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Off-season chillies hit the market at Nu 700 per kg

Kinley Dendup’s chilli farm

Kinley Dendup, who took an interest free loan from the Loden Foundation to start off-season chilli cultivation in Punakha a few months ago, has started selling his first harvest in the Punakha market. As the sole vendor with local chilli produce, Kinley is selling a kilogram of chilli for Nu …

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BOB launches 2 deposit schemes

The Bank of Bhutan has launched two new deposit schemes, the Flexi Recurring Deposit and Simple Recurring Deposit, offering clients greater convenience and flexibility to make savings. Flexi Recurring Deposit allows customers to deposit flexible amounts of money at any time. Depositors can deposit from Nu 100 to Nu 20,000 …

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Three apprehended with drugs

Thimphu police have arrested two men, aged 26 and 29 years, who had in their possession a stash of prescription drugs and a quantity of hashish. The men were arrested from Dechencholing on 16 March following a tip off. Police seized from then 720 capsules of SP and 49.06 grams …

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Ministries pass the buck over ignorance and lack of coordination on EDP

The recently launched Economic Development Policy (EDP) 2017, states that major public procurement works shall have a minimum defect liability period of three years and an inbuilt system of repair and maintenance thereafter, to ensure quality and sustainability of public infrastructure. But officials from Ministry of Work and Human Settlement …

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Bhutan Telecom and Tashi Cell explain their challenges

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The two existing telcos, Bhutan Telecom and Tashi InfoComm, maintain that the Bhutanese market is too small to sustain a third operator and that they are faced with numerous challenges in providing efficient and customer satisfactory services at the moment. According to Tashi InfoComm one major impediment is getting loans …

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Hue and cry over parking fee charges at Paro airport

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The recently implemented parking fee collection system at the Paro airport has sparked much debate regarding the charges levied on the drivers. Many took to social media to outpour their grievances and disagreement of such charges with many terming the existing rates as ridiculous, open daylight robbery and a very …

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Bhutan to import five tons of rice seeds from Bangladesh

The ministry of agriculture will be import five metric tonnes (MT) of rice seeds from Bangladesh to promote double cropping of paddy and reduce import of the staple diet. “The seeds will be used to cultivate spring rice from February to June in the mid and low altitude areas between …

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Nu 15 bn in 12th FYP for ‘Flagship Programs’

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A unique feature of the 12th Fine Year Plan (FYP) are Flagship programmes for which Nu 15 bn has been allocated. This is there in the 12 FYP guidelines approved by the Cabinet. Flagship programmes are high priority multi-sector interventions to address national issues. The programmes will undertake end to …

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Sertog installation during HRH The Gyalsey’s Birth anniversary

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Coinciding with His Royal Highness The Gyalsey’s first birthday, His Majesty The King on 5th February  installed the Sertog on the Drukgyal Dzong’s Utse early in the morning. The reconstruction project for the Drukgyal Dzong was announced last year to commemorate the Royal Birth. His Majesty granted Tokha to the …

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