Suung-Joen App almost ready claims Foreign Affairs Minister

In contrast, the Department of Information Technology and Telecom is yet to receive a directive from the government. Plus, no budget has been allotted for Suung-Joen App Although Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) is yet to receive a government directive to develop the Suung-Joen App, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tandi Dorji has reaffirmed […]

A poet with a scalpel in hand

“A hippie in a suit” is how young and charming Dechen Yoesel Choden, a medical student and poet describes herself. The 23-year old recently launched an anthology of poems ‘Calm in Chaos’, her maiden book of poetry. A youth icon in the making, she is an art enthusiast and hardcore poet at heart. She dreamt […]

Roads in Olakha cry for repair

One can hear the silent cries of the roads in Olakha. They have experienced too much hurt and abuse. For the past two years or so, the cries have fallen on deaf ears.  Residents have been photographing and sending pictures of the roads to Bhutanese forums on social media. And people have been crying themselves […]

Hazelnut project yet to bear fruit?

Famers in many parts of hazelnut plantation areas have lost hope of reaping the benefits as hazelnut trees refuse to fruit even after a decade or so. However, Bhutan Mountain Hazelnut says farmers are impatient and hazelnuts have been harvested in older orchards A decade back, farmers in the east especially in Mongar and Pemagatshel […]

Food products labeled in languages other than Dzongkha and English still in market

The market is flooded with food products that are labeled in languages like Mandarin and Thai among others despite the Food Act of Bhutan 2005 stating that prepackaged food intended for sale in the country must be labelled either in English or Dzongkha. The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture and […]

Housing crunch continues in Phuentsholing

Thousands of Bhutanese are still resorting to reside across the border town in Jaigaon, India, because of the exorbitant rents in Phuentsholing Contrary to the perception that the housing problems in Phuentsholing would be greatly resolved following the allotment of apartments to 506 registered applicants by the National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL) last month, […]

Cardamom prices continue to fall

Despite the government having had decided to buyback unsold cardamoms from the farmers, the price of this spice which was Nu 500 per kg for two days has plummeted again. The price now ranges from Nu 450 to 500 per kg in the market. Accordingly, the Bhutanese traders are dismayed by the dropping prices, which […]

80% of 12th Plan to be financed through domestic revenue

The total outlay for the 12th Five Year Plan is estimated at Nu 310bn, an increase of 38% from the 11th plan. The resource envelope for the 12th plan is estimated at Nu 280.77bn of which domestic revenue is Nu 217.72bn. Grant covers Nu 63.04bn. The estimated revenue is expected to fully cover the current […]

A tourism office in every dzongkhag in east and central region to promote tourism

The government will establish a tourism office in every Dzongkhag in eastern and central regions of the country. The Economic Affairs Minister, Loknath Sharma, said this at the Parliament session yesterday. Establishing a tourism office in every district will help to promote tourism across the country, said Lyonpo. “Community-based tourism will be continued and we […]

A long way to go before achieving food self-sufficiency

Bhutan imported food commodities twice the value of export last year The country’s dream to achieve food self-sufficiency will be easier said than done going by the Bhutan Trade Statistics showing the values of food imported and exported last year. According to trade statistics, food import value has doubled that of export, meaning Bhutan imported […]