STCBL launches three new car models

Toyota’s local partner State Trading Corporation of Bhutan Limited (STCBL) launched Innova Fortuner, Crysta and Coaster bus on July 13 at Hotel Taj Tashi, Thimphu. Toyota cars are known for being environment-friendly aligning with Bhutan’s pursuit of Gross National Happiness. Economic Affairs Minister Lekey Dorji who graced the launch said that though Bhutan is a […]

Youth need role models

A recent report on mental health status of adolescents in South-East Asia revealed that Bhutan has the highest number of (24.6%) smokers in the region. Bhutan also has the highest number of adolescents using other tobacco products at 29.3% followed by Timor-Leste (27.1%) and Thailand (14%). Despite complete ban on tobacco sales in the country, […]

Indian suppliers stop buying industrial by-products

Industries in Pasakha are looking for alternative destinations to dispose by-products from raw materials since the Indian Customs has asked Indian suppliers to refrain from procuring these from Bhutan. . The primary cause for this is because a certificate of origin needs to be produced for these products, which do not originate in Bhutan. The […]

Kusuthara, Surviving the test of time

In the picturesque village of Khoma, 10km away from Lhuentse town, girls as young as eight are initiated into weaving. Young girls are seen near their mothers, learning how to weave intricate and colorful patterns with handlooms. Khoma village is known for weaving Kusuthara, the most famous and expensive attire for women in the country, […]

2,500 plus CSI licenses issued in almost a year

More than 96% of total industry licenses issued in the country are CSIs’ Between June 2016 and May this year, a total of 2,779 licenses for Cottage and Small Industries (CSIs) were issued. As of May 2017, 20,143 licensed CSIs were operating in the country, which constitutes more than 96% of the total industry licenses […]

37 arrested for gambling

Thimphu police arrested 37 people involved in 10 gambling cases this year alone. According to the police, the latest arrest involving three people was made on July 2. Of the total arrested, 32 were male and five female. Of the 10 cases, eight involved playing cards and two dice. Police said that three cases are […]

Condom vending machines to be installed by September

  Insert Nu 5, and voila! Pops out three condoms! The service can be availed from condom vending machines, which will be installed by September. A total of 50 condom vending machines to be distributed across the country have reached Phuentsholing and are waiting quality check by Ministry of Health (MoH) officials. Talking to Business […]

Labor ministry to cancel overseas recruitment agent’s license

Following allegations of being duped reportedly by 23 girls sent to Dubai   Following allegations by 23 girls that Yarphel Overseas Recruitment Agent cheated them by making false promises about their work in Dubai, the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources (MoLHR) conducted an investigation after which the ministry decided to cancel the agent’s license. […]

Exports from Pasakha industries come to a halt after GST

The failure of custom officials in Jaigaon to move to online taxation system has impacted exports from Phuentsholing After the Goods and Services Tax (GST) became effective in India on July 8, industries in Pasakha near Phuentsholing have not been able to export anything so far. This, according to industrialists, is because the land customs […]

Ferrosilicon industries face raw material shortage

Indian quartz is most sought after by ferrosilicon industries in Pasakha All the ferrosilicon industries of Pasakha Industrial Estate nowadays are facing a shortage of Indian quartz, the primary raw material to produce ferrosilicon. The shortage started from early March this year. The prime reason, according to the industries, is the closure of mines illegally […]