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Four men sentenced in 2016 kidnapping case

Thimphu dzongkhag court sentenced four non –Bhutanese men, who were charged for kidnapping three Bhutanese from Gelephu in February 2016 to 23 years and six months each on December 28. The men Birmal Basumatari, 29, Dilip Basumatari, 29, Jiwan Basumatari, 32, and Phakhan Narzari, 28, are from the neighbouring state of Chirang district, …

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BICMA extends digital switch deadline to February

The analogue TV signal was not shut down as decided on January 1. This is because Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) on December 31 decided to extend the deadline for the switch by a month on the request of the information and communications ministry. BICMA’s directive on December 31 …

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Doing away with voucher tax to come with major tax reform

Finance minister Namgay Tshering

The government’s pledge to do away with five percent voucher tax will come under a package with major tax reforms, the finance minister said at a press meet yesterday. Lyonpo Namgay Tshering said the issue was already discussed and the government is taking it seriously because this was not only DNT’s pledge …

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Water shortage in Kanglung expected to end by July

Construction of water treatment plant is underway in Shingchen Goenpa, Kanglung 

Residents of Kanglung gewog in Trashigang have been grappling with drinking water shortage, especially during the winter months for many years. Some residents say that with increasing population in the gewog, water sources have been divided among multiple users. However, with the completion of a new water supply system for …

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Commercial chilli cultivation picks up in Karmaling

Winter is the time for a couple to earn some money in remote Karmaling gewog of Lhamoizingkha. Thinley Wangchuk had gone around the village two days ago and listed names of people who want to buy chillies. He then harvested the chillies, carried them in a bamboo basket and delivered …

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About 35 babies born on new year

About 35 babies will be born in Bhutan on New Year’s Day, according to the health ministry and UNICEF – five of them would be either preterm or low-birth weight. Only 40 percent of the babies are likely to survive, if special care and timely treatment are not provided, a …

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Vendors complaint ought to see the benefits: Agriculture Minister

Agriculture minister at the Friday meet held on December 28 shared concerns about the Centenary Farmers’ Market (CFM) vendors trying to appeal to the prime minister for CFM management broad’s decision to increase the rental and store charges. CFM board with the aim to improve the facility in the market …

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BEO collected Nu 3.414M as visa fees and processing cost: ACC

Bhutan Employment Overseas (BEO) collected a total of Nu 3.414 million (M) from 511 students who were sent to Japan through the “learn and earn” programme as visa fees and processing cost, according to an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) report. Each student from three batches was charged Nu 6,682, which the …

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Picture story

Fifteen people from Bumthang, Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang, who are identified as community lead growers (CLG) attended a week-long training on the best practices in orchard care, management, hazelnut biology and their duties. Mountain Hazelnut, a foreign direct investment company, provided the training.

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Namchhu bridge connecting Dorokha and Haa collapses

The collapsed bridge over Namchhu

A 60ft bailey bridge over Namchhu in Samtse which connects Dorokha, Dumtey, and Haa, had collapsed after an overloaded truck ferrying bitumen was plying over it on the night of December 30. The bridge’s capacity was 8 metric tonnes (MT) but the truck of 12MT with another 12MT load was …

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CSOs and CBOs to focus on collaboration and knowledge sharing

The decline in the practice of rearing sheep in the highland community of Merak and Sakteng in Trashigang, which is the essential source of wool to weave their traditional outfits, has led to the marked downfall in the production of the local textiles and costumes. Towards reviving and conserving the …

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Forest fire still raging in Bartsham, Trashigang

Steep and rocky terrain make it difficult for volunteers to contain the forest fire that has been raging in Bartsham, Trashigang since December 31

Parts of northern Trashigang and areas above Drangmechu remained under a blanket of smoke on New Year day following a forest fire in Muktangkhar in Bartsham. The fire that started towards the afternoon on December 31 has razed more than 100 acres of chirpine forest as of yesterday evening. Police, Desuups, forest …

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