Entries by Pema Tshering

DCT joins Druk Phuensum Tshogpa

The Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) has announced that it has decided to merge with Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) to form a strong force for the upcoming elections. Speaking at a press conference in Thimphu yesterday, the party’s founding president Lily Wangchuk said the decision was made to carry forward the party’s agenda and ideology through […]

GNHC proposes revision of three APA targets

An oversight from the Gross National Happiness Commission has caused one of its success indicators to be at risk. During the mid year review on February 26, the GNHC secretary Thinley Namgyel requested that the success indicator to complete the year-end reviews of Annual Performance Agreement (APA) for fiscal year 2017/2018 for selected autonomous agencies […]

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A national workshop was held to celebrate Himalica’s work in Bhutan on February 26 in Paro. The Himalica project was implemented in Barshong in Tsirang to reduce poverty, enhance sustainable land and water management. The project carried out piloting of two value chains, goat and vegetables (beans, cabbage, onion, and ginger) to improve the livelihoods […]

KGUMSB celebrates foundation day

The launch of six courses, a journal and an information system marked the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan’s (KGUMSB) foundation day yesterday. The courses include two specialised programmes for nurses and four courses including diploma and certificate course for nurses, menpas, and the emergency medical team. In 2015, KGUMSB was founded with […]

NEC proposes revision of two targets

Of the total 45 success indicators for the National Environment Commission (NEC), four were achieved, 39 were on track and two were at risk. This was presented during the mid-year review of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) on February 26 in Thimphu. NEC secretary Chencho Norbu proposed to revise the target for the two Success […]

TCB’s APA review focuses on toilets

Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) proposed developing roadside amenities at the immigration checkpoint in Hongtsho and Dobji Dzong in Paro instead of Kamji and Wangkha in Chukha, during its annual performance agreement’s (APA) mid-year review on February 26. TCB had plans to develop four roadside amenities during the APA 2017 – 18. TCB’s director, Chhimmy […]

Gyalpoizhing – Nganglam road bridged

With the launch of the 190ft and 6ms width Bailey bridge over Gongri, few metres away from the Kuri-Gongri confluence, the long-awaited Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway was connected on February 27. Department of Roads officials, however, say the road would only open to traffic once they complete the final works and the road is officially inaugurated. Officials […]

Winners of best film yet to receive Prime Minister’s awards

The finance ministry has not released the Prime Minister’s Nu 3 million award for the three best films this year after it received a letter from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The winners of the Prime Minister’s award of Nu 1 million each were declared during the national film awards on February 23. The winners were: […]

National language

At this critical juncture of our development journey, we are faced with a problem that is unique to Bhutan and the Bhutanese. We are grappling with the challenge of popularising our national language, Dzongkha. Language is one of the most important elements of culture; it is the soul and face of national identity. Losing our […]


A-27-year-old man died on impact when a truck he was traveling in veered off road at Rinchenzor in Norbugang, Pemagatshel on February 27 around 3pm. Police officials said the truck went off the road after it lost control in one of the turnings. The deceased succumbed to head and multiple injuries while the 37-year-old driver […]

Druk Chirwang Tshogpa deregistered

The Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) deregistered with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) yesterday. Party president Lily Wangchuk told Kuensel that the decision was taken as per the agreement of the party’s founding members and candidates. She said the decision was a difficult one. “Our founding members and candidates all agreed to deregister the party […]

ACC forges regional alliance

A seven member high level delegation from the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka are in the country for a five-day experience sharing visit, a press release from the ACC states. The delegation is in the country to learn from the tools, techniques and best practices/experiences of Bhutan in preventing and combating corruption. The visit […]

Corruption accusations against me are false: Yeshey Zimba

Former works and human settlement minister Yeshey Zimba said he is saddened by the malicious smear campaign against him by the Prime Minster. Speaking to the media yesterday, Yeshey Zimba, who is also the MP from South Thimphu  constituency, said that the repeated attempt of character assassination by the prime minister by accusing him of […]