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More financial doldrums in the horizon

Current budget for the Financial Year 2021-22 up by 8 percent, fiscal deficit 8.59 percent of GDP. By Tashi Namgyal Thimphu The countryโ€™s expenditure continues to rise while its resources increase just at a snailโ€™s pace or at the least,remains stagnant. The current budget for this Financial Year (FY) has increased by 8 percent compared with the last FY. The …

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Another big covid scare jolts Phuentsholing

Residents say that another lockdown could definitely be the last straw and that it should be prevented at all costs. By Tashi Dendup Just as residents were gradually dusting themselves up from the long covid-19 storm, 11 fresh cases were detected from the Medical Supplies Division jolting the residents and putting all contingency and unlocking plans into total disarray. The …

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Judiciary conducts a slew of recent high-profile cases

By Staff Reporter Just days after a court in Thimphu implicated a former RBA colonel and a senior Supreme Court judge, including their alliances, in a mutiny and sedition case, the high court affirmed the Trongsa District Courtโ€™s judgment involving former Trongsa Dzongda Lhab Dorji and five other individuals in a land scam. The former Dzongda was sentenced to five …

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Is Bhutan prepared to mitigate climate-induced disasters?

Natural catastrophes largely triggered by climate factors are becoming a grave threat to the country every passing year. By Tshering Dema This year the country experienced one of its worst natural disasters as landslides claimed about 11 cordycepsโ€™ collectors in the highlands. Further, heavy rainfall washed away three young school kids in Trashiyangtse dzongkhag just recently. Last year the Moa …

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Snow leopard conservation handicapped by lack of research

By Chimi Wangmo With climate change exacerbating the threat to this elusive Himalayan cat, researchers say study of snow leopards must be beefed-up and diversified to secure the health of Asiaโ€™s mountain ecosystems and save it from further extinction. According to a recent report by WWF, more than 70% of snow leopard habitat remains understudied by conservationists leaving conservation planning …

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