• Charging stations will be installed in six dzongkhags

    26 taxis register for electric vehicles

    Two weeks after the communication ministry issued the notification, about 26 Taxi Operating Permit (TOP) holders in Thimphu have registered with the ministry’s Project Management Unit (PMU), to procure electric car to replace their fossil fueled taxis. There are 535 TOP holders in Thimphu.

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LUC members learn to operate power tillers Kanglung

12 participants are attending the month-long power tiller operation training in Khangma

Steering her way out of the narrow curves, 19-year-old Duptho Wangmo has a firm control over the power tiller she is driving. Along with her are 11 other beginners learning to operate a power tiller at the regional Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) in Khangma, Kanglung. “This is the second day …

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Cooperatives gain popularity among farmers

Farmers’ groups and co-operatives are gaining popularity, according to the department of agricultural marketing and co-operatives’ annual report 2017-18. During the fiscal year, the department registered a total of 55 farmers’ groups and 12 co-operatives. Forty-three of them were livestock-based; 24 were agriculture-based. There were a total 10,948 members as …

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Food import value almost triples that of export

At a time when the country’s is striving hard to achieve food self-sufficiency, trade statistics show a serious food trade deficit. Bhutan imported food commodities twice the value of export, according to provisional trade statistics for three quarters of this year. Bhutan experienced a food trade deficit of Nu 5.2B …

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Rice cultivation area shrinks 

A decline in cultivated land has resulted in Bhutan losing more than 31,300 tons of rice in the last two decades, which could have otherwise fed one-fifth of the total population for a year. The country is 47 percent rice self-sufficient. According to Yadunath Bajgai (PhD), principal research officer with …

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Over-exploitation and agriculture threaten biodiversity

The main drivers of biodiversity decline continue to be the over-exploitation of species, agriculture and land conversion – all driven by uncontrollable human consumption, the recently released Living Planet report 2018 states. The report, published every two years, presents a comprehensive overview of the state of the natural world. Through …

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Bhutanese student in Japan allegedly commits suicide 

A 24-year-old Bhutanese student allegedly committed suicide in Fukuoka, Japan. The body was found at a park in Fukuoka, Japan yesterday morning. The foreign minister, Dr Tandi Dorji, said that officials from the labour and foreign ministries were working on providing assistance to the parents of the victim. “As we …

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KIL struggles to find a market for its products 

KIL produces about 5,000 cups of probiotic yoghurt daily

In an effort to substitute dairy imports, Koufuku International Limited (KIL), a dairy processing plant at Chenary in Trashigang has managed to replace imported yoghurt in the inflight meals for the two Bhutanese airlines. Since October this year, KIL has been supplying about 6,000 cups of premium probiotic yoghurt (Delight …

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Ambassador Tshering Gyaltshen Penjor on December 4 presented his credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bhutan to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.

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Dorokha – Thimphu passenger bus begins

The first passenger bus between Dorokha and Thimphu

The first passenger bus between Dorokha, Samtse and Thimphu hit the roads yesterday. Four passengers boarded the bus from Dorokha. Bumpa Transport is providing the bus service. The 19-seater coaster would ply the Samtse-Phuentsholing road from the Amochhu Bridge. A ticket costs Nu 385. Base in-charge of the Road Safety …

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JOCV benefit schools and institutes

Bhutan has received 580 JOCVs and senior volunteers until today

Kidheykhar Central School in Mongar is known to have one of the strongest basketball teams in the dzongkhag. During an inter-school basketball competition in Mongar this year, the senior basketball team from the school gave a tough competition to the higher schools. Kidheykhar Central School’s bio-HPE teacher, Sonam Tobgay, said …

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Austrian delegation in Bhutan to strengthen cooperation 

Austria’s expertise in agriculture, hydropower, tourism and manufacturing industries makes it a potential investor for Bhutan, according to Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). A delegation from Austria is in the country from December 1 to December 6 to explore potential areas of cooperation with the Bhutanese government and …

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