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Review calls for improvement in passport delivery

G2C: At the two-day review programme that ended on December 25, both service users and providers agreed that the present passport delivery system needs improvement.

The head of G2C office, Sonam Pelden Thaye,  said the passport service is an important core service that is required by all citizens.

“That’s why we are reviewing the passport service to simplifying the delivery of the service,” she said.

Service users said that there is a need to simplify document [... Read More]


For a permanent solution

Assam is all geared for a highly charged operation against militant outfit following a mass killing of tribal women earlier this week. With troops from the Indian army pouring in to the strife-torn state for what is now known as operation “All Out,” it is going to be a tense situation along the border.

This is unfortunate, not only for our neighbouring state, but also for us. The troublesome state with a history of more than [... Read More]

Youth group trained in milk processing

DSC_1321The group members learn how to wash milk bottles at the dairy plant in Yusipang

They approached livestock department to train them

Business: Not being able to sell half of the 50-litre fresh milk they brought from Paro a month back, members of the Youth Business Cooperatives (YBC) decided that they needed training on how to turn the leftover milk to butter and yogurt.

The group, then, approached the National Dairy Development Centre (NDDC) with the department of livestock and received a three-day training that completed yesterday.

A total of six [... Read More]

Duty-free exports to Bangladesh revised

Trade: Bhutanese manufactured fruit Juices in tetra packs are now exempted from duties and other taxes, while exporting to Bangladesh.

This was the outcome of secretary level meeting held between the two countries in Thimphu in April followed by renewal of trade agreement that materialised during the recent visit of the Prime Minister to Bangladesh.

In the last trade agreement that was renewed in 2008, Bangladesh identified 18 major categories of duty free import items [... Read More]

GNH survey begins

Survey expected to take five months

GNH: How happy would you say you are, over all? What is your current marital status? How many times have you married if you have married more than once? How long did you have to wait at the hospital before receiving the health care service?

These are some of the questions, a university graduate Choki Yangzom asks Nidip Gyeltshen, a father of two from Kilkhor gewog of Mongar. Seated [... Read More]

Portal helps seekers get job

Employment: Ministry of labour has given employment to 4,471 jobseekers out of 8,425 who registered in the ministry’s job portal this year.

In January, 980 jobseekers registered in the portal. A total of 588 vacancies were available. Only two jobseekers were employed. In July 1087 jobseekers were recruited in different sectors.

On an average, more than 30 jobseekers register with the portal every day.

According to the ministry’s report, a total of 6937 jobseekers had registered [... Read More]

Picture story

To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King, Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) and WWF Bhutan launched four publications on conservation yesterday at the Royal Society for Protection of Nature conference hall. The publication includes a comic and workbook for children on understanding waste and a journal.


Into the wild

IMG_5509Chimi Dorji, Aaron and Nicholas crossing Rinchendzoe

Ice is melting fast in the mountains and lakes are getting bigger. There is a real chance of another glof. Only we do not know when. 

In the early hours of September 2, I squeezed in with a team from Department of Hydro-Met Services (DHMS). There were two researchers from Columbia University, the USA – Aaron Putnam and Nicholas Young. With DHMS’ Chimi Dorji, we were four in the group. And up we headed to Gasa. [... Read More]

Drop in honey production stings beekeepers

IMG_9271Bee hives in Jalikhar outside the association’s office

Increasing construction activities and changing weather are attributed for the slump

Business: Honey production in Bumthang this year plunged to a record low of 10.5 metric tons(MT), the lowest in the last 13 years.

According to the beekeepers association of Bhutan (BAB), honey production was on steady rise from 2002. Since 2001 BAB has produced over 15MT of honey annually.

“This year’s 10.5MT is the lowest since 2001,” BAB chairman, Tul Bdr Chettri said.

Cash earnings from [... Read More]

From a farm road to a gewog center road

PICLyonpo Yeshey Dorji inaugurates Narang gewog center road

A five- hour walk to the road head is down to an hour due to the farm road

Connectivity: After serving as a farm road for almost a year, the 14.1 km Narang-Rolong road in Mongar was formally inaugurated as a gewog center (GC) road by the agriculture and forest minister, Yeshey Dorji, yesterday.

Since the other road that has access to Narang gewog diverts from Dremeste zero point along the Trashigang-Mongar highway, was too [... Read More]

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