A safe haven

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The Global Tiger Day observed yesterday was to be celebrated indeed. A report on the tiger population revealed that Bhutan is richer by about 28 more tigers than the last count 17 years ago. We now have 103 Royal Bengal tigers.

Bhutan home to 103 tigers

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The presence of the big cat was higher outside the protected areas

Report: Bhutan has 103 tigers roaming in the wild, the National Tiger Survey report that was launched yesterday found.

Hepatitis B infection on the rise

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Health: Hepatitis B virus detection in the country has been on the rise since 2012. In 2012, of the 27,040 blood samples tested for the virus, 606 were detected positive. The number increased to 875 in 2013, which further increased to 1,235 last year.

Tourism industry asks for policy on regional tourists

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Given the increasing arrivals, the industry feel there is a need to have a policy in place

Tourism: The drastic increase in the arrival of regional tourists over the years has pushed tourism stakeholders to call for a policy to govern regional tourists.

The price of appeal

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The judiciary had been busy in the last many days. There were orders issued, interpretations made and a call for uniformity in application of laws. These are welcome moves in the interest of dispensing fair trials and judgments, besides bolstering trust in the judiciary.

Yonphula domestic airport on schedule for 2016 reopening

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Aviation: Yonphula domestic airport is on schedule to be completed by October, next year, according to the Department of Air Transport (DAT).

Expedition member to be airlifted

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The official is waiting for a helicopter to evacuate him to Thimphu

Emergency: If weather clears, a member of an expedition to Memari Lake in Laya, who was admitted to Laya BHU since July 28 for mountain sickness will be air lifted to Thimphu hospital today.

Murder of taxi driver was intentional: Prosecutor

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Crime: Thimphu district court’s bench IV yesterday heard the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) rebuttal against the prime accused Tandin Gyeltshen and his accomplice Karma Dorji’s in a murder case.

Water supply yet to reach Pachu

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Service: Eight months after the construction started, about 60 households at Pachu in Phuentsholing gewog are still waiting for their drinking water supply to get connected. The work, which started in November 2014, was scheduled to complete in May this year.

S/jongkhar to get a sports complex next year

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BOC: Samdrupjongkhar, the eastern gateway of Bhutan, where several regional tournaments are held, will house a decent sports facility next year, the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) officials said.

High Court orders OAG to prosecute

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Laws and the constitutional roles of ACC and OAG should not be intermixed or encroached upon each other, says  the High Court Lhakhang Karpo: The High Court Bench I issued an order yesterday asking the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to continue prosecuting foreign minister Rinzin Dorje in the Lhakhang Karpo case it appealed to the court.