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The noisy bridge of Thungdi

DoR: Villagers located around the Thungdi bailey bridge on the way to Ranjung can count the number of vehicles crossing the bridge without being near it. The rattling sound from the loose steel deck of the bridge is so loud that villagers say when they cannot sleep at night; they …

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Sipa-Chi-Dhoe attracts hundreds of devotees

Religion: Hundreds of devotees throng every day at Thangzana ground, next to Puna Dewachhenpoi Phodrang Dzong, to offer tshog (feast offerings), druna (grains) and Nyendar (cash) to cleanse their defilements and protect them from bad omen. His Holiness the Je Khenpo along with more than 500 monks from 20 rabdeys …

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State Mining Corporation takes off

With five stone quarries to begin with Resources: The last day of the year marked a milestone event in the mining sector with economic affairs ministry formally handing over  the State Mining Corporation (SMC) and the company’s incorporation certificate to the Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), yesterday. The corporation, like …

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2014: Journey comes full circle

COVER STORY: 12 best of the year January 11: Lauri students labour for learning   Children and youth in the capital are kept engaged during their vacation with different activities ranging from learning how to paint to dance to music lessons. The choices are in abundance for them and they …

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Number of flights to be capped

The Paro international airport is getting too congested Aviation: Given its inability to expand the Paro international airport apron, the department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is considering limiting Drukair and Tashi Air flights. The apron is where aircraft are parked and unloaded or loaded. The current capacity of five aircraft …

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Teacher gets 11 years for rape of a minor

Crime: Thimphu district court’s bench V sentenced a teacher of a private school in Thimphu to 11 years in prison for rape of a 16-year-old girl. The defendant, Hari Bhakta Sharma, was found guilty of having sexual relationship with a student of the school. The court, in its verdict stated …

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Tour guides in excess

And a majority of them lack professionalism which impacts service delivery Tourism: An increase in tourist arrivals has not translated in gainful employment of tour guides despite their number doubling in the last five years. There are today 2,418 guides in the country. Records with Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) …

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Border town strikes sour mandarin export

Since November, more than 50 truckloads of mandarin have been exported Export: The two-day strike, which begins today in Bangladesh soon after a strike was called off in the Indian border town of Assam, has left Bhutanese mandarin exporters worried. With the peak mandarin export season on from January, exporters …

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Ensuring food safety through GAP

Adoption of GAP will reduce barriers to trade Food safety: By early 2016, Bhutan will complete most of the formalities to adopt Good Agriculture Practices (GAP), a pre-requisite for procurement of food to ensure quality and safety in international markets. This was one of the outcomes of the daylong workshop …

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NLCS issue Zhemgang and Gelephu thrams

Land: Landowners of Zhemgang and Gelephu thromde could collect their new lag thrams from the dzongkhag they reside in provided they cleared all taxes, National Land Commission Secretariat (NLCS) officials said. Handing over thrams to Zhemgang dzongda and Gelephu thromde’s executive secretary yesterday morning, NLCS secretary Pema Chewang urged the …

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Villagers refuse to vacate government land

Gewogs will start assessing the cases of illegal constructions from today Land: Gewogs including Chumey, Ura and Chokhor in Bumthang are yet to submit a report on if people who had earlier encroached on government land by fencing, cultivation and construction of houses have been corrected. During the dzongkhag tshogdu …

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We have a long journey to go- ACC Chair

The commission celebrated its 9th foundation day yesterday Corruption: Nine years ago, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) was established with four people under a royal decree. ACC chairperson Dasho Neten Zangmo and her three colleagues were not sure what they were supposed to do. Today, the commission has come a …

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Preventing mistakes, minimising risks

Charter and ethics code launched for internal auditors Audit: The new charter and code of ethics, for internal auditors, launched yesterday, is expected to revamp internal auditors’ role in curbing corruption in the civil service and realise good governance. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay launching the two documents, said, “Good governance …

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