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ACC seeks suspension of two tainted civil servants

The project engineer and the manager have been indicted for their alleged involvement in lhakhang Karpo corruption

Update: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday wrote a letter to the Haa dzongda asking him to suspend two civil servants, who were involved in the alleged corruption case of the lhakhang Karpo construction project.

An ACC official said the letter was sent to the competent authority, with copies to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) and the [... Read More]

Conditional govt. help for private sector

10947285_682448875201152_5684809481266038603_nMonday Meeting: The Prime Minister and the economic affairs minister meet the members of the wood based industries’ association in the first meeting with business entities yesterday

Only if businesses invest profit to upgrade capacity and employ Bhutanese

Monday Meeting: The government’s help for the private sector came with conditions when the Prime Minister had his first meeting with business owners yesterday in Thimphu.

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said only if the private sector is willing to invest in upgrading their capacity and employ Bhutanese, would the government give them businesses.

Lyonchhoen said many business owners chose to buy land, Land Cruisers and construct [... Read More]

Trends in trade

Latest figures show that commerce with third countries (other than India) has increased

RMA Report: The share of Bhutan’s exports to India dropped to 86.1 percent in 2013 from 93.9 percent in the previous year, while the share of exports to countries other than India (COTI) increased by 25.2 percent.

This is an indication that Bhutan is strengthening its trade relations with countries besides India, and that earnings in hard currency have increased.

While exports to [... Read More]

Picture story

Ambassador Pema Choden presented credentials to the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, on January 23 in Seoul.
During a call on, the President acknowledged Bhutan’s proposal to send Bhutanese youth for employment in Republic of Korea and informed the ambassador that their agencies would further study the proposal. Diplomatic relation between the two countries was established in September 1987.
Ambassador [... Read More]

Taxi drivers feel victimised

The cabbies feel that they are picked on with regards to traffic rule enforcement  

RSTA: Rules are becoming complicated by the day for taxi drivers.  Either they stay on the right side of the rules and lose passengers, or they break the rules and make the most out of a working day.

The rules say that a child below 10 is not allowed to sit in the front seat.  And that is creating problem [... Read More]


A worrisome reverse

Winter is at its peak in the country.  In the capital, many feel that this winter is colder than the last.  This probably is because we forgot how cold last winter was.  When the temperature drops, we discuss a familiar subject: fuel wood.

Surprisingly, there is not much good to say.  Over the last three years, fuel wood consumption has increased almost 10 times.  This is worrying.  An increase of 3,635 truckloads of firewood in three [... Read More]

Lapsed tsamdros appropriated by sons of the soils

Former leaseholders, deprived of grazing rights, have received no compensation to date

Pasture lands: Bumthaps (people of Bumthang) are losing their tsamdro to the natives of dzongkhags like Zhemgang, Mongar and Lhuentse, even as they wait for the lease right, on which the government has not made much headway.

The government reverted all tsamdro rights, so that it could be leased out to the needy.  The idea was to lease the tsamdros within 10 years [... Read More]

Eighteenth century lhakhang being renovated

IMG_0408-copyAbout 65 Bhutanese are renovating the lhakhang

Wangditse: The over 300-year-old Wangditse Lhakhang located on a ridge above Dechenphodrang monastery in Thimphu is being extensively renovated for a fourth time.

It has been a “tricky” and learning experience on archeology for the officials of the Department of Culture’s Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites.

Except for a book,“Views of Medieval Bhutan”by Michael Aris, there is not much written history on the 18th century lhakhang. Aris’ book is based on a diary and [... Read More]

Creating an Hindu Kush Himalayan network

One main recommendation was to promote cooperation among the 8 HKH countries

Environment: Promoting trans-boundary cooperation among the eight Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) countries, and monitoring forest area through remote sensing were some of the recommendations the symposium on transforming mountain forestry made in Dehradun, India.

Sustainable use of mountains, establishing perennial plots and small wildlife enclosures, and developing a wildlife management concept were also recommended.

The symposium’s recommendations will be submitted to the respective countries [... Read More]

A golden scripture – the source of Zawa’s success

IMG_20150125_141641The golden scripture, Gyeltong-Selm-Sel-Dri chenma

Ever since the religious text was fortuitously found, this village has been blessed 

Heritage: Despite being isolated and having no major source of income, the village of Zawa is prosperous and the people do not complain.

Unlike other villages, Zawa in Athang gewog, Wangdue, suffers no water scarcity, wildlife attacks, or any natural disaster.

Its residents say there has never been a day when they have had to knock on other people’s doors for food or [... Read More]

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