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  • Millions of INR lost to money laundering

    ACC: The Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) measures to curb the outflow of INR (Indian Rupee) since 2011 has resulted in both Bhutanese and non-Bhutanese resorting to avail INR by faking imports of zero tax commodities, manipulation of imports, illegal transaction of currency and using ATM cards.

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Major events for 6oth Birth Anniversary celebrations

Assembly: As part of the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, 100 people will plant 50,000 tree saplings in an hour, below Kuenselphodrang on June 2 to beat the current world record of 40,885 trees planted in Assam, India.

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Samtse court dismisses PCAL’s petition against Kuensel

Defamation: The Samtse district court yesterday dismissed the petition that Penden Cement Authority limited (PCAL) had filed for defamation against Kuensel on two grounds. A court official, over the telephone last evening, said that a case was already registered at the competent court in Kolkata, India on the issue related ...

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Bodies of two accident victims yet to be recovered

Update: The search for two missing bodies of a five-year-old girl and a 35 year-old man, who died in the bolero accident, was called off two days after the accident. The 35-year-old is the Trashigang nyagoe, Kezang Wangchuk.  Although police had planned to carry out another search from Riju to ...

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Community forest handed back

Dzongkhag forest officials take over the CF

Dado goempa becomes the first to hand back the CF to the department of forest Punakha: Almost seven years after taking over a community forest (CF), the Dado goempa community forest group in Shengana gewog, Punakha officially handed back the CF to the department of forest on May 18. Punakha’s ...

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Trongsa farmers unable to meet MHPA vegetable demand

A truck carrying imported vegetables reach Langthel, Trongsa

As a result almost all of its needs are met through imports from India Agriculture: With vegetable production in Trongsa unable to meet the demand, Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHPA) meets almost 97 percent of its vegetable requirement through imports. The project requires 1,567MT (metric tonnes) of vegetables every year, ...

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Council moots master plan for tourism

Most stakeholders feel a liberalisation of the sector will lead to equitable distribution of benefits Tourism: Talks on whether tourism should be liberalised or not have come up again.  This time it came up after the National Council’s economic affairs committee held several meetings with various tourism agencies last month. ...

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Much to mull over public debt management

Deliberation: Should the country prosper, governments will have to avail loans even if public debt accumulated over the years seem alarming. This was what both the former and current ministers said, during a daylong deliberation on the Royal Audit Authority’s report on public debt management. However a debt management policy ...

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Sanam Tshongkhang opens in Sephu

Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji inaugurates the Gewog Banking Service centre

Farm Road: To facilitate better market access to farmers and improve the quality of farm inputs including shortage of farm labour, agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji, inaugurated the first “Farm Shop/Sanam Tshongkhang” at Sephu gewog in Wangduephodrang on May 17. According to a press release from the ministry, the “semi business ...

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17-year-old nabbed for string of burglaries

Crime: Sarpang police last week caught a 17-year old boy in connection with a series of burglaries in Saprang and Thimphu. The police managed to track him down after he broke into seven houses in Sarpang Tar and one in Hilay. According to police, the boy was looking for cash ...

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Search continues for missing bodies

Villagers look out for the bodies along Drangmechu

Update: Despite a rigorous search along the river Gamri and Drangmechu by a team comprising of policemen and volunteers yesterday, the two missing bodies of a five year-old girl and a 35 year-old driver of the Riju accident, were not recovered. The search began from Riju until Rolong while villagers ...

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Put climate change assessments into action: PM

PM meets the participants at the Climate Change Dialogue

Dialogue: It is time Bhutan started translating assessments and studies done so far on combating climate change into action, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. He said there are already numerous assessments within sectors that point towards strategies and policies for clean and green socio-economic development in Bhutan. Lyonchoen called for ...

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My Country, My Town

  • 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