• GST imposition on cardamom export to India affects price

    Bhutanese exporting cardamoms to India are desperate for a government intervention. After the Goods and Services Tax (GST) impose since July 1 last year, Indian customs offices have implemented the computerised system called ICEGATE in Indian towns that share a border with Bhutan and are significant trade links.

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Three-man Bhutan team for int’l compound bow tournament in China

Archery: How good Bhutan is at archery, played on compound bow, will be seen in May, when a national team takes part in the international compound bow archery competition in Shanghai, China. The three-member national team – Dedrim Karma Sherab of the Royal Bhutan Army, 2010 highest karey hitter (18 …

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NEC relegates clearance to authorities concerned

The move has been taken with a view to expedite development activities Environment: To construct urban roads, drainage, bridges, and develop housing estates, the works and human settlement ministry will not require environment clearances from the National Environment Commission (NEC). In a major decision, NEC, during its 40th commission meeting …

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Many accounts still idle as one year contract nears end

Connectivity issues, low ICT literacy, continued use of personal email might be to blame E-Governance: Not all of the 5,000 Google accounts, which the government paid Nu 9 million or USD 150,000 for, have been activated despite the one year contract ending at the end of next month. Of the …

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Flushed out: The heavy rain yesterday evening washed down trash and left drains overflowing along the Norzin Lam                                                                                     

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Defendants’ recanted statements muddy the waters

The serpentine nature of the dealings involved will take some unravelling  Update: Confusing both prosecutors and court officials, the defendants of the ongoing Lhakhang Karpo case are frequently changing their submissions, to seek dismissal of charges that range from official misconduct, bribery, and forgery to embezzlement. For instance, defendant Tshewang …

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World TB Day – Timely reminder of growing problem

Health: Sonam Wangmo didn’t know the price she had to pay for missing her medicines for a day. Her tuberculosis (TB) relapsed after the first course of treatment, and she is today undergoing the second course for extra-pulmonary TB (EPTB). Of the various forms of TB diagnosed in the country, …

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Health help line prank called daily

Need for law to hold prank callers liable recommended Health: About 200,000 hoax calls were made to the Health Help Centre (HHC) last year. The centre receives hoax calls throughout the day. Of these only around 12,000 were genuine calls, last year. Many of the hoax calls received by the …

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Mandarin exports more than double in 2014

Increased production is attributed in part to the support growers received from MoA Horticulture: Citrus mandarin (orange) export to Bangladesh in 2014 earned Bhutanese exporters USD 10.42M (million), the highest earnings in about 14 years. The figures with the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) show Bhutan was able to produce about …

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Four volunteer to donate kidneys

The donors came forward during the foundation’s month-long awareness programme on kidney health Health: Bhutan Kidney Foundation is richer by four kidney donors. The foundation received the offer to donate kidneys from two adults and two youth, during their month-long awareness programme on kidney health that covered 19 dzongkhags. Foundation …

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Electrification incomplete two years past deadline

Shingkhar is the last gewog in Zhemgang to be left without power REW: Two years after its deadline, rural electrification works in Shingkhar, Zhemgang are not yet complete, leaving some 350 homes waiting for power supply. The yearlong contract was awarded in October 2011, and all works were to complete …

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Dzongkha touch-typing software seeks out a market

Innovation: Dzongkha touch typing, a new software meant to enhance Dzongkha typing speed and accuracy without looking at the keyboard, is yet to find a market, just like the national language. The software has received approval from the Dzongkha Development Commission and is equipped with a speedometer, an interactive keyboard …

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Reading year: As part of the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo celebrations and the reading year, students, parents and teachers from five schools in Mongar read story books and newspaper for 15 minutes on March 21.                                                                     

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