Bhutanese private companies awarded food safety license

A brewery and consumer goods company receives recognition that grants them access to international market The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) awarded Food Safety License to two Bhutanese private companies, which will now allow them to sell their products outside Bhutan. Zimdra Food Private Limited in Phuentsholing and Namgay Artisanal Beverages in Paro […]

Bhutan gets first gene Xpert machine and mobile HTC van services

The first ever gene Xpert machine for HIV viral load testing and mobile HTC van services in the country was launched by the Ministry of Health (MOH) coinciding with the 18th National HIV/AIDS Commission meeting yesterday. The Gene Xpert will be installed in five major hospitals across the country. The services will be available in […]

TOWARDS GREATER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN MEDIA & JUDICIARY

In a recent first of its kind consultative workshop organized by the Bhutan National Law Institute and Journalists Association of Bhutan, members of the judiciary, and the media came together to seek answers and find solutions to questions mainly associated with judicial reporting and coverage. The workshop involved discussions on issues such as contempt of […]

Tracking down fronting replete with challenges

Phuentsholing, the country’s commercial hub, is a hotspot for fronting. Since the majority of imports enter the country through the town, fronting in the city is as old as the businesses. Fronting is a practice where businesses are operated completely by a person in the name of another license holder. Fronting practices are rampant especially […]

BAFRA radar over fake edible products

Though no official complaints have been lodged so far, the agency will monitor the entry of fake food products through the gates Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) will be vigilant and take appropriate actions in order to restrict the entry of fake edible products like plastic rice, cabbage, sugar, and eggs, which have […]

CSI banks to be instituted to boost micro-industry

Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) banks can lend collateral loan free up to Nu 400,000 in case of cottage industries and up to Nu 2mn in case of small industries against the personal guarantee of the owners of the CSI until such time the Credit Guarantee Schemes are in place. This is one of the […]

Family and child bench inaugurated

With the inauguration of family and child bench at Thimphu District Court on June 28, access to child-friendly justice will be facilitated in child-related cases. The family and child bench has been functional and established since December last year. The family and child bench has been established in line with the Convention on the Rights […]

Govt shoots down proposal to legalize sex industry

The country is known for stories of the Divine Madman Drukpa Kuenley replete with ribald humor, and craft shops have no qualms selling wooden phallus products, but when it actually comes to legalizing sex, is it just talk or another taboo? During the media advocacy on HIV and SOGIE (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression) […]

Bhutan issues a demarche, China yet to respond

Bhutan is yet to receive a response from China after it issued a demarche following the Chinese Army constructing a motor road inside Bhutanese territory. Speaking to Business Bhutan, the minister for foreign affairs, Damcho Dorji, said the government did not receive any response from the Chinese government and as of now there is no […]

India introduces GST today, Bhutan watches closely

The new tax would bring drastic changes in the prices of good and services in India and it stands to affect Bhutan in many ways Bhutan would be an eager spectator as India wakes up today to a new reality. From today, the much touted and the biggest ever tax reform since independence would be […]