Hypertension, a top morbidity among the elderly

  Hypertension is among the top five morbidities prevalent among the elderly population in Bhutan following common cold, musculoskeletal disorders, skin diseases, peptic ulcer syndrome, according to a recent report released by the National Statistics Bureau (NSB). Musculo-skeletal disorders and hypertension saw a steady increase between 2011 and 2016. However, diabetes and other digestive diseases […]

Party in Focus: Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT)

 Business Bhutan reporter Lucky Wangmo talks to Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) about its expectations, candidates, Business Bhutan reporter Lucky Wangmo talks to Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) about its expectations, candidates, leadership and prospects as the next parliamentary elections loom near. (Note: The party spokesperson did not want to be named) 1.With 2018 elections approaching, what […]

How can children be saved from Blue Whale if it really exists?

  In the midst of catastrophic natural disasters and deadly human violence that are already taking their toll on human civilization across the globe, another sickening sign of impending apocalypse seems to have emerged on social media today. Whether it is real or a hoax, many media reports suggest that a spate of teenage suicides […]

Empower the disabled

Bhutan’s disabled might just have it tougher Apart from the actual disabilities they suffer, they are vulnerable to social stigma because many tend to believe that the fate they are suffering is a result of their karmic deeds in present or past life. It is sad that they have to struggle with the most ordinary […]

Hope yet for Shingkhar-Gorgan highway: Agriculture minister

The government is trying to push the construction of the 67km Shingkhar-Gorgan highway, which will pass through the core Thrumshingla National Park area either from Lhuntse or Bumthang by end of the term, according to the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji. With recent news on the inability of the project to clear the Environment Impact Assessment […]

Bhutan sets target of reducing Multidimensional Poverty Index to 10% by next year

Bhutan has reduced its poverty rate by 50% within a short period and has set the target of reducing Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) to less than 10% by 2018, said Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay at the 72nd UN General Assembly side event, Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network event, in New York. “We are obviously happy with […]

Online potato auction does tidy business

The potato online auction system, which Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCB) started formally earlier this month is doing well. Within 12 days of operation, about 60 Metric Tons (MT) of potato worth around Nu 0.82mn was sold through the online auction process. Curious farmers and bidders are now planning to shift to online auctioning […]

Police found smuggling restricted items into prisons

The lure of money has often led police personnel to smuggle restricted items to prison inmates. Sources told Business Bhutan that police personnel smuggle drugs, tobacco products, doma and alcohol among others to serving inmates of Thimphu district jail and detention cell in return for clothes or money. The Officer-In-Charge of Thimphu district jail, Captain […]

Bhutan gets US$ 4mn under public financial management multi-donor fund

The Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Bank signed a US$ 4mn grant on Thursday to help Bhutan manage public funds more effectively and improve procurement and budgetary systems, with the overarching goal of strengthening delivery of public services and enhancing governance. According to finance secretary, Nim Dorji, sound public financial management is critical […]

10,000 households to benefit from food security project

Of which 30% will be women A food security and agriculture productivity project (FSAPP), which was launched on Thursday, aims to increase agricultural productivity and enhance access to markets for over 10,000 households in five Dzongkhags. The five-year project which extends from 2017 to 2022 is worth US$ 9.35mn and will be focusing on four […]