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What ails the juice industry?

DSC01177CBI expert Bastiaan Bijl presents the findings yesterday

Studies show a decline in apples and mandarin yield, which leads to a drop in the supply of processed products

Workshop: Lack of supply, labourers, laboratories and fruit production were what caused production to decline over the years for juice industries in Bhutan, according to an “analysis of the juice value chain” by the CBI, ministry of foreign affairs based in the Netherlands.

These reasons were shared during a stakeholder workshop for validation and completion [... Read More]

Swap obligation to be liquidated tomorrow

After which total rupee reserve would come down to Rs 400M

RMA: The central bank will clear on Wednesday (September 25) the Indian Rupee (INR) borrowings of 5.4B it made through the currency swap arrangement with the Reserve Bank of India.

This will bring down the INR borrowings to meet import payments to 10B.  In June this year, the INR borrowing was around 20B from the GoI credit facility, commercial banks in India and the [... Read More]

Preparing for the civil service

IMG_0744Graduates fill up verification forms to sit up for the civil service examination

Education: That the civil service still remains the first job preference for university graduates is apparent from the number of them vying for the limited slots every year through a strenuous selection.

But to get a chance to work with the civil service and reap the benefits, job security being the main one, that comes with it today, graduates have to work even harder than they did in their previous examinations to ensure that [... Read More]

USD rise stalls drop in Druknet rates

Internet: Further drops in the price of Druknet leased line and broadband internet are unlikely to occur this year, according to the internet service provider (ISP).

The ISP lowered its leased line rates between 30-70 percent, along with increasing the data quota by up to 60 percent, while maintaining the same price for its broadband packages in June.

This was followed by another data quota increase for some of its broadband packages in July.

However, the [... Read More]

Picture story

Tired of boring lectures on democracy? Well you can learn it while playing a game.
Election officials last week were trained on SIM Democracy, a board game, that helps one learn about democracy and democratic process through interactive role plays and simulated learning mechanism.
With support from Fridrich Naumann Foundation, about 300 sets of the board game will be distributed across schools and [... Read More]

Home minister answers questions on Sarpang abductions


NC: The porous border and insurgencies across the border were the main reasons leading to security problems in southern border districts according to the home and culture affairs minister, Damchoe Dorji.

He was responding to Sarpang councilor, Dhan Bdr Monger at the Council’s question hour session on September 20 who asked about the government’s measures and strategies to solve the repetitive abduction problems in Sarpang district.

Damchoe Dorji said miscreants enter the country and either [... Read More]

Youth volunteer groups clean up Thimphu


Youth organisations in Bhutan joined the global community for the environmental campaign “Clean Up the World” last Sunday in Thimphu.

More than 100 youth from different organisations gathered on the Clock tower Square early in the morning and spread out to collect thrash on the streets of Thimphu town.

The cleaning campaign is only the beginning of many activities and events that will be organised by the Community Based Scouts (CBS) in Bhutan. More than 30 new [... Read More]

CDG and LGG – What’s the diff?

Will the council that nixed the former find similar fault with its new avatar?

Analysis: Many eyes will be on the National Council (NC) when it takes up the national budget deliberation this week, especially when they reach the part that reflects the new government’s initiative of Nu 2M grant for each gewog, as pledged.

Going by the discussions on the grant during the adoption of the budget at the National Assembly (NA) last week, [... Read More]

It still pays to have connections?

DSC_6465National Council in session on September 18

Jobs: For the last four years, a 28 year-old economics graduate has been fishing around for a job, sticking his head into many government and corporate offices whether they announce vacancies or not.

So far, his quest has been an unfruitful one.

For the being, the 28 year-old continues with temporary jobs, particularly as a guide of a tourism company.

But working as a civil servant with steady income, opportunities for trainings abroad and a secure [... Read More]

Bhutanese cuisine lack variety

This is one of the most common complaints about the country among international tourists

Tourism: Lack of variety in choices of food items and restaurants that serve selection of meals were the main complaints among international tourists, including the Dollar paying ones, with regards to their experience in the country.

A tourism agency, All Bhutan Connection’s (ABC) managing director Tshering Dhendup said a major chunk of a tour operator’s money went into food and accommodation.

For [... Read More]