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Launch: HRH Princess Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck arrives at the inaugural of the Bhutan International Festival on February 14 at the Centenary Park in Thimphu.                                                                

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This town’s not big enough for two of us

Is how Drukair feels about Tashi Air vis-à-vis its plan to fly to Singapore  Aviation: In an indication that the international sector is not big enough for two airlines, the national airline Drukair has recommended that private airline Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air) reconsider its intention to fly to Singapore, on …

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No budget for revised TA/DA

With agencies entering budget control mode, belts are liable to be tightened TA/DA: Civil servants returning from tours could see their travel and daily allowance (TA/DA) claims slashed by half.  Some are already living with this, with agencies entering a budget control or adjustment mode. There are four months left …

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Frisking to become routine late at night

A measure necessitated by the increasing number of violent incidents involving youth Law and order: The police will begin frisking youth for weapons, if found in groups of two or more after 10pm, it was pointed out by the police chief at a press conference on Thursday. However, individual youth …

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Central schools to open from Monday

Regardless of infrastructure shortcomings  Education: Despite many central schools not having additional infrastructure ready, with the construction of some infrastructure not yet even started, classes in the newly established central schools will commence from February 16. The beginning of the 2015 academic session will see the commencement of 24 pilot …

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Amusement: A singer and an entertainer from Wales, UK, Lindsay Young entertains passersby in Thimphu by twisting balloons into animal shapes. He is in the country for the 10-day Bhutan International Festival which starts today. Photo: www.bhimf.org      

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Acute teacher shortage in Samtse

Schools: Just as schools are about to reopen, Samtse dzongkhag presented to the cabinet that it was short of 116 teachers. The status was presented and discussed at the mid-year review of performance agreement for the southern districts, which was held in Phuentsholing on February 12. Samtse, Chukha, Dagana, Sarpang, …

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Will incentives continue after EDP deadline?

Beneficiaries of existing privileges, like tour operators and hoteliers, are keeping their fingers crossed Tourism: With the existing privileges and fiscal incentives for the tourism industry as per the economic development policy (EDP) 2010 ending this year, concerns have been raised on whether these incentives would continue after the sunset …

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Department of Hydro-Met services’ director Karma Tsering and JICA team leader Dr Hithoshi Baba sign the minutes of the meeting of the mid-term review report of JICA assisted projects yesterday morning.  The team reviewed the Japanese technical cooperation in capacity development of GLOF and rainstorm flood forecasting and early warning. …

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Police make arrests linked to kidnaps

Three suspects are in custody for selling Bhutanese SIMs across the border Crime: Three suspects are in police custody for selling Bhutanese SIM (subscriber identity module) cards to non-nationals from across the border. The three were arrested on February 12 and charged to court the same day. Some of the …

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Trongsa court releases detained gup

Judiciary:Langthel gup, Lham Dorji who was detained by the Trongsa district court for contempt of court on February 12 was released after being held for 24 hours. He was held for failing to produce evidence as demanded by the court. “The gup was detained under contempt of court but he …

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Legend comes alive

A film on the rebirth of a renowned warrior from the annals of Bhutanese history Review: Pemi Tshewang Tashi, the most loyal chamberlain of Dzongpon Angdruk Nyim of Wangdue, and a great historical warrior of the late 1800s, comes to life in Talop Wangchuk’s film Lok sho – The undying …

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