Bhutan’s producer prices fall 4.55% in third quarter

Decline in prices of goods in manufacturing sector led to the drop in producer price index (PPI) to 4.55% in the third quarter (July to September) from the previous year, states the National Statistical Bureau (NSB). The PPI measures the average price change of goods and services overtime from producer’s perspective unlike consumer price index […]

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Regional tourists to be levied charges

Regional tourists visiting the country will be levied charges, according to foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji at the Meet-The-Press session yesterday. During the recent bilateral visit of foreign minister to India from November 17 to 23 this year, many Indian newspapers reported about Bhutan’ plan to levy charges on regional tourists. The regional tourists include […]

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BNCA to operate drug prevention strategy in schools

Prompted by the fact that secondary school students in Thimphu are at greater risk of drug abuse and alcohol consumption that may develop negative psychosocial, educational and mental health outcomes, a team from Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority (BNCA) is working on an effective drug prevention strategy in the schools. Deputy chief program officer, BNCA, Dorji […]

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Toribari residents still complain of exorbitant rents

The residents of the housing colony of the National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL) at Toribari in Phuentsholing still feel that the rents are exorbitant and if they could be lowered. Since the area falls under the rural area, the tenants feel that their rents should be lower than that of rents in the core […]

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29 farmer groups linked to 18 schools and a hospital

In a bid to supply schools and hospitals with domestically produced quality food and vegetables, 464 farmers of 29 groups were linked to 18 schools and a hospital in Trongsa Dzongkhag. The farmer groups have signed the agreement with the schools last month and they will supply their vegetables to schools and hospitals on a […]

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Agriculture ministry confident about Bhutan’s organic dream

Recognizing that going organic as a challenge, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) and has come up with the National Organic Flagship Program (NOFP) that identifies 12 agriculture and livestock products with specific target production by 2023. The flagship is themed “Sustainable Socio-Economic Development through the Commercialization of Organic Farming” in the 12th Five-Year-Plan […]

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Way Forward for BCCI presented to economic affairs ministry

The vice president of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Tashi Dorji, maintained that the Way Forward report for BCCI submitted to the economic affairs ministry and the subsequent presentation made to the ministry is unique of its kind. The BCCI, meanwhile, presented the Way Forward presentation to the economic affairs minister, Lyonpo […]

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Finland opens door to Bhutan for business

Finland has opened door to Bhutan for business partnership in education, agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and infrastructure solution (green energy). A seminar was conducted involving local companies and 20 companies from Finland represented by Ambassador of Finland HarriKamarainenon Wednesday in Thimphu. The seminar aimed to lower the barrier for both the Finnish and […]

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Mobile app to be launched for hassle-free driving

If the traffic cops are out checking for your driving license which you forgot at home, don’t worry, starting December you will be able to download mRSTA, a mobile app from Google play store and check for your license online. Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) will launch the mobile app, which is convenient for […]

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Accelerating Innovation in Bhutan

To find innovative ways to help countries come up with radical approaches to address complex and unpredictable development challenges in today’s fast changing world, a workshop as part of UNDP’s initiative in collaboration with the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) was held in Thimphu. It was aimed at helping UNDP Bhutan develop a roadmap to […]

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