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Monk Sonam Tshering’s three-year jail sentence for smuggling (I am not comfortable using this word) Nu 98 worth of chewing tobacco translates to 11.17 days behind the bar for every Nu 1 worth of ‘crime’ he committed.

Of the 1,095 days he has to spend in prison, the value of each day is a meager 8.95 cheltrums which is 91.05 cheltrums short of a single ngultrum.

At a time when all the cheltrum coins are already out of circulation and even the central bank has stopped producing it, it’s good to know that it still has a value.

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