Consumer prices decrease in August compared to August 2020

The year-on-year CPI in August last year stood at 7.44% and 5.30% in August this year Consumer prices in August this year have slightly decreased as compared to August last year. According to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published recently by the National Statistics Bureau (NSB), the year-on-year percentage change of the consumer prices has decreased […]

Major reforms in health sector being considered

Health Secretary says that the ministry is also reviewing and revising the standard of health services The Ministry of Health (MoH) is proposing to bring about major reforms in the country’s health sector. Some of the reforms include providing specialist services in district hospitals, and revising and reviewing health policies and services.   Health Secretary […]

Retaining than finding replacements

From 2016 till 2021, as many as 1,374 teachers in government schools have left the teaching profession. It’s surprising that such a thing is continuing despite the government having made teaching as one of the highest paid professions in the country in 2019. This was considering the growing attrition rate of teachers and to attract […]

Digital payment soars in second quarter of 2021

Domestic transactions worth Nu 177bn were made via digital channels In the second quarter of 2021, a total of 35.81mn domestic transactions worth Nu 177.23bn were made through digital channels, according to the Department of Payment and Settlement Systems report that was released recently. The report of two quarters reveals that there is an increase […]

Economy going down by 10% is not a disaster: Dr. Damber S. Kharka

The Managing Director of Ugyen Trading Group, Dr. Damber S. Kharka talked to Business Bhutan’s reporter Dechen Dolkar about the country’s plummeting GDP growth rate and economic scenario. Dr. Damber S. Kharka is an economist and earlier worked as a director with the Druk Holding and Investments (DHI). He has a master’s degree in Economics […]

Economic Affairs Minister divulges plans to revive the economy

Lyonpo says that the economy revival plans must go hand in hand with the public health safety of the people In the wake of the economy witnessing a negative growth rate in 2020, the government is currently working on ways to revive the economy under the new normal circumstances, according to Economic Affairs Minister Loknath […]

Towards addressing the emerging mental health issue in the country

From a total of 7,521 respondents, who participated in a survey, as many as 2,185 young people reported being sad and 2,085 stressed Amid the Covid-19 pandemic last year, new mental illness cases diagnosed has almost doubled as compared to previous years at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH). Last year, 2,009 mental […]

Hotel and restaurant sector contracts by a record low of -73.46% in 2020

HRAB has projected foregone revenue of Nu 2.85bn from January till April 2021 Tourist arrival in the country dropped by 91.12% on the back of COVID-19 resulting in the contraction of the hotel and restaurant sector in the economy, according to reports from the National Statistics Bureau (NSB). The total number of tourist arrivals was […]

Are fast track courts required for important cases?

There is a debate rife among people whether it is correct for the agencies concerned to continue to pay him/her (a public official including the MPs and Ministers if he/she is charged in the court, then convicted by the district court and has appealed to the higher court. Shouldn’t the cases of such nature be […]

Enhancing economic empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

As per the 2017 Population and Housing Census, 2.1% of Bhutan’s population, or 15,567 Bhutanese, live with some With an aim to enhance economic empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), the Disabled People’s Organization (DPO) with support from the UNDP and KOICA provided equipment support to 45 PwDs to enable them to start group businesses […]