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So that business ideas grow and accelerate

In an effort to guide and help better business ideas, a startup programme with focus on accelerating businesses began in Thimphu yesterday. Entrepreneurship and self-employment division’s deputy chief programme officer, Ram Bahadur Gurung, said that in the past, several entrepreneurship programmes were conducted. “However, acceleration programmes for potential ideas were …

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A chance to work from home for foreign firms

To assist unemployed youth find employment opportunities and work from home with industries abroad through internet, a daylong symposium and career fair will be held in Thimphu on January 29. The Launch Symposium and Career Fair will be organized by the Bhutan Industry Association for Business Process Outsourcing (BIABPO) for …

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Surface collection to be reviewed by OAG

Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma in his written response said that following a presentation to the Cabinet in December 2018 on the issue of surface collection licences being used for dredging and mining, the government has asked the office of the attorney general (OAG) to review the case independently. Wamrong’s …

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NA discuss Kuri-Gongri and tourism in the east

After the completion of the detailed project report (DPR) by the end of this year, work could begin for Kuri-Gongri Hydropower Project, Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma said. Although the study for DPR began in 2009, Minister Loknath Sharma said that because the project was for 2,640 megawatts (MW), there …

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S/ jongkhar water treatment plant caught in tender quagmire

The water treatment plant under construction

With the water treatment plant (WTP) construction in Pincina missing its third deadline, Samdrupjongkhar town residents might have to continue grappling with water shortage for some more time. The construction, which started in May 2016 was supposed to complete in October 2017, but the joint venture construction company, Tundi-Tacho, failed to complete …

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Travelling and blogging: A life

Tshering Denkar from Denkar’s Getaway

Blogging and travelling has taken Tshering Denkar to different communities and has allowed her to get acquainted with myriad cultures and traditions. From pristine highland of Laya to reclusive communities of Lhops in Samtse, she has lived many lives in the last one year, writing, travelling, and learning. Tshering Denkar …

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More than half of Bhutanese will reside in towns by 2047

Thimphu’s population will increase by 4,200 people annually, according to population projections of the National Statistics Bureau (NSB). This growth trend will make Thimphu the most populated dzongkhag by 2047 with at least 30 percent of the country’s people settled in the capital. Today, Thimphu is the only dzongkhag with …

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EU commits continued support

Directorate-General Stefano Manservisi (second from left) with the delegation

The European Union (EU) committed to continue its support to Bhutan and will diversify its support to the country beyond 2023. The Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) of the EU, Stefano Manservisi said, “Bhutan is graduating from the Least developed countries (LDC) group in 2023, but this would not imply disengagement in any way or decrease in our commitment in the country.”

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His Majesty The King grants kidu to Metabkha community

His Majesty The King granted building materials, seeds and seedlings to the people of Metabkha gewog in Chukha as a Soelra to support the community initiative to achieve food sufficiency and increase production. Representatives from the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon handed over His Majesty’s Soelra to the people of Metabkha yesterday.   The …

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External debt to hit 204B in 2018-19

The country’s external debt is projected to reach Nu 204B by the end of this fiscal year. This is based on loan disbursement for the on-going and new projects. Add to it another Nu 10.9B domestic debt, the total public debt of the country is expected to reach about Nu …

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