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    Seized goods auction gets Nu 6.66 million

    Update: Of the grocery items worth more than Nu 13.548 million that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) seized from four business enterprises in Phuentsholing, only worth Nu 6.66 million were auctioned yesterday.

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Night duty allowance for nurses

Given the high attrition rate in the profession, there’s a need for an incentive

Nursing: To retain and make an enabling environment for nurses in the country, the government will explore possibilities of providing nurses with night duty allowances, the prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, said during the question hour session of the National Assembly yesterday.

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Lagthram issue thaws development freeze

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This means that house constructions, inter alia, can take off after a long dormant spell

Construction: Developmental activities in six constituencies of Samgdrupjongkhar thromde can start with 200 lagthrams (landownership certificate) issued recently.

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Minister quizzed on east-west highway issues

Assembly: Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden informed National Assembly members that, of the total of 49 households on the Semtokha-Dochula stretch that were affected while widening the road, 47 were provided cash compensation for land, and two were to be given land substitute.

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Valuing Bhutan’s natural capital

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class="p1">Resource: To educate people on the importance of valuing natural resources and tap into its capital, a four-day training on “Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach and InVEST” (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) concluded in Paro yesterday.

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Man sentenced for sex act video

Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday sentenced a 31-year-old man to a year and a half in prison for making a video of him having sexual intercourse with a 24-year old woman in Gelephu in February this year.

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Not seeing aye to aye

NC and NA remain at odds on whether commissioners/constitutional post holders need first to resign from civil service

Amendment: The National Council did not accept the amendment that commissioners and members of constitutional offices need not resign from the civil service on their appointment, as endorsed by the Assembly to the Entitlement and Service Conditions Act for the holders, members and commissioners of the constitutional office of Bhutan (amendment) bill 2014.

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Passing the buck on a pledge?

Govt. says it awaits pvt. sector proposal so as to set up three new colleges in the east

Education: Establishing three new colleges in the east would not be possible in a short period of time, but upgrading the existing ones would address immediate issues, home minister Damcho Dorji said at the Assembly’s question hour session yesterday.

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Diversifying and reforming subjects

Education: In a move towards preparing students better in classrooms, so that they are exposed to varied fields of study, the department of curriculum, research and development (DCRD) is working on diversifying subjects that are taught in schools.

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Widow awaits compensation

Her husband, a municipal worker, died at the work site due to a collapsed wall on April 1

Accident: On April 1 Man Maya Rai, 74, lost her husband when a wall collapsed on him as he was cleaning a drain by the roadside.

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Gamrichu gorges on paddy fields

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What the river gives with one hand (irrigation), it takes away with the other (erosion)

Disaster: When do farmers not welcome monsoon?  Ask the rice-growing farmers of Buna in Trashigang.

The much-needed rains are on its way, but farmers are worried, lest it might take another portion of their paddy fields.  For the last many years, some 27 households of Buna had been literally witnessing

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My Country, My Town

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  • Curious shoppers: Even the bovine finds shops worth a visit. Photo by Tashi Dawa, BNB, Tingtibi
  • Off road: A milestone makes for a handy peg to which cattle may be tethered as they graze Photo by Tashi Dawa, BNBL, Tingtibi
  • For convenience’s sake: What may seem like a case of gilding the lily is actually pretty darn useful Photo by Pashupati Diyali
  • In lieu of alarm clocks: Three roosters willing and able to wake up the neighbourhood faithfully at dawn Photo by Ugyen Tshering
  • Amateur plumbing: Curious how a tap and some DIY ingenuity can add dignity to a bathroom Photo by Bidur Rai, Mountain hazelnut, Riserbu
  • Beat that, black-necked cranes! Is what this pair of cavorting goats might tell those famous birds Photo by Karma Tshering, Phuentshogling
  • Not gone but all but forgotten: Snail mail is due a comeback with the new address system in place Photo by Choidup Zangpo, MoAF, Thimphu
  • Stairwell in lieu of a shed: The housing crunch would appear to extend to the cattle population as well. Photo by Melam Dorji, Gaeddu college (BBA- final year)
  • A new leaf from an old book: Wall painting of campus done in traditional style seen in temples Photo by Tempa Rabgay, Mountain Hazelnut, Mongar