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April 4 windstorm costs mount

Damage assessment from the field proves to be more than initial estimates  Disaster: Even as the assessment of damage caused by the April 4 windstorm to rural homes across 11 districts is not yet complete, preliminary estimates show that the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) is likely to bear ...

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Banks spot weighty profits, despite economic slow down

Banking: Despite the economic slow down, commercial banks in the country marked a significant growth in its profit last year on the back of credit growth. Between 2012 and 2013, due to credit restrictions and increasing bad loans, some local commercial banks recorded a significant drop in their earnings for ...

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Former Ura teacher to appeal

On grounds that all lesson plans, for which his promotion was withheld, were not submitted to authorities   Update:The former teacher of Ura middle secondary school (UMSS), Karma Tenzin will appeal to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and education ministry, after he found out that only 36 of the total 66 lesson ...

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School reports rash of chickenpox cases

Outbreak: Decheling Lower Secondary School (DLSS) reported 13 cases of chickenpox among students yesterday. The basic health unit (BHU) in Decheling has been getting a number of chickenpox cases among the students studying in the school since December last year. Until the first week of March, some 141 reported to ...

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Sephu sees a rural-urban migration reversal

Due largely, it would seem, to the boost in income from cordyceps collection Lifestyle: At a time when villages across the country are seeing an increasing number of people migrating to urban centres, Sephu gewog in Wangdue is seeing an increase in the number people wanting to settle in the ...

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Dreaming of Thromde: A Statutory Obligation!

This is prompted by a recent article in Kuensel titled “Self-Sustenance a Distant Dream for Thromdes” of April 2, 2015 and the BBS news interview with a Ministry of Works and Human Settlement specialist. Who can deny the wisdom in the sayings that a journey of a thousand miles begins ...

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Witness testimony at ‘duress and coercion’ hearing

Haa Lhankhangkarpo: In the ongoing Lhakhang Karpo case, the two witnesses, who were summoned to testify if the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) had taken their signatures and defendant’s statements under “duress and coercion”, said that they were not aware of such conditions. Kinzang Dorji from Thimphu, and Shashi Maya in ...

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Tackling the arrival logjam at Paro airport

A joint investigation team has come up with a list of recommendations  Aviation: As part of an effort to prevent long queues of arriving passengers forming at Paro international airport, an investigation team has recommended that airlines only accept passengers travelling with a passport and also comply with a requirement ...

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Initial audit unearths likely irregularities

Indications of misappropriation and embezzlement found in the accounts of both Dungsam Cement and Pemagatshel dzongkhag ACC/RAA: Finding indication of possible misappropriation and embezzlement amounting to the tune of Nu 13M (million) at the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL), the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) will continue to audit the country’s ...

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Defense counsel labels DPT case ‘cantankerous litigation’

 Libel:Dasho Paljor J Dorji’s defense counsel rebutted Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) evidence, and submitted his evidence to prove his client’s comment on Facebook to be true, yesterday. Submitting his evidence to Thimphu district court’s bench V, the defence counsel moved the court to declare DPT’s suit as cantankerous litigation.

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Prostitution racket busted in Phuentsholing

Crime: Prostitution is rampant in Phuentsholing, and those who run prostitution houses are mostly Indians from across the border. Eight Indians were arrested for prostitution-related cases in Phuentsholing.  Two prostitution promoters recently were granted bail of Nu 45,000. Two Indian sex workers are in custody still, and a Bhutanese man ...

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Collapsed wall investigation still ongoing

Fatality: April 1, Changzamtog, Thimphu.  A wall collapsed on seventy-three-year-old Amrit Bhadur Rai.  Hours later, at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Amrit, a municipal worker with Thimphu thromde, was declared dead. Amrit and his friends were cleaning the drain below the wall when part of the wall came crashing ...

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