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Less non-tariff barriers does not translate into more inter regional trade

Factors like domestic supply capacity, consumer preferences, marketing and competition may have more to do with it 

SAARC: Even if the non-tariff barriers (NTB) to regional trade were completely removed with zero tariffs, it would not necessarily result in an increase in trade.

Studies have shown that SAARC member states can gain much more even if there was a 25 percent reduction in transaction cost in intra-regional trade.

For instance, with zero tariff, Nepal can reap [... Read More]

Spadework for Gasa town done

IMG_9835Temporary town: Shops below the dzong operate from small semi-permanent structure

Township: The long overdue township for Gasa, the least populated district, is slowly taking shape, with the topographical and cadastral surveys completed.

With four gewogs spread over steep terrain, there are several shops operating from semi-permanent structures near the dzong.

The township, according to dzongkhag officials, will be located at Kolikha, a few km from the dzong.  The township was approved during the former government’s mid-term review in 2012.

Gasa dzongda Sonam Jigme said the preliminary [... Read More]

Will there be a gender swing at the next elections?

Findings show a desire to see more women in elective offices … though not as mere token figures

ECB Study: While the Election Commission of Bhutan may have been squarely blamed either having less women participating in the electoral processes or for winning an election, for voters, it’s the capability of the candidate and not the gender that matters.

Despite various obstacles that restrict women participation in the electoral processes, a majority of voters are [... Read More]

Rumours of leaked questions being investigated

BCSEA: The Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) is investigating into the rumour that the English II question paper for Class XII’s board examination had leaked.

For the last three days, the council has been trying to trace the source of the rumour soon after word went out that questions worth between 30-50 marks had leaked through a SMS.

The council’s secretary of examinations, Kinga Dakpa, said they have formed a team to [... Read More]

‘Race against waste’ fills seven truckloads

DGPC awarded cash prizes to the winners and certificates to all schools that took part in the contest

Environment: Sixteen schools of Thimphu collected seven truckloads of non-biodegradable waste in the last eight months.

The waste has been sold to Greener Way.

Pet bottles (26 tonnes) made the highest in the list of waste, followed by paper (16 tonnes). Cardboard waste constituted 0.6 tonnes of the total collection. About 506kg of high-density polyethylene was also collected.

Druk [... Read More]

Fuel becomes cheaper by almost Nu 2

Petrol/diesel: Petrol and diesel prices dropped by nearly Nu 2 a litre starting 8pm yesterday, triggered by the heaviest fall in international oil prices in the past five years.

Petrol price dropped by Nu 1.86 to Nu 1.83 across the country, while diesel is cheaper by Nu 1.95 to Nu 1.97 a litre.

A litre of petrol in Thimphu costs Nu 61.72, Nu 59.79 in Phuentsholing and 58.46 in Trashigang.

Thimphu residents pay Nu 1.96 less [... Read More]

Samtse-Chamarchi gate opens to traffic

Border: The Samtse-Chamarchi border gate opened to traffic at 6:30pm yesterday, more than three weeks after it was closed for security reasons, following the death of an Indian maid in Samtse.

The border gate opened after a meeting between authorities from both sides.  District magistrate of Jalpaiguri, Paritha Sarkar, represented the Indian counterpart, while Samtse dzongda Karma Woezir represented Bhutan at the meeting.

“The Indian counterpart had assured us on security and safety,” the dzongda [... Read More]


The 107th National Day

Sherubtse College in Kanglung, Trashigang is all decked up for the 107th National Day celebrations. Apart from the new look that the college got draped itself in, the story is more than just that of nation coming together.  December 17 is important and sacred.

Trashigang is holding the beat of the nation.

The cold weather and the light showers have not dampened the festive mood. The people here are on fire. They need this celebration to be [... Read More]

Farm road to make nye and tshachu more accessible

Once abandoned due to the absence of a bridge, the link has now been brought back to life

Connectivity: Visitors to Goentshaphu nye (sacred site) and Koma tshachu (hot spring) in Punakha will no longer have to hire horses or walk for hours, with restoration work on Shari farm road about to complete.

The seven-kilometre farm road that connects Shari chiwog of Goenshari gewog in Punakha to Gasa highway was initially constructed in 2005-06. However, [... Read More]

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