• GDP growth drops to 4.6 percent in 2017

    Against a higher projection and the-so-claimed “robust performance”, the country’s economy recorded a growth of 4.63 percent in 2017, a decrease of 3.39 percentage points compared with that of 2016.

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A book with something for everyone

Review: Here is a book that is neither here nor there.  It is difficult to give it a place where it should belong.  Not for the want of any worth, though.  The book talks about many subjects and many things all too lavishly.  It doesn’t belong to any particular genre. …

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Ministry to respond to audit memos today

The authority has opened a can of worms vis-à-vis the accounting practices of MoIC RAA: The ministry of information and communications (MoIC) will today respond to the 14 audit memos that the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has issued with total financial implications aggregating to Nu 7.09M (million) last month. Of …

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A plan to keep water clean

A valuable tool for thromdes to ensure that every household receives safe supply WSP: Officials from the ministry of works and human settlement (MoWHS), 14 participants from Thimphu thromde and a WHO consultant are developing a Water Safety Plan (WSP) for Thimphu city. Tshering Choden, executive engineer with MoWHS, said …

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Bhutan Telecom introduces fee to lessen B-Wallet congestion

Tech: In a move that has irked some Bank of Bhutan (BoB) B-Wallet users, BT will charge a Nu 10 fee for every third-party transaction done using the mobile payment system. This means that while mobile recharges, fixed line phone and broadband bill payments will still be free, other services …

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Cooperatives’ tie-up on the rocks

EGGS: Tsirang poultry cooperative (TPC) has decided to not supply eggs to the youth business cooperative (YBC) in Thimphu because of some the latter’s failure to abide by the agreement. A TPC accountant, Juma Kanta, said that, in an agreement drawn between YBC and TPC, it was clearly stated that …

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Gomdar dairy tshogpa sets its sights high

Given that demand far outstrips supply, the association has nowhere to go but up Cooperative: As soon as the clock strikes seven, Genden Zangmo, 48, in Gomdar carries her bamboo basket and goes out knocking on her neighbours’ doors. Each door opens to hand over bottles of milk.  Her friend …

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Picture story

A solo exhibition by model turned actor Kelly Dorji titled ‘Chha’ portraying meditation and mindfulness through the painting of Buddha and Guru Rinpoche among other figures embossed in colours and tsampaka flower petals, is underway in Terton gallery, Thimphu. The exhibition started yesterday and is open from 10am to 7pm. …

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Fuel price to drop

Petrol price in India was slashed by Nu 0.49 per litre and diesel by Nu 1.21 per litre yesterday. Revised rates in Bhutan would be announced today evening and would be effective from midnight today. Diesel will cost about Nu 48 a litre and petrol Nu 59 a litre in Thimphu after the revision. This …

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Use of drones banned until regulations in place

Aviation: A USD 20,000 unmanned aerial vehicle or drone belonging to the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment is currently grounded until necessary approvals to operate it are acquired. The 0.7kg drone, Bhutan’s first ever, first flew in June last year, impressing an audience of around 600 spectators with …

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40 years post-road comes blacktop

Drametse: Drametse gewog’s main road will soon be blacktopped 40 years after the gewog was connected with a road. Ugyen Tenzin, the gewog’s mangmi, said that it had been four months since the possibility of blacktopping the road was announced. ‘Why the delay, we don’t understand.’ The 18km road will …

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How schools fared in 2014

Education: None of the 88 lower secondary schools made it to the list of the country’s top 40 performing schools in the 2014 academic year, according to education ministry’s school performance assessment report. Annual rankings of schools are declared at four levels of schools from PP to III (primary); IV …

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