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A solution to water problems?

The commission expects disputes to be resolved and equitable distribution to be effected

Resource: Various water disputes in the country, especially those over traditional rights, are likely to be settled, with the water regulation now in place.

The water regulation 2014 was launched on November 4, almost three years after the endorsement of the water Act.

The regulation, according to National Environment Commission (NEC) officials, would solve various issues and help the commission enforce the water [... Read More]


Compulsory contributions

Bhutanese are fairly generous when it comes to contributing to a good cause.  That’s why we have many coming forward, some even donating their entire month’s salary, to renovating monuments, or when disasters strike.

Contributions are also made, big and small, during fund raising campaigns, like the now yearly Move for Health walk campaign.  When the walk was first initiated, there was widespread support for it.  The smallest local community got involved in one way or [... Read More]

Mukherjee to inaugurate three major projects

DSC_4126High level visit: Four months later Thimphu is once again gearing up for an important visitor

The President on a state visit will arrive tomorrow

Visit: The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, who will be on a state visit to Bhutan on November 7 and 8 will inaugurate three major projects funded by the government of India.

During a press conference yesterday, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said the president will inaugurate the Jigme Wangchuck Power Training Institute at Dekiling in Sarpang, which is constructed to give training to graduates on the hydro [... Read More]

Moelamchenmo for His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo


Prayer: The National Memorial choeten in Thimphu is flooded with maroon-clad monks and devotees.  From dawn to dusk, there is ceaseless sound of drums, cymbals and bells.

More than 600 monks, nuns and Buddhist practitioners from 186 monasteries and religious institutions are conducting Ngajur Dorji Thagpai moelamchenmo for long life of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Ngajur Dorji Thagpai moelamchenmo is a collection of commentaries written by five tertons (treasure revealers) – Pema Lingpa, [... Read More]

‘Green’ buildings – Guidelines but no recognition

DSC_4610Prototype? With 35 windows, the building is designed to trap maximum sunlight

MoWHS has no rating system yet but when it does the new OAG edifice should qualify

Architecture: It may not qualify as a green building yet, but the newly constructed four-storied building that will house the Office of the Attorney General is worth noting for its visibly different features.

The building faces south, which is quite unusual for Bhutanese buildings.  This is done so that its 35 large windows can allow as much sunlight in [... Read More]

Electric fencing comes with promises

IMG_2297Better future: Farmers like Lhab Gyem will spend less or no time guarding their fields now

Four Haa villages benefit from an organic vegetable farming support initiative project 

Agriculture: For most of her life in the last 72 years, Lhab Gyem ended up guarding some two acres of fields, day and night, from wild animals in Talung.

Now in her twilight years, and although belatedly, she has found some respite.

The mother of three is among the 80 households from four villages in Talung chiwog, Haa, who need not worry about both [... Read More]

Indian President’s state visit to Bhutan on Nov. 7

Relations: At the invitation of His Majesty the King, the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, will be on a state visit to Bhutan on November 7 and 8.

The President will receive an audience with His Majesty the King on November 7, followed by a luncheon hosted by His Majesty at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong.

His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo will also grant an audience to the President, and host a luncheon on [... Read More]

Include absentee in-person voting: DNT

DNT has prepared a comprehensive report in support of this proposal

Proposal: Based on the cost analysis of past parliamentary elections, the Druk Nyamrup tshogpa (DNT) has proposed ‘absentee in-person’ voting to be included in the election Act.

DNT prepared a report, providing details on the cost of postal ballots and issues related to it, besides the drop in voter turnout, risk and future implications, among others, as reasons for the proposal.

Considering the cost implications [... Read More]

Ease of doing business – down, not up

A new formula means the earlier 16-place rise is actually a 3-place drop. 

Ranking: Bhutan has not climbed 16 places in the ease of doing business index, but has actually dropped by three places from 122 in 2014 to 125 in 2015.

This was confirmed, based on the new methodology the World Bank used in accessing the rankings of 189 economies around the globe this year.  Last week, it was mistakenly reported that Bhutan had [... Read More]

Picture story

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen launches the Water Regulation of Bhutan document at the Ozone Day celebration for Bhutan yesterday


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