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AusAid scholarships to drop

The Australian government is reviewing its scholarships following a budget deficit 

Education: While results of this year’s Australian development scholarships (AusAid) could be declared anytime soon, there could be a drop in the number of scholarships in the next two years.

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Gearing for thromde elections

ELection: As thromde elections close in, Trashigang is steadily progressing towards the 2016 deadline. With the boundary delimitation for Trashigang complete and the six constituencies approved, the dzongkhag election office is currently in the process of preparing the electoral roll for eligible voters.

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Telecom towers to be shared

ICT: In a move to bring down costs and encourage more services like private radio stations to expand coverage beyond Thimphu city, the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) will liberalise the use of infrastructure, like towers, from next month.

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Cautionary note miscommunicated

Safety: An e-mail content that has gone viral in social networking site Facebook, cautioning people not to visit Jaigaon until August 17 unless it was an emergency was a miscommunication, officials in Phuentsholing clarified.

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ACC releases former customs director, detains three more

Update: While the former revenue and customs director Choyzang Tashi, was released on August 10 after three weeks of detention, three more persons are reportedly under detention in connection with the Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) ongoing investigation in Phuentsholing.

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252 students graduate from RIM

Education: A total of 252 graduates including 32 in three masters courses received their certificates at the 19th convocation ceremony from the Chancellor of University of Canberra Dr Tom Calma AO on August 10.

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Youth discuss civic engagement

IYD: More than 160 youth and representatives from various agencies celebrated the International Youth Day at Harmony, the centenary youth village in Thimphu yesterday. A lengthy discussion on Youth Civic Engagement ensued. The mentality and mindset of people in the community towards volunteerism and civic engagement is the biggest challenge …

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ACC asks OAG to justify change on grounds for appeal

No information was shared with ACC on why the abuse of function against former minister isn’t being pursued

Update: Even as court proceedings for three appeal cases are ongoing at the High Court, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has written to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to justify why it isn’t pursuing the case of the former minister awarding the works to saw timber.

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