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Trashigang completes 90 percent of 11th Plan activities

The construction of a two-storey parking lot in Trashigang is among the remaining 11th Plan activities

With about seven months left for the 11th Plan to be complete, Trashigang dzongkhag claims to have completed about 90 percent of its planned activities. The achievement, officials say, is in terms of implementing activities as well as in budget spent. Under the agriculture sector, the dzongkhag has cleared more ...

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GNH of Business assessment tool proposed

At the International Conference on GNH in Thimphu yesterday, Centre for Bhutan Studies (CBS) and Gross National Happiness Research (GNH) proposed GNH of Business Assessment Tool to certify businesses. Close to 200 participants from 29 countries are attending the three-day conference. The proposed tool is expected to systematically assess a ...

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Culture influences entrepreneurship, finds study

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay addresses the GNH for Business conference yesterday

Bhutan has to rethink entrepreneurship through the lens of culture to foster sustainable entrepreneurship and Gross National Happiness, according to a Canadian researcher. Kent Schroeder is the director of International Development Projects at Humber College, Toronto in Canada. He has been researching on Bhutan since 2008 and was one of ...

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Bangladesh seeks to reduce trade deficit with Bhutan

Bangladesh delegation agrees to resolve issues related to export of limestone from Bhutan soon While Bhutan’s exports to Bangladesh have been increasing rapidly over the years, increase in imports from Bangladesh has been meager. This was highlighted by the Bangladeshi delegation during the third meeting of the joint working group ...

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Agencies come together to implement Bhutan One Health Strategy Plan

Health ministry, agriculture ministry, and stakeholders Thimphu on November 6 signed an MoU to implement Bhutan One Health Strategic Plan (BOHSP) 2017–2021. Lack of strategic framework to formalise, guide and sustain the implementation of One Health approach to prevent and control zoonotic and high-impact diseases in the country called for ...

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Lending policy prioritises cottage and small industries

Cottage and small industries (CSI) are expected to see major changes starting next year. The Royal Monetary Authority  (RMA) states that it has come up with a policy for priority sector lending (PSL) and CSI will be a priority. The central bank is expected to launch the policy next month. ...

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Exporters delay orange export to improve market

The coordination meeting decided to start mandarin export from November 25

As an export strategy, the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) will start exporting citrus mandarin (orange) in the last week of November, which is later than the usual export time. This was decided at the mandarin export coordination meeting yesterday. The strategy is to export ripe and mature oranges, which is ...

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Completion of bridge’s construction makes Sakteng residents happy

The 120 feet bailey bridge in Thrakthi was opened to vehicular movement yesterday (Photo courtesy: DoR)

With the completion of the construction of Chubjarongchu bridge in Thrakthi, Sakteng gewog, residents in Trashigang are hopeful that the gewog centre road would be completed on time. The 120ft Bailey bridge, constructed with Nu 6M, opened to traffic yesterday. The bridge connects Thrakthi (the current nearest road point to ...

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30 children’s books by children released

The books were published through the ‘Children Writing for Children’ initiative

To increase reading materials for children and encourage children to read and write at a young age, 30 children’s books written by children in the country were released yesterday in Thimphu. Under the programme ‘Children Writing for Children,’ students between the ages of 12 to 16 from Zhemgang worked with ...

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JNEC to offer Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from next year

Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC) in Dewathang, Samdrupjongkhar, has upgraded its diploma of mechanical engineering course to a Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (BEME). The college will offer the four-year course next year. President of JNEC, Andu Drukpa (PhD) said that the course would be offered together with the ...

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SDF and e-permit rule could impact hotel business

Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan’s (HRAB) officials say that the implementation of the e-permit system and sustainable development fees (SDF) for regional tourists could impact business in the country. E-permit is a pass for regional tourists that can be applied online. Chairman of HRAB, Thinley Palden Dorji, said that ...

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Most SDP projects complete, rest on schedule

More than 75 percent of the 595 Small Development Projects (SDP) in the 11th Plan has been completed. Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) presented this report at the 7th SDP Committee meeting between Bhutan and India in Thimphu yesterday. Of the total SDP approved in five batches, 450 projects were ...

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