• Bhutan now has nine species of wild cats

    Bhutan now has nine species of wild cats

    The Department of Forest and Park Services recently declared a total of nine species of wild cats in the country.

    Source:Kuensel
    今天 12:25
    51
  • High-income status achievable with 13 percent annual growth, expert says

    High-income status achievable with 13 percent annual growth, expert says

    For Bhutan to achieve a high-income economy by 2034, the country’s economy has to grow by 13 percent annually, the Economics Officer of the Asian Development Bank, Bhutan Resident Mission, Sonam Lhendup, said.

    Source:Kuensel
    今天 12:24
    120
  • Revised tax rates are not burdensome, say senior citizens

    Revised tax rates are not burdensome, say senior citizens

    In the living room of a duplex in Semtokha, Thimphu, a group of women spanning generations engage in lively chatter about the recently implemented revised property and land tax.

    Source:Kuensel
    昨天 13:13
    357
  • EIB provides €150 million for renewable energy investment in Bhutan

    EIB provides €150 million for renewable energy investment in Bhutan

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed its first-ever investment support for Bhutan, a 30-year loan for €150 million (US$160.1 million).

    Source:Hydro Review
    前天 12:13
    279
  • Bhutan sees marked drop in unemployment rates, particularly among youth and TVET graduate

    Bhutan sees marked drop in unemployment rates, particularly among youth and TVET graduate

    The overall unemployment rate in the country dropped by about 2.4 percent in 2023, according to a report released by the Department of Workforce Planning and Skills Development (DoWPSD), Ministry of Education and Skills …

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-19
    601
  • Building health resilience with new centre for infectious diseases

    Building health resilience with new centre for infectious diseases

    The upcoming Royal Centre for Infectious Diseases (RCID), slated for completion in 2027 in Gidakom, Thimphu, is poised to elevate medical services and bolster the treatment of infectious diseases across the country.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-18
    592
  • RCSC plans to revamp work culture amid surge in civil servant resignations

    RCSC plans to revamp work culture amid surge in civil servant resignations

    The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has been challenged with a surge in the number of civil servants attrition every year, forcing the Commission to reconsider its approach to work and foster a more adaptable envir…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-18
    498
  • RCSC plans to implement performance dashboard

    RCSC plans to implement performance dashboard

    The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has announced plans to overhaul and introduce the Performance Dashboard (PD) as a tool for assessing the performance of individual civil servants.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-17
    614
  • Businesses call for policy reforms for economic development

    Businesses call for policy reforms for economic development

    The business community has asked the government for policy reforms after stating that they are facing location-specific challenges with a limited consumer base that hinders their growth.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-17
    506
  • BCTA enforces stricter regulations on vehicle advertisements

    BCTA enforces stricter regulations on vehicle advertisements

    Bhutan Construction and Transport Authority (BCTA) has started taking actions against the display of stickers and banners on vehicle bodies in accordance with the Road Safety Transport Regulations of 2021, specifically S…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-17
    725
  • Bhutan’s SDG on track

    Bhutan’s SDG on track

    Bhutan is on track in its implementation and investment in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. More than 40 percent of the target has been achieved—in contrast to only 15 percent globally.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-16
    522
  • A durable bridge over troublesome Panchfaly stream

    A durable bridge over troublesome Panchfaly stream

    The construction of the steel composite bridge over the Panchfaly stream, connecting Umling and Tareythang with the rest of the gewogs of Sarpang, is expected to provide a permanent solution once completed.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-16
    612
  • Govt. aims to maintain fiscal deficit at 3 percent of GDP in 13th Plan: FM

    Govt. aims to maintain fiscal deficit at 3 percent of GDP in 13th Plan: FM

    The government is looking to maintain an average fiscal deficit within three percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) during the plan period, including the ambitious 13th Plan, due to concerns about rising national de…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-16
    287
  • Nu 15 billion ESP success hinges on policy changes

    Nu 15 billion ESP success hinges on policy changes

    For the success of Bhutan’s Nu 15 billion economic stimulus programme (ESP), the policy changes need to be considered, the country director of the Bhutan Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank, Shamit Chakravarti, sai…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-15
    380
  • EU-Bhutan elevates climate ambition through sustainable production and consumption

    EU-Bhutan elevates climate ambition through sustainable production and consumption

    Bhutan is facing challenges due to changing consumption habits, resulting in increased waste production, higher energy usage, and strain on transportation systems. A collaborative effort at the national level is essentia…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-12
    382
  • Bhutan Health Research Portal Launched

    Bhutan Health Research Portal Launched

    The Ministry of Health, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the Bhutan Health Research Portal (BHRP) on April 9.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-12
    337
  • Three drungkhags without drungpas

    Three drungkhags without drungpas

    Could the non-appointment of Drungpas in three of the 15 drungkhags (sub district) indicate a shift in the local governance structure?

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-12
    457
  • Addressing teacher shortage: Former teachers rejoin

    Addressing teacher shortage: Former teachers rejoin

    In response to the teacher shortage across schools in the country, the Ministry of Education and Skill Development has announced to recruit teachers who had previously resigned.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-11
    810
  • National debt to rise by 10.5 percent this FY

    National debt to rise by 10.5 percent this FY

    Bhutan’s national debt is expected to surge by 10.5 percent because of financing the fiscal gap and hydropower loans in this fiscal year, the finance ministry projects.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-11
    175
  • Finance ministry projects 5.68 percent growth this year

    Finance ministry projects 5.68 percent growth this year

    The finance ministry projected Bhutan’s economy to grow at 5.68 percent this year, according to the ministry’s macroeconomic situation report for the second quarter for the fiscal year 2023-24.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-10
    402
  •  More foreign workers raise local job opportunity concerns

    More foreign workers raise local job opportunity concerns

    The Department of Labour (DoL) approved a total of 137,324 individuals seeking employment opportunities in 2023 to fulfil the needs of crucial economic sectors. This is according to the 2023 TVET statistic report, 2023.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-10
    370
  • “I am not a doctor, but people think I am”: Ugyen Wangchuk

    “I am not a doctor, but people think I am”: Ugyen Wangchuk

    In light of recent allegations of unauthorised medical practice across the border, Ugyen Wangchuk asserts that the Indo-Bhutan Neurotherapy Centre, situated in Dadgari, India, is owned by an Indian individual.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-10
    643
  • Public lose Nu 9M to scammers

    Public lose Nu 9M to scammers

    More than Nu 9 million have been scammed out of the public between 2023 and April 2, 2024, with an increasing number of people being scammed, 17 already in 2024, as compared to 11 in the past year.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-9
    383
  • Gender disparity challenges agriculture sector in Bhutan

    Gender disparity challenges agriculture sector in Bhutan

    Lack of representation in decision-making, inadequacy in rural women-centric schemes worsened by low financial literacy and minimal reflection of gender-sensitive interventions in agri-food value chains are among the key…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-9
    264
  • A new helipad for Lunaps

    A new helipad for Lunaps

    To make it convenient and accessible for the passengers, mostly highlanders of Lunana, the Drukair opened a new helipad at Jigmethang on the left bank of Punatshangchhu in Punakha.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-5
    1423
  • WFP Bhutan to inject 14.6 million USD for national plans

    WFP Bhutan to inject 14.6 million USD for national plans

    Malnutrition, gender barriers, and sustainable food systems are some of the key challenges Bhutan faces in its pursuit of achieving “Zero Hunger”. To address these issues, the World Food Programme (WFP) will invest USD…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-5
    1157
  • From bus driver to top doctor: Rise of Ugyen Wangchuk’s medical empire

    From bus driver to top doctor: Rise of Ugyen Wangchuk’s medical empire

    A bus driver, who quit school and later became a gup, becomes top doctor in India, overnight, and opens a clinic that has cure and treatment for any ailment.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-5
    1006
  • Goods and services become costlier by 4.53 percent in February

    Goods and services become costlier by 4.53 percent in February

    Bhutanese consumers are paying 4.53 percent more for the same basket of goods and services in February this year from the same month of last year.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-4
    818
  • Can TVET reforms bridge Bhutan’s skill gap?

    Can TVET reforms bridge Bhutan’s skill gap?

    For nearly five decades, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme has been grappling with a lack of recognition and appreciation.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-4-4
    866
  • Nu 15 billion ESP to be part of Nu 100 billion assistance for 13th Plan

    Nu 15 billion ESP to be part of Nu 100 billion assistance for 13th Plan

    Bhutan’s plan to boost its economy with a Nu 15 billion program, called the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP), will now be part of India’s financial assistance package of INR 100 billion for Bhutan’s 13th Plan.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-24
    438
  • Bhutan aims for stars: Bhutan Astronomical Society

    Bhutan aims for stars: Bhutan Astronomical Society

    The Bhutan Astrology Society (BAS) was formed on February 21. Its goal is to encourage the learning and exploration of astronomy and space sciences in Bhutan. It also aims to motivate young Bhutanese students to consider…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-24
    826
  • Phajo Nidup appeals against 21-Year prison term for fraud and bribery

    Phajo Nidup appeals against 21-Year prison term for fraud and bribery

    Phajo Nidup appealed to the Special Bench in Thimphu yesterday, following the 21-year prison term on March 15 imposed upon him by the Bench.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-22
    636
  • Dental services struggle, privatisation suggested solution

    Dental services struggle, privatisation suggested solution

    The dental services at JDWNRH in Taba are facing problems. There are too many patients, not enough medical staff, and people can’t get appointments easily since the hospital opened.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-22
    541
  • Rock avalanche from construction devastates home in Mongar

    Rock avalanche from construction devastates home in Mongar

    On March 11, at approximately 11 am, a big rock hit and swept away a two-story house situated in Gomchhu village in Narang, Mongar.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-21
    899
  • Mining sector asks for lower royalties on value-added minerals

    Mining sector asks for lower royalties on value-added minerals

    The mining sector is urging the government to lower royalties on value-added minerals exported from the country, aligning with existing government policies.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-21
    693
  • Wangchhu revitalisation, a bold waste reduction project

    Wangchhu revitalisation, a bold waste reduction project

    Wangchhu in Thimphu has been getting dirty and not very nice for some time now. But now, a project has started to make it clean and flowing nicely again.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-20
    484
  • Kuri-Gongri project’s DPR reveals 2,800MW potential

    Kuri-Gongri project’s DPR reveals 2,800MW potential

    The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Kuri-Gongri Hydro-Electric Project indicates a potential annual electricity generation capacity of 2,800 megawatts (MW).

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-20
    542
  • Vehicle import ban saves Nu 5.3 Billion

    Vehicle import ban saves Nu 5.3 Billion

    The ban on importing vehicles could have helped Bhutan save Nu 5.3 billion in foreign reserves. This happened during the time when importing certain vehicles was not allowed, from August 2022 to December last year.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-18
    786
  • Land price soars in Sarpang

    Land price soars in Sarpang

    The prospects offered by the Special Administrative Region (SAR) in Sarpang has driven the land price even with a moratorium on the sale and purchase of land.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-18
    974
  • Brave act of heroism: Kinley Lhendup rescues teen from Punatsangchhu

    Brave act of heroism: Kinley Lhendup rescues teen from Punatsangchhu

    On February 11, 22-year-old Kinley Lhendup, Ugyen Academy’s talented footballer, exhibited remarkable courage by diving into Punatsangchhu to save a 17-year-old girl who was in distress.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-16
    550
  • Climate crisis: Bhutan’s urgent battle against mounting environmental threats?

    Climate crisis: Bhutan’s urgent battle against mounting environmental threats?

    In 2021, Bhutan was ranked 38th among the countries most vulnerable to climate change and 62nd in terms of readiness to handle it, as per the Global Climate Change Adaptation index.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-16
    711
  • Farmers in Trongsa demand action as wildlife conflict rages on

    Farmers in Trongsa demand action as wildlife conflict rages on

    Human-wildlife conflict (HWC) in Nubi Gewog in Trongsa is bound to happen.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-15
    1033
  • Revolutionising heart care: Cath Lab’s rapid impact

    Revolutionising heart care: Cath Lab’s rapid impact

    In September last year, something big happened at the JDWNRH: they opened the first-ever Cath Lab along with the Heart Centre. In just seven months, this Cath Lab has been doing wonders for patients with heart problems.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-15
    788
  • Bhutan’s economic growth could slow at 4 percent in this FY 2023-24: WB

    Bhutan’s economic growth could slow at 4 percent in this FY 2023-24: WB

    The World Bank says Bhutan’s economy will grow slower at 4 percent this year, according to its Global Economic Prospects Report 2024.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-15
    465
  • Gelephu prepares to face potential flood incidents

    Gelephu prepares to face potential flood incidents

    With temperatures in Gelephu already hitting 28°C, signalling the onset of the monsoon season, the settlements along the riverbanks live in fear.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-14
    686
  • TVET to become attractive through national transformation plan

    TVET to become attractive through national transformation plan

    In Bhutan, there’s a growing problem where Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes aren’t doing enough to include everyone, especially women and people with disabilities.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-14
    793
  • Boosting school health; nationwide expansion being planned

    Boosting school health; nationwide expansion being planned

    Yesterday, 66 individuals from Thimphu, including principals, Health and Physical Education (HPE) teachers, and School Sports Instructors (SSI), went to a workshop. The workshop was all about keeping students healthy and…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-13
    812
  • Need to achieve climate resilience through green financing

    Need to achieve climate resilience through green financing

    In a pivotal step towards combating climate change, Bhutan may have to embrace innovative financing solutions, particularly in the realm of green financing.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-6
    1317
  • PandoraBiz warned for unauthorised cryptocurrency training

    PandoraBiz warned for unauthorised cryptocurrency training

    Advancement in technology and digital platforms offer new avenues for earning, but they have also become a breeding ground for illicit digital businesses, where countless individuals fall victim to them everyday.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-6
    1573
  • Fuel imports skyrocket while electricity exports plummet

    Fuel imports skyrocket while electricity exports plummet

    Bhutan faces a pressing concern: while the import of fuel skyrockets, the export of electricity dwindles. This is a troubling picture of the nation’s economic landscape.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-5
    1098
  • Rural schools struggle with ICT curriculum amid infrastructure challenges

    Rural schools struggle with ICT curriculum amid infrastructure challenges

    Despite the implementation of the Digital School Flagship Programme in the 12th Plan and declaring it a success, challenges abound in effectively implementing the ICT curriculum, especially in schools in remote Bhutan.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-4
    1150
  • Govt’s Saturday off pledge sparks debate

    Govt’s Saturday off pledge sparks debate

    After the government disclosed information to the media regarding the committee’s suggestion to designate Saturdays as non-working days, teachers across the country have expressed their dissatisfaction, with some turnin…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-3-3
    1144
  • Building strong agrifood systems with EU support

    Building strong agrifood systems with EU support

    In a bid to strengthen agrifood systems and alleviate poverty in Bhutan, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN Bhutan, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MoAL), launched its …

    Source:XINHUA
    2024-2-29
    671
  • Four arrested over cattle theft and slaughter

    Four arrested over cattle theft and slaughter

    Police in Wangdue have arrested four men aged between 20 and 30 years old, on February 24, and charged for larceny and malicious mischief.

    Source:XINHUA
    2024-2-29
    1327
  • Reservoir filling ceremony marks milestone in PHPA-II project

    Reservoir filling ceremony marks milestone in PHPA-II project

    In honour of the brave individuals who sacrificed their lives during the construction of the Punatsangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA-II), Rajesh Kumar Chandel, the managing director, opened his remarks at …

    Source:The News International
    2024-2-25
    1036
  • Labour market faces quality challenges

    Labour market faces quality challenges

    The 2024 Bhutan Labor Market Assessment Report by the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice sheds light on the prevalence of poor-quality employment in Bhutan, attributing it to various labour market c…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-21
    1865
  • Bhutan’s EV imports grab 20 percent of auto import value

    Bhutan’s EV imports grab 20 percent of auto import value

    Bhutan imported automobiles worth Nu 944.37 million in the first nine months of last year, with electric vehicles (EVs) accounting for about 20 percent of the total value.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-21
    1744
  • Women lag behind in financial literacy

    Women lag behind in financial literacy

    Gender and regional disparities exist in financial literacy, with adult females having lower knowledge of financial institutions compared to males, and rural adults demonstrating less understanding than their urban count…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-19
    1641
  • Bhutan secures USD 10M funding for agriculture

    Bhutan secures USD 10M funding for agriculture

    Bhutan along with 14 countries in the Asia and the Pacific region received the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Food Systems Integrated Program (FSIP) approved by the GEF Council earlier this month.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-19
    1316
  • Hardware sector request for OD loans against stock or working capital

    Hardware sector request for OD loans against stock or working capital

    The Bhutan Hardware Association (BHA) has requested the government to provide an overdraft (OD) facility against stock or working capital for a robust hardware and trading sector.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-19
    1121
  • FWRAs demand clarity amid regulatory concerns

    FWRAs demand clarity amid regulatory concerns

    MoICE implements strict measures to improve the management of foreign workers

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-18
    1014
  • CSOs struggle for survival, some in need of operational fund

    CSOs struggle for survival, some in need of operational fund

    Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Bhutan, established to supplement the efforts of the government, are facing challenges in meeting their financial requirements, including the endowment fund, along with operational c…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-18
    756
  • Combating HIV stigma remains a challenge

    Combating HIV stigma remains a challenge

    People living with HIV (PLHIV) in Bhutan still face stigmatisation and discrimination, according to a report in the Bhutan Health Journal.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-7
    932
  • Private sector proposes Better Business Council

    Private sector proposes Better Business Council

    Private sector representatives have proposed to initiate a Better Business Council to make a conducive business environment during the review on business regulatory process consultative meeting at the Bhutan Chamber of C…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-7
    1263
  • Medical centers and labour agent suspended and slapped fines

    Medical centers and labour agent suspended and slapped fines

    Gelephu—Two medical screening centers and a labour agent in Gelephu were suspended from doing business for breaching medical protocols by deliberately providing false results for Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) test…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-7
    1407
  • Remote gewogs in need of more current budget

    Remote gewogs in need of more current budget

    The remote gewogs in the country had already exhausted their current budget for the fiscal year and were facing challenges in paying utility bills, vehicle maintenance, and refuelling.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-6
    1210
  • Farmers wait crop compensation

    Farmers wait crop compensation

    Trashigang—Farmers in Domkhar and Yenangbrangsa chiwogs of Samkhar gewog, Trashigang wait anxiously for news on crop compensation for their crops lost to a windstorm.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-6
    1292
  • Businesses to appeal to govt. after significant hike in State land lease rate

    Businesses to appeal to govt. after significant hike in State land lease rate

    The business sector is preparing to appeal to the government to reconsider the new revised lease rates for State land that came into effect last month.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-6
    751
  • Addressing attrition is a priority: Health Minister

    Addressing attrition is a priority: Health Minister

    Human Resource attrition in the health sector has become a major challenge with no immediate solution, Health Minister Tandin Wangchuk said.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-5
    1070
  • Growing domestic demand hurts power export

    Growing domestic demand hurts power export

    The country’s hydropower generation last year saw a decline of 2 percent compared to the previous year.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-5
    733
  • Bhutan receives coveted travel destination award

    Bhutan receives coveted travel destination award

    Bhutan received the Special Travel Destinations Award during the 2023 Voyage magazine award ceremony on January 31.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-2
    992
  • Tourism earnings break record

    Tourism earnings break record

    Bhutan recorded its record revenue from the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) last year, amounting to around USD 26 million.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-2-2
    633
  • Police foils six Chamgang inmates tunnel escape attempt

    Police foils six Chamgang inmates tunnel escape attempt

    The idea was good, straight from an action thriller movie, when six inmates tried to escape jail by digging a tunnel. But the execution was bad. They were caught even before they could complete tunnelling more than two m…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-31
    1127
  • Is Bhutan’s economy growing more efficiently?

    Is Bhutan’s economy growing more efficiently?

    The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) shows the health of a country’s economy and where it is headed. However, it does not tell how efficiently it is using the resources.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-30
    922
  • The new government’s bold steps

    The new government’s bold steps

    On the first day of the new government’s term, they wasted no time in fulfilling their election promises, issuing a series of executive orders and directives aimed at bringing about swift changes in various sectors.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-30
    599
  • Horticulture farmers hardest hit as climate changes

    Horticulture farmers hardest hit as climate changes

    Bhutan’s horticulture sector has grappled with escalating challenges, witnessing a significant downturn in fruit yields attributed to diseases and pests over the past decade. Key cash crops like oranges and apples have …

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-26
    573
  • PDP’s economic stimulus: Bhutan’s recovery anticipation

    PDP’s economic stimulus: Bhutan’s recovery anticipation

    As the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) assumes governance today, Bhutanese are optimistic about the anticipated economic boost, particularly through the Nu 15 billion Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP), a focal point in …

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-26
    1396
  • A tale of two empty villages in Trashiyangtse

    A tale of two empty villages in Trashiyangtse

    The quaint and tranquil village of Jangphuste in Trashiyangtse is typical of a rural Bhutanese village.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-26
    865
  • Pedestrian terminal in P/ling earns Nu 4.5 million a month

    Pedestrian terminal in P/ling earns Nu 4.5 million a month

    In about 14 months, between November 2022 and December 2023, the Regional Immigration Office in Phuentsholing collected about Nu 64 million (M) in revenue from the user fee charged at the pedestrian terminal in Phuentsho…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-24
    1328
  • MICE events get SDF waiver

    MICE events get SDF waiver

    The Department of Tourism Bhutan (DoT) has announced the immediate waiver of Sustainable Development Fees (SDF) to support the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) sector.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-24
    851
  • Decrease in irregularities: Fiscal year 2022-23

    Decrease in irregularities: Fiscal year 2022-23

    In the 2022-23 fiscal year, irregularities totaling Nu 2.8 billion were identified by the Royal Audit Authority (RAA), with 79.04 percent (Nu 2.2B) attributed to non-compliance with laws, rules, and regulations.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-23
    894
  • Economic rebound could spur credit surge

    Economic rebound could spur credit surge

    As the economy gradually rebounds and demand surges in the construction and service sectors, financial institutions (FIs) are expected to witness a robust growth in total loans disbursed, projected to increase by 21.2 pe…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-23
    1174
  • Youngsters group take up agriculture

    Youngsters group take up agriculture

    A group of young farmers in Khaling, Trashigang, called Khaling Nazhoen, has realised they need support for – water, seeds, and machines – to be successful in agri-business.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-22
    1238
  • Jangchubling town grapples with complex land ownership issue

    Jangchubling town grapples with complex land ownership issue

    Business owners and landlords in Jangchubling town under Chhudzom gewog, Sarpang, are faced with uncertainty as their structures have been established on land registered under community ownership.

    Source:SunOnline International
    2024-1-22
    894
  • Foreign Secretary leads Bhutanese delegation to NAM Summit in Uganda

    Foreign Secretary leads Bhutanese delegation to NAM Summit in Uganda

    Foreign Secretary Pema Choden will lead a Bhutanese delegation to the two-day 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) which is being held in Kampala, Uganda which begins today.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-19
    946
  • 12 percent of capital budget for education: Draft 13th Plan

    12 percent of capital budget for education: Draft 13th Plan

    The budget allocation for the education transformation in the draft 13th Plan is estimated at 12 percent or Nu 30 billion of the Nu 250 billion capital budget.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-19
    961
  • Mandarin export resumes after crate import

    Mandarin export resumes after crate import

    andarin orange export is in full swing in Gelephu and 50 percent of the goods has been dispatched to date

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-18
    908
  • Draft 13th Plan allocates Nu 80 billion for economy

    Draft 13th Plan allocates Nu 80 billion for economy

    For the nation’s economic transformation, the 13th Plan has earmarked the highest budget of Nu 80 billion, constituting a significant portion of the total budget outlay of Nu 512.48 billion.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-18
    672
  • Sexual violence cases up 22 percent in 2023

    Sexual violence cases up 22 percent in 2023

    Bhutan has experienced an increase in sexual violence cases for the year 2023 compared to the previous year.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-12
    661
  • Indo-Bhutan ties looking ahead

    Indo-Bhutan ties looking ahead

    India’s Ambassador to Bhutan Sudhakar Dalela talks to Kuensel Editor Tshering Palden about Indo-Bhutan ties, priority areas of cooperation, the Gelephu Mindfulness City project, and more…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-12
    1044
  • How Samdrupjongkhar chose their MPs

    How Samdrupjongkhar chose their MPs

    In Samdrupjongkhar, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) strategically leveraged its significant victory in 39 constituencies during the primary elections as a key element of its campaign for the general elections conduc…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-12
    855
  • “We’ll be a strong opposition”

    “We’ll be a strong opposition”

    Bhutan Tendrel Party (BTP) won 17 constituencies, 16 from east and one from central, which the party will stand as opposition for the fourth government.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-11
    1239
  • PDP is back

    PDP is back

    In a repeat of the 2018 general election results, the winning party in the fourth National Assembly elections, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won 30 seats in 13 dzongkhags yesterday. Bhutan Tendrel Party (BTP) won 17 s…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-11
    1095
  • Parties contribute at least half a million in fines to ECB

    Parties contribute at least half a million in fines to ECB

    Presidents of Bhutan Tendrel Party (BTP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), their candidates and supporters contributed at least half a million Ngultrums to the Election Commission of Bhutan in fine for breaching elec…

    2024-1-9
    800
  • Close to 96 percent of postal ballots arrived in Lhuentse

    Close to 96 percent of postal ballots arrived in Lhuentse

    Of the 5,463 postal ballots (PB) issued for voters in Lhuentse’s two constituencies, about 96 percent of PBs (5,218) have reached the dzongkhag election office.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-9
    998
  • The brothers of Kuchinthang

    The brothers of Kuchinthang

    Lachu Man Rai, fondly referred to as Lachu Man Daju (brother) and Yok Raj Limbu known among the locals as Yok Raj Bhai of Kuchinthang in Tendruk are active coordinators of the two political parties contesting in the gene…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-9
    813
  • MoF estimates Nu 78.49 billion budget for FY 2024-25

    MoF estimates Nu 78.49 billion budget for FY 2024-25

    The finance ministry has disclosed a budget outlay projection of Nu 78.49 billion for the fiscal year 2024-25, the first year of the 13th Plan. This figure represents a 4.85 percent increase, amounting to Nu 3.63 billion…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-8
    972
  • Economic struggles driving people to illicit trade?

    Economic struggles driving people to illicit trade?

    Despite stringent measures implemented by the police and relevant agencies to combat drug smuggling, incidents of smuggling have continued to increase, raising questions about the methods through which these drugs infilt…

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-3
    1036
  • Nikachhu domestic tariff proposal set at Nu 6.54

    Nikachhu domestic tariff proposal set at Nu 6.54

    The Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) has proposed a domestic tariff for electricity from Nikachhu Hydropower project at Nu 6.54 per KWh for the period of January to June 2025.

    Source:Kuensel
    2024-1-3
    1283
  • Sarpang residents hopeful of Mindfulness City

    Sarpang residents hopeful of Mindfulness City

    Ten out of the 12 gewogs in Sarpang are designated for the ambitious Gelephu Mindfulness City development. The groundbreaking ceremonies (salhang tendrel) were recently conducted, coinciding with the Gelephu Internationa…

    Source:Kuensel
    2023-12-31
    1065
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