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Low carbon tourism on display at ITB Germany

20 environmentally friendly packages launched for tourists to explore in Bhutan ABTO: The Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO), on March 5, launched 20 low carbon, environmentally friendly, tourism products and packages for tourists to explore in Bhutan at the ITB Berlin, Germany . The ITB Berlin is the world’s …

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Some say yes, and some say no

Opinions divided about project’s social benefits filtering down to local community MHPA: Mangdechhu hydroelectric project authority (MHPA) officials are dismissing claims by community leaders that the social benefits of the project have not trickled down to the community. Project officials say that various schemes are being implemented to uplift the …

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eDesk to enable PM to monitor G2C service delivery

The online tool will monitor how long it takes agencies to process applications for their services ICT: An online monitoring tool that will allow the Prime Minister to personally track how long government agencies take to process online public service applications, was launched, yesterday. Called the PM’s eDesk, the system …

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Indian budget presents opportunities for Bhutan

Among others, a reduction in customs duty is expected to have a positive impact on the Bhutanese economy  GoI: The reduction in customs duty by the Indian government in its national budget 2015-16 is expected to make import of some goods from India cheaper.  Customs duty is an indirect tax …

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Govt. reiterates commitment to E. Bhutan tourist target

That’s 20 percent within the 11th Plan, despite the less than four percent current footfall  Tourism: Irrespective of the ongoing east-west highway widening work hampering tourism, the government is committed to take 20 percent of the total tourist arrivals to the east. “We stand by that commitment,” Prime Minister Tshering …

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The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Bhutan, His Excellency Jan Luykx, presented credentials to His Majesty King. The Ambassador also met with Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay and other senior government officials.    

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All involved in leaking exam paper will be charged: PM

RBP is currently looking into the case on the instructions of OAG BCSEA: The Royal Bhutan Police is currently investigating the English II paper leak that nearly jeopardised the board examination results, last year. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) called for the investigation after receiving the preliminary findings …

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The mystery of the missing father

A convoluted paternity suit has at stake the antecedents of a 24-year-old son Census: Serbu Maya Rai, a Gakiling farmer in Sarpang is bearing the brunt of an extra marital affair she had with a neighbour more than two decades ago.  She claims him to be the father of her …

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Electric fence guard does Guyum good

Wildlife: The past year was a good one for the people of Guyum in Pemagatshel.  The village had the best potato yield in recent memory.  Guyum farmers are expecting the same this year when they harvest the crop in June and July. Farmers say that the crop yield increased after …

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Overseas employment programme makes slow progress

Only about two percent of the total 30,000 jobseekers have been sent abroad so far MoLHR: One and a half years since the launch of overseas employment programme, the labour ministry and overseas employment agencies have sent 715 jobseekers out of the country for training. This works out to about …

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Potato leads 2014 production chart

Last year saw new highs, both in terms of yield and income generated Agriculture: Following good price at the auction yard, Bhutanese farmers sold more than 26,345 metric tonnes (MT) of potatoes, worth Nu 684.10 million in 2014. This was one of the highest, both in terms of amount and …

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