Thursday, October 30th, 2014 - 9:54 PM
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Doing Business: A Useful Tool

Last week the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation jointly released the 2014 Ease of Doing Business Index (EDBI), which compares the enabling environment for medium sized business to start up and operate in nearly 200 countries around the world. This year Bhutan ranked 141 out of 189 countries. This is an improvement of 7 positions from last year when we were ranked 148 out of 185 countries.

The EDBI ranking uses 10 indicators to [... Read More]

Tourist numbers register increase

Tourism: About 20,160 regional and international or dollar paying tourists visited the country last month.

This was an increase of 27.98 percent from those who visited the country in October last year.  Tourism council of Bhutan (TCB) recorded 15,752 regional and international tourists last year.

The month is also considered as the time of the year when tour operators, hoteliers, guides, and handicraft shops make more money.  Drukair also deploys additional flights to accommodate the [... Read More]

Picture story

Villagers including mothers, students, civil servant and the drangpon of Samdrupcholing dungkhag took part in a 12-km marathon to observe the World Diabetes Day on November 14. The Samdrupcholing Women Association organised the marathon to promote healthy living


Picture story

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay delivers his statement at The Bangkok Dialogue on the Rule of Law today morning in Thailand.


Bound by common ties

PMAfter guard of honour ceremony: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay walk to the government house yesterday

Diplomacy: Marking the 24th anniversary of Bhutan-Thailand diplomatic ties, the two nations signed a trade and economic cooperation agreement yesterday to further strengthen the friendship.

Following a closed-door meeting, the agreement was signed between Thailand’s commerce minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan and economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk in presence of prime ministers of the two nations.

At a luncheon, welcoming Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay on his first official visit to Thailand, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Bhutan and [... Read More]

Salt price hike, mere rumours

customers-in-MongarStocking up: Mongar residents after hearing from relatives in Thimphu and Phuentsholing about possible salt price hike rush to a grocery shop to buy salt in bulk. Some shops in Mongar claimed to have sold more than 100 packets of salt yesterday evening

Rumour: Following rumours about a possible hike in the price of imported cooking salt, Phuentsholing and Thimphu residents yesterday rushed to grocery shops to stock the essential item.

Rumours that cooking salt would cost as much as Nu 100 a kilogram from today spread across most parts of the country. Cooking salt cost Nu 10 to 20 a kilogram. Following the rumours, Phuentsholing residents went on a salt buying spree. “I bought a carton [... Read More]

Local leaders cut up about cut budget

DT-in-lhuntseDT in session

A lot of gewog-planned activities have, in effect, fallen by the wayside

DT: Local leaders of Lhuentse dzongkhag will soon ask the Gross National Happiness commission (GNHC) and national budget office to explain why their budgets for planned activities were slashed.

Representatives from the eight gewogs discussed the issue during the fifth dzongkhag tshogdu on November 13.

They said the people were not happy with the government for reducing the budget of local government plans, and [... Read More]


Not taken with a pinch of salt

That Bhutan is a rumour prone society became obvious yesterday evening.

With the rumour of an imminent hike in the price of cooking salt spreading faster than our forest fires, hundreds of people across the country came out of their homes to buy salt.  Some began hoarding.

By late evening, some groceries in town had run out of stock.  As salt is a commodity that can last for months, many shops didn’t have much in stock.  Those [... Read More]

Forest fire incidents on the decrease

IMG_0051Campaigning along: Forest officials with desuups discuss forest fire prevention measures with Thimphu residents as they did with may others between Kuenselphodrang and Namseling

Awareness: From 2012 till date, forest officials recorded 34 cases of forest fire across the country that burnt more than 12,000 acres in the dry winter months of November until February.

Between 2011 and 2012 they had recorded 39 cases of forest fire that burnt more than 10,000 acres of forest.

But the highest incidents of forest fire was recorded between 2008 and 2009 that saw 74 cases of forest fire, but did the least [... Read More]

Clearing the foreign workers issue

Meeting descends into a slanging match

FWRA: The discussions were informal, the exchange of words was not, as labour officials and foreign workers recruitment agencies (FWRA) met to discuss issues on Wednesday in Phuentsholing.  There were no new issues but, from the discussions, the old ones were enough for a daylong discussion.

As they discussed misuse of work permit, absconding labourers, contract agreement, and response from the labour department, accusations flew at each other.  The [... Read More]