Bhutanese have had trade relations with their southern neighbours for more than half a century; much before formal ties between the two nations began.
Although trade has evolved over the years from one of a barter system then to what it is today and no matter what trade the Bhutanese ape from businessmen in bordering Indian states, it has always failed to imbibe one crucial perquisite required of any business.
Of the many aspects about business Bhutanese [... Read More]
Yesterday, thousands of people lined up in the hope of receiving blessings from the sacred nangtens displayed at the Royal Academy of Performing Arts in Thimphu.
Hundreds of them had come from outside Thimphu – Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang – and some as far as from Gasa and Samtse. Among the devotees were some, who had gathered outside the RAPA gate as early as 3am, so that they did not miss the chance and could get [... Read More]
It used to be the heat in summer, or the pleasant weather in winter, people often asked about, when returning to the hills from a visit to the country’s commercial heart and most important frontier town – Phuentsholing.
People still ask about the clime, but the occasional visitor is more inclined to talk about the traffic jams that are choking this border town, the gateway to Druk Yul.
Today, traffic snarls are so commonplace in Phuentsholing, local [... Read More]
Exceeding speed limits, drink driving and use of cell phones while driving were some of the offences road safety officials have maintained records of and fined offenders.
The result of constant monitoring by traffic officials along the expressway for vehicles crossing speed limits and using mobile phones is evident.
Although traffic police may not be present to monitor and nab drivers zooming along the stretch, motorists have begun following the 50km speed limit, fearing a surprise appearance [... Read More]
To learn of the country’s progression towards self-sufficiency in terms of food production is not all that electrifying.
For a tiny kingdom with just as small a population that should be taken as a given actually.
In fact, that was how the country was.
The country’s history informs of a largely self-sufficient population that took to subsistence farming and bartered goods with its friendly neighbours down south for those that could not be produced within the country.
But it [... Read More]
The prime minister’s recent remark, during the national orientation programme, that some university graduates should consider selling momos or dumplings as a means of employment, has attracted a number of comments in online forums. Most of them take a dig at the PM.
Obviously, the comment would have been made with regard to jobs and employment graduates might have asked the PM, in the context of election pledges.
But even if the comment was an offhand remark [... Read More]
The forces of nature have overwhelmed some farmers in western Bhutan. Within one week, their hope of a good harvest was turned into despair as the clear skies at the beginning of the week gave way to heavy rains last night.
Farmers were so close to reap the fruit of a year round hard work, when they laid their harvested paddy to dry and thresh. Like often in the past, the vagaries of nature threaten to [... Read More]
The revised power tariff for the next three-year cycle that was announced yesterday should come as a relief for the end users.
While there is definitely an increase, it is not to the extent as proposed by the power generating and distributing companies to the Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA) earlier this year.
When the revision proposal first came to light earlier this year, it indicated that electricity bills for urban consumers could triple from the existing rates.
Among [... Read More]
Barely a few months since the country’s second parliamentary elections ended and the presence of political parties among the electorate is fading.
Even the two political parties that were elected to the Parliament as the ruling and the opposition, rural voters have said their existence was beginning to peter out in their communities.
The opposition party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s offices have begun closing in many parts of the country, unlike when they were in the government where [... Read More]
That the labour ministry is coming up with an “overseas employment program”, in partnership with the private sector, should have raised the spirits of thousands of youth looking for gainful employment.
From the outside, this programme looks like it will fulfill two things at one time: the opportunity to go overseas, which is on list of almost every Bhutanese unemployed or not, and be employed in some kind of work that pays well.
And, going by labour [... Read More]