The Karpo verdict

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The much-awaited verdict on the Lhakhang Karpo case is out, bringing the case to an end, at least for now.

The dzongkhag court acquitted foreign minister Rinzin Dorje of all charges the Anti Corruption Commission had compiled after almost two years of investigation.  He will have to pay only Nu 4,166 as restitution to the government within 10 days.  The penalty was imposed after the minister was not able to produce receipts for using a government vehicle to transport timber to his construction site in Thimphu from Haa.

Farmers short of water despite rain

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Monsoon: Unlike previous years, farmers, who depend on rainwater for paddy transplantation, are happy that this year’s rainfall has been good enough for them to transplant their paddy saplings.

Infant mortality rates still high in Bhutan

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UNICEF: Despite Bhutan’s progress in improving the survival of infants and those under-five years, the number of babies dying within the first 28 days of birth is still high, according to a UNICEF policy brief for Bhutan.

Cousin stabs cousin to death

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Crime: A 32-year-old man was murdered around 2.40pm yesterday above the sports ground of Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School.

Where have all the gomchens gone?

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Religion: When the tsozin (head) of Samcholing goenpa in Samkhar, Trashigang lost his life in an accident recently, the community didn’t have anyone to replace him for quite some time.

National team eye first int’l win at SABA games

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Basketball: The Bhutan national basketball team will be looking for their first international win when they take part in the fourth South Asian basketball association (SABA) zone championship at Bangalore from July 3 to 5.

MERS case in Thailand puts Bhutan on high alert

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Health: The recent confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Thailand has put Bhutan on the red alert zone and pushed the country to step up its surveillance efforts.

An investment guide to attract investors

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FDI: With the launch of the online “Investment guide (iGuide) to Bhutan” yesterday, investors – local and foreign alike - can now access information for setting up business at the click of a mouse.

Gov't yet to float DTH TV tender

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Media: The government is yet to float a tender inviting local companies or individuals interested in supplying DTH TV (direct-to-home television) to Bhutan.

Farmers in need of additional vegetable sheds

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Market: With the increase in the number of vegetable vendors in Bhangtar bazaar, Samdrupcholing dungkhag, most of the vendors have been forced to display their vegetables in temporary makeshifts.

Facilitating FDI

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The need for foreign direct investment was long recognised, given the lack of capital and expertise, the need to create employment and generate income.

LPG dealers start re-qualifying expired cylinders

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Gas: Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) dealers in Phuentsholing have started sending their cylinders to be re-qualified at the North Bengal Cylinders (NBC) plant, Siliguri, India.

No sign of washed away car

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The owner of a Maruti Alto taxi and Tsirang police yesterday searched for the taxi, in vain, that plunged into the Sunkosh river on Sunday, June 21.