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Police detain two in Thimphu over drug offences

Crime: Thimphu police arrested a 24-year-old man from Changzamtog for possession of dried marijuana leaves yesterday. Police said the man, who also tested positive for drugs, confessed that he brought the marijuana from Phuentsholing.  Along with him, three acquaintances were also tested for drugs, but were found negative.

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DPT seeks to withdraw libel case

The party says it wishes to do so ‘in the larger interest of the nation’ Legal: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa submitted its intention to withdraw the libel case it filed against Dasho Paljor J Dorji alias Dasho Benji, in the larger interest of the nation, to Thimphu district court’s bench V, …

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1 out of 4 BFS transactions fail

The financial switch that allows ATM and PoS to function has a less than perfect record Banking: Almost a quarter of transactions made through Bhutan financial switch (BFS) in the last two years have been unsuccessful. BFS facilitates connectivity between the banks for customers to avail automated teller machine (ATM) …

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Promotions until P2 decentralised to agencies

The move is expected to allow the commission to focus on its core mandates RCSC: Come July, promotions from O4 to P2 will not have to come to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). This, the RCSC says will reduce administrative burden on the commission as human resource (HR) committees …

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Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, who is in Lucerne, Switzerland on the invitation of the World Tourism Forum delivered the keynote address at the opening of the forum on April 23.     

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RICBL completes insurance payments in nine districts

Claims for 873 houses across 11 districts have been estimated at about Nu 15 million  Windstorm:  Save for Tsirang and Dagana, the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) has completed paying rural insurance claims for all houses that reported minor to major damages from the April 4 windstorm. The windstorm, …

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No taxi and bus fare revision: RSTA

But the laws of demand and supply have already forced fares down Fares: Despite a recent study finding that existing taxi and bus fares need to be decreased due to fuel price fluctuations in the past 16 months, there will be no revision. A recent assessment by the Ministry of …

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BOiC takes flak during tshogdu

Loan seekers are irate at receiving no word on, let alone funds from, their applications Loans: Local government leaders in Bumthang asked the Business Opportunity and Information Center (BOiC) to clarify if loans the villagers had applied for months ago will ever be released during a recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) …

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A three-day Volunteers for Voter Information, Communication and Education training of trainers (ToT) workshop in Thimphu for 20 volunteers ends today. The participants will be sent to the communities in Trashiyangtse dzongkhag to conduct voter awareness on electoral democracy and participation. The programme will be replicated in other dzongkhags. The …

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DPT seeks to withdraw case against Dasho Benji

Breaking News: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa today submitted to court that it wants to withdraw the defamation case it had filed against a former deputy minister, Dasho Paljor J Dorji, following comments he made on social media regarding the party, almost eight months ago.       

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Need for independent roads policy

Roads: The road transport sector needs an independent policy to cover maintenance and other aspects, Department of Roads (DoR) director Karma Galay said at a daylong seminar on road construction, yesterday. There is no separate or independent policy document for the road sector in Bhutan at present. The sector is …

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Two Bhutanese arrested for smuggling

Two Bhutanese men from Bhangtar in Samdrupjongkhar were produced before the  Jalpaiguri court in West Bengal on April 20, for an alleged wildlife smuggling case. Kuensel learnt that the forest officials in Baikunthapur district of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal had arrested the duo on April 19.

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