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Rethinking highland development

Bhutan’s highlanders, the custodians of northern borders, are increasingly leaving their homes and migrating to the plains for good. And that matters. Balanced development is still a major challenge for Bhutan. The tourism sector is only now looking at taking the benefits from international visitors to places outside Thimphu, Paro, Wangdue, and Punakha. It will […]

More children die of renal diseases 

Renal diseases have become a major cause of morbidity and mortality among hospitalised children in the country. 

About 28 children with renal diseases admitted to the national referral hospital in Thimphu in 2018 succumbed to the disease, according to a study conducted by a pediatric resident of the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Post Graduate Medicine.

DPCL finally succumbs to despair

Three years after the withdrawal of Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO) subsidy, Druk Plaster and Chemical Limited (DPCL) that manufactures Plaster of Paris from gypsum finally shuts down. 

The company issued a notification on its voluntary shutting down on January 13 this year. 

NC to discuss crucial policy issues

At a time when Bhutanese are debating whether overseas employment could have been exploited by some individuals and agents to traffic young Bhutanese women to the Middle Eastern countries, the national council (NC) is set to deliberate on legislation and strategies to address human trafficking.

The chairperson of social and culture affair committee of NC, Kesang Chuki Dorjee, said that the issue was of great concern to the nation.

Trongsa court cancels former lecturer’s bail 

Trongsa court cancelled the bail of the author of the book ‘Turning point’ and former lecturer of Taktse college yesterday.

Trongsa police on January 13 submitted to the court that the content of the book, released recently, was related to the police investigation and sexual harassment case that the author was involved in. Its publication and distribution was sub judice.

The defendant was on conditional bail since July 2019.

Accountant embezzles more than Nu 8.4M

A former accountant of Samdrupcholing drungkhag misused and embezzled more than Nu 8.4 million (M) government funds through fraudulent and deceptive practice.

The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) pointed this out in its financial audit report for July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

The accounts assistant, according to RAA, misappropriated more than Nu 5M by forging and tampering documents and records, double, excess and inadmissible booking of pay and allowances, misuse of fund transfer, leave encashment, leave and travel concessions, irregular booking and adjustment of advances and inflating contractors’ claims in 2016-2017 and Nu 3.3M in 2017-2018 financial years.

Where are we going as a nation?

Visibly, Bhutan’s economy is state-dominated. The private sector is hyped as engine of growth. Reality is, however, different. That the small retailers, startups and vendors cannot navigate the economic course, we must understand. The economy needs big players, investments, innovations and technologies to coach a tectonic shift. Limiting their potential and foiling their enthusiasm could cost […]