High Court convicts former minister

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Transporting private timber by using a pool vehicle while being a dzongdag was not an emergency but a violation of laws

Judiciary: Reversing the Haa dzongkhag court’s ruling, the High Court’s Bench I yesterday convicted former foreign minister Rinzin Dorje to a year in prison for misusing the dzongkhag’s pool vehicle to transport private timber from Haa to Thimphu.

Bhutan and India reprioritise projects

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AID: A re-prioritised list of projects was agreed to in the fourth annual Bhutan-India development cooperation talks held in New Delhi, yesterday.

Services of 42 REC employees discontinued

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Employment: The Royal Education Council (REC) has discontinued the services of its 42 employees with effect from October 1. Sixteen of them work for Centenary Institute of Education (CIE) in Yonphula.

Seized goods auction gets Nu 6.66 million

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Update: Of the grocery items worth more than Nu 13.548 million that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) seized from four business enterprises in Phuentsholing, only worth Nu 6.66 million were auctioned yesterday.

Powerful flood renders school inaccessible

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Deluge: A flashflood triggered by persistent rain washed away a suspension bridge and a truck in Samdrupjongkhar yesterday.

Millions of INR lost to money laundering

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ACC: The Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) measures to curb the outflow of INR (Indian Rupee) since 2011 has resulted in both Bhutanese and non-Bhutanese resorting to avail INR by faking imports of zero tax commodities, manipulation of imports, illegal transaction of currency and using ATM cards.

Peer pressure leading youth to crime

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Juvenile delinquents in the study said the rape law was unfair…

Joint survey of western disputed areas next month

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Borders: The final phase of the joint technical field survey of disputed areas in western Bhutan will be carried out next month, it has been decided in the 23rd round of boundary talks held with China, according to a press release issued by the foreign affairs ministry, yesterday.

ACC cracks down on INR diversion through ATM cards

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Corruption: In what could be another major crackdown on corruption practices in Phuentsholing, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is reportedly investigating a non-Bhutanese businessman in connection to Indian Rupee (INR) diversion from the country’s banks since 2013.

North East-West highway should be a model road: PM

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The PM would personally scrutinise the quality of the road’s…

Zhung dratshang refutes earthquake rumours

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Discussions are on to trace those responsible for spreading wrong information 

Clarification: Allaying fears of an earthquake predicted next month, the central monastic body yesterday clarified that the rumours are untrue and misleading the people.

Seeking relief from double taxation

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Refraining from incorporating the companies under the Companies Act seems to be a way out

Business: Several big business establishments in the private sector are intentionally refraining from incorporating their companies under the Companies Act to avoid being trapped in the double taxation structure like the Druk Holdings Investment (DHI).

LPG pricing justified: MoEA

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The ministry refutes special audit findings 

Trade: Officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs refuted the findings of the special audit on the inadmissible charges of home delivery cost and unjustified inclusion of depreciation costs in pricing of liquid petroleum gas (LPG), at a press conference yesterday.