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PoS make shopping in Jaigaon convenient


Business:  Phuentsholing residents have found a means to avoid paying extra Ngultrum or in Indian Rupee when shopping in the Indian border town of Jaigaon. A number of shops in Jaigaon have installed point of sale (PoS) machines, which has made it convenient for people to shop as they can swipe the VISA debit card issued by Bhutanese banks instead of carrying cash. This has come as a huge relief as traders in Jaigaon started charging more if paid in Ngultrum since the INR shortage [... Read More]

Farmers grow new variety maize to maximise economic viability


Agriculture: Villagers of Sadhu Madhu in Phuentsholing are now growing five varieties of maize to maximise economic viability and sustainability. The village of 26 households has a total of about 30 acres of land where the farmers grow paddy. Now, paddy will be grown only after harvesting maize. The farmers have tried four-hybrid and one local maize variety from Trashiyangtse distributed by RNR DC Wengkhar in Mongar. Farmers are brimming with hope because the local variety of maize that the farmers used to grow yielded [... Read More]

What parents learned in school


PROGRAM Proper communication, providing care, being friendly and spending more time with children is what parenting is all about. Parents in Phuentsholing who attended the school based parenting education and awareness program (SBEA) said, communication meant being open with children to inculcate traits like honesty and to feel comfortable with each other. More than questions, parents are to listen to what their children have to say and to give opinions and to find solutions together. A working mother, Sonam Chuki, said through such elements parents [... Read More]

Revenue from mandarin decrease

Export: Citrus greening in mandarin-growing areas has led to an overall decline in the production of orange and revenue from its export. Frequent strikes in Bangladesh played a significant part in the decline. As per the record with Bhutan Exporters’ Association based in Phuentsholing, about 12,791MT of mandarin was exported to Bangladesh.  That is USD 5.63M worth of export from the country. The association’s general secretary Tshering Yeshi said the export and the revenue generation declined almost by 50 percent compared with last year. In [... Read More]

Phuentsholing residents observe WH Day


Health: Phuentsholing residents and students observed the World Health Day (WHD) yesterday with a massive cleaning campaign. This year’s theme for the WHD was Vector-borne diseases: know before you travel. Vector-borne diseases are becoming a global concern. Health minister Tandin Wangchuk said about 70 percent of the population lives in malaria risk areas like Sarpang, Samdrupjongkhar, Samtse, Chukha, Dagana, Pemagatshel and Zhemgang. These dzongkhags experience malaria transmission throughout the year. “The theme is timely as we’re once again noticing resurgence of vector-borne diseases worldwide,” said [... Read More]

Phuentsholing still prone to dengue


Health: Most dengue cases in Phuentsholing last year were reported in Pasakha and the core town area, records with the Phuentsholing general hospital show. Dengue cases from these areas has been attributed to pollution from the industries, automobile workshops, and scrap dealers, hospital officials who conducted a survey said. The report was presented at the dengue and other vector borne diseases advocacy workshop for local residents and agencies on April 5. Phuentsholing hospital’s Dr Jimba Jatsho said these areas gave more room for mosquitoes to [... Read More]

Private screening centres slow process?


Health: Although it was a welcome move, the new medical examination arrangement for foreign workers in Phuentsholing has invited more complications for those availing the facilities. Starting April 1, health ministry made it mandatory to carry out examinations of foreign workers entering the country through the three approved medical consultants in the town. Once the tests were done through them, the Phuentsholing general hospital was expected to issue medical certificate. However, the system introduced to help control communicable diseases and certify the fitness of the [... Read More]

System to monitor movement of foreigners


Immigration: Phuentsholing’s immigration office has installed biometric authentication system at the checkpoint to keep track of foreigners entering and leaving Bhutan. A biometric system uses information about a person or other biological organism to identify that person. About 800 labourers from India and 250 tourists enter Bhutan from the Phuentsholing checkpoint every day. Non-Bhutanese workers are asked to give their fingerprints on the scanner along with their bio-data and picture to register in the database. Tourists have to register their data with the print of [... Read More]

Police apprehends two men for drug transaction

Crime: Narcotic drugs and law enforcement unit of police in Phuentsholing apprehended two men for illegal transaction of controlled substance on March 31. The police received a tip-off around 2:30pm informing that the 19-year-old suspect, a student of Pelkhil School was carrying 1,436 pieces of SP capsules and 59 pieces of N-10 from Phuentsholing to Thimphu. “We were informed that he was in black gho but he changed his cloth on the way,” the police said. “But we identified him from tattoo on his hand [... Read More]

Why Bhutan should worry more about climate change


This was discussed in the light of hydropower, national revenue, biodiversity and livelihood among others RIGSS: Sensing the mildness in the theme “Climate Change: Why should Bhutan worry?”, ambassador and former foreign Indian secretary Shyam Saran instead rephrased the question to read, “Why should Bhutan worry ‘more’?”. The ambassador was a guest speaker at the second Friday Forum held at the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS) in Phuentsholing on March 28. The impacts of climate change in a place like Bhutan, he [... Read More]

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