Bhutan breaks plantation record

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100 volunteers planted an average of eight trees a minute to beat the Guinness world record

Anniversary: The clock is ticking. With music blaring from the loudspeakers, the area is filled with commotion as the crowd shouts and sings to cheer the men.

Rare royal namzas among exhibits dedicated to Drukgyal Zhipa

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Anniversary: A visit to the Royal Textile Academy from June 8 will give visitors a rare glimpse of the exquisite dresses worn by His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo at historic occasions.

Melphey residents concerned over recurrent landslides

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Disaster: Although farmers welcome the arrival of monsoon, the case is otherwise for residents living below the steep slopes of Melphey in Trashigang.

At least three fleeced in possible scam

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An advertisement on mobile phones published in Tashi Delek magazine turned out to be a scam

Advertising: A couple and a relative of theirs claim to have lost around Nu 122,850 or USD 1,950 after responding to an advertisement for mobile phones published in one of the recent inflight magazine issues of Drukair.

Real estate developer challenges lower court’s verdict

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Judiciary: The proprietor of Sambhav Estate Builders has appealed to the High Court to dismiss his conviction, saying all charges framed against him were baseless and irrelevant.

Constitution of Bhutan Children’s Parliament signed

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Election to the Children’s parliament  will be held in September this year

Democracy: About 220 student representatives from 135 democracy clubs from schools across the country signed the Constitution of Bhutan Children’s Parliament in the kuenray of the Punakha dzong yesterday.

Has Bhutan gone greener?

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Latest assessment shows marked increase in forest coverage, though the jury is still out

Forest: As Bhutan attempts to set a record today and observe the social forestry day, forest coverage in the country in the last two decades has increased to about 80 percent from about 72 percent in the 1990s.

Judicial interpretation of independence sought

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As per the National Council’s good governance committee’s report on the commission

ACC: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) was inclined to seek the judiciary’s interpretation on the constitutional provision regarding its independence, the good governance committee of the National Council (NC) reported yesterday.

Opposition asks government to get overhauling education right

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Education: Opposition MP from Panbang, Dorji Wangdi, moved a motion at the National Assembly yesterday concerning education in the country.

Overall drop in crime

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But certain crimes have increased

Crime:  Despite the drop in the overall crime rate in the country, police records show an increase in crime against property like larceny and burglary, offences against the Ku-Sung-Thukten or statues, scriptures, and lhakhangs, among others.

No replacement for Drukair CEO found yet

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Aviation: It may be a while before the national airline has a new CEO.

Drukair’s former CEO, Tandin Jamso, who submitted his resignation to the Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) board in March, left office at the end of last week.

Heavy rains cutoff Gasa

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Roadblocks at various points follow heavy and continuous rainfall since May 31

Disaster: Gasa is once again cutoff from the rest of the country since May 31 evening, when heavy rains blocked the only road connecting the dzongkhag at various points between Puntshopang and Damji.

World Record attempt

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To commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the…