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Poor yield worries mandarin exporters

Labourers segregate oranges for grading at a depot in Phuentsholing

The orange depots at the Toorsa embankment in Phuentsholing did not get enough supply of oranges this season, say exporters. They say there are fewer oranges in orchards and that the season could wrap up earlier than the previous years. Bhutan Exporters Association had also timed to start the season ...

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Poverty rate drops to 8.2 percent

A total of 56,865 people live below the poverty line, according to the Bhutan Poverty Analysis Report (PAR) 2017. This means that one out of 12 people belongs to households whose per capita consumption is below Nu 2,195.95.The country’s poverty rate stands at 8.21 percent, down from 12 percent in 2012. ...

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Two stabbing cases in one day

Thimphu police detained a 20-year-old man for stabbing a 45-year-old man near his shop opposite the Clock Tower Square in Thimphu on December 2. The incident occurred around 5:35pm. According to police, the shopkeeper’s son and daughter were in the shop when the suspect first visited the shop. The suspect ...

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PSL will revolutionise economy: PM

PM Tshering Tobgay and RMA Governor Dasho Penjore launch the PSL Guidelines

With a prayer ceremony, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay launched the Priority Sector Lending (PSL) Guidelines 2017 at the Kuenrey of Simtokha Dzong yesterday in Thimphu. An outcome of the vision of His Majesty The King, the PSL guidelines provides loan schemes for the cottage and small industries (CSI) sector, which ...

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Awareness campaign held on cervical and breast cancer in T/gang

Self-breast examination techniques were also taught during the two-day campaign

It was a cold winter morning in 2013 when doctors at the Mongar regional referral hospital told Jigme Choden, a farmer from Rongthong village in Trashigang, that she has cervical cancer. Soon after the doctor gave the results of stage I cancer, the mother of six broke down. She was ...

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Haa abuzz with national day preparations

Tshering Nidup and his employees work late into the night to finish orders

It’s 9pm. Tshering Nidup and his three employees are grinding their sewing machines non-stop. They are racing against time. Next to them are heaps of intricately designed bright cloth pieces. Outside, except for few dogs barking, the Haa town is empty, asleep. The town of about two dozen shops close ...

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Vehicles, the main polluter in Bhutan

The National Environment Commission’s strategy and a roadmap recommend using e-taxis, urban buses and hybrid vehicles to address the growing vehicle emission in the country

Low carbon vehicle strategy and a roadmap developed by National Environment Commission (NEC) recommend using e-taxis, urban buses and hybrid vehicles to address the growing vehicle emission in the country. According to Bhutan State of Environment report 2016, the concentration of particulate matter particles with a diameter of 10 micrometre ...

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Cooperatives blame brokers for hiking egg price

From Nu 1,650 a carton, the price of egg has increased to Nu 2,100 in the last two weeks. While consumers and sellers blame farmers for increasing the price, farmers and cooperative groups say that it is the brokers who hike the egg price. One of the main egg-supplying centres ...

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CBIP recognises MHPA as best construction agency

India’s Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) has recognised Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Power Authority (MHPA) as the best construction agency. The award will be presented on January 5 next year in New Delhi. During the occasion, a monthly technical journal titled ‘Water and Energy International’ will also be released, highlighting ...

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Making internet safe and accessible for children

The State of the World’s Children 2017 is themed Children in a Digital World

The State of the World’s Children 2017 has recommended actions to protect children from online harm and called for close coordination at international and national levels to keep pace with digital technology that enables and conceals online child sexual abuse. Other recommendations include providing children with affordable access to high-quality ...

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Researchers find new bat and beetle species

Bhutanese researchers have recorded 15 new lady beetles and 11 species of bats in the country. The bat species were discovered from Chukha. The research was presented at the 4th Annual Bhutan Ecological Society Symposium in Thimphu. Lady beetle species are widely known for their predatory roles. Although their roles ...

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