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No guests in Tang’s farmhouses

Poor advocacy and lack of cooperation from tour operators and guides are attributed for the no-show Tourism: None of the 15 households in Tang, Bumthang, which opened farm house/home-stay since 2011 has seen a single tourist despite over 60,080 tourist arrivals until 2013 in the dzongkhag. According to the chairman ...

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1,000kms of electric fencing by 2015

As the only viable solution, installation of electric fencing is expected to curb human-wildlife conflict  Conflict: More than 1,000kms of electric fencing will be installed across the country in areas prone to human-wildlife conflict by the end of this year. Agriculture minister Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, during the meet-the-press session, said ...

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Reward for information on escaped convicts

The three inmates who were convicted for life imprisonment carry a cash reward of Nu 10,000 each Crime: The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) is still on the look out for the three male inmates who are still at large after they escaped from Wangduephodrang police custody on January 7 between ...

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Bhutan prepared for Ebola on paper

No budget has been allocated to date to set up a surveillance system Health: If an Ebola case comes home, Bhutan would have to spend an amount that is several times more than the amount that’s spent on the country’s health system today. It’s for this reason that despite the ...

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Picture story

Refuel: Thimphu residents waited for hours yesterday to collect kerosene as temperature dropped below freezing point by late evening      

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Five companies to be ISO certified

This means their products will be of international standards Food: Come April and five companies, including the national airline, DrukAir would supply international standard food products to their customers if they qualify the final stage of the certification process. Bhutan Agro Industries, Zimdra Foods, Bhutan Milk and Agro Pvt. Ltd, ...

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Broiler farm running dry

Poultry: Some 11 farmers from Phuntshothang, Pemathang and Samdrupcholing in Samdrupjongkhar gathered last year to start broiler farms. Today, after their first production, farmers are worried about business sustainability. The 11 farms produced 700 kilograms of meat. In the next line of production, the farm will produce about 1,500 kilograms ...

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BCSEA board meets but no decision reached

Update: No decision was made as of yesterday evening on the English II paper although Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) board met to review its last decision as per Cabinet’s directives. While the meeting went late into the night, a decision is yet to be made, BCSEA ...

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On the rise again

Price of timber shoot despite government fixed arte in place Timber: The price of sawn timer, at least in the capital, is going back to the 2012 levels, when construction was booming and timber prices skyrocketed. Despite the price being fixed by a national resource pricing committee, sawn timber is ...

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1,993 vehicles imported in five months

With or without tax revision, import of vehicles continue to rise Imports: About 13 new vehicles hit the roads everyday after the government lifted the ban on import of vehicles since last July. Records with Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) show that a total of 1,993 vehicles were imported ...

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