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Good mandarin yield but inferior quality 

In the last two weeks at least 24MT of mandarin has been auctioned

It is yet again the season for mandarin and farmers are busy plucking, packing and transporting the cash crop. The area in front of the Food Corporation of Bhutan auction yard in Gelephu has turned orange as it readies for auction. Farmers say the yield is better than last year …

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Cardamom export to India comes to a complete halt

A worker at a cardamom depot in Phuentsholing

Cardamom export to India has come to a complete halt since November 28. Cardamom was still traded informally but the customs office across the border has now stopped the Bhutanese spice from getting through without the prerequisite documents. Export of cardamom has been affected ever since the Indian Goods and …

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Brick import hitting hard on local producers

Imported bricks are being used in the construction of the extended Thimphu TechPark building

Local brick producers are concernsed about the sustainability of their enterprises if the import of building blocks and bricks from India continues. The import of concrete blocks and bricks for construction of public infrastructure has continued despite a standing government order that requires government agencies and public corporations to use locally produced blocks.

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ADB provides USD 35M in grant for two projects

Finance minister Namgay Tshering and ADB’s Country Director Kanokpan Lao-Araya sign the agreements.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a grant of USD 35M for health sector development and expanding technical and vocational education system in the country. The grant agreements were signed between the finance minister and ADB’s Country Director yesterday. The grant of USD 20M will be used for health …

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DNT to elect new party president 

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) wants its terms of reference finalised for its party president to follow before electing a new president. The party has said that handing over the post to a new president will enable the current party president and Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering, to focus on …

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Dhamdum Industrial Park approves 21 projects 

Completed and ready: DIP office in Samtse

The department of industries (DoI) with the economic affair ministry has approved 21 plots for various business activities at the Dhamdum Industrial Park (DIP) in Samtse to date, officials confirmed. Officials said 31 people had proposed for plots but only forest and agro-based and services related projects have been allotted …

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Picture stories

A fire damaged the agriculture marketing shed, B-COOP near the Centenary Farmers Market in Thimphu yesterday evening. The fire that started around 5:45pm  was contained by 6:30pm

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Enrollment declines in primary schools

At least five students (PP-VI) in primary and secondary schools left school every day in the last one year. According to the annual education statistics, the enrolment of students in primary and secondary schools decreased by 1,886 students in 2018.

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