Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 8:35 AM

Business in a GNH setting

GEW: Weaving through the bureaucracy in Bhutan for business is as difficult and time consuming as weaving a silk (seeshu) kira. So put candidly  Yangphel’s managing partner Karma Lotay, to describe business-bureaucracy  relationship at a global entrepreneurship week’s panel discussion on November 23 in Thimphu. One of the successful entrepreneurs in the country today, Karma Lotay, was one of the panellists at a session on ‘business, social enterprise and GNH’ that Loden Foundation organised to discuss if Bhutan was on the right path of socio-economic [... Read More]

Picture story

No show: People with issues wait for the prime minister last Saturday for the “Meet the people” program. Although the prime minister did not show up, labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo met those with unemployment issues  

Parties point up promoting private sector

Although they diagreed on the state of the country’s economy  Economy: It was a forum that allowed, besides the ruling and the opposition, other political parties that existed until the primary round of elections to discuss the country’s economy. Representing their political parties, four politicians were making their impressions on the audience comprising Thimphu school students and aspiring entrepreneurs that crammed the Tarayana hall. The politicians discussed issues like Rupee shortage, public debt, investment in hydropower, economic dependence and the stimulus plan. While their take [... Read More]

MP assures Kangpara of connectivity in 11th FYP

IMG_5214Zordhung village in Kangpara will receive a farm road in this plan period

Farmroad: Villagers in Kangpara, Trashigang, were given assurance by their parliament representative recently that all the villages in the gewog would be connected with roads. This news came as a relief to villagers from Pasaphu, Zordhung, Merdha, Threlphu and Lamai Gonpa, which are at least two hours walk from the nearest feeder road. Kangpara is the only gewog in Trashigang after Merak and Sakteng, that today lacks internal roads within the gewog, save for Bedengphu.  It was only in early 2013 that a 39-kilometre feeder [... Read More]

Picture story

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay who is one on a week-long visit to his constituency in Haa talks to a staff of National Centre for Riverine Lake Fisheries. Yesterday he met with the people of Samar gewog and briefed them on the resolutions of the last Parliament and priorities of the 11th Plan. Lyonchhoen also visited Lhakhang Karpo construction site and met with Dzongkhag sector heads. He will visit Shebji, Sombaykha gewog tomorrow and then proceed to Sambay Ama and Rangtse, followed by Dorokha and Tendu.  

Phobjikha gets a grade I BHU

Inaugural-3The newly consecrated BHU

Health: Unless it is a referral case, people of Gangtey and Phojikha will not have to go to Bajo district hospital in Wangdue, because they have a new grade I basic health unit (BHU) in the valley. Consecrated on November 23, the 10-bed BHU-I at Esa village in Gangtey will have a doctor and about five health personnel providing dental, X-ray, laboratory and pharmacy services.  The BHU also has an indigenous unit, an ambulance, a cook, a caretaker and a sweeper. The BHU’s main block, [... Read More]

Public bus from Samdrupjongkhar to Pemagatshel still a far cry

IMG_1039Vehicles, mostly trucks wait for a roadblock to be cleared on the Samdrupjongkhar - Pemagatshel highway.

Meanwhile, people risk life and limb hitching rides on speeding trucks Transport: The bumpy ride on an old truck becomes more exhausting with every passing hour for Rinzin Lhendrup, who had hitched a ride to Pemagatshel with his wife from Samdrupjongkhar, after an hour long wait on the highway. Like the couple, many people also travel to Pemagatshel, which is about 162km away, in a similar way, because there is no public transport to ferry passengers between the two “eastern dzongkhags.” As truckers speed with [... Read More]

Living with delayed funeral services

DSC04022Soe’s crematorium in dire need of renovation with its roof blown away last year

Soe: In absence of religious personnel, nomads in Soe gewog in Thimphu encounter delay in carrying out to funeral rituals, every time there is a death in the family. Located about 4,000m above sea level, it takes a two-day walk from Shana zam (bridge) in Paro to reach Soe. Nomads said, whenever there is a death, they travel to Paro to look for monks, who will perform the rituals. “If the monks are free, we manage to carry out the cremation within a week; if [... Read More]

Wamrong’s reconstruction hopes rest with new govt.

IMG_5419In absence of loan: Construction that continue albeit rather slowly and those awaiting budget

Loans: Shopkeepers in Wamrong, Trashigang, who lost their homes to a fire in 2009, say they have hope in the new government to initiate release of loan that will enable them to carry out reconstruction. About 12 shops in Wamrong had been pressing the previous dispensation to give them loan since early 2011.  For now, they have been living in temporary sheds built under His Majesty’s kidu grant. Having coincided with the suspension of loan to address Rupee situation in the country, the owners were [... Read More]

Village skill development training transforms lives

UntitledParticipants learn to repair electrical appliances

MoLHR: Apart from the usual farm work, Nikita Rai, 19, from Mechetar, Samtse, has been devoting her time helping those in the neighborhood repair their electrical appliances. Nikita had acquired the skill through a training she received for a month recently. “I was overwhelmed, when I could first identify the problem with my water boiler, which was lying idle,” she said. She then moved on to help the community, disseminating skills she gained from village skill development training the labour ministry held from August 13 [... Read More]