• 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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Recovering addicts at the happiness centre

Spring has brought fresh hope for Pema, an 18-year-old recovering addict in Phuentsholing. The promise lies with the Happiness Centre Recovery Volunteer Group (HCRVG) located at the confluence of Omchhu and Toorsa. It has been two months since the Class VI dropout was accepted as a client by the happiness …

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Brand Bumthang to promote and preserve culture

Making bronze statues is one of the initiatives to promote Brand Bumthang

Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (BCCI) regional office in Bumthang has helped initiate three projects to enhance culture and tradition and create jobs in the dzongkhag. Called ‘Brand Bumthang’, the initiatives include making bronze statue, buckwheat noodle making and producing yathra slippers and boots. BCCI in-charge, Lekden Wangchuk, said …

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379 health workers’ practicing license suspended

Bhutan Medical and Health Council (BMHC) suspended 379 medical and health professionals’ license to practice for failing to renew their certificate of registration. The suspension list includes six doctors, a dental surgeon, 37 pharmacists, 120 nurses, 205 paramedical professionals, four drungtshos and six menpas. BMHC’s registrar general, Sonam Dorji, said a practising medical …

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Labour ministry to keep tab on Malaysia programme 

An investigation team from the labour ministry found that the Best Placement Agency, the agent that sent 92 students to Malaysia had not violated any rules and acted as per the contract agreements it drew with the students. After two students lodged a complaint against the agent in November last …

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Gelephu LSS initiates feeding programme for the less fortunate

15 students are provided midday meals daily through the feeding programme

It is lunchtime at Gelephu Lower Secondary School, Sarpang. In small groups, students sit around their lunch. A small bunch of students group themselves near the multi-purpose hall. They are the one who cannot afford to bring their own lunch to school. With steel plates and mugs, they queue in …

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Savour Bhutan hits market

KIL hopes to substitute imported cheese with its local processed cheese

Giving choice to the people, Koufuku International Limited (KIL) has launched its new product, Savour Bhutan, the Ema Datshi cheese in the market. The first local block cheese produced at Chenary in Trashigang is a blend of Gouda and cheddar cheese. KIL did a market trial on April 19 and …

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Poor road condition affects commuters in Pemagatshel

The highway will be blacktopped in the 12th plan

Commuters plying along the 22kms Pemagatshel-Tshelinggor highway are worried, as the condition of the road is becoming worse. The highway is important for the people of Pemagatshel as it connects the dzongkhag with Samdrupjongkhar. “But there are no maintenance and blacktopping works carried out for a long time,” a Pemagatshel …

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Share trading goes mobile

The Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan (RSEB) has launched m-CaMS, a mobile application to ease share trading and encourage wider participation in the capital market. The RSEB will facilitate trading two times a day, between 12:30 PM AND 3:30 PM. This will happen every day from Monday to Friday. So …

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Court asks BoB to reinstate employee

The Thimphu district court on April 11 ordered the Bank of Bhutan (BoB) to reinstate their employee, Kesang Wangmo to her former position after the bank compulsorily retired her. The judgment ordered the bank to compensate Nu 22,500 for six months and other benefits for the year she remained unemployed …

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Picture story

The first floor of a two-storied boys hostel at Yurung Central School in Pemagatshel was completely damaged in a fire yesterday afternoon. Police said the cause of the fire is unknown as the incident occurred when the students were in class. Teachers, students and residents of Yurung managed to contain …

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A call to rationalise in country travel claims

Of the 10 recommendations the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) made to the finance ministry on in-country travel claims, six are partially implemented. The RAA had pointed out weak administrative, supervisory and monitoring controls on in country travel claims. Three recommendations were not implemented and one is in the process of …

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