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Bhutanese poachers behind killing of Tiger and Leopard

Forest officials track down and apprehend three long-time poachers. The tiger was poached by their Indian counterparts along the Assam-Bhutan border on request while the leopard was killed in Nganglam. Three long-time Bhutanese poachers were apprehended in connection with the illegal transaction of tiger and leopard parts on 26 March. However, what …

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Wholesale cartel makes 216% profit on imported vegetables

A study by Department of Agriculture and Marketing Co-operatives shows that Bhutanese kitchens pay exorbitantly high rates and recommends that FCB take over wholesale of vegetables to bring down prices   Next time you visit the Centenary Farmer’s Market in Thimphu make sure that you drive a hard bargain. A study by the Department …

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Non-resident foreigners’ bank accounts in country is money laundering: RMA Governor

He added that closing the accounts was always a priority   Earlier this week, the RoyalMonetary Authority(RMA) Governor, duringa meeting with about 150 representatives from the private sector, made it clear that Indian businessmen across the border holding bank accounts in Bhutan was not legal and closing these accounts had remained a priority ever since the central …

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RMA partially loosens its grip on rupee payments

  The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA), at a meeting with the private sector yesterday, announced a host of changes to its earlier circular on the issuance of Indian rupee (INR). One of the major changes was instructions to the private sector to open a rupee account for every manufacturing industry …

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Five epidemic break outs within four months

Five epidemics  have been reported so far this year. The latest on 12 April was at the Nyenzergang Lhakhang at Rubesa, Wangduephodrang, when 30 people attending the ritual were infected with Acute Gastroenteritis (commonly referred to as stomach flu or gastric flu). The disease has been contained since then. The …

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The boy who was sold for 27 CGI sheets

Twenty-seven second – hand CGI sheets, 50 kilograms of rice, three bed sheets, one school bag and a Tiffin-box. This was the cost of 14-year-old Sunil Limbu from Tendruk gewog, Samtse whose mother  allowed 40-year old Phub Nidup originally from Haa but  now resettled in Samtse to  hire her son. …

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