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Good on corruption, not so on competitiveness

Speakers at an ADB workshop appraised Bhutan’s business climate thus  B-Index: Bhutan has done well on the corruption rate, the most difficult parameter of ease of doing business index, however its “open but closed” trade system is resisting national competitiveness. National competitiveness is the ability and performance of a country …

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Sixteen new thromdes getting readied

Parliament is expected to endorse and open them up for early elections Township: If work to carve out the 16 new dzongkhag thromdes goes as planned, the country will see elections in all 20 thromdes in the second local government elections due early next year. Boundaries of the new thromdes …

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Picture story

Green Bhutan: Thromde workers plant willow trees on the banks of Thimpchu.  The plantation is a part of the Green Project that aims to make Bhutan greener by planting flowers and trees across all towns.                                                                 

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Scholarships to study in New Zealand

Opportunity: Under a dedicated bilateral programme, the New Zealand Aid Programme has announced to offer offer up to 12 postgraduate scholarships over a five year period, starting 2016 academic year. A press  release from the New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi, India  states that the New Zealand Development Scholarships were …

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Bleak prospect for ferrosilicon industry?

Just when ferrosilicon industries face a downturn, their BIT exemption comes to an end Slump: Ferrosilicon industries along the southern belt of the country are feeling the impact of the basic economic principle of demand and supply. There is no demand, ferroalloy stock is piling up and prices are going …

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Help to ward off wildlife

Agriculture: Villagers of Limbukha chiwog in Punakha can now look forward to harvesting extra bags of rice and other crops. The 29 households of Limbukha chiwog yesterday received 7.5km of electric fencing, through funding support from the National Plant Protection Centre.  Agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, inaugurated the fencing. District agriculture …

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Third hospitality institute starts operation

Bongde Institute of Hospitality and Tourism began yesterday with 30 trainees Tourism: To professionalise the industry by producing well-trained manpower for the hospitality sector, the Bongde Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (BIHT) started operations from yesterday with its first batch of 30 trainees. Located in Bondey, Paro, BIHT is the …

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Surgery camp helps scores to see clearly

Matured cataract the most common cause for failing vision  Health: Daza, 70, was losing her vision to cataract.  Her vision blurred with age, and she had difficulty recognising people.  Everyday, the woman from Dewathang worried about going blind soon. She was not alone.  Almost all of the 50 other people …

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Thimphu football league prize money upped 300 percent

… following the arrival of a new sponsor  Football: In what could further improve the standard of the sport, the prize money for the winners of the upcoming Yanmer Thimphu Premier League, previously known as the Thimphu A division league, has been increased to Nu 400,000. The renaming of the …

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Woola workers testify

The court is trying to verify whether they did indeed contribute labour to the project Update: Of the 18 names submitted to the court, 14 people testified that they worked for the Lhakhang Karpo project in the ongoing case at the Haa district court on March 20. They also submitted …

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