Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - 9:51 PM

Balanced growth: Bhutan’s next challenge

World Bank vice president’s (South Asia region) prognosis on first visit

WP: Bhutan’s challenge is to diversify its economy to encourage growth in the private sector that creates more jobs, especially for youth, according to the World Bank’s vice president of South Asia region, Philippe Le Houérou.

The vice president, who was in the country from May 17 to 20, his first trip to Bhutan since taking over the position in July 2013, said his [... Read More]

A taste of Thimphu life

IMG_4710Visiting students at the Royal Textile Museum

Students from remote Lhuentse share stories of a brief encounter with an urban existence

ELC/DFC: Twelve-year-old Sangay Thinley got on the bus that would take him from his home in Menbi in Lhuentse to the farthest he had ever been in his life, Thimphu.  The journey had just begun and he felt dizzy, nauseous and sick.  He wanted to return home.

Reaching Thimphu after two days, he forgot all about the ardous journey he had [... Read More]

All’s well at Dagachhu … all things considered

filled-dam1-1On schedule: It took 30 hours to fill the weir up to 15m

After two deadlines missed due to unavoidable circumstances, the project is due to start in August

Hydropower: In about two months, Dagachhu hydropower officials will see the water of Dagachhu hit the two 63MW turbines and generate 126MW of electricity at its peak.

The project is well on schedule, say officials, who, this week, were refilling the diversion weir.  The refilling started on Tuesday and took about 30 hours to fill the weir up to [... Read More]

Essence of democracy is to respect the will of the people

IMG_9089Lily Wangchuk, Pavan K Varma and Dago Tshering in conversation with Mihir Sharma

Day one of the fifth Mountain Echoes saw (and heard) a panel discussion on politics   

Litfest: In democracy, the will of the people must be respected, which, according to former minister and Ambassador to India, Dago Tshering, is the ultimate essence of democracy.

Speaking at the session on ‘Democracy: the will of the people’ at the fifth Mountain Echoes literary festival on May 22, Dago Tshering said, government in democracy is like a philosophy [... Read More]


Whither sits the Fourth Estate

In its journey to democracy the country has embarked on, one companion that is struggling to keep pace is the Bhutanese news media.

What is left today is a poor semblance of what could have been.

But the story, some seven years ago, was strikingly different. Privately-owned newspapers hit the newsstands, and competition revved up overnight. Newsrooms were abuzz with editors and reporters brainstorming story ideas in an urgent hustle to make their papers stand out the [... Read More]


Bhutan’s rise calls for courageous policy measures

PLH-OP-EdPhilippe Le Houerou

My first trip to Bhutan since taking over the position of World Bank Vice President of South Asia in July 2013, my visit was a timely opportunity to learn about Bhutan, the uniqueness of its people and country, our partnership, and how the World Bank can best provide support through its Country Partnership Strategy for 2015-2019.

Bhutan’s economy is on the rise.  The economy has grown in the 7-8 percent range for the past five years [... Read More]

Picture story

His Majesty the King appointed Tenzin Dhendup as the new agriculture secretary yesterday.
Tenzin Dhendup was the agriculture director general. He began his career as trainee officer at warm water fishery in Gelephu, which was then under the department of livestock in 1981. He has bachelors in Zoology from St. Edmunds College, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India and MSc in Aquatic [... Read More]

PM to meet Indian Prime Minister

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay will leave for India to attend the swearing-in-ceremony of the new Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow. The ceremony will take place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 26 evening.

The two leaders will meet the next day and are expected to discuss bilateral relations and other issues of common interest. Lyonchhoen will also interact with the other new leaders of lndia.

Foreign minister, secretary and other senior officials are among the delegates on the [... Read More]

A delicious spread of literary feast

The fifth Mountain Echoes is serving up a literal banquet to suit every taste

Litfest: If it were a food fest, the fifth Mountain Echoes would have satiated many a connoisseur’s taste buds.

From religion, culture, politics to phallus, the annual literary festival was a delicious spread, but not everything could be heaped onto the plate.

Spread around in various venues located at the Tarayana centre, Taj Tashi and Nehru-Wangchuck cultural centre, one had to pick [... Read More]

The thromde conundrum

NC: National Council’s good governance committee will report today with recommendations to address some conflicts in the proposed amendments of the local government amendment bill 2014.

NC chairperson Dasho  Sonam Kinga asked the committee to discuss whether yenlag (satellite) thromdes should be placed under gewog administration.

If that should be the case, he asked if only one yenlag thromde would represent in the dzongkhag tshogdu and where others should report in case there are more [... Read More]

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