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The elephant in the room

The government has lived up to its promise, even if partly, when it comes to providing a power tiller for each of the 1,040 chiwogs in the country.  The tillers arrived, literally with a bang, as 25 of them roared away from Mongar town last week.

About 70 have been distributed so far, covering the six eastern dzongkhags.  More are on the way.  The power tiller, called the agent of change in rural Bhutan, will do [... Read More]

Pvt. media considers merger

Companies could warm to the idea if the govt. were to provide incentives

MOAB: The Media Owners Association of Bhutan (MOAB) is considering a merger of private media companies.

The association wrote a letter to the prime minister on the idea after a meeting of members on January 27.  The idea of merging media companies was suggested by the prime minister himself during a meeting with the association on January 20.

On Tuesday, the association, with [... Read More]

Bank of Bhutan recognised for good tax compliance

Finance: Contributing more than Nu 1.2B in taxes in the last five years, the Bank of Bhutan Limited (BoBL) was awarded with a certificate of recognition for good tax compliance records on Janaury 26 in Phuentsholing.

The amount of taxes it has paid also makes it one of the top taxpayers in the country,

Finance minister, Lyonpo Namgay Dorji awarded the certificate. The finance ministry has been awarding certificates to some of the country’s largest [... Read More]

Picture story

The three-day Tashi Chophel Leling tshechu in Ngatshang gewog, Mongar ends today with Guru Tshengye mask dance.
Hundreds of devotees gathered to witness the performances on the first two days, including the National Assembly Speaker Jigme Zangpo and parliamentarians.


Study recommends digital cable TV as way forward, not DTH TV

Being carried by the optical fibre network, greater bandwidth will be available

Television: While Direct-to-Home (DTH) TV may be legalised soon, a study carried out by a local consultant for the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) suggests that improving and expanding the cable TV network by digtalising it and allowing local cable operators to also supply broadband internet is a feasible alternative.

The study, “Enhancement of cable TV in Bhutan: Its technology and business [... Read More]

Paying the price of being a guarantor

IMG_7352Removed: The occupants of a hut in Taba, being demolished by Thimphu thromde, carry out furniture and other belongings as police personnel keep close watch

Thimphu thromde demolishes two huts in Taba

Thromde: Following a high court order, Thimphu thromde demolished two attached huts in Taba, yesterday.

The high court issued the order in December, last year.

There were a series of arguments between the thromde officials and the occupants. About eight people who resided in the hut pleaded thromde officials to give them a few more days before they demolished the huts.

The arguing and pleading went on for almost an [... Read More]

One more community police centre for Wangdue

Police: A new community police centre (CPC) was opened at Zawakha, yesterday.

Zawakha is located 32 km from the Wangdue Bridge.

This is the ninth CPC in the country. Currently, there are six CPCs in Thimphu, one in Nobdhing, Wangdue, and another in Kanglung, Tashigang.

The Zawakha CPC is the largest and boasts improved infrastructures.

The new CPC, according to the police chief, brigadier Kipchu Namgyel, will provide faster and timely services to people of the Athang, [... Read More]

More than a thousand attend Sarpang tshechu

tshechuA scene from the Raksha Mangcham

Festival: More than thousand devotees attended the three-day Sarpang tshechu held at the Tali dratshang courtyard in Gelephu.

Not many people turned out On the first day of the tshechu but on the second day more than thousand people attended.

While the elderly were more interested in the mask dances, the younger generations spent more time in the stalls outside the dratshang.

Karma Dema, 66, said that not many people attended the tshechu during its first [... Read More]

No gomchems in goendheys

unnamed-1Chungthang goenpa in Ura which was closed after 2010 because of lack of monks

Another casualty of rural to urban migration is the decline in the number of lay monks

Religion: There is no one to mend the displaced wooden shingles of Chungthang Goenpa’s roof since the day its routine offerings came to an abrupt end one fateful night five years ago.

Its monks never returned from a journey to Gyalpoizhing, Mongar in 2010 after a tragic accident in Namling.  Since then Chungthang goenpa has remained closed.  The drasha, [... Read More]

External debt growing at 9.5 percent

Hydropower loans now account for 83 percent of INR owing

Economy: The country’s stock of outstanding external debt saw an increase of 9.5 percent between June 2013 and June 2014.

In three months, from June to September 2014, debt swelled to 108 percent from 101 percent of the GDP size.  This means the total debt today exceeds the size of the economy by eight percent.

In absolute terms, from USD 1.6B in June 2013, the total [... Read More]

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