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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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Bhutan jumps 46 places to reach 163 on FIFA ranking

Leap attributed to the recent victory over Sri-lanka Football: Bhutan is no more the lowest ranked footballing nation. After the memorable double victory in the two-legged encounter with Sri Lanka, Bhutan jumped 46 places from the bottom of the FIFA ranking to reach 163rd in the table. This is the ...

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PCAL in deep water?

In the recent past, Penden Cement Authority limited has seen a dip in its fortunes PCAL:The managing director of Penden Cement Authority limited (PCAL), (Dr) Jigme Singye, recently submitted his resignation to leave behind a company that’s beset by problems lately. The managing director didn’t comment on his resignation.

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Uncorroborated testimonies before the court

Update: The four former members of the tender committee for the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project were not on the same page, when the Haa district court conducted a cross-examination hearing yesterday. Of the four, the former dzongkhag engineer (DE), Lhabchu, and project engineer, Tashi Gyeltshen, submitted that they informed the ...

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Construction sector still the largest borrower

Borrowings by private sector form 90 percent of the total lending by financial institutions Loan: The construction sector continued to take the largest share of total loans from financial institutions last year followed by personal loans. Loans taken by the construction sector constituted 25 percent of the total credit disbursed ...

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Students accuse consultancy firm of deception and fraud

Of the five the consultancy sent to Lithuania, only one stayed back  Education: Students, who left in September last year to study in Lithuania through a local education consultancy firm, have returned home after a semester, unable to sustain themselves. They said that they could not find part time work ...

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998 projects approved so far …

… of which only 173 are currently operational on the ground BOiC: The Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) has so far approved 998 projects amounting to more than Nu 250M (million) from the two revolving funds instituted under the economic stimulus plan. Under its revolving fund-I (RF-I), devised to ...

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Parents convince authority to reopen ECR

Villagers felt cheated, while officials say it was a case of miscommunication  Education: Orong lower secondary school (OLSS) is about a four-hour walk from Philuma village.  When a plan to upgrade the school to a central school was sounded off to parents, they readily agreed with authorities to close down ...

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Vehicle imports increase by 2.9 percent

Vehicle: Three months into 2015, and the number of vehicles imported into Bhutan this year has already exceeded last year’s growth amount of 2.5 percent. As of March end, there was 2,079 more vehicles in the country, representing a 2.9 percent increase. The total number of vehicles in the country ...

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Trashigang-Yadhi highway widening begins next month

Now that the DoR has completed the survey, Project DANTAK will take over the construction work Road: Widening work on the 49km Trashigang-Yadhi highway is slated to start by next month with survey work now completed. The highway is a part of the ongoing northern east-west highway widening project, which, ...

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  • The new dispensation

    It was busy yesterday (Friday), with Thimphu residents engaging in another round of exchange of goodwill and offering of khadars, as a new group of officers take up important posts in the government and constitutional offices.

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  • Waifs but well fed ones: Either these pups have a guardian angel or there’s a butcher nearby Photo by Yash Wangchuk, Gelephu
  • From wheel to wall: A bicycle ringer finds a more static use in the form of a makeshift doorbell Photo by Bidur Rai, Mountain Hazelnut, Risrrbu, Wamrong
  • Shooting the messenger: An electric fence and a signboard mutilated by those shocked by the former Photo by Janga Bdr MoAF, Yusipang, Thimphu
  • The old and the mule: Both the taxi and the ass do not belong any longer on the road Photo by Arjun Subba, Kheyrig Institute