• GDP growth drops to 4.6 percent in 2017

    Against a higher projection and the-so-claimed “robust performance”, the country’s economy recorded a growth of 4.63 percent in 2017, a decrease of 3.39 percentage points compared with that of 2016.

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Passing the farm road upkeep buck

Villagers want DoR to take over maintenance of the Khotakha connector Connectivity: Unable to maintain the 26km Khotokha farm road anymore, villagers of Bjena and Rubesa gewogs want the Department of Roads (DoR) to take charge the farm road after eight years its construction. Villagers are hopeful that if the …

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Illicit SIM card sale fetches six-month sentence for three

Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court sentenced three men to six months in prison for selling Bhutanese SIM cards to people from across the border last year. Thinley Dorji from Trongsa, Dilip Saru from Tsirang, and Laxman Karia from Sarpang were arrested on February 12, 2015.

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Leasing of tsamdro and sokshing started

Land: Much to the relief of highlanders and those who depend on livestock, the agriculture ministry has started leasing tsamdros (pastureland) and sokshings (leaf litter collection). At the 16th meet the press session yesterday, agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, said that the lease implementation is currently being carried out in Punakha …

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Two detained for forging tourist visa

The pair comprises a tour operator and an official from the economic affairs ministry Crime: A tour operator and an official from the economic affairs ministry have been detained by Paro police since May 5 in connection with forged visas of 19 Thai visitors, who travelled in a group of …

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Taking civil service from ‘good to great’

Recommendation from the organisation development exercise will help achieve it RCSC: Towards the end of this year, the reformed civil service will begin taking shape.  The Royal Civil Service Commission is almost done with the organisational development (OD) exercise and has come up with a large list of recommendations. As …

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Picture story

Bhutan4Nepal: Students and staff of Sersang Primary School and Sersang Playgroup in Thimphu donate 130 blankets, 270 children’s jackets and 76 pairs of trousers for children in Nepal affected by the recent earthquake     

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An industry in the doldrums

A film in these economic slowdown days is deemed a success if it just about breaks even MOVIES: Norling Drayang produced its first blockbuster film Jigdrel in 1998.  That was also the year when only one Bhutanese film was made. Producer Ugyen Dorji recalls how a simple film with an …

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Kagyur

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Kagyur is the most important canonical collection in Himalayan Buddhism. It literally means the translation of the pronouncements or words, i.e. the teachings of the Buddha including both the historical Buddha and other Buddhas featured in Buddhist scriptures.

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Addiction is a Relapsable Disease

YOUTH IN FOCUS: My brother went to rehab about a year ago. After discharge, he did ok for a while, but about two months ago he started hanging out with his old friends and is now using again. My parents have totally given up on him now.  What can I …

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A small member of a big film crew

PROFILE: It is Sunday and the sky is grey, pregnant with rain.  In a two-storey traditional house in Motithang, crew-members working with film director Tshering Wangyel are enjoying their free time before the next shot. The small man, Azha Namgay, 59, who is loved by all, is there too. Azha …

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Are E-cars really environment-friendly?

Considering the CDM benefit analysis, environmental friendliness of e-car comes under the scrutiny E-cars: While the issue is already under the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) scanner, findings from a study seems to have whitewashed the underlying intentions of promoting electric vehicles-zero emission and curbing the fuel imports. Although the country has …

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Four new Prados for ministerial pool

The govt.’s recent order comes with a price tag of Nu 3 million each Perks: The State Trading Corporation of Bhutan Limited (STCBL) recently delivered a fresh consignment of four Toyota Land Cruiser (Prados) registered with the government. Although corporation officials didn’t comment whether the vehicles were ministers’ pool vehicles, …

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