Construction bidding system riddled with flaws: CAB

Most contractors have to bid low in the currrent award bid system which compromises quality and standard of work. The contractors bid low to service bank loan, pay salary to their often job-hopping employees and stay afloat in the market. “It is proven that low bid invites high competition, minimum quality and low performance in […]

Replacing Indian day workers alarms local traders in Samdrup Jongkhar

Businesses across the southern border towns remained mostly closed during this week’s Assam and Bengal elections, which even saw the country’s bustling commercial hub, Phuentsholing, turn into a ghost town overnight Every time an election takes place across the border, it is a reminder of how hopelessly dependent Bhutanese traders are on the Indian day […]

Pangthang’s lone poultry farmer prospers

Fifty-year-old Gyaden Zangmo from Pangthang village in Kanglung carefully picks up dozens of eggs from her chicken farm and places them in a bucket until it is filled to the brim. She then heads to the water tap where the eggs are washed, one at a time, before packing them for sale. This has been […]

Bumthang’s solo waste entrepreneur

Also one of the winners of SAARC Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 She creates mesmerizing products like bags, containers and dust-bins from waste. Chogyal Lhamo, 42, from Nubi Gewog in Trongsa is an entrepreneur who collects waste to turn it into useful items for sale. A mother of three and based in Bumthang, she […]

Oriens and MagneSSa declared Ponzi schemes

The mode of operation of business involved in the two popular new businesses entities – MagneSSa and Oriens are pyramid schemes and unethical, according to an inference from a relevant stakeholders’ meeting held recently. Recently, MagneSSa and Orienshave spread rampantly in the country.More than thousands of people are involved in the business in the country. […]

Not all is well for tenants of new NHDCL housing colony

Tenants moved into the new housing colony early this year Barely four months after tenants moved in to the new housing colony at Toribari in Phuentsholing, life has been far from comfortable. Faced with acute water shortage, absence of waste disposal bins and pollution caused by billowing dust from the unpaved road below, the tenants […]

‘Mental health is ignored the world over, not just in Bhutan’

Dr. Chencho Dorji, Bhutan’s first psychiatrist and recipient of the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship award talks to Business Bhutan’s senior reporter Chencho Dema on the country’s mental health landscape and issues plaguing the happy country. He is currently a professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Post-Graduate Medicine, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan. […]

Private media on ventilation

Private media in the country has been struggling for a long time now but little has been done to  improve the conditions Bhutan’s press freedom ranking improved to 80 from 94 last year. While this is good news, the state of media, particularly privately owned, has remained the same, if not worsened. Private media is […]

Gungtong owners imposed annual tax

In the remote eastern dzongkhags of the country, life is turning increasingly tough with rural-urban migration becoming a common feature in the villages. The young and able are leaving their rural lands and home for better facilities in urban centers like Thimphu and Phuentsholing causing repercussions back home. On the other hand, capital cities like […]

Bhutan and UN’s FAO develop five year plan to improve food and nutrition security

Bhutan and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have developed a five-year Country Programming Framework (CPF) on technical cooperation and partnership to improve food and nutrition security in Bhutan last week. The CPF is also designed to help safeguard and sustainably manage the uses of the country’s natural resources as well […]