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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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Bhutan4Nepal: Students and staff of Sersang Primary School and Sersang Playgroup in Thimphu donate 130 blankets, 270 children’s jackets and 76 pairs of trousers for children in Nepal affected by the recent earthquake     

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An industry in the doldrums

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A film in these economic slowdown days is deemed a success if it just about breaks even MOVIES: Norling Drayang produced its first blockbuster film Jigdrel in 1998.  That was also the year when only one Bhutanese film was made. Producer Ugyen Dorji recalls how a simple film with an ...

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Kagyur

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Kagyur is the most important canonical collection in Himalayan Buddhism. It literally means the translation of the pronouncements or words, i.e. the teachings of the Buddha including both the historical Buddha and other Buddhas featured in Buddhist scriptures.

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Addiction is a Relapsable Disease

YOUTH IN FOCUS: My brother went to rehab about a year ago. After discharge, he did ok for a while, but about two months ago he started hanging out with his old friends and is now using again. My parents have totally given up on him now.  What can I ...

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A small member of a big film crew

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PROFILE: It is Sunday and the sky is grey, pregnant with rain.  In a two-storey traditional house in Motithang, crew-members working with film director Tshering Wangyel are enjoying their free time before the next shot. The small man, Azha Namgay, 59, who is loved by all, is there too. Azha ...

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Are E-cars really environment-friendly?

Considering the CDM benefit analysis, environmental friendliness of e-car comes under the scrutiny E-cars: While the issue is already under the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) scanner, findings from a study seems to have whitewashed the underlying intentions of promoting electric vehicles-zero emission and curbing the fuel imports. Although the country has ...

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Four new Prados for ministerial pool

The govt.’s recent order comes with a price tag of Nu 3 million each Perks: The State Trading Corporation of Bhutan Limited (STCBL) recently delivered a fresh consignment of four Toyota Land Cruiser (Prados) registered with the government. Although corporation officials didn’t comment whether the vehicles were ministers’ pool vehicles, ...

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Gender gap in social security

Women are less likely to receive a pension in old age and, if when they do, they get less UN Report: The country may boast of better gender equality, but when it comes to social protection, Bhutan is no exception, with women having less access to social security, like retirement ...

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His Majesty The King granted dhar to the newly elected gup of Mongar gewog, Rinzin. Gup Rinzin was elected during the second bye-election. Elections were held after the post became vacant due to the demise of the incumbent gup in January.    

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DNT urges Parliament to prioritise employment

The party believes the govt. should develop a long-term strategy to deal with the issue Jobs: In the wake of growing unemployment, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has urged the upcoming parliament session to formulate resolutions that will address the problem in a sustainable way. “It’s time to keep our ...

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A week-long recitation of tshigduen seldep seven-line prayer, an invocation of Guru Rinpoche is being conducted at the Thimphu Memorial Choeten. Organised by Tshokey Dorji Foundation, the prayer that is recited by 85 monks from Kharchu drastang in Bumthang is dedicated for the well-being of His Majesty the fourth Druk ...

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A league round up

Tertons lead the table Football: With six wins from seven games, FC Terton entered the second round of the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League with a commanding 18 points lead at the top of the table. All seven participating teams have completed the first six games in the tournament. FC Terton, ...

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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