Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 - 11:58 AM
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The relation between taxes and innovation

While everybody is focusing these days on gross domestic product (GDP), especially in the developing countries, forgetting the relationship between taxes and innovation in the context of a nation, there is wide agreement that innovation is the driving force behind long-term prosperity.

A country’s capacity for innovation depends on a broad range of factors, including having a strong education system, high quality researchers and creative thinkers, government funding for basic research, political stability and social safety [... Read More]

Rs 420M received for 11th Plan

Budget: The government received Rs 420M last week as program grants from the government of India as the first tranche of funds to finance development activities in the 11th Plan, which kicked off on July 1 this year.

The government did receive Rs 930M from India earlier this month to complete the remaining 10th Plan projects.  A balance of Rs 2.9B is still to be received for 10th Plan projects funded by India.

Finance minister [... Read More]

Mangdechhu’s Nu 122.27M overburden

The amount was spent in construction of a tunnel to dam worksites that already had other accesses

Audit: The 270-metre road tunnel, which was constructed to be used by Jai Prakash construction company for the 720MW Mangdechhu project, has incurred an overburden of Nu 122.27M.

India and Bhutan’s joint audit finding show the road remains unused.

The joint audit findings with regards accounts and operations of the project stated the construction of a road tunnel at [... Read More]

Bhutan Telecom comes up to speed

However, users still have low connectivity issues with the widely used 3G services

4G LTE: In what should bring about a significant increase in mobile Internet browsing speeds, Bhutan Telecom (BT) will introduce 4G LTE (fourth generation long term evolution) services in Thimphu, tomorrow.

Users, who avail the 4G LTE service, should be able to experience browsing speeds up to ten times faster than home broadband, and four times faster than 3G (third generation), according [... Read More]

Picture story

After the rain: Tangmachu farmers in Lhuntse winnow their first paddy harvest yesterday

Biogas project falls just short of target

ADB has agreed to fund the program, which has made good progress, for two more years

Energy: Bhutan’s ongoing biogas project will achieve at least 85 percent of the total target by the end of the project in February next year, according to the department of livestock.

The funding agency, Asian Development Bank (ADB), has agreed to extend the project by another two years.

Livestock department’s officials and the project’s executive agency, department of renewable energy [... Read More]


Teacher trouble

Totaling close to 8,000 in number, teachers make up almost 35 percent of the civil servants employed by the government.

And they are the most important segment of the civil service, with the noble mandate of laying the brick and mortar work for the nation’s future.

Yet, if they hold such an important responsibility, why is it that the teaching profession is beleaguered with all kinds of issues, from low morale to low satisfaction?  There are obviously [... Read More]

The message that accompanied the walk


Move for Health walk, which the government revived after more than a decade to raise funds for Bhutan Trust Fund was also aimed at educating people about lifestyle diseases and promoting good health. 

Kuensel’s Tenzin Namgyel spoke to medical services director Dr Ugen Dophu of the importance of the walk, besides just fundraising.

Q&A: Why walk to raise funds?

Since every body has to be active physically, the walk was to promote healthy lifestyle. En route [... Read More]

Dead letter boxes

IMG_9867Some of the 93 post cards

Letters in some mail receptacles, like the one at Misina, may be locked up for life in them

Time out: One recent evening in Misina town, between Punakha and Wangdue, I approached a red metal box, stating “letter box” and “clearance 11am”.  I thought, finally my postcard, written 6 days ago, can start travelling to Germany.

Will it?

Someone comes out of a small shop nearby: “You cannot put your postcard in there!”

I was confused and [... Read More]

First black-necked crane ‘couple’ touchdown in Phobjikha

bnc_2011-RSPNLast year, the first group of cranes arrived on 27th October 2012 in Phobjikha.

BNC: Flying a distance of around 200km over high barren hills of the Tibetan plateau, two adult cranes, probably a pair, landed in their winter habitat, Phobjikha, yesterday at 2pm.

They are the first one to land in the winter roosting ground, which hosts between 300 to 400 cranes every winter.  Last year, the first group of cranes arrived in a batch of 27 at Phobjikha in October.

The cranes must have either come from [... Read More]