Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - 1:45 PM


The burglary plague

The  recent spate of burglaries has forced many to change their perspective on crimes committed in the capital – a fairly safe city until recently.

Speak about an apartment or an office being broken into, and there will follow numerous stories of theft, both petty and serious to recount.  These include both cases reported to police and those that go unreported or unknown.

Burglary is becoming common by the year among urban dwellers.  Nothing is spared, and [... Read More]

Class X and XII graduates looking for jobs increase

Employment: In just two months after the board exam results were declared this year, class X and XII graduates looking for jobs have increased by more than 52 percent compared with last year’s figure about the same time.

Out of the 1,774 jobseekers registered between January and February this year, 1,184 were class X and XII graduates. Until December 2013, the total number of jobseekers stood at 2,253. The number has reached 3,437 today, [... Read More]

The escalating cost of paddy cultivation

IMG_8616Local rice being dried before its taken to the mill

Agriculture: Development doesn’t necessarily bring prosperity.  While the cities and towns are flying high in their new-found opulence, far-flung communities in the dzongkhags are going dry.

And the increasing rural to urban migration makes the matter worse by scraping food out of people’s mouth.

Growing rice – the staple food of the Bhutanese – is becoming difficult, especially in places like Trashigang.  So, the cost of a kilogram of rice continues to rise from year [... Read More]

Sarpang to get a new dzong soon

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay during his visit to Sarpang said the construction of new Sarpang dzong is ready to take off. Location of the dzong, however, is yet to be finalised.

The government of India has already released Nu 20M of the Nu 200M committed for the project.

According to the dzongkhag’s planning officer, three tentative locations have been identified. The dzongkhags tshogdu decided on the present dzongkhags administration area in Sarpan Taar as the location for the [... Read More]

Picture story

The three day annual Punakha Tshechu ends today


Drukpol 2 Druk Utd 1

DSC_4747Drukpol’s Jigme Drakpa celebrates his first goal

Football: Drukpol’s Jigme Drakpa scored a brace to beat Druk United 2:1 in the ongoing Thimphu A division  league yesterday.

Both teams were on the attack from the start and had several attempts before Drukpol’s striker broke the deadlock in the 40th minute. He doubled the lead three minutes later to end the first half 2:0.

Druk United came back strong in the second half and pulled one back in the 67th minute. Striker Kezang [... Read More]

To better manage government performance

DSC_0118Lyonchhoen offers khada (scarf) to police recruits who completed their year-long training on March 10 at Jigmeling, Gelephu

A series of compacts will be signed by those in positions of power, from ministers to gups

GPM: The government would implement its new system of governance called the ‘government performance management system’ through signing of compacts from this year, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay announced yesterday in Gelephu.

Accompanied by the home and finance minister, lyonchhoen is in Gelephu to attend the passing-out parade in Jigmeling police training centre.

In a meeting with the public, business representatives, [... Read More]

Minister outlines plans to boost production

Agriculture: Besides assisting farmers, the agriculture ministry wants to involve itself in cultivating, producing and processing major food items like meat, milk and rice.

This is one major activity the ministry intends to carry out in the next few years to achieve food self-sufficiency.

Bhutan’s performance, when it comes to food self sufficiency, is one of the lowest in the region.  The country has a little more than 50 percent self-sufficiency in rice production, 6 [... Read More]

FIs adopt schools to facilitate savings

IMG_0829Question time: A student asks bank official on the advantages of saving

RMA: Students could go to banks, skip the queue, make their deposit and be out in a jiffy.

This, royal monetary authority’s deputy governor Eden Dema said, is part of the central bank’s plan to encourage savings.

The banks and financial institutions will adopt schools and appoint focal persons to deal with students and offer swift services, she said.

The rupee crisis of 2012 is a classic example of excessive consumption – less saving – by [... Read More]


To allow e-cars to roll

Steeper price compared with regular cars and unsuited for the Bhutanese topography, besides lack of adequate facilities for electric cars seems to be the initial qualms.

The other way of putting it, for the car to gain Bhutanese approval, is like proposing for change in the topography the country is characterised with and clearing new roads suited for such cars.

That is almost like asking the government to provide these wheels for free.

To bring into perspective, the [... Read More]