Friday, July 25th, 2014 - 9:57 PM

Borehole solution to water shortage problem

IMG_0140Residents have been facing acute water shortage for decades without a solution to it

A temporary measure to a perennial scarcity until the town master plan is ready

S/j Thromde: Although a temporary measure, Samdrupkongkhar residents will get some relief from the perennial water shortage issue, with the thromde planning to dig a borehole to tap underground water.

The plan also includes reviving the existing defunct dug well to supplement water distribution and tap water from nearby streams as an immediate measure.

Residents have been facing water shortage for decades [... Read More]


Looking forward to rising prices

There are two extreme developments taking place with regard to the government’s recent decisions on green tax and import of vehicles.

We will soon see at least a hundred brand new vehicles hit the road, judging by demands and enquiries vehicle dealers in the country are dealing with.  Notwithstanding the revised tax, which makes all types of vehicles expensive, there is, it seems, no dearth of buyers.

The government had made a wise decision in raising taxes, [... Read More]

Picture story

Not a ritual: Meme Kinzang uses cymbals to scare wild animals from attacking his maize fields in Horong village, Mongar


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]

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