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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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From facilitator to competitor

Private sector decries government’s encroachment on its turf  BCCI: The government should only take up business activities where the private sector does not have capacity and intent; for that too, the official role should be to simply lead the way. This was the message Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s …

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Two Bhutanese held in India on possession charges

Drugs: Two Bhutanese men are in custody in Dathgari, India, for possession of 136 capsules of spasmo-proxyvon on April 13. An 18-year old man from Thimphu is a jobless youth and a 25-year old man from Tashigang Khaling is a university graduate.

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Bringing transparency to fungi collection

To ensure that the govt. receives the royalty it is entitled to Cordyceps: To encourage highlanders to declare their total cordyceps (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) collection faithfully and to pay royalty to the government, agriculture ministry has made marketing methods for the prized fungus flexible. Whether a collector participates in an auction …

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Samdrupcholing earmarked as yenlag thromde

DT: Local leaders and the members of the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) in Samdrupjongkhar declared Samdrupcholing as the yenlag thromde yesterday. Lauri gup Pema Dorji argued that thromde should be in Jomotsangkha because the dungkhag was less developed compared with Samdrupcholing.  Martshala gup Yenten Dorji said that it would be cheaper …

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Picture story

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay met with seven security personnel who are leaving the country shortly to serve as UN peacekeepers in four UN peacekeeping missions. This will bring the total number of Bhutanese serving abroad as UN peacekeepers to 18.      

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Upswing in tourist numbers to Merak/Sakteng

Tourism: The number of tourists visiting Merak and Sakteng in Trashigang has gone up after a drastic drop in 2013. About 149 tourists visited the two remote gewogs of Trashigang in 2014.  In 2013, Sakteng wildlife sanctuary (SWS) recorded only 29 tourist arrivals.  A total of 495 tourists have visited …

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