Encouraging start ups


Hosting a lunch for the young business startups, Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay said that the government is working on setting up a one-stop shop from where aspiring entrepreneurs can get all relevant information such as loan schemes, market information, taxes, land lease, etc. “It is not easy to start a …

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PM and Health Minister try rice plantation


The Prime Minister Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay and the Health Minister Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk met Aum Bida, Aum Nakum, Aum Denka and Tshogpa Galem transplanting rice while visiting Changkha village in Gaselo. The PM said, “We felt compelled to dive in – disrupting their work more than helping them – …

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Preserving Bhutan’s Cultural Heritage

In the past two years, 2008 chortens were renovated with the help of local government functionaries according to the State of the Nation Report. Six new chortens were also built and the Prime Minister in the report thanked His Majesty the King for the noble support given to the retired …

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BMF launches Apps, websites


The Bhutan Media Foundation (BMF) has launched two free apps that will bring local print and radio into in the palm of the user and boost online presence of the Bhutanese media. The Bhutan News app will allow subscribers to download the digital edition of each day’s newspaper and the …

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Prioritizing Education with 18 % of Budget

Considering that education is one of the most important tools for nation building 18% of this year’s budget has been allocated for education the Prime Minister said. While 100 percent net enrolment has been achieved, the establishment of additional central schools and Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre are …

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APIC to develop craft village in Thimphu


With an appropriate site finally identified the Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts (APIC) will develop a craft village in Changzamdongthang, Thimphu. The government of India is providing Nu 180 million to develop the village in a nine-acre area provided by His Majesty the King. “We intended to develop a …

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PHPA II: Nu 1.1 bn in irregularities

Chunk of it is Nu 500 mn for inadequate studies in relocating the powerhouse The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has reflected unresolved irregularities amounting to Nu 1.1 billion against the Punatshangchhu-ii Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA II) in 2016. Based on the responses received after the issue of draft Annual Audit …

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15 drivers caught driving drunk on ‘Dry day’ in Thimphu

Thimphu traffic police recently caught 15 people driving under the influence on Tuesday, officially a dry day. The 15 people were nabbed between 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm during a highway check on a Tuesday. “If 15 people are caught driving under influence on a dry day imagine the number …

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Male Circumcision: a measure to prevent HIV

Bhutanese health professionals are advocating male circumcision, which according to a study by WHO and UNAIDS, reduces the transmission of HIV by 60 percent. Circumcision is a (medical) surgical procedure where the foreskin of the penis is cut and removed. Circumcision is done as religious practice among muslims and Jews …

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