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Indian foreign secretary calls on Lyonchhoen

Foreign Secretary of India, Sujatha Singh called on Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay in Delhi today. Lyonchhoen thanked the government of India for their support in Bhutan’s development. They discussed matters of mutual interest related to hydropower, areas of security, progress of the 11th Plan and other areas of cooperation. Discussions were also held on working towards […]

Sleazy side of this booming town

COVER STORY: It is 6PM and Phuentsholing town is getting busier. The crowd has increased by thousands. Everywhere you look in this town, you see people rushing past. And the incessant traffic whistles! There is hardly any parking space. Vishal and Rajiv from across the border have come for a night out in the town […]

Along the transit towns

It is almost dark and the traffic is heavy. Tashi has already made two rounds trying to find a parking space. Finally he parks his car near the Anaconda hotel in Phuentsholing. He must make a dash across the border to book a ticket to Kakarvitta, Nepal. The transit town is flooded with people travelling […]

Lui, Dhoe and Sipa Chidhoe

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: In the previous essays, we have discussed the topic of giving and also covered the types of recipients. In the Buddhist theory of life, we have lived so many lifetimes in the past and, if we do not reach enlightenment, we will again live many lifetimes in the future. […]

English II paper will be evaluated

Breaking news: Revoking its earlier decision, the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) board has decided to evaluate English II paper and award marks accordingly. The board had earlier decided to validate English examination results based on marked obtained in English I. According to a press release the Council issued today, “the recommended option may […]

Picture story

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay visits Sabarmati Riverfront at Ahmedabad yesterday. The Prime Minister’s stay in Gujarat concluded with a visit to the Global Mission School, the Tata Consultancy Services at Garima Park and the Amul dairy in Anand town.     

Corporate pay hike to maintain 15 percent difference

The govt. has given the go-ahead to corporation boards to raise wages as they see fit Salary: Approving the much-awaited hike in salary of corporate employees, the cabinet also clarified that the raise, which comes into effect retroactively from July 1, 2014 should maintain a maximum of 15 percent difference from salaries of civil servants. […]

Murder in Central Plaza

Police have called it a clear case of homicide and are on the lookout for suspects Crime: A man was found dead in a pool of blood yesterday around 7.30am below Shearee Square in Lungtenphu, Thimphu, making it perhaps the first case of cold-blooded murder this year. According to police, the man, who is yet […]

Five chorten vandals appeal to High Court

Judiciary: Five lifetime prisoners and one prisoner who was sentenced to four years imprisonment for vandalising chortens have appealed to the High Court stating dissatisfaction on the Mongar court’s judgment that was passed last month. Of the 10 men who were given lifetime imprisonment, five appealed to the high court on December 16, last year.Kinzang […]

Living beyond our means

The rate of growth of current expenditure is outstripping that of domestic revenue  Notice: Causing concern for the government, the country’s annual current expenditure is increasing at a rate much faster than that of the annual growth in domestic revenue. “If this trend continues, it’ll be difficult to meet the current expenditure from financial resources […]

Meeting the power tiller promise

Govt. takes one step further towards fulfilling its campaign pledge Agriculture: The 70 gewogs in the six eastern dzongkhags will get a power tiller each by the end of February, the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, said during the 14th meet the press session last week. The government had pledged to provide one power tiller in […]

Lack of toilet etiquette

If the level of a society is measured by how public facilities are maintained, we are not very far from being barbaric.  This is particularly true when it comes to public toilets. And there is no denying that when it comes to the toilets at the two football stadiums.  The renovated national stadium boasts of […]

YDF president, Her Majesty Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck in Bangkok

Visit: To explore possibilities of collaboration and partnership in drug education and rehabilitation services between the Princess Mother National Institute for Drug Abuse Treatment (PMNIDAT), Bangkok and Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF), the President of YDF, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck is in Bangkok for a two-day visit Vice president of the […]