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Marginal growth in apple exports

This despite the fact that the country’s orchards saw a higher yield this year

Horticulture: With the last few apple consignments exported yesterday, apple growers in the country this year witnessed a marginal growth in export.

About 1,387.42 metric tonnes (MT) of apples were exported to Bangladesh this export season, which is equivalent to 230 truckloads of apples.  Which means, Bhutan exported apples worth USD 0.9M to Bangladesh.

The export season, which usually ends by mid [... Read More]

Washed away culvert-bridge to be reconstructed soon

Lorikhachu:  A five-month old culvert-bridge over Lorikhachu that was washed away in August leaving nine chiwogs under Tading gewog in Samtse disconnected from the motorable road will be reconstructed soon.

Samtse dzongkhag officials said that the size of the new bridge is likely to increase.  A continuous downpour in August washed away the bridge.

Dzongkhag engineer Tshering Wangchuk, said they were waiting for the detailed design and study of the bridge from the bridge division [... Read More]

Dungsam floats another Nu 700M bond

DCCL: To meet debt obligations and other corporate expenses, the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) is raising Nu 700M through corporate bonds.

In July this year, DCCL availed a short-term loan of Nu 700M from NPPF to meet the long-term debt obligation with banks in India and Bhutan.  The proceeds from this bond would be used to pay the short-term loan with NPPF.

Corporation’s commercial general manager, Tshering Tenzin, said DCCL initially intended to issue [... Read More]

Doongmanma PS – A school on WFP life support

DSC_5955Food for thought: Feeding program has improved students’ attendance in school

The only way to keep students in attendance is to feed them two square meals daily

Education: Students of Doongmanma primary school don’t go to school for education alone.

Since 2008, the school started providing two meals a day through the World Food Program (WFP), which, according to school authorities, was a blessing.

The meals, besides improving their health, also brought tremendous change in the students’ attendance.  The school is located in Doongmanma chiwog under Lauri [... Read More]

The “Imagine Civil Society” dialogue

IMG_0651Participants discuss the role of civil society

Discussion on some of the unanswered questions of what a CSO really is

BCMD: Civil society organizations (CSO) in an emerging democracy like Bhutan need to work together for them to play their role of bringing changes and filling up gaps that are left unattended.

The roles and need of civil society were discussed yesterday during the “Imagine Civil Society” dialogue that the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy had organised.

The dialogue, which ends today, [... Read More]

Cab fare hike in festive season

Drivers though say it’s passengers who offer higher prices due to increased demand

Taxis: The sudden hike in taxi fares during special occasions in the country is a frequent complaint among passengers, who mainly depend on public transportation.

The recent occasion being the Thimphu tshechu, passengers said taxi drivers demanded almost double the normal fare to various destinations.  People said they were charged Nu 500 to Nu 600 to Wangduephodrang and Punakha, Nu 300 to [... Read More]


Talking trash

With the Thimphu thromde receiving four compactor trucks from the government of Japan, waste collection in the capital city is expected to improve.  This will come as a relief to the capital’s residents, besides the thromde, which is facing an uphill task in its battle against garbage collection and management.

Managing waste is a problem in this ever-expanding city.  In fact, the garbage strewn around is an eyesore in the capital.  Without timely and adequate facilities [... Read More]

Picture story

Ambassador of Switzerland to Bhutan Linus Von Castelmur called on Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu. The ambassador is in the country to sign the mutual visa exemption agreement with the foreign secretary today. The arrangement is expected to facilitate official travel between the two countries and strengthen contacts and cooperation.


Work on Khitsang underway

DuksumOn track: Ancillary works in progress

More than half the infrastructure is in place and it’s due to be completed by next August

Township: Installation of basic infrastructure for Khitsang township in Trashiyangtse is expected to be completed by the third week of August next year.

More than 50 percent of infrastructural works, like the internal urban road network, sewer pipelines and water supply, have already been completed.

Trashiyangtse’s municipal engineer, Jigme Tshewang, said formation cutting of 5.3km internal road has been [... Read More]

Cataract surgery camp treats 196 elderly patients

eye-camp-2Eye camp: Health officials distribute steroids and antibiotics to the patients

This was a first by the Himalayan Cataract Project for the east

HCP: About 196 elderly patients underwent senile cataract surgeries at Trashigang general hospital during the two-day cataract surgery camp that ended yesterday.

Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), a non-governmental organisation for eye care that has been supporting Bhutan since 2000, organised the surgery camp in collaboration with the health ministry.

A surgical team from Nepal conducted the surgeries, where people from all the six eastern [... Read More]

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