• Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering opens the National CSI expo during the Bhutan Economic Forum for Innovative Transformation (BEFIT) conference yesterday. About 52 CSI entrepreneurs exhibited their products and services to the participants

    BEFIT to catalyse CSI growth

    At a time when the cottage and small industries (CSIs) globally are turning out to be mainstream financing target, Bhutan is well placed to reap the benefits.Not only the philosophy of Gross National Happiness is fully aligned with evolving investor and corporate mindset but its demography is also heavily skewed towards millennials, who think businesses should go beyond profits to improve society.

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Mandarin production drops in Trashigang

Agriculture: Trashigang is no exception to the poor mandarin harvest that has been reported in other parts of the country. For the past couple of years, orange trees have started dying across the dzongkhag. In Thrimshing and Lumang gewogs where oranges are grown in abundance, the yield has dropped to an all time low this year.

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Tango University consecrated

His Majesty The King graced the consecration ceremony of the newly expanded Tango University of Buddhist Studies. His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and members of the Royal Family graced the ceremony. The Prime Minister, Indian Ambassador, and other officials also attended.

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Actions underway to prevent suicides

Health: At almost two calls a month, the crisis helpline established at the Health Help Centre has attended to 21 calls from people seeking help on suicide prevention in the last 11 months.

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Construction of biogas plants gains momentum

Energy: The completion of construction of over 2,000 biogas plants in the country was celebrated in Gelephu yesterday. Masons, gewog agriculture extension officers and dzongkhag officials received certificates, biogas stoves and cash prizes.

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Ice makes highway prone to accident

Accident: Those hitting the Thimphu-Paro highway early yesterday were taken by surprise when a stretch of road near the Khasadrapchu town was covered in ice overnight making the road prone to accident.

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HAIKU camp to engage students gainfully

Camp: Winter vacation is one of the longest breaks students get. Most of them spend it doing pretty much nothing useful. But there are also those who take tuition classes. A 45-day HAIKU youth camp was launched at Pelkhil School in Thimphu yesterday to provide free integrated educational experience to students.

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Next Ambassador of India to Bhutan appointed

Diplomacy: India’s next ambassador to Bhutan will be Jaideep Sarkar, it was announced by India’s external affairs ministry, yesterday. Mr Sarkar is currently the Indian ambassador to Israel and is expected to take up his post here shortly, an external affairs press release stated.

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