ACC investigates dumper truck dealers in P/ling for tax evasion

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Two dumper truck dealers, TCD Trader and Ugen Auto in Phuentsholing are under the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) radar for an alleged Green Tax (GT) evasion worth millions (M).

Public debate centres on basic thromde services 

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It was not an intense debate, given the format, that would corner each other on issues, but the public “debate” telecast live on national television yesterday gave a glimpse of what the three candidates have to offer to the residents of the capital city. 

Who will Thimphu’s next Thrompon be?

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The race for the post of Thimphu Thrompon is picking up. The three candidates are becoming more visible as they campaign at common forums, from door-to-door and use the social media to reach to voters.

Covid-19 threat looms large, as Bhutanese become complacent

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After a brief respite, the country is witnessing a surge in new Covid-19 cases sparking concerns. The country is seeing a rapid rise in the Covid-19 cases beginning this month.  The good thing, however, is that the positive cases, for now, are confined within the safe boundaries of the quarantine facility. 

Election across the border changes protocol stance

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With the ongoing elections in the Indian states of West Bengal and Assam, Bhutanese vehicles ferrying goods and commodities via Indian highways have been seeing routine checks while on the road.

RMA proposes amendment of private money lending rules and regulations

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The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) has proposed amending and inserting 17 clauses in its Private Money Lending Rules and Regulations 2020 (PMLRR 2020). The rules, initially framed in 2016 to regulate private money lending business, came into effect from April 1, 2017.

ACC seizes Nu 1.2M from prime suspect, returns Nu 1.7M to a transporter

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The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) seized  Nu 2.9 million (M) in cash from a prime suspect and transport agency based in Samdrupjongkhar as it launched an investigation into alleged corruption in exporting and transportation of gypsum from Bhutan to Nepal. 

Experts say chronically ill persons must be vaccinated 

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More than 72 hours after receiving the Covishield vaccine, a 44-year old man died in Gelephu last week.  Health officials said his death was not triggered by the vaccine. 

Complacency after first vaccination is risky

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In the last nine days,  466,811  people have received the Covishield (AstraZeneca) vaccination, which is 85 percent of the eligible population and 62 percent of Bhutan’s total population.

Pandemic takes unemployment rate to 5 percent

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Aggravated by the overseas returnees and laid-off employees due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s unemployment rate has reached five percent, according to the Labour Force Survey Report (LFS).

Two deaths not linked to Covid-19 vaccine: NI-TAG

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The death of two people recently after receiving the first dose of the Covidshied vaccine, health officials said, was not vaccine-induced — related to the vaccination. An 84-year-old man in Pemagatshel died earlier this week — 40 hours after he received his first dose of the vaccine. Several concerns were raised following the death of two individuals this week. The national immunisation technical advisory group (NI-TAG) has established that the deaths were not because of the Covishield vaccine. 

Covid-19 increases public debt

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The government’s efforts to frontload the 12th Plan activities amid a dip in the domestic revenue are expected to aggravate the public debt situation which is already high.

No white-bellied herons sighted in Phochhu and Mochhu

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Bhutan counted 22 white-bellied herons (WBH) during the recent annual population survey, which is the lowest in five years.  The five-day population survey that ended on March 3 recorded 19 adults and three sub-adult individuals, which has decreased by five individuals compared with 2020.