Monday, July 28th, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Negative feedback on food quality

High on the list of complaints from international tourists is the pedestrian fare on offer

Tourism: Red chili dangling from traditional Bhutanese houses might make for a nice photograph to international tourists, but when it comes to the menu, it’s something such visitors dread.

A major complaint from international tourists, every year, is the quality and diversity of food.

Likewise, food-related complaints rated highly last year, with 19.32 percent of the international tourists expressing dissatisfaction over [... Read More]

Drying apple trees worry Dogar farmers

IMG_5026Without foliage: one of the diseased tree in farmer Rinchen’s orchard

The cause of the disease that has affected this vital cash crop is as yet unascertained

Horticulture: Apple growers of Dogar gewog in Paro are anxious because some of the apple trees, supposed to be green with foliage and bearing fruits at this time of the year, are barren as if it were winter.

The tree trunks are healthy but the leaves, farmers said, changed colour, dried and fell.  After the leaves fell, twigs and [... Read More]

Roasted corn-on-the-cob sells like hot cakes

IMG_2102Growing business: Selling roasted corn on the roadside is picking up

So much so it is now a thriving business for many along the Thimphu-Punakha highway

Maize: Selling roasted corn along the highway is growing into a money-spinner not just for maize-growers in Punakha and Wangdue, but also for the unemployed.

The mother of one, Sabita, 20, is an unemployed class XII graduate.  She lives in Thinleygang with her husband, whose income as a driver is hardly enough for the family.

For more than two years now, [... Read More]

New Mr Bhutan crowned

20140628_195549Champion: Pema Thekchok was crowned Mr Bhutan 2014 on Saturday at the National Bodybuilding Championship (Picture courtesy: Sonam Dendup, Bhutan Bodybuilding and Weight Lifting Federation)

Bhutan to host Asian Championship in 2016

Fitness: The seventh national bodybuilding championship was filled with surprises.

While the contestants were surprised by the news that Bhutan will be hosting the Asian bodybuilding championship in 2016, spectators were left amazed when Pema Thekchok beat the two time title holder, Tandin Wangchen, whom many expected to win again, to be crowned Mr Bhutan 2014 on Saturday.

A few days before the event, Pema Thekchok wrote on his [... Read More]

Decentralised recruitment discontinued

As part of its organisational development drive, the practice has now been suspended

RCSC: Following the government’s directive to carry out a thorough organisational development in the civil service, the royal civil service commission (RCSC) has frozen all decentralised recruitment of civil servants at entry level positions, including those at the lowest rung, the general support personnel and elementary support personnel like gardeners and cleaners.

The announcement comes barely a month after the new set [... Read More]

To share or not to share

… the record of votes on the pay revision report will be decided once the RTI  Act comes through says speaker

Assembly: Although he is all for transparency, National Assembly speaker Jigme Zangpo said he would not share voting details on the pay revision report until the Right to Information Act is in place.

The speaker said even he does not know the details of the voting on the pay revision report, nor does he [... Read More]

Dead in the water?

Bickering between the two houses has made the RTI bill’s passage look extremely unlikely

RTI: The much-anticipated Right To Information (RTI) bill 2014 could well be in its final days, after each house refused to accept the other’s recommendations.

The NA deciding not to withdraw the bill, following repeated recommendations from the NC, reasoning that they have already debated and passed it, has submitted it to His Majesty the King as a disputed bill.

After the [... Read More]

PM leaves for Japan

Diplomacy: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will leave the country today for a four-day official trip to Japan.

This will be the first official visit of a Bhutanese Prime Minister to Japan. The agriculture and foreign ministers, and the ambassador of Bhutan to Japan will accompany the lyonchhoen.

Japan will announce its continued support for Bhutan through economic cooperation in the areas of rural development and economic infrastructure building during lyonchhoen’s visit, according to the Japanese [... Read More]

Bhutan and the South Asian chessboard

Talk: The market for Bhutan’s hydropower is India, and Bangladesh is an interested buyer.  Bhutan’s future, therefore, lies in India and further down south.

At a talk on Bhutan and the South Asian Chessboard at the Centre for Bhutan Studies and responding to questions yesterday, associate professor of South Asian University in Delhi, India, Medha Bisht, said that India was not the ‘blocking head’ in Bhutan and Bangladesh grid cooperation.

“Although motivation to extend cooperation [... Read More]

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