Entries by kuensel1

From soiled and mutilated notes to digital banking

COVER STORY: Tshewang Dorji, 38, is a serious collector of old Ngultrum notes and coins. Banknotes and coins are safely stored in a red box with old stamps and cards. Given him by his grandparents, old silver and copper coins were his prized possession. Then he began to collect more old notes and coins. Six […]

Workouts for cyclists

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hi sir,  I cycle wherever I go. I have been living in Gelephu for a long time. Sometimes it becomes hard to cycle around, especially in summer. Can you please suggest any workout routine that I can do at home at such times? Also, what are the benefits and drawbacks of cycling […]

Our New Years and Chunyipai Tshetheg

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Due to its cultural diversity engendered by geographic isolation, Bhutan has many different losar (ལོ་གསར་) or New Year celebrations. The celebrations mostly mark seasonal change and cycle of agricultural life. They consist of festivities to celebrate the autumnal harvest and occur in winter when the farmers have a break […]

History of currency in Bhutan

Monetary reform started in 1974, coinciding with the coronation of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Finance ministry issued the first Ngultrum notes. Before the trade was monetised, barter system prevailed in the country. Rice, butter, cheese and wool were exchanged with other local produce. Almost a decade later, the Royal Monetary […]

External debt growing at 9.5 percent

Hydropower loans now account for 83 percent of INR owing Economy: The country’s stock of outstanding external debt saw an increase of 9.5 percent between June 2013 and June 2014. In three months, from June to September 2014, debt swelled to 108 percent from 101 percent of the GDP size.  This means the total debt […]

Lhakhang Karpo case – More heads roll

ACC has suspended three trade licenses and a CDB license of businesses involved  Update: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on January 26 suspended three trade licenses and a construction development board (CDB) license of three business entities in connection with the alleged corruption case of lhakhang Karpo conservation project in Haa. ACC suspended the trade […]

Masters programme deed renewed

The University of Canberra and the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) renewed the Deed of Variation for Master’s programme between the University and RIM on yesterday. Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, who is in Australia,  signed the deed renewing the project until June 2017. The project is related to Master’s programme, which was signed in […]

Picture story

Cabbies day out: A road safety official explains the give-way rule to taxi drivers during an awareness campaign yesterday in Thimphu. (Photo: Kipchu)      

Sephu wins claim to disputed cordyceps collection area

It was also decided that hence harvesting would be restricted to the respective gewogs Fungus: Following two days of meeting, the home minister, Damcho Dorji, Gasa and Wangdue dzongkhags resolved that the much-disputed area, Metha-Chutha and Yangu, falls under Sephu gewog, Wangdue. The first meeting was held last week at the home ministry headquarters in […]

Punatsangchhu-I mulls new dam construction methodology

Roller compacted concrete, a radical change of technology, would make up for lost time Hydropower: The hydropower sector is mulling over adopting the methodology of roller compacted concrete (RCC) for the dam construction of Punatsangchhu-I hydroelectric project. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, while discussing hydropower during his recent visit to India, brought up the issue when […]

Subjective justice?

With the Anti Corruption Commission issuing suspension orders to the two civil servants for alleged involvement in the lhakhang Karpo case, there are many questions being asked.  This is because, a few days earlier, the government granted the foreign minister ‘authorised absence.’ The first question on many minds is why are there two rules for […]

A shift of focus (and populace) to the east

Earmarking Kanglung and Nganglam as regional hubs is part of a broader development plan EDI: In a move to shift the overcrowded population from west to east, the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement is planning to develop two towns of Kanglung in Trashigang and Nganglam in Pemagatshel as regional hubs. To start off, an […]

A malady called rural-urban migration Part III

While the Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Acts may be the cause célèbre that encourage rampant predation by animals on human crops and livestock, the principal cause for Goontongs, there appears to be other causes that contribute to declining rural population and disenchantment with life in the villages. The inordinate implementation of the commitment […]