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Police detain two in Thimphu over drug offences

Crime: Thimphu police arrested a 24-year-old man from Changzamtog for possession of dried marijuana leaves yesterday. Police said the man, who also tested positive for drugs, confessed that he brought the marijuana from Phuentsholing.  Along with him, three acquaintances were also tested for drugs, but were found negative.

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The ‘Black Horse’ of Bhutanese football

The once striker of the national team reminisces about his heydays Profile: Friday, 4:30pm: Two Indian men walk out of an office in Changangkha in Thimphu.  Inside the room, Goutam Mukherjee, CEO of KCR private limited, is silhouetted blackness.  He looks tired.  His personal secretary is seated next to him …

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DPT seeks to withdraw libel case

The party says it wishes to do so ‘in the larger interest of the nation’ Legal: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa submitted its intention to withdraw the libel case it filed against Dasho Paljor J Dorji alias Dasho Benji, in the larger interest of the nation, to Thimphu district court’s bench V, …

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1 out of 4 BFS transactions fail

The financial switch that allows ATM and PoS to function has a less than perfect record Banking: Almost a quarter of transactions made through Bhutan financial switch (BFS) in the last two years have been unsuccessful. BFS facilitates connectivity between the banks for customers to avail automated teller machine (ATM) …

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Promotions until P2 decentralised to agencies

The move is expected to allow the commission to focus on its core mandates RCSC: Come July, promotions from O4 to P2 will not have to come to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). This, the RCSC says will reduce administrative burden on the commission as human resource (HR) committees …

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Salami schools merge for safekeeping

Education: With the school’s structures prone to disaster, the lower Salami primary school (PS) in Tsirang was merged with the upper Salami PS last week. The lower Salami PS, which has 23 students from pre primary to class II, is now part of Salami PS, which opened in March 2012 …

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Picture story

Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, who is in Lucerne, Switzerland on the invitation of the World Tourism Forum delivered the keynote address at the opening of the forum on April 23.     

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RICBL completes insurance payments in nine districts

Claims for 873 houses across 11 districts have been estimated at about Nu 15 million  Windstorm:  Save for Tsirang and Dagana, the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) has completed paying rural insurance claims for all houses that reported minor to major damages from the April 4 windstorm. The windstorm, …

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Living under the shadow of floods and landslides

Villagers in Phongmey blame tree felling and overgrazing by ‘outsiders’ for their perennial plight Disaster: For years, people on the foothills of Karmagonpa and Gazarey in Phongmey gewog have been bearing the wrath of repeated landslides and floods. They claim it is because of felling of trees by Radhipas and …

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No taxi and bus fare revision: RSTA

But the laws of demand and supply have already forced fares down Fares: Despite a recent study finding that existing taxi and bus fares need to be decreased due to fuel price fluctuations in the past 16 months, there will be no revision. A recent assessment by the Ministry of …

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