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Cabinet approves Bhutan’s first policy on tourism

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The much-awaited tourism policy has finally been cleared by the Cabinet this month. Unlike in the past, the government will now have to take measures to promote tourism as a year-round activity. 
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PM clarifies on chilli import ban

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Although chilli is indispensable to Bhutanese diet, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said that the Cabinet did not lift the ban on its import because of safety reasons.
Affected chilli fields in Karmaling gewogkuensel

Unidentified disease affects chilli plants in Dagana 

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Barely a week after the first winter chilli harvest, Dhan Bdr. Rai’s field in Karmaling in Dagana has been invaded by an unknown disease.  This, farmers said, had never happened before.
The central-1 megazone in Thimphu unlocked yesterday after more than 7,500 residents tested negativekuensel

Business as usual in Thimphu from Monday

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After 43 days of lockdown following a local outbreak of Covid-19, life in Thimphu will return to ‘normal’ starting February 1.  This means that people can return to work and institutions and businesses can open as usual. Residents will, however, have to follow existing Covid-19 norms.
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No time for relaxation

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Life could go back to “normal,” meaning we could get back to the routines and activities we were doing before the second nationwide lockdown was imposed 40 days ago.
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Current vegetable crisis, a threat to food security

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The crisis of vegetables, particularly chili, is dominating national news, yet the government has too little to address such a crisis. This crisis is hitting hard both farmers and consumers, especially the lower-income group.
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Labour ministry raises wages for BBP workers

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The labour ministry raised monthly wage for employees of Build Bhutan Project (BBP) in an effort to motivate, inspire and encourage Bhutanese to work in construction sectors.
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Ferrosilicon price hits a record high 

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The ferrosilicon export price has hit a record price with a metric tonne (MT) earning as high as Nu 107,000 today. The lowest price for 1MT of ferrosilicon is Nu 102,000. 
Tshophangma coal miningkuensel

Community worry losing mining opportunity

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Communities in the four gewogs of Samdrupcholing drungkhag allege that the State Mining Corporation Ltd (SMCL) is backtracking on its pledge to let them operate the Tshophangma coal mine after it floated tender. 
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We can cope with the COVID-19 crisis by “Being Resilient”

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With Bhutanese youth asking many questions during the COVID-19 crisis, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche talked to Bhutanese students on January 14, 2021. With Rinpoche’s permission, Kuensel is printing this edited summary of the talk which is available in full at https://youtu.be/EMvFZkOg7Dw We do have a challenge - to say the least (COVID-19 crisis). The world is definitely shaken. Just about 50 years ago, if this happened in London, it may not have much impact in places like Samtse.
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Bad roads cause dust problems 

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Poor roads and unmanaged drainage has made life difficult for residents of Rangjung satellite town in Trashigang. Those residents who are along the internal roads are most frustrated with dust. 
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Pork producers look for better price 

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The production of pork in Tsirang dropped from 1,396kg monthly to 55kg last year, according to records maintained by Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority’s (BAFRA) regional office.  
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Only 45 percent covered during the second phase of mass vaccination in Tsirang 

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About fifty percent of the population in Tsirang couldn’t receive the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine that the government planned to provide to the general population in anticipation of a second wave of Covid-19 last year.