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Internet, fixed line phone services improve in Bumthang

… following the installation of optical fibre infrastructure provided by JICA

ICT: Internet and voice services in Jalikhar, Bumthang have improved significantly after the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) introduced fibre technology (FTTX) in October last year.

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Bhutan-Japan friendship offer launched

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Japanese tourists are entitled huge discounts in June, July and August 

Tourism: Japanese tourists visiting Bhutan will not have to pay the mandatory minimum daily package rate of USD 200 per person. They will only pay the daily royalty of USD 65 per person per night.

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Reducing alcohol import will require curbing local demand

Policy: Bhutan’s most successful failure to date has been in trying to address the issue of excessive consumption of alcohol. Various measures have already been tried, not counting the National Policy and Strategic Framework To Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol (2015-2020) that the cabinet endorsed recently.

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Policy drafted to strengthen RNR marketing

Agriculture: The uncontrolled ever-escalating price of vegetables that is determined by a handful of suppliers could come to an end if the Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) marketing policy comes through.

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Lone thrompon candidate attends public debate

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…where the public didn’t have opportunity to test their candidate

Debate: Thimphu thrompon candidate Kinlay Dorjee believes that he deserves a second term in office that would allow him to complete the works that the thromde has started under his leadership.

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Bhutan Telecom introducing WiFi hotspots

… as another move to decongest its 3G network 

ICT: As part of its effort to decongest its 3G network, Bhutan Telecom (BT) is re-introducing public WiFi hotspots in the Thimphu core area.

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My Country, My Town

  • Spring is in the air: Ripening tomatoes bear testimony to the bounty of the season Photo by Sonam Gyeltshen
    Spring is in the air: Ripening tomatoes bear testimony to the bounty of the season Photo by Sonam Gyeltshen
  • Dry as dust: In these water shortage days the flush toilet may soon be found only in museums Photo by Mon Bahadur Rai
    Dry as dust: In these water shortage days the flush toilet may soon be found only in museums Photo by Mon Bahadur Rai
  • Innovative thinking: A novel cycle stand that addresses the handlebars rather than the front wheel Photo by Dorji Phuntsho
    Innovative thinking: A novel cycle stand that addresses the handlebars rather than the front wheel Photo by Dorji Phuntsho
  • A plethora of pigeons: With no predators around their number will abound Photo by Birkha B. Singer, Thimphu
    A plethora of pigeons: With no predators around their number will abound Photo by Birkha B. Singer, Thimphu
  • Goenpa guard dogs: Feed this trio some tidbits before setting foot on these sacred premises. Photo by Ten Dorji, Barshong PS, Trashigang
  • Catch in the act: Costly high-tech gadgets make sure crime doesn’t pay. Photo by Mon Bahadur Rai
    Catch in the act: Costly high-tech gadgets make sure crime doesn’t pay. Photo by Mon Bahadur Rai