BAFRA imposes around Nu 2mn fine for smuggling banned vegetables

The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) seized banned vegetables and imposed a fine of around Nu 19.46mn yesterday. BAFRA officials, acting upon tip off, seized five vehicles carrying chilies, beans and cauliflowers from the Rinchending checkpoint. They seized 843kgs of chilies, 283kgs of beans and 245kgs of cauliflowers. While two DCMs were heading […]

Waste issue mounts in the capital

A lack of civic sense and uncontrolled waste disposal along roadsides, riverbanks, and landfills has become a huge problem with garbage piles touching peaks. Thimphu’s only landfill in Memelakha collects around 40.3 Metric Tons (MT) of waste daily and the dry waste segregation site in Babesa collects around 20-25 MT of waste daily. According to […]

Are We a Thinking Society? – Yeshey Dorji

The self-appointed guardians of compassion and empathy – the religious and the righteous – will have you believe that the purpose behind imposing a ban on selling meat during the holy month (we are currently into one) is to reduce the slaughter of animals. Alas! They achieve just the opposite – it causes thousands of […]

Gold Cup kicks off Monday in Phuentsholing

Twelve teams – six from Bhutan, four from India and two from Nepal – will be playing in the prestigious and much-awaited Jigme Dorji Wangchuck memorial Gold Cup at the Phuentsholing Sports Association (PSA) ground from Monday. This football championship was first started in 1987 as an annual event and saw teams from Nepal and […]

Thinley Wangmo becomes Under-19 Badminton Champ

True to the expectation of many, a class 12 passed student of Phuentsholing Higher Secondary School, Thinley Wangmo, emerged winner in the Woman’s Final Badminton Championship (U-19) held in Phuentsholing last week after winning four matches in a row. The 18-year-old champ credits her success to her parents and coaches who have been supporting her. […]

One at a time, please!

After missing several deadlines, the much awaited 720MW Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project (MHPA) is finally readying for commission. The last deadline for MHPA commission was January 10. The MHPA, which took six and half years to complete, was built at a total cost of Nu 49.83bn. Once fully operational, MHPA will bring in substantial revenue through […]

Budget planning not necessary for pledges: PM

The opposition has criticized the government for lack of vision and clarity and unambitious 12th Five Year Plan The government has not allocated specific budget for some of the pledges but it is confident of fulfilling them and achieving self-sufficiency, said Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering at the Friday Meet session yesterday. On Thursday, the […]

Boulder exporters complain of delay in payments from importers

The delay in receiving payments from importers is a major issue confronted by boulder exporters while exporting boulders from Bhutan to Bangladesh. It has been learnt that payments for some exporters were blocked for months even after having had delivered the boulders to the destination. The exporters feel there could be discrepancy between the importers […]

Dependence on hydropower creates weak private sector

Bhutan’s dependence on hydropower has resulted in weak private sector development and also created macroeconomic vulnerabilities though the country’s growth has been driven mainly by the public sector through hydropower development. A 2019 World Bank report titled ‘Bhutan development report: a path to inclusive and sustainable development; macroeconomics, trade, and investment global practice’ found that […]

Problems with our locally produced products

Many challenges wait to be addressed if our locally produced products are to meet international market standard Due to the lack of information on local food products, many food consumers are complaining about these food products. They say they have had purchased food items with valid dates, only to find out later that the food […]