English | Dzongkha Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Five new entry points for regional tourists still under review

Although the National Assembly endorsed five new entry and exit points for the regional tourists in the first session of the third parliament, implementation of the project will take some time.

Over 2 million MT of boulders in stock as export business comes to halt in Gelegphu

The Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) in Gelegphu has over more than 2 million metric tonnes (MT) of boulders in stock after the boulders business came to halt with strict enforcement of 15 MT load carrying capacity since April 25.

Dzongkha Books, the last to be bought.

Books are windows for past, present and future, the Tsirang Dzongda urged representatives from schools including teachers, librarians and principals to go for books which will benefit the students at large during the 12th National Book Fair which began from May 21.

High Value, Low Impact for all Tourists

Bhutan being sold as a budget destination is one of the main concerns for the government. This according to the Foreign Affairs Minister undermines the tourism policy of “High Value, Low Impact.” To overcome such issues, the Tourism Council of Bhutan submitted draft strategy to the Foreign Ministry recently.

DCCL brings down its losses by increasing its production

With a drastic increase in cement production, the Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited (DCCL) in Nganglam has been successful in reducing its loss from Nu 720 M in 2017 to Nu 30 M last year. This is attributed to increased cement production from 200,000 metric tons (MT) in 2014 to 633,000 MT last year. The company targets to achieve zero loss and make maximum profit by this year.

A Deserted Park of Bangtsho, Samdrup Jongkhar

After converting their community forest into Rehabilitation Park in 2016 to earn some income, villagers of Bangtsho chiwog in Dewathang Gewog were left wondering why tourists are not visiting their park. Villagers haven’t earned any income from the park so far.

Tourists must stay in licensed accommodations, period.

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) will not allow private entities in the country to rent out private apartments and homes as tourist accommodations without TCB’s licence.  According to the TCB, such practices contradict with the High Value, Low Volume tourism policy which affects licensed tourist hoteliers in the country.

Ghost Representation cancels BEA Meeting

Local exporters and official from Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) were supposed to visit Nakugaon on 13th of this month to meet with Bangladeshis importers of boulders at Nakugaon to discuss the Bhutan boulders export issue raised during the sensitization meeting of Gelegphu Stones & Aggregates Export Committee held on 10th of this month.

Poor Quality Sand Rejection Concerns Truckers

After paying a royalty of around Nu 1,500 truckers can avail sand from Mao River in Gelegphu. The sand will be loaded by machine deployed by Natural Resource Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL). But construction owners often reject the sand because it’s mixed with stones and mud.

Construction Boom affecting Balance of Trade

Bhutan is experiencing huge construction boom in recent years. But except for cement, all raw materials for construction are imported leading to huge amount of money draining out from the country.

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