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Project manager pleads not guilty

Lhakhang Karpo: The project manager of Lhakhang Karpo conservation project, Wangchuk Tshering, pleaded not guilty, saying the fund that he is charged with having embezzled was utilised legally. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has accused him with two embezzlement charges, involving sums of Nu 74,985 and Nu 55,380, …

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Civil servants’ performance to be measured from next FY

APA: Performance agreement deliberations for the new fiscal would begin soon with the deadline to submit the annual performance agreements ending on March 8 for central agencies. The annual performance agreements (APA) enter the implementation phase, after the completion of the pilot phase at the end of this budget year …

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Man sentenced for sangdha killing incident

Verdict: Dagana district court last week sentenced a 29-year-old man from Larja gewog in Dagana to six months imprisonment for placing a sangdha (trap arrow) that killed a 40-year-old man. The court also ordered Janga Bahadur Gurung to pay Nu 300,000 as compensation to the deceased’s family. According to the …

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From mountains to Times Square and back

Five RTC students and a teacher return from an educational trip of a lifetime Education: Sangay Tshering, a final year B.Com. (Accountancy) student of Royal Thimphu College (RTC), his friends and a teacher, six in all, are in Delhi to process their visas to go to Wheaton College in Massachusetts, …

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Users of mobile and broadband internet increase

Report: Bhutan has exceeded the mobile broadband internet penetration rate for developing countries, it is revealed in the latest annual information and communications statistical report released by the government. Mobile broadband, categorised as 3G (third generation) or 4G connections, saw subscriptions increase by 83 percent, last year. This increase follows …

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Foreign coach lifts spirits of newly promoted team

An Italian is the first outsider to train a Thimphu “A” division side Football: Thimphu FC is taking the Thimphu “A” division football league, which is just around the corner, seriously. The club has a new owner and hired a former Italian football league coach, Fabio Lopez, the first international …

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Layaps have come a long way

Not just in distance, but thanks to income from cordyceps collection, in lifestyle as well COVER STORY: Wangmo, 58, a highlander from Thangzo, Laya was in Punaka to attend the three-day Punakha tsechu that concluded last week.  She comes to Punakha every winter.  This time, she was with her mother …

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Carrying a weapon is a sign of weakness

Whenever I meet lama in town at night, lama always told me not to carry a knife and to take it home. But I feel safer with a weapon. It gives me a feeling of strength. Please advise me more. Rigzin, Thimphu       YOUTH IN FOCUS: Well, Rigzin, …

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Choe lhag ni: Why do we recite scriptures

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: The recitation of Buddhist sutras is a very ancient tradition. After the Buddha passed away, his teachings were passed down orally for about three centuries. The master would recite and transmit the teachings to the disciple who will memorise, recite and pass it down …

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The winter descent

Zam is from Lungu in Laya.  She is 28.  She has been in Punakha for more than a month.  Today, Zam and family are preparing to go back. Zam, a mother of two school-going children, comes down to Gasa and Punakha every year with her husband and children.  While in …

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