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Reaping the cordyceps rewards

IMG_9046Kinley Bidha and family in a hotel in Thimphu

After an arduous spell of collection, it’s time now to spend some hard-earned money

Fungus: Months of hard work paid off, when Kinley Bidha’s ophiocordyceps sinensis was graded A plus, and fetched a handsome sum of Nu 550,000 at a recent auction in Damji.

During the collection season, the timid and sunburnt highlander from Lunana collected about 500 grams of the fungus, literally scanning the grounds on all four.

Kinley Bidha was the highest contributor in [... Read More]

A more user-friendly FDI policy

MoEA has undertaken a course correction following the ill-fated G4S departure 

Investment: Foreign direct investment (FDI) companies in the country from now on will be allowed to repatriate their profits in the currency of their choice, and not in the currency of earnings.

The cabinet has changed the FDI policy, 2010, and repatriation of the dividends among others is the major change. Earlier, the policy allowed FDIs repatriation in the currency of earnings, which is [... Read More]

3,304 graduates to sit prelims

BCSC: A total of 3,304 graduates have registered with the Royal Civil Service Commission to appear the preliminary examination on August 10.

This year the number of graduates registering for the preliminary exam has dropped by 263 compared to last year’s 3,567. However, only 3,332 of them sat the examination last year.

There are 1,451 female and 1,853 male this year. The month long e-registration closed on July 17.

Separate figures of graduates registering for different [... Read More]


The issues of being a report and a bill!

NC’s Views on Pay Revision Discourse

The public discourse on pay revision has recently seen an enhanced debate in the media, both social and mainstream. In the crossfire of critical views, the silence of the National Council was loudly felt. The primary concern has been the need for NC to respond to questions asked about the legality of its decision to defer pay revision in the context of the passage and implementation of the Budget Act [... Read More]


One Year On: Reflections on PDP’s election win

It has been exactly one year since Bhutanese went to polls on July 13, 2013 for the second parliamentary elections.  Overall, the 2013 elections had been more exhilarating than the historic 2008 elections.

As predicted, in the preliminary round of election in 2013, out of the total of 210,835 votes cast, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) won by securing 44.5%, followed by People’s Democratic party (PDP) with 32.5%, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) with 17.5%, and Druk Chirwang [... Read More]

Tosa Nga – The greybeards of the range

IMG_8945Kha Tashi, 64

While this team of over-60s isn’t winning games, it’s sure capturing hearts 

Archery: The camouflaged Intruder compound bow is hard to draw.  But at 64, Kha Tashi, like a tough guy, draws the bow with ease and aims it with squinted eyes.  The metal arrow leaves the bow at such a speed that Tashi’s eye can hardly catch the flight.  The arrow misses the target by a few inches.  Tashi bangs the side of [... Read More]

State corporation to unlock ‘no-mine zones’

Dzongkhags have no right to hold national mineral resources to ransom, says minister  

Mining: Dzongkhag tshogdus, such as Haa and Samtse, that have declared their dzongkhags as no-mining zones will need to reconsider their decisions, once the state mining corporation is established.

Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said local governments couldn’t hold huge rich mineral deposits at ransom.

Economic affairs ministry and particularly its geology and mines department, he said, are empowered to take decisions [... Read More]

34 new HIV positive cases in six months

Health: With about five new HIV positive cases detected every month, the country recorded 34 more HIV positive cases between December to June this year, taking the total number of detected cases to 380.

Of the new 34 cases, 18 are male and the rest females.  Two are minors, aged two and three years, according to the health ministry.  A majority of them were adults within the productive age group of 20 to 39 [... Read More]

Two projects to be tendered out in two years

These energy+ ventures fall outside the purview of 10,000MW by 2020

Hydropower: Two new hydropower projects will be up for bidding to investors from outside in the next two years.

The bidding process is taking off after the Norwegian government-funded Energy+ Cooperation Partnership project started its work recently.  A total of Norwegian Kroner 100M (USD 17M) will be contributed to this project, which has hydropower as one of the four packages.

In the hydropower package, six [... Read More]

Principal sentenced for using corporal punishment

Education: Mongar district court yesterday sentenced a school principal to a three-month prison term for inflicting corporal punishment on a student.

The principal can pay a thrimthue of Nu 11,250 in lieu of the prison term.  He also has to pay Nu 45,000 as compensation to the boy for ‘traumatising him’ and for making him miss school for a year.  If the boy is interested, the verdict states, he can join school next year.

The [... Read More]

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