When all one’s eggs is energy export


The country’s dependence on a single source of income has many critics vocally worried 

Hydropower: The concern that a small landlocked country is too dependent on a single export commodity, electricity, is growing, with critics getting louder that the country is risking its future without diversifying its economy base.

BOiC’s legality may be subjected to SC scrutiny


Council: The National Council, yesterday, resolved to seek the Supreme Court’s opinion over Business Opportunity Information Centre’s (BOiC) legality, but only after submitting the issue to His Majesty the King, as per the procedure outlined in the Constitution.

His Majesty meets the people of Sakteng


Visit: His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen spent three days in Sakteng, arriving from Merak on the evening of May 27.

Unit to process imported meat only


No slaughterhouse among mega livestock projects initiated by govt. in 11th Plan

Council: Reiterating the government’s stand on the slaughterhouse, the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, yesterday informed the National Council that imported meat would be processed at the planned meat-processing unit.

Giving the young a voice

If building strong democratic institutions is a continuous process in our journey towards a strong democracy, the Bhutan Children’s Parliament is a much-welcomed initiative.

“OAG is, by nature, the legal pulse of the ongoing government”: AG


After serving in the judiciary for 17 years, former judge Shera Lhendup resigned in 2009 and started a private law firm.  On May 22, he was appointed as the new Attorney General.

He shares his views on the appointment and responsibility with Kuensel’s Sonam Pelden. Excerpts

How did you take the announcement of your appointment?

Dam blasting exonerated of damage to dzongs blame


After the installation of a vibration-monitoring device, complaints have even dried up

MHPA: Almost two years after the installation of a vibration-monitoring device, no recent damage has been reported on the Choetse dzong and Ta dzong from blasting at the Mangdechu hydropower project dam site.

Is the sale of expired goods in Trashigang still common?


The practice is widespread in villages, where most items are way past their sell by dates

Commerce: Although the practice has declined, retail and wholesale shops in Trashigang still sell expired goods, residents say.

How Inclusive is Bhutan’s Growth?

Part 2 of 2 In the first part, Bhutan’s performance in the five variables of economic opportunities of the 15 that composed the ESCAP’s inclusive index was discussed. ESCAP’s 2015 survey did not include the figures for Bhutan. This article attempts to do that.

12th National Job Fair outsourced to private sector agency


Bhutan Jobs, the event organiser, is the first ever in-country employment agent

Employment: At the 12th National Job Fair in Thimphu yesterday, the Labour Minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, said that overall unemployment rate in the country had decreased from 2.9 percent in 2013 to 2.6 percent in 2014.

Night duty allowance for nurses


Given the high attrition rate in the profession, there’s a need for an incentive

Nursing: To retain and make an enabling environment for nurses in the country, the government will explore possibilities of providing nurses with night duty allowances, the prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, said during the question hour session of the National Assembly yesterday.

Lagthram issue thaws development freeze


This means that house constructions, inter alia, can take off after a long dormant spell

Construction: Developmental activities in six constituencies of Samgdrupjongkhar thromde can start with 200 lagthrams (landownership certificate) issued recently.

Minister quizzed on east-west highway issues


Assembly: Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden informed National Assembly members that, of the total of 49 households on the Semtokha-Dochula stretch that were affected while widening the road, 47 were provided cash compensation for land, and two were to be given land substitute.