DPT and its waning prowess

Before the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) became the first democratically elected government after the 2008 elections, it sort of projected an image as a serious and formidable party – a party that was solemn and with experience about governing and a party that appeared as a befitting choice. That explains why the DPT emerged victorious […]

165 positive cases detected in P/ling since lockdown till May 19

Health officials are still collecting samples from those who missed the three-day mass screening A month since the recent lockdown started in Phuentsholing, Covid-19 positive cases continue to emerge from the community. Phuentsholing alone has detected 165 positive cases as of May 19 and the three-day second mass screening ended earlier this week. Out of […]

Groceries stockpile goods amid supply disruption worries

We are trying to ensure imports of goods and commodities responsibly: Economic Affairs Minister In anticipation of the supply of goods and services getting disturbed with the covid-19 cases surge in India, grocery stores are focusing on stockpiling supplies to be supplied to retailers and then to consumers later in the country. An owner of […]

‘Path to recovery is likely to be challenging’

Sanjeev Mehta, who is a Professor of Economics at the Royal Thimphu College (RTC), talks to Business Bhutan’s reporter Dechen Dolkar on how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the economy and what must be done for its recovery. The Professor has been working in Bhutan for the last 28 years. In the first 15 years, […]

Revised quarantine SoPs out in wake of breaches

The revised SoPs states that the DeSuung office will provide adequate and appropriate facility mangers and security personnel as required by the RBP and the health ministry In the wake of breaches in quarantine protocols, the Quarantine Management Unit at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has come out with the revised quarantine management Standard of […]

Starting cottage scale industries made much easier and simpler

The renewal of the registration certificate is subject to tax clearance certificate issued by the DRC The economic affairs ministry has come up with an online Cottage Scale Industries Registration (CSIR) for those intending to venture into any cottage scale industries with investment less than Nu 1mn and having a three years validity for the […]

Dengue fear looms in P/ling amid surge in Covid-19 cases

P/ling reported the first and the highest case of dengue in 2019 As the rainy season approaches in Phuentsholing, the usual dengue fear looms amid fear of coronavirus among residents here in the border town. The Phuentsholing residents have now been urged to prepare for dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection which continues to emerge and […]

Domestic debt up by 42.3% to Nu 9bn in first quarter of 2021

However, the total public debt is down by 0.1% to Nu 224.9bn in Q1 of 2021 Bhutan’s domestic debt increased by 42.3% during the first quarter of this year nearly amounting to Nu 9bn, compared to the end of the fourth quarter of last year, according to the finance ministry. It saw an increase of […]

Attract, but retain too

In a heartening development on the education front, a qualitative selection system has been initiated to attract high performing high school graduates into the teaching profession starting this year. This is done by having the admissions for the Bachelor of Education programs carried out first before the admissions in other undergraduate programs of the RUB […]