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Animals redeem life at Barnyard Bhutan

… the sanctuary is home to 500 animals Some had the best start in their life but later they were dumped as they grew old and some abandoned animalshave never seen a happy day until rescued. At Barnyard Bhutan, life revolves around the abandoned pets – Sundown to Sunrise, and the mood at the sanctuary is always uplifting, hopeful, nurturing and …

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Existing restaurants to obtain restaurant license from G2C system

… License renewal and fee costs Nu 3,000 to Nu 15,000 Lifting the moratorium on bar license, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) directs all existing restaurants wishing to serve wine and liquor should transfer or obtain restaurant license from G2C system. A provision in the rules and regulations for operation of restaurant and retail wine and liquor business (2022) …

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Hotels upscale, undergo extensive reconstruction for tourism reopening

… team building peaking for the hotel industry With the possible reopening of the tourism industry in the country, hoteliers are readying their businesses by upscaling and renovating their properties.  The tourism industry closed after the pandemic hit the country in March 2020.  In line with the expected reopening of tourism in the country, hotels and other stakeholders of the …

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Largest steel plant in the country not closing, DHI Chairman

… however, no definite timeline to restart the steel plant In a rumour that has been recently surfacing over the closure of the largest steel plant in the country and North Eastern region of India, Druk Metallurgy Limited (DML), the rumours have been put to rest. Yet to start operations, the steel plant is reeling under the side-effect of the …

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600 MW Kholongchhu JV project headed for closure?

… KHEL faces shareholding, funding issues Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited (KHEL), the first-ever joint venture hydropower project in Bhutan formed between Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) and India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN)  is on the verge of shutting down due to disagreement among the shareholders and funding issues. The shareholder’s agreement for the development of 600 MegaWatt (MW) was signed …

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Businesses worried over sugar, wheat export restriction

… Export restriction of sugar will last for three-months With India imposing a temporary restriction on sugar exports, home-based confectionaries, bakeries and other businesses are worried about the impact on their businesses. The restrictions will be applicable with effect from June 1 to October 31. The marketing season for sugar in India follows the October to September yearly calendar. Export …

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GoI is actively considering imports of potatoes, areca nut: MoEA Minister

With import restriction lifted for ginger from Bhutan, the Economic Affairs minister states that the Government of India is actively considering imports of potatoes and areca nut. A May 19 notification from Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry states: “Import of fresh ginger, wholly produced in Bhutan, is Free subject to Article-I of Agreement on Trade, …

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iDesire to offer need-based academic scholarship

… scholarship is offered at Norbu Rigter College As part of iDesire’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the computer retail store is sponsoring a business degree scholarship at Norbu Rigter College (NRC). The scholarship includes full tuition fees, and boarding fee amounting to Nu 5,08,404. According to iDesire, the recipient of the scholarship will also have a chance to work with …

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DTT to submit documents for registration

… members disprove of short-term election pledges and localized promises Wrapping the party convention, electing its president, and vice-president, and adopting the party charter, Druk Thuendral Tshogpa (DTT) is ready to register as a political party with Election Commission of Bhutan. The party president, Kinga Tshering said the party will submit the documents to ECB by next week. On the …

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Viral message taken out of context: Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji

… the government is discussing the difference of fuel prices  Social media is rife with Foreign Minister, Dr Tandi Dorji’s voice message, subsequently, people are speculating different things. To set the record straight, Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji said, the voice message has only gone viral as he talked about surrendering the ruling, and it was not much about the escalating …

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