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Free 100 units yet to kick in

With no intimation received as yet from authorities concerned, the status quo remains

Electricity:The 100 units electricity the government recently declared free for rural households have yet to reach the backwaters, although the new tariff was supposed to be effective from October 1.

The new government announced around mid last month that the rural households would be provided with 100 units of electricity free, beyond which they will have to pay rates at par with [... Read More]

Promised roads not in Plan

Despite pledges made by last govt., gewogs must process proposal through proper channels

11th FYP: Highlanders of Merak and Sakteng, who were promised road connectivity until the gewog centres by the former government in 11th five-year plan (FYP), are disappointed to learn that the roads are not in the Plan.

The former prime minister had told herders of Merak and Sakteng in Phongmey, during his visit on January 19 this year, that farm roads would [... Read More]

Defending champs crash out in semi finals

IMG_4376Sure hit: A Phoja archer cheers his own shot

Archery: Team Terton sent defending champion, NTT Construction out of the Coronation tournament, to set up a mouth-watering clash with 2011 winner, Phoja today.

Phoja defeated Doctor Tobgay School earlier on Wednesday.

Terton defeated NTT Construction in two straight sets, with the second set going down to the wire on the second day of the match.  With NTT trailing by four points, 20-24, by lunchtime on Thursday, NTT had hit four kareys in one round [... Read More]

Tihar: Festival of Lights, Flowers and Affection


After Dashain, Tihar is the second biggest festival of the Himali Hindu community. Tihar is celebrated every year among the Himali Hindu community with great pomp and grandeur. The five-day festival falls in October or November.

It is because of this unbroken chain of celebration, some people even call this festival as Yamapanchak or five-day long events related to Yamaraj (the god of death). The first two days of celebration are not as joyous as the [... Read More]


Buddhist jurisprudence and laws

What is Law?

Humans aspired for salvation and liberation through spiritual, philosophical and intellectual pursuit to unlock mysteries and expose the truth. The quest for law was one of them.

Therefore, the history of natural law enshrines that the Greeks gave a conception of universal law for all mankind under which all men are equal and which is binding on all people. Two trends of thought existed among them. Firstly, the Sophists developed a skepticism in which [... Read More]

In pictures: Whose responsibility?

Wastewater originating from the Royal Bhutan Army family line in Lungtenphug has been left unattended for weeks, causing inconvenience to pedestrians and eating into the road. The water has reached as far as Samardzingkha.

Pictures taken on October 31 
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Another attempt to find tourist’s body

Update: Two relatives of the Indian tourist, who drowned in Mebartsho, Bumthang, will join the police and staff of the dzongkhag administration, forest department and the people of Phomrang and Bezur villages today for what maybe the final attempt to look for his body.

The relatives reached Bumthang last night and their accommodation was arranged by the dzongkhag administration.

Bumthang dzongda Sangay Thinley said after the search tonight, they will discuss with the relatives and [... Read More]

“Repeat once” pledge comes through

Classes X and XII failures may repeat in the same school if they meet certain criteria

Education: As pledged, the government has decided to allow students, who fail in classes X and XII board examinations to repeat once in the same school from the next academic year.

Amid reservations from some sections of the education fraternity, the second chance to repeat, however, comes with conditions, and will be given to students, who meet the four [... Read More]

Bhutan’s business climate gets WB thumbs-up

World Bank: While Bhutan’s policies have become more conducive to doing business, the ground realities have not changed since the liquidity crunch hit the Bhutanese economy last year.

According to the World Bank’s recently published ease of doing business report, Bhutan’s ranking improved by seven notches, from 148 to 141 of 189 countries.

The ranking uses 10 indicators, some of which are starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, getting credit, registering property [... Read More]

25 Semtokha monks receive Kathina robes

IMG_9366Happy recipients: Semtokha monks who received the Kathina robes check the other household items representative of His Majesty the King of Thailand gifted yesterday

More than USD 8,000 and other household items were also offered to the monks

Religion: His Majesty the King of Thailand’s representative offered Kathina robes to 25 monks of Semtokha dzong in a ceremony yesterday.

Vice-foreign minister Jullapong Nonsrichai gifted water boilers, torches, alarm clocks and utensils, besides offering robes to the monks.

Kathina ceremony is a Thai tradition observed in temples throughout Thailand to allow people earn merit through offering of robes and other essential [... Read More]