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Opposition defends Le Meridien FI case and attacks govt

At the press conference this week in Thimphu, the opposition party described the government’s charges against former DPT minister Yeshey Zimba of policy corruption and official misconduct, as ‘malicious political vendetta’. The government has alleged that the fiscal incentives approved by then DPT Government in April 2013 was granted to …

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Chharo mobile e-wallet launched

In line with the national goal to encourage a cashless economy and promoting financial inclusion, the Bank of Bhutan launched mobile e-wallet “Chharo” on February 9 in Thimphu. Chharo is the first e-wallet to be introduced in the Kingdom. It is an e-wallet application available for free download on both …

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Passang Thrinlee resigns from DPT to contest in Wangdue Phodrang NC

Former Druk Phuensum Tshogpa candidate, Passang Thrinlee, from Athang-Thedtsho constituency in Wangdue Phodrang will contest for the upcoming National Council election. The candidate had resigned from DPT a while ago. Passang Thrinlee holds a Masters Degree in Military Science and Strategy. Passang Thrinlee said his deciding to contest for the …

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596 drug related arrests in Thimphu in 2017

Thimphu Police registered 287 cases in 2017 in connection with abuse, possession and illegal transactions of controlled substances that led to the arrest of 596 people, the highest in recent years. Police also seized 50,000 SP+ capsules, 2,370 tablets of N10, 72 100 ml bottles of corex and 19.95 liters …

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93 percent of youth are literate

Bhutan’s literacy rate increased to 66 percent in the past five years, from 63 percent in 2012 according to the Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) 2017. Youth (15-24 years) were the most literate group at 93 percent and it was 60 percent for adults (15 years and above). Literacy rates …

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