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93 HIV deaths since 1993

Since the first case of HIV was detected in the country in 1993, a total of 93 people have died of AIDS according to health officials. Today, there are 373 reported cases of Bhutanese living with HIV of which 90 percent were infected through heterosexual sex. According to official data …

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Rural urban migration more than just about facilities

Rural urban migration is becoming common within the country whereby rural areas are left almost empty while urban areas become congested with an increasing population. A Rural Urban migration survey report shows lack of education facilities coming to 46 percent was the most commonly stated reason for leaving the rural …

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Balancing the forest and the farm

Farmers under Chukha Dzongkhag feel that they are facing complex issues like agricultural productivity, human-wildlife issue and difficulty in preservation of the natural resources. Pemba Wangchuk, Chukha Dzongda said that, knowing the importance of environment preservation, the Dzongkhag administration is taking action to protect and preserve the environment. “One of …

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Dealing with rising youth delinquents at the border

Lack of parental care and guidance and the easily availability of banned substances and other drugs from across the border are the some of the key reasons why youth come into conflict with law in Phuentsholing, which shares borders with the Indian state of West Bengal, say some residents interviewed …

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Arrests made in US visa racket

Gelephu police have arrested a man and a woman who were collecting money from prospective Bhutanese ‘clients’ with the promise of getting them visas to the United States. At the time of their arrest the man had collected Nu 950,000 and the woman Nu 148,500 from 19 prospective clients. The …

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Tackling traffic congestion during Thimphu Tshechu

Traffic Police urge people to carpool or use just one car per family   Thimphu Traffic Division, Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) expects an increase in traffic flow during the festive occasion of Thimphu Tshechu this year. RBP stated there is 11 percent increase in vehicle numbers compared to 2015. Therefore, …

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Gelephu police arrest one in forgery case

Police in Gelephu have arrested a 31-year-old man for forging construction related documents in connection with two Sarpang dzongkhag construction tenders. On 2 September, an official from the Sarpang dzongkhag complained to Gelephu police that two private construction companies had submitted forged ‘performance demand bank guarantee’ and ‘bank guarantee for …

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Two held for marijuana possession

Police have detained two men who were found in possession of marijuana and hashish on September 14. The men, from Kabesa, Punakha, were apprehended from Genekha, Thimphu, were they were rubbing marijuana plants. Police seized 18 sticks of marijuana and around 121 grams of hashish from the two men in …

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Two drivers apprehended for tobacco smuggling

Phuentsholing police have detained a taxi driver and truck driver for smuggling tobacco products into the country. Acting on a tip off police apprehended the taxi driver, 46, on the evening on 28 September in Phuentsholing with two bags of tobacco. The taxi driver, from Gairigaun, Tsirang, had already loaded …

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Potato crop loss

Farmers of Shemagangkha Chiwog in Chapcha, Chukha, lost close to two third of their potato crop, their main source of income, to heavy rains. “The chiwog sells about 1200 metric tonnes (MT) of potato in a year but this year it came down to 800 MT,” said Rinzin Dorji, former …

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