High Court convicts three in Lhakhang Karpo case

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The appeal court overturned the lower court’s verdict and allowed the defendants to pay thrimthue

Verdict: Reversing the Haa dzongkhag court’s ruling, the High Court’s Bench II on October 27 convicted former project manager of Lhakhang Karpo conservation project to a year imprisonment for waiving off woola (labour contribution) for his relatives and neighbours.

Three arrested for alleged drug smuggling

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Crime: A support staff of the Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) is among the three men police arrested between October 23 to 27 for smuggling controlled narcotic and psychotropic substances into the country.

Bhutan easiest country to do business in South Asia

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Business: The government’s effort to improve the business climate in the country has paid off, and its target to be in top 100 in the ease of doing business ranking has been achieved.

High Court acquits three convicted in choeten vandalism

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Update: The High Court’s bench I on Tuesday (October 27) acquitted two men who were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Mongar dzongkhag court for vandalizing choetens last year.

Decongesting tourist sites

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Tour operators call for policy to govern regional tourists

Tourism: In an effort to decongest the space outside the Memorial Choeten in Thimphu, the Royal Bhutan Police has designated the parking space as a pick and drop zone.

Learning through accidents

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The third of four children to have suffered severe burns in the October 19 fire in Jaigaon has died. The death toll from the fire is now three children. Doctors at the Thimphu referral hospital couldn’t save the four-year-old girl who suffered more than 50 percent burns.

Champion 60 becomes official

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The 60 peer counsellors will now start counselling in their respective schools and colleges 

Youth: Dechen Wangmo a final year student of Sherubtse College is getting cold feet. The 21-year-old coordinator of a Y-Peer is about to present a synopsis on youth issues in Bhutan, particularly on drug and alcohol abuse.

Hoteliers seek support to boost tourism in the east

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Opening a visa-processing center in Samdrupjongkhar is one of the proposals to the govt.

Arrival: Hoteliers in Trashigang are crying for urgent interventions from the government to boost tourism in eastern Bhutan.

Tencholing and Beyond

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I don’t have to imagine it any more or form mental images of what must go on out there nor do I have to content myself with fleeting glimpses of marching columns in orange fatigue.

Re-export of fuel on the rise

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The trend is attributed to Indian vehicles fuelling at the border towns 

Fuel: The increasing number of vehicles imported may have fueled the fuel imports, but nearly 20 percent of petrol and 6.5 percent of diesel on average were re-exported in the last five years.

Road widening works unsettles Sha Ngawang people

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Land has slid and crops damaged while some farmers still await compensation 

Land: Eighty-year-old farmer Pema cannot remember when the Wangdue-Trongsa highway was built, but he sure remembers how the road cut through his paddy field.