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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 ordinary concept turned out to […]


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.

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 do? Should I also just […]

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 Namgay, like the rest of […]

Bhutan’s medical team in Nepal expanded

800 cases of water delivered to Trishuli Relief: An additional 15 personnel have joined the 63-member Bhutanese medical team in Trishuli, Nepal. The additional team left the country yesterday on a chartered flight. Although the initial wave of patients requiring urgent treatment has subsided, the team welcomed the reinforcement. Today is the team’s ninth day […]

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 cheap and clean source of […]

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, the Prados are the duty […]

Gender gap in social security

Women are less likely to receive a pension in old age and, if when they do, they get less UN Report: The country may boast of better gender equality, but when it comes to social protection, Bhutan is no exception, with women having less access to social security, like retirement benefit schemes. Among the working-age […]

Picture story

His Majesty The King granted dhar to the newly elected gup of Mongar gewog, Rinzin. Gup Rinzin was elected during the second bye-election. Elections were held after the post became vacant due to the demise of the incumbent gup in January.    

Signs of an economy in good shape?

Has the country economic situation improved?  Yes, at least going by the government’s decision to purchase four new Toyota land cruiser Prados as duty cars for cabinet ministers. Four new land cruisers, each costing not less than Nu 3 million, have left Phuentsholing recently.  The luxurious and expensive vehicle spells social status in Bhutan.  Quite […]

2nd annual ICT conference held

Conference: The second annual ICT (information communications technology) conference for IT officers in the government and private sector ended yesterday. Speaking to more than a hundred IT officers, information and communications minister DN Dhungyel said their role was a crucial and critical one as ICT is an enabler for the entire government and economy. The […]

Turning waste into wealth

Biodegradable: Thimphu thromde’s compost plant is not only seeing an increase in biodegradable waste, but has also started churning out money from the waste, which the municipal office was overwhelmed with until recently. The compost plant in Serbithang receives about four tonnes of organic waste daily, except on Sundays.  This is an threefold increase compared […]

Fire in Thimphu destroys temporary sheds

Fire: Thirteen families lost all their belongings yesterday in a fire that gutted 13 temporary sheds at 3:50pm near the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) godown in Changzamtok, Thimphu. Most of the house owners were out for work when the incident happened. Thimphu police’s fire brigades department deployed two fire-fighting vehicles immediately. However, not much […]