Bhutan celebrates 30 years of Child Rights

Marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Child, which was celebrated on Wednesday, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering signed the voluntary global pledge, renewing the government’s commitment to the full implementation of the Convention. The signing of the global pledge expresses the government’s renewed commitment to the wellbeing of children of […]

Internet connectivity betters lives of Layaps

A life in isolation of the Lapays without phone and internet connection has changed today with the advent of internet connectivity. Many say they find their lives much easier compared to 10 years ago. The b-mobile network of Bhutan Telecom was connected to Laya in 2010. However, the 3G service connection was introduced only in […]

Ensure sustainability of homestays

The idea to facilitate community-based sustainable tourism, especially homestays in places like Gangtey and Phobjikha valleys in Wangdue, has been good. It has not only given tourists and guests have an experience of the real Bhutanese village life, but also benefited the local rural people who run these homestays. Homestays have become their alternate source […]

Tourists unable to withdraw money from local ATMs

While the tourist season for the fall has begun, some tourists and international travelers are busy frequenting the banks, hotels and local handicraft shops with many of them unable to withdraw money from the local AutomatedTeller Machines (ATMs) with their cards. Many tourists have complained about not being able to withdraw money from the ATMs […]

Carcinogenic asbestos to be banned

Realizing that asbestos related products cause cancer, the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is to ban the import of these products completely. The ban would come into effect after the OCP in collaboration with the Department of Revenue and Customs and health ministry compiles a detailed report.   “We want to find out which sectors and […]

Limited budget to blacktop Kharbandi-Pasakha road

Though the Kharbandi- Pasakha road leading to the country’s biggest industrial estate, Pasakha has been in terrible condition for years, the Department of Roads (DoR) has received only Nu 20mn for maintenance which will cover two kilometers of the road. DoR’s Chief Engineer, Dorji Wangdi said that with the budget allocated they can only do […]

FCBL introduces four new rice variants

The Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) introduced its first ever rice brand named “Zheychum” with four different rice variants for the Bhutanese consumers. The four rice variants – Zheychum Chogjur, Zheychum Gongma, Zheychum Dangpa and Zheychum Kuenga– have been designed and packaged with local Bhutanese aesthetics, making it appealing and distinct from other rice […]

Mobile app to be launched for hassle-free driving

If the traffic cops are out checking for your driving license which you forgot at home, don’t worry, starting December you will be able to download mRSTA, a mobile app from Google play store and check for your license online. Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) will launch the mobile app, which is convenient for […]

We are yet to see bold Initiatives, says Opposition Party

While the Opposition Party congratulated the government on completing its first year in office and expressed interest to work together for the cause of the people and the country, it, however, maintained that the government has not undertaken any bold initiative in the past one year. “On the whole, we are yet to see bold […]

Online potato auction gains popularity

Into the third year of trading, online potato auction has shown significant improvement in terms of volume. Compared to the last two years, the volume exported through online auction has increased by almost 60MT which is a huge success. The volume till Thursday had surpassed last season’s total export. It is expected to increase by […]