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His Majesty the King granted an audience to the participants of the National Engineers and Architects Conference yesterday in Thimphu. His Majesty also graced an exhibition on locally produced construction materials.


Sandalwood smuggling – A lucrative, if illicit, business

The high returns offset the high risk in this illegal trade from Tsento to Phari 

Trafficking: Gyembo Dorji is sweating profusely under the fierce October sun.  His seven horses are trudging up the mild slope of Thangthangka in Paro, carrying heavy loads for tourists to the base camp at Jhomolhari.

It’s a not-so-happy day for Gyembo Dorji (not his real name).  He ought to have been transporting sandalwood to Phari in Tibet this time of [... Read More]

ACC detains one more NLC official

Former Chang gup alleged for manipulation and illegal transfer of land 

Land: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has detained one more National Land Commission official in connection with the alleged land corruption case of the former Chang gup, Naku.

The official was the head of dispute settlement committee.  ACC detained him to prevent the distortion of evidence, even as the commission investigates the case, which some say could open up a can of worms, involving [... Read More]

Election Act up for amendment in upcoming Parliament

A review has been deemed necessary due to issues that cropped up in the last electoral process 

Agenda: Although the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) does not see the need to amend the election Act, it will be proposed for amendment in this winter’s parliament session, which begins on November 12.

The chairman of the legislative committee, Lekey Dorji, said amendment of the election Act has been proposed by various dzongkhag tshogdus.  Besides, the need [... Read More]


A thriving illegal trade

How do illegal businesses erupt?  What fosters their growth?  And what does it really mean to our society?

We need to ask these questions and seek answers because a bulk of our people today is into illegal sandalwood business.  What we know from our story today is that our people of Paro are buying sandalwood from India and selling it across the border in the north.

It is a business, all right.  Every citizen has the right [... Read More]

Need to reorganise engineering sector in dzongkhags

One point among many made during first national engineers and architects conference

Meet: There is a need to reorganise the engineering sector in dzongkhag administrations, it was pointed out during the first national engineers and architects conference that ended yesterday in Thimphu.

In particular, the need for reorganisation is in the management and deployment of engineers with right professional background for the job.

One other requirement raised during the conference was regular capacity development of dzongkhag [... Read More]

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Celebration: The Hindu community in Thimphu celebrated Diwali festival at the YDF hall with traditional cultural programs yesterday. Chief guest Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, cabinet ministers, parliamentarians and senior government officials attended the festival of lights and flowers, which is celebrated to signify the victory of knowledge over ignorance.


PM promises speedy resolution of delayed township

DSC_6119Consultation: Lyonchhoen interacts with land owners and businessmen of Nganglam

One way or the other, with a new or old town plan, the matter would be resolved, assured lyonchhoen
Corridor: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay assured businessmen and landowners in Nganglam that the biological corridor issue would be solved soon to avoid further delay of the already delayed township in Nganglam.
However, lyonchhoen said that it was not guaranteed that the old master plan would be implemented for the township in Rinchenthang, which has [... Read More]

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The European Union Commissioner for Development Cooperation, Andris Piebalgs called on Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu.
Lyonchhoen said since 1982, Bhutan has benefitted a lot from EU’s aid and thanked the Commissioner for enhancing EU’s assistance in Bhutan by committing Euro 42M in grant under the Multi-Annual Indicative Programme recently. Commissioner Piebalgs said the EU is committed to supporting Bhutan in [... Read More]

Khuruthang stinks

unnamed-39Neglected: An unattended septic tank in the town

The township has lacked a proper sewerage system since its inception 14 years ago
Township: If Khuruthang town is an eyesore of urban development, lack of proper sewerage system has not helped it either.
Established more than 14 years ago, Khuruthang town, four km away from Punakha dzong, has neither sewerage networks nor street lightning.
Residents complain of stench from leaking or overflowing sewerage tanks on a daily basis. The problem is not [... Read More]

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