Wednesday , January 24 2018

50 years on: A tale of two nations

It was fifty years ago that Bhutan chose to walk out of the shadows of the medieval world. The world was changing and we had to make the right choice. We did. We looked to India for steadfast partnership. The visionary leaders of that time recognised that respectful partnership had ...

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Candidates switch party affiliation

Political candidates have started switching their party affiliations in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The former information and communications minister from Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), Nandalal Rai, has now joined People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He will replace incumbent MP and former foreign minister Rinzin Dorji as the candidate from ...

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RTC graduate to stand as Thimphu’s NC candidate

Sangay Tshering

Sangay Tshering, 28, from Tshaluna in Thimphu aspires  to stand for the upcoming National Council (NC) election. Sangay Tshering holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Thimphu College. He has worked in Phama Trading House and Bhutan Duty Free Limited. Sangay Tshering said he was content working as a ...

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Vehicle numbers rise despite measures

With 92,008 vehicles as of December 31, there is a car for every seven people in the country today. Two years ago, statistics with the Road Transport and Safety Authority (RSTA) showed that there is a car for every 10 individuals. Over the last decade, the number of vehicles has ...

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“I feel at home here” Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu

Japan’s Ambassador to Bhutan Kenji Hiramatsu, who was in the country to handover 353 power tillers to Bhutan, met with Kuensel’s Tshering Palden.  Excerpts from the interview. What is the purpose of your visit this time? This is my 10th visit since I assumed this post as the ambassador to ...

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Local leaders, major beneficiaries of NFE

But in the last one decade, enrolment has plummeted by more than 7,000 learners Non-Formal Education (NFE) has not only educated people in rural parts of the country but has also provided a platform to produce grass root leaders. Today, there are 151 local leaders who are beneficiaries of NFE, ...

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Consultations on to consolidate trade rules and regulations

Work to finalise the draft trade rules and regulations is underway and a multi-sectorial meeting is being held in Phuentsholing to discuss the draft. According to trade officials, the sectorial meeting would consolidate various existing rules and regulations into a single document. “There are different reference documents at present and ...

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Kholongchu project triggers housing crunch in Yangtse

Expectations are high since the initiation of Kholongchu project in Trashiyangtse. But with no signs of any major civil works commencing, people are growing impatient. The once quiescent settlement was stirred when a controlled blasting of a hillock was performed as the project’s ground – breaking ceremony in September 2015. ...

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Thromde opens one window bill payment system

To ensure consistent, transparent, accountable and efficient delivery of payment of bills, the Thimphu thromde started a one-window bill payment system about two months ago. The system is applicable to three categories – goods with IT equipment, construction works, and other bills such as for stationeries and other materials procured ...

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