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Tourist arrival increased by 13 % till September 2019

According to the information provided by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), the provisional total tourist arrival, as of September 2019, was 208,457 with a growth of around 13 percent compared to 2018 for the same period. Tourist numbers increased by 25,652 tourists till September 2019 compared to the same …

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SDF for regional tourists to be charged on daily basis: FM

The Foreign Minister Lyonpo Tandi Dorji who is also the TCB Chairman confirmed that the final draft Regional Tourism Policy and Guidelines would propose a daily Sustainable Development Fee instead of a one time one. The TCB looked at various formulations including a one-time entry fee based on the suggestion …

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Familiarization visit of Bhutanese journalists to India

A 15-member group of young Bhutanese journalists representing the spectrum of the audio-visual and print media of Bhutan have embarked on a familiarization visit to India (Delhi, Bodh Gaya and Mumbai) from 17-23 November 2019. During this visit, which coincided with the visit of  Foreign Minister of Bhutan to India, …

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Govt recommits to Child Rights

Marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Child, which was celebrated on November 20, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering signed the voluntary global pledge, renewing the government’s commitment to the full implementation of the Convention. The signing of the global pledge expresses the government’s renewed commitment …

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ACC drops Le Meridien, Thimphu Fiscal Incentives case

ACC writes to the PM recommending need to institute a system of declaring Conflict of Interest in Cabinet meetings The Anti Corruption Commission has dropped the ‘Le Meridian’ (Thimphu) Fiscal Incentives case finding no policy corruption against former Minister Lyonpo Dasho Yeshey Zimba. The ACC said that 25 January 2018, …

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Over 1300 babies estimated to be preterm in Bhutan

World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November every year, with November month being the ‘Prematurity Awareness Month’. The day is observed to create awareness on the prevention and management efforts of prematurity and to provide support to families with preterm birth. The theme is “Born too Soon: Providing the …

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Cottage and Small Industries Fair coming up

The Department of Cottage and Small Industry (DCSI) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs will be organizing the annual Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) Fair from November 22-24, 2019 coinciding with the Global Entrepreneurship Week. The main objectives of the fair is to showcase CSI products, exchange ideas and to …

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Prime Minister responds to the Opposition

The Opposition Party in a recent press release (pg 8) had criticized the government’s one-year performance on several fronts in response to the government’s own one-year report. One criticism was on the issue of transparency with the Opposition asking the government to publicize the names of shareholders of Rigzom Academy, …

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