Headline Stories

Fronting Report vanishes along with Rupee

With the Bhutanese economy being hit by a severe rupee crunch, people say one of the causes is fronting of businesses, especially in the manufacturing sector. But the government officials The Bhutanese talked to feel fronting could not be a cause of rupee crisis as much as it is believed …

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Young couple caught for robbing Thimphu court

Thimphu police arrested two suspects, a 34-year-old man and his 25-year-old wife for breaking into the Thimphu district court on January 2 and robbing Nu 575,000. The woman was the court night guard’s sister. She was asked by the court to replace the night guard for a while after he …

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Precursor chemicals, a warning of times to come

Precursor chemicals are posing a problem worldwide as only a mere fraction of these chemicals is required to produce illegal drugs. Bhutan owing to its geographical location and its growing trade and industry could be in murky waters if used as a transit gateway for such lethal chemicals. Precursors are …

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Gun-trotting Indian timber mafia loots Bhutan forests

An investigation by The Bhutanese has found that well armed timber mafia from India and local tribes in collusion with corrupt law enforcement officials there are engaged in large scale illegal logging and smuggling of trees from southern Bhutan.An understaffed Bhutanese forest rangers team has been unable to catch most …

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Rupee panic spreads

In a sign of the rupee crunch panic spreading, fuel stations and gas depots saw people stocking on these products in anticipation of a shortage. In an attempt to address such growing national panic the finance minister Lyonpo, Wangdi Norbu said that there is no need for alarm as the …

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