Poison givers: forbidden tales of suffering

In the remote eastern village of Jalang under Minjay gewog in Lhuentse, a dark shroud of mystery covers 48-year-old Tsheringmo who has been labeled a poison giver, popularly known as dug-bekhan. A sickly mother of four children whose husband works as a farmer, she is ostracized by the villagers who believe that eating or drinking […]

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Cement imports to be cheaper than production post-GST

The overall profit margin of the cement manufacturing industries in the country might decrease after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced in India last Saturday. The import of cement to Bhutan from India would become cheaper by about 10%-15% as export from India will have zero taxes. However, Senior Consultant and Executive Head […]

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Ferrosilicon industries in the dark about GST impact

Resulting in pending consignments to be exported   Most ferrosilicon industries are speculating how the imposition of Goods and Services Tax (GST) would impact them. Without concrete knowledge on the implications, they are wondering how export of their product will be affected post-GST. The Indian government since July 8 imposed 5-18% GST on the export […]

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Bhutanese private companies awarded food safety license

A brewery and consumer goods company receives recognition that grants them access to international market The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) awarded Food Safety License to two Bhutanese private companies, which will now allow them to sell their products outside Bhutan. Zimdra Food Private Limited in Phuentsholing and Namgay Artisanal Beverages in Paro […]

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Bhutan gets first gene Xpert machine and mobile HTC van services

The first ever gene Xpert machine for HIV viral load testing and mobile HTC van services in the country was launched by the Ministry of Health (MOH) coinciding with the 18th National HIV/AIDS Commission meeting yesterday. The Gene Xpert will be installed in five major hospitals across the country. The services will be available in […]

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