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Trade deficit reaches almost Nu 18B

The country’s trade deficit in the second quarter between April to June this year, including trade in electricity, is estimated to be around Nu 7.7B, of which balance of trade with India alone accounts for more than Nu 6.7B in the red. The country experienced a trade deficit of Nu …

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DNT’s prospects positive in east, says president

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) quest to woo voters in the east has brought the party president, Lotay Tshering, in another Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) stronghold. The president has covered four of the five constituencies in Trashigang in the past three days. The president has identified three potential ministerial candidates from …

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The risks of populist pledges

With just over two weeks left for poll day, the campaign period is heating up. Groups of villagers, yet to fully comprehend the implications of their votes are lured by various pledges, as the two presidents trot along the countryside. Some are confused while some are excited with the two …

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BICMA initiates switch from analog to digital TV

The switch is expected to provide quality services to viewers

The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) announced that beginning January 1 next year, Thimphu Thromde would only be allowed to have digital cable TV services. The move that was announced at a press conference yesterday is expected to improve quality services related to TV, and also help in regulation …

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Hotels to register with HRAB for enhanced benefits

The association hopes to address the challenges facing the industry today

For better information dissemination, management of in-house resources, and unity, about 30 hoteliers in Phuentsholing have decided to register with Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan (HRAB). Excluding the hotels that have decided to register with HRAB, the association has 150 registered members today. About 70 hotels are in the …

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Making our political conversation meaningful and relevant

If we want to make our democracy meaningful and relevant, our political conversation will have to be meaningful and relevant. Democracy should be about the competition of ideas – ideas to make our country better. But our political conversation is a far cry from that. The pervading tenor of conversation …

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Know your candidate: Haa

Haa: Bji-Kartsho-Uesu DNT Ugen Tenzin Age: 52 Experience: Former Member of Parliament Education: Master in Public Administration (Politics and Environment) Describe yourself in three words. Diligent, loyal and approachable. Your priority for the constituency. Apart from specific needs like national road expansion, farm roads up gradation, cultural preservation and tourism …

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Know your candidate: Gasa

Gasa: Khamaed-Lunana DNT Yeshey Dem Age: 25 Experience: Public Relations Assistant. Education: Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literature Describe yourself in three words. Confident, brave and persistent. Your priority for the constituency.  People come first for me and my priority would be to respect their belief and consider change …

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Chief Advisor addresses UN General Assembly

Chief Advisor to the Interim Government, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk address the general debate of the 73rdSession of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 27.

Chief Advisor to the Interim Government, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk, addressed the general debate of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the USA on September 27. Among others, Chief Advisor reaffirmed Bhutan’s support to Secretary General’s agenda to reform the UN development system. “As …

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Bhutan attends WIPO General Assembly

Bhutan is attending the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), 58 Series of Meetings at Geneva from September 24 to October 02. Economic affairs secretary Dasho Yeshi Wangdi is leading the delegation. The delegation made a statement at the General Assembly on September 25 …

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Passenger and taxi fares revised

Road Safety and Transport Authority’s (RSTA) revised fares for passenger bus and taxi will come into effect from October 1. Fares for passenger bus has increased by Nu 0.08 – 0.15 for both local and long distance, while fares for taxi service has gone up by Nu 2 for both …

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