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Prime Minister leaves for USA today

Visit: Prime minister Tshering Tobgay leaves the country today for a nine-day visit to the United States of America (USA). Lyonchoen will be in the USA to raise awareness for the Bhutan for Life initiative. The initiative is a funding approach created by the agriculture ministry and the World Wide …

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Data literacy for better planning

Its absence has caused unrealistic targets to be set for the annual performance agreement NSB: Lack of evidence-based data, its storage and ad hoc usage for planning developmental activities has muddled planning in setting targets for the annual performance agreement. This issue was raised in most of the mid-year reviews …

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New MoU fails to clear muddied waters

Students are no less confused by fresh agreement between college and consultancy Education: Confusion among the 195 Bhutanese students studying at the Indo Asian Academy is yet to be resolved. In an attempt to clear the confusion, a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) was drawn between Careerinfo Bhutan, a consultancy …

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132 years sentence for real estate developer

However, a fine of Nu 5.973 million in lieu of the imprisonment term was allowed Fraud: The Thimphu district court’s bench V yesterday convicted and sentenced a 40-year old real estate developer to 132 years and nine months in prison for committing various offenses, including tax evasion, fraudulent insolvency, forgery …

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Sipsu gewogs chip in for outpatient department

GDG: Five gewogs of Sipsu dungkhag in Samtse contributed a total of Nu 1.5M (million) from their gewog development grant (GDG) for the construction of an outpatient department in the dungkhag. The building that will have seven rooms is expected to ease the shortage of patient beds at the hospital …

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Home ministry could ban sale of knives to youth

But it will depend on a strong link being found between possession and use in violent crime Law and Order: The home ministry is leaning towards banning sale of knives for youth under 18, as proposed by the police. But on imposing a time curfew that would restrict youth from …

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The labyrinth of copyright litigation

All too often, the burden of evidence falls on the victim of the intellectual property theft Crime: Producer of animation film Ap Bokto, Karma Dhendup, is hunting for evidence to register a case with the police after the film, popular with children, was leaked about a month ago. It is …

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Lapon denies embezzlement, admits tampering with witnesses

LHAKHANG KARPO: Of the two charges the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) framed against the site supervisor (lapon) of the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project, Lhab Dorji denied embezzling Nu 126,305 for 19 labourers. Rebutting the charges, lapon Lhab Dorji submitted at the Haa district court that he issued receipts …

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Nu 508 million remitted in 2014

Remittence: There was a small but increasing flow of remittances to Bhutan from Bhutanese working abroad, particularly in the US and Australia. Non-resident Bhutanese remitted various currencies worth Nu 508 million (M) from January to December, 2014, according to the Royal Monetary Authority’s monthly bulletin of February. This was an …

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