BNB in T/gang distributes its first PSL for cardamom farming

The Bhutan National Bank Limited (BNBL) in Trashigang disbursed its first priority sector lending (PSL) scheme of Nu 500,000 for cardamom farming. The money was lent to a farmer Nedrup from Buna village in Shogphu at an interest rate of eight percent per annum. Under the PSL scheme, lending to cottage and small industries (CSI) […]

CPI grows by more than 2%

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in February 2018 (from February 2017 to February 2018) increased by 2.61%, according to the CPI Bulletin for February 2018 released by National Statistics Bureau (NSB) recently. This was 0.37 percentage point lower than the previous month which was 2.98%. The increase was mainly associated with the increase in food […]

Under the shadow of gungtongs

In the remote eastern dzongkhag of Lhuntse, life is turning increasingly tough. With villagers, especially the young and able, leaving their rural lands for what they deem greener pastures in urban centers like Thimphu, population back home is on the decline. This growing phenomenon has resulted in ripple effects: agricultural land remains fallow and elderly […]

Political candidates swapping parties in full swing

As we gear up for the third parliamentary elections, it’s not just political parties that are headhunting for good candidates. Even political candidates seem to be moving from one party to another. One of the recent cases is that of the president of the DrukChirwangTshogpa (DCT), Lily Wangchuk, joining the DrukPhuensumTshogpa (DPT). Deliberating with political […]