Many Bhutanese anxious as Australia delays reopening of borders

Australians returning from southern Africa must complete two weeks of hotel quarantine, according to the Australian authorities The Australian government’s decision to postpone the reopening of its border to international students and skilled foreign workers, following the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, has caused anxiety among many of the 300 Bhutanese planning to […]

Buy-back scheme continues to burden government coffer: Agriculture Minister

The government lost around Nu 46mn this year in the buy-back scheme The buy-back scheme of the agriculture and forests ministry, which was put in place as a relief measure during the Covid-19 pandemic, has cost the government Nu 46mn this year.   “The government is incurring a huge loss to support a scheme that is […]

Economic Affairs Minister responds on broadening and diversifying trade routes

When introducing the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Bhutan and Bangladesh to the members of the National Council (NC) on Thursday, Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma was questioned on the measures the government is taking to explore other trade route options, besides the ones in India. Deputy Chairperson of NC’s Economic Affairs Committee Jigme Wangchuk […]