• Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering opens the National CSI expo during the Bhutan Economic Forum for Innovative Transformation (BEFIT) conference yesterday. About 52 CSI entrepreneurs exhibited their products and services to the participants

    BEFIT to catalyse CSI growth

    At a time when the cottage and small industries (CSIs) globally are turning out to be mainstream financing target, Bhutan is well placed to reap the benefits.Not only the philosophy of Gross National Happiness is fully aligned with evolving investor and corporate mindset but its demography is also heavily skewed towards millennials, who think businesses should go beyond profits to improve society.

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Using traditional paintings to communicate climate change

A painting depicts impact of climate change

In the memory of, a traditional painting displayed at an independent student exhibition on environment art, designed by the youngest artist among nine, was the one to be sold first on the third day of the exhibition on December 3 in Thimphu. The painting by Tandin Tshering, a 19-year-old artist …

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Local quarry operators unhappy with SMCL’s crushing unit

The stone quarry and crushing unit in Chiya has been closed since October this year

Until two months ago, a stone quarry in Udzorong, Trashigang, which was established since 2012 was a success story. The Chiya stone quarry and a crushing unit that produced 30 tons of stone aggregates per hour to meet the local demands, had to shut down. Local operators claim that their business has …

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Boosting community engagement in Chali

Sonam runs a homestay and sells ornamental plants

Chali gewog in Mongar is taking initiatives to improve community engagement in various activities in the gewog. Waste management initiatives and the creation of user groups for better information dissemination and community engagement are some of the initiatives.  Last year, gewog administration officer, Tshering Dema, along with other officers through …

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73-year-old NFE instructor wants to continue teaching


Age has not barred a non-formal education (NFE) instructor from teaching farmers in one of the most remote villages in Bongo, Chukha. At 73, Serchung is one of the oldest NFE instructors in the country today. He teaches the villagers of Damji. He said he started working as an instructor in 1993. Prior to his …

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FMCL loses rice and chilli to elephants in Gelephu

FMCL’s crushed paddy fields

The Regional Farm Machinery Corporation (RFMCL) in Gelephu lost more than 90 percent of its paddy harvest to elephants this year. Harvesting has just begun but there is barely anything to collect, officials said. The RFMCL this year planted paddy on about 50 acres of wetland in the fishery area …

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Study recommends stillbirth surveillance

The stillbirth rate for Bhutan is 10 per 1,000 live births, which is lower than 16 per 1,000 live births estimated in a medical journal, Lancet Series 2015. This is according to a retrospective study published in the recent Bhutan Health Journal. Stillbirth is an important public health concern but …

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Reports awaited on the death of Bhutanese student in Japan

The labour and foreign ministries among others are awaiting the report and results from Japan to confirm if the death of the 24-year old Bhutanese in Fukuokawas a suicide. Director General of the Department of Employment and Human Resources, Sherab Tenzin, said the ministry met with the relatives of the …

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  The weeklong Goenpoi Torjab (appeasing Mahakala) ceremony performed by 150 monks from Mongar rabdey concluded yesterday. 

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LUC members learn to operate power tillers Kanglung

12 participants are attending the month-long power tiller operation training in Khangma

Steering her way out of the narrow curves, 19-year-old Duptho Wangmo has a firm control over the power tiller she is driving. Along with her are 11 other beginners learning to operate a power tiller at the regional Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) in Khangma, Kanglung. “This is the second day …

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Cooperatives gain popularity among farmers

Farmers’ groups and co-operatives are gaining popularity, according to the department of agricultural marketing and co-operatives’ annual report 2017-18. During the fiscal year, the department registered a total of 55 farmers’ groups and 12 co-operatives. Forty-three of them were livestock-based; 24 were agriculture-based. There were a total 10,948 members as …

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Food import value almost triples that of export

At a time when the country’s is striving hard to achieve food self-sufficiency, trade statistics show a serious food trade deficit. Bhutan imported food commodities twice the value of export, according to provisional trade statistics for three quarters of this year. Bhutan experienced a food trade deficit of Nu 5.2B …

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Rice cultivation area shrinks 

A decline in cultivated land has resulted in Bhutan losing more than 31,300 tons of rice in the last two decades, which could have otherwise fed one-fifth of the total population for a year. The country is 47 percent rice self-sufficient. According to Yadunath Bajgai (PhD), principal research officer with …

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