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With increasing rice imports, the deficit has stretched by 24 percent since 2012 Agriculture: With a food trade deficit of Nu 5.2B in 2013, food sufficiency still remains an arduous task for the country, as the deficit widened by 24 percent from 2012, mainly on account of increasing rice imports. Bhutan imported essential food items […]
Questions are being raised about the way those involved in the case are dealt with Corruption: The Haa dzongkhag human resource committee yesterday suspended budget officer, Wangchuk Tshering, and district engineer, Tashi Gyeltshen, for their alleged involvement in the lhakhang Karpo corruption case. The committee’s decision was based on the order, the Anti Corruption Commission’s […]
Rising from the ashes: Workers erect the door frame of the Kunerey (congregation hall) of the Wangduephodrang dzong yesterday. The Tshokey Lopon performed prayers during the installation.
The system is certified with international security standard requirements Banking: With the Bank of Bhutan introducing an e-payment gateway, Bhutanese merchants will now be able to sell their services and products online. To date, Bhutanese have been availing online shopping services from dealers and websites outside the country, while merchants at home were deprived of […]
Forest: Forest officials at the districts, divisional offices or parks will conduct joint annual monitoring and audit books and accounts of community forest management groups (CFMG), hereafter. This team will also evaluate the community forests every five years and if found unsatisfactory, would revoke it. This is one of the sections in the general guidelines […]
Not so long ago, we believed that as a small country with a small population, food self-sufficiency wasn’t a huge concern, and that it was within our grasp. That was when our farms were the source of livelihood, and farmers stayed back to produce food. A lot has changed since then. We achieved impressive growth […]
hough the Japanese govt. has agreed in principle to the request, a decision has yet to be taken JICA: The government has requested the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for 400 power tillers to be delivered in a first batch, under its request for 1,450 of the machines made to the Japanese government. Agriculture Machinery […]
DoR: By the end of this financial year, every person employed by the Department of Roads (DoR) will have to wear a uniform, reflective jacket and helmet when at work. This was decided during the departments’ quarterly meeting early this month. All the regional offices of the department were reminded of the requirement with an […]
More and more farmers are planting the nut tree to turn their fallow fields to orchards MHV: If fallowing land is a growing concern in the country, the prospect of cash income from selling hazelnut is encouraging farmers to turn their fields into hazelnut plantations. Since early 2013, Thinley from Tangsibi in Ura, Bumthang stopped […]
A 36 member delegation from Bhutan is on a study tour in Malaysia Visit: Despite witnessing two airline tragedies last year, tourist arrivals in Malaysia recorded a growth of about 9.6 percent from the previous year and an earning of about USD 15B. The arrivals include 2,051 Bhutanese tourists in 2014 from January to October, […]
Business: Expanding their services to six eastern districts of the country, Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) will open its regional office in Trashigang on February 5. Trade and economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk will launch the opening at the Trashigang middle secondary school. However, the regional office will be located at the lower market […]
354 ‘reading corners’ are to be set up in all sections of pre-primary to class III Reading: The Bhutan Children’s Book Initiative (BCBI) will establish 354 classroom libraries, also called reading corners, in all sections of pre-primary to class III in primary schools in Thimphu and Zhemgang, by March. The pilot project in the two […]
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