that about 24 percent of the healthcare workers had high-level hand hygiene knowledge. Those with low level …

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Celebrating diversity at the Foothills Festival

The festival has encouraged farmers to grow vegetables on a large scale in Sarpang

The last few days have been hectic for Choki Dema from remote Singye gewog in Sarpang. The Sangaythang chiwog tshogpa not only harvested what she had in her garden but also went around collecting vegetables from other villagers. Selling the goods at the Foothills Festival in Gelephu Higher Secondary School ground yesterday …

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