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Postmen for a pittance

sherab-on-his-way-to-Werin-copySherab on his way to Werin village

The two long time drawalas of Mongar work for less than the national minimum wage 

Mail: No one has probably walked the mule track between Gongdue gewog and Gyalpoizhing town in Mongar more than Sherab and Wangchuk.

Every week, 45-year old Sherab from Salabi village, and Wangchuk, 34, from Damkhar village of Gongdue gewog, take turns to come to Gyalpoizhing Bhutan Post office to collect officials letter of Weringla dungkhag.  The men have been doing [... Read More]

Legalise sale of thoksum…

Himalayan-ParisHimalayan Paris

…as it was done in the case of cordyceps

Herb: Like cordyceps collection was legalised in early 2000, herders of Merak said the government should do the same about collection of thoksum (paris polyphylla), a plant whose rhizome has as much economical value as it’s medicinal one.

Extraction of thoksum is yet to be included in non-wood forest products and extraction of its rhizome is illegal today.

The plant is called thoksum in brokpa (people of [... Read More]

Reserve Bank of India takes calculated risk

Selling dollars to Indian oil companies has helped to stop the rupee slide in the shirt term 

INR: Various measures recently introduced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have helped arrest the slide of INR (Indian Rupee), which was trading at INR 63.6 to the USD (US dollar) yesterday.

A week ago, the Rupee almost touched 69 to a dollar.

A host of reforms were introduced, which include opening up a special concessional window to [... Read More]

Parking area expansion still a problem

Airport: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has not yet been able to resolve its space crunch problem at Paro airport.

The aviation authority has been attempting to acquire more space from another agency, based at the airport, to expand parking area for both aircraft and vehicles since last year. However, no progress has been made.

The inability to acquire the space means that the aircraft parking, called the apron, will be filled to maximum [... Read More]

HM addresses National Council

20130911-907A1134Their Majesties with the members of the second Parliament

Parliament: Addressing the opening session of the National Council yesterday, His Majesty the King reminded the members to set good example as leaders holding important responsibilities.

“You should differentiate the good from bad, what can be done or not, and whether it is in the national interest or for selfish reasons,” said His Majesty.  His Majesty said, although restricted by experience, the members of the first National Council served with dedication and gave their [... Read More]

OL makes conciliatory keynote speech

20130911-2C4A1586Parliament members offer Kusung Thukten Mendrel to His Majesty

The opposition, he pledged, would be constructive rather than confrontational

NA: Forgiveness, reconciliation of two parties, and long-term sustainable development of the nation were at the core of the opposition leader’s statement at the inaugural session of the second parliament yesterday.

On behalf of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), the opposition leader, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, submitted to His Majesty the King and the Bhutanese people for forgiveness for disturbing the peace and harmony, as the two [... Read More]

His Majesty graces first session of second Parliament

NA: In a solemn prayer ceremony, during the inauguration of the first joint sitting of the second parliament yesterday, members of parliament offered Kusung Thukten Mendrel to His Majesty the King for his well being and long life, in reverence and unwavering loyalty and dedication from the people.

Before the formal opening with the zhugdrel phuensum tshogpa ceremony (celebration of harmonious fruition and prayers for peace, prosperity and happiness), His Majesty was received and [... Read More]


Happy, now?

Whoever thought a concept that was conjured up in the early ‘70s would catch on in the world with so much conviction today, the very concept it once looked at with cynicism.

The country may not be reflected among the list of happy nations in the recent World Happiness Report, but it is encouraging to learn that many nations across the world have begun giving the alternate index a serious thought that it merited to measure [... Read More]

Which kids fared how in board exams

An analysis of the pupils’ performance report 2012 provides some revealing nuggets of data

BHSEC: Children of farming parents have outdone students, whose parents work in government or private sectors, in Dzongkha both in the class X and XII board examinations last year, the pupils’ performance report 2012 states.

Class XII

Going by parental occupation, children of non-governmental organisations’ employees have performed better in most subjects.  Those from parents working in private sectors have done well [... Read More]

The RIA unit – Clearing house for new laws

Forthwith, all future legislation must be assessed on impact before being tabled

Procedure: To avoid unnecessary laws, and to ensure that new laws do not contradict existing ones, all Bills, amendment of Acts and rules and regulations, henceforth, must be assessed on their impacts before introducing them to parliament.

However, those laws, including the RTI Bill, which are already up for discussion in Parliament, have been already approved by the committee of secretaries (CoS) before [... Read More]