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DE­POSIT IN BANKS IN­CREASES BY 17.6%

The to­tal de­posit base of bank­ing sec­tor saw an in­crease of Nu 97bn in 2016 to 109bn in December, which is an in­crease of 17.6%.

The in­crease in the de­posit base was at­trib­uted to the in­crease in de­posits by in­di­vid­u­als in cur­rent and sav­ing ac­counts. Sav­ings have in­creased by Nu 12bn, whereas de­posit has in­creased by Nu 4 bn.

ELEC­TRIC CAR CHARG­ING STA­TIONS TO BE SET UP

As a part of the three year pro­ject un­der the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Communications and the Global En­vi­ron­ment Fa­cil­ity, the pro­ject to re­place taxis with 300 elec­tric ve­hi­cles which is await­ing ap­proval is al­ready pre­par­ing the charg­ing in­fras­truc­ture for the pro­ject.

Twenty three elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tions are ex­pected to open within Thim­phu and nearby Dzongkhags. Of the 23 sta­tions, 12 will be lo­cated at var­i­ous ar­eas of Thim­phu whereas the rest will be in Phuentshol­ing, Paro, Pu­nakha and Wang­due.

NC MEM­BERS RE­CEIVE DHAR

On Tues­day, the newly elected mem­bers of the Na­tional Coun­cil re­ceived Dhar (cer­e­mo­nial scarf) from His Majesty The King. The cer­e­mony was also graced by Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen.

Of the 25 Na­tional Coun­cil mem­bers, 15 are new. Eight are serv­ing their se­cond term whereas two mem­bers are serv­ing for the third time.

MAN CON­VICTED FOR RAPE OF MI­NOR

On May 23, Samtse Dzongkhag Court sen­tenced a 23 year old man, Dil Ba­hadur Rai, from Sater­gang in Phuentshog­pelri to nine years in prison for rape of a child above 12 years.

The con­vict was found guilty of sleep­ing with a 15 year old girl. Dil Ba­hadur Rai who works in a pri­vate firm in Samtse was ar­rested on April 2 af­ter the girl’s aunt logged a com­plaint against him. Ac­cord­ing to the judg­ment, it stated that the de­fen­dant and the vic­tim who is a stu­dent met in Pagli town and ex­changed mo­bile num­bers. It stated that he then slept with the girl near a firm and at a ho­tel in the lo­cal­ity on March 29. FIRST EVER B-POP HELD IN THIM­PHU The first ever Nazhoen Gokab’s B-Pop which was held in Lu­gar Theater in Thim­phu saw more than 20 artists per­form on May 29. The B-Pop aimed at pro­mot­ing cre­ativ­ity among artists.

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