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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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All central schools to be granted autonomy

MoE clarifies on entitlements due to day-scholars as opposed to boarders Education: Allaying confusion over who are entitled to free amenities in central schools, education ministry officials clarified that day scholar students were not eligible for free uniforms and bedding. Just as for boarding students, the need to also provide ...

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Inflation in February up by 0.23 percent

Prices: If decreasing fuel prices decelerated the inflation rate, the increase in price of vehicles slightly surged it last month. In January this year, the Indian government withdrew the excise duty concession on Indian car manufacturers.  This, coupled by increased production cost, has resulted in increased cost of cars in ...

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Teacher wins gold medal

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Award: Phurba Tashi, Zhemgang central school’s vice principal was awarded a gold medal for topping the MA in public administration from SRM University in Tamil Nadu, India. He scored 8.688 CGPA, which is around 87 percent, in the master’s course that he completed in 2014.  There were also education ministry’s ...

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A cultural programme was organsied yesterday to celebrate the 35th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King, the 60th Birth Anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Bangladesh’s Independence and National day at the Harmony Centenary Youth Village. The Bangladesh Embassy and the Department of Culture organsied the event.      

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Getting tourists to the grassroots

Decentralised Hands-on Exhibition promotes entrepreneurship in villages DSCI/JICA: Very soon all dzongkhags will have some community-based enterprises that will provide interactive presentations to both local and international tourists. Decentralised Hands-on Exhibition (DHOE) is an alternative rural development to encourage sustainable rural entrepreneurship in villages.   An enterprise can be a ...

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Digital storytelling workshop begins

Training: To provide skills in producing short films and multi-media videos, a 14-day workshop on digital storytelling for 45 youth began yesterday in Thimphu. Digital storytelling is a modern extension of the ancient art of storytelling, interwoven with digitised still and moving images, narratives and sound.  Using these media, the ...

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The Gross National Happiness Commission secretary Sonam Wangchuk and Japan International Corporation Agency’s chief representative Yumiko Asakuma, signed an agreement for the grant aid to “Reconstruct bridges on highway I” and “support for community engagement in local governance” yesterday in Thimphu. The highway stretches from Semtokha in Thimphu until Trashigang. ...

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Sand supply system streamlined

For too long has its price been held in the stranglehold of unscrupulous transporters NRDCL: If you don’t find any sand laden trucks at the Thimphu truck parking, it’s because several new measures are in place to curb illegal sale of sand, especially in the capital. After years of complaints ...

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Disproportionate assets shown against numerous declarants

50 flagged names yet to clarify though March 29 deadline has passed ACC: Of the 1,000 public servants, who were asked to furnish written clarifications for declaring assets disproportionate to their income in 2013, the Anti-Corruption Commission is yet to receive clarifications from about 50 asset declarants, even though the ...

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Updating the Middle Path for sustainable development

National environment strategy to have specific mandates and to fix accountability on agencies Environment: Sixteen years after the National Environment Strategy (NES) was adopted, the National Environment Commission is reviewing the strategy to make it relevant to the changes in environment and policies. The commission adopted the first NES, called ...

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Infrastructure-challenged Sherabgatshel LSS

Education: Sherabgatshel Lower Secondary School (SLSS) in Bara, Samtse is facing a shortage of classrooms. The school has close to 600 students and 20 sections.  There are only 18 classrooms, however. A hostel that was constructed recently is instead being used to hold classes as a temporary measure.  The hostel ...

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Belated Earth Hour: Exactly 48 hours after Thimphu residents observed a halfhearted Earth Hour on Saturday, the city was blacked out for more than 30 minutes last evening. The blackout was a result of maintenance work at the Chukha hydroelectric plant.     

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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