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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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Making good leaders of civil servants

RCSC: To motivate civil servants at the executive level, a training on leadership development skills will be conducted for them. This initiative comes under one of the reforms being undertaken by the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). Today, about 150 executives and specialists holding leadership positions in the civil service, ...

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RAA rakes up (pay) dirt in Samtse and Phuentsholing …

… and recovers (or is in the process of recovering) sums going into the millions Corruption: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has recovered about Nu 2.8M (million) from a local enterprise in Samtse in connection with the supply of inferior quality corrugated galvanised iron (CGI) sheets to the dzongkhag in ...

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Dungsam dream still doable

Despite initial expectations being belied, there’s optimism about the corporation’s future DDCL: More than three decades ago, a plan was conceived to start a mega cement plant in South East Bhutan.  It would enhance revenue for the government, develop a town in isolated Nganglam, and generate employment. Despite several bottlenecks, ...

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Picture story

Her Majesty Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck inaugurates the exhibition titled “Bhutan – Land Close to Heaven” at Naprstek Museum in Prague, the Czech Republic on April 16. The exhibition, organised by the Royal Textile Academy in partnership with the Czech National Museum, will be open till June. Her ...

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Teachers should behave as role models: Education minister

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Education minister, Mingbo Dukpa, recently visited the 24 pilot central schools across the country. Establishing central schools is part of the school reforms programme of the Bhutan Education Blueprint. But since it was piloted, it has received a lot of criticism. Kuensel’s Nirmala Pokhrel caught up with the minister after ...

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Online education loan application launched

Education: In what should aid class XII graduates with disadvantaged economic backgrounds looking to fund their tertiary education, an online loan application will become available from next month. This will allow students to apply for interest-free loans of up to Nu 300,000 per year from their place of residence or ...

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Illegal workers nabbed

Police are arresting illegal workers on an almost daily basis Immigration: Gelephu police arrested 15 people for working in the country without a permit, yesterday. The police have forwarded them to the immigration department. Finding and detaining illegal workers in Gelephu has become a daily occurrence. Those detained told police ...

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Instilling responsibility in tour guides and drivers

The conduct of guides and drivers can become a matter of concern for the entire industry Torusim: A hotelier in Gangtey, Phobjikha is considering court case after a driver allegedly misbehaved with the management and female staff of the hotel in front of the guests about a month ago. The ...

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Bhutan assigns more peacekeepers

UN: Bhutan has slightly increased its UN peacekeeping presence with another seven Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) officers being deployed to various UN peacekeeping missions. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met with the seven officers on Thursday. There are now 18 Bhutanese security forces personnel serving abroad in seven UN missions.

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U-14 national girls’ football team leaves for Nepal

The team will be participating in a regional championship Football: The under-14 national girls’ football team left the country today to participate in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) under-14 girls’ regional championship in Katmandu, Nepal.

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Govt. to save millions via gewog merger

Preliminary report suggests reducing their numbers by 55 to 57 LG: The government will be able to save up to Nu 200M (million) annually in recurrent expenditure by axing 57 gewogs, according a report on reconfiguration of gewogs prepared by the department of local governance (DLG). This is equal to ...

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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