Entries by Pema Tshering

Bhutanese in Bahrain celebrate His Majesty’s birthday

The Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Kuwait hosted a reception at Elite Crystal Hotel, Manama for the Bhutanese community working in Bahrain to jointly celebrate His Majesty The King’s 38th birth anniversary and the Losar of the Earth Male Dog Year on February 19. Ambassador Tshering Gyaltshen Penjor briefed the gathering on the significance of the […]

Prayer Rosary

Rosaries for prayers are a very common item of religious artefacts in Bhutan and Bhutanese people profusely use rosaries to say prayers and recite mantras. Known as chyem (ཕྱེངམ་) in Dzongkha and trhengwa (ཕྲེང་བ་), religious texts explain that the term originally refers to yearning in the mind. The rosary is used to inculcate in the […]

National cricket team wins first international title

More than a decade after national cricket team played the first international match, the team bagged its first international title after winning Asian Cricket Council (ACC) T20 Men’s Eastern region 2018 in Thailand yesterday. National cricket team defeated Thailand by three runs in the final to win the championship. A total of four countries China, […]

Actions taken to improve school feeding

Following the Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) recommendations on the school-feeding programme in 16 schools last year, the education ministry has begun the management of an action plan. The report stated that students in boarding schools are not eating the right or good food and observed lack of standard dietary requirement prescribed for students, lacked systematic […]

PPI records 5.14 percent inflation

Measured from producer’s perspective in the last quarter of 2017 (October, November and December), inflation increased by 5.14 percent compared to the last quarter of 2016, according to the producer price index (PPI). This means local producers experienced a price rise of 5.14 percent in the last quarter of the year. This is different from […]

Perceiving corruption

Bhutan’s ranking in the corruption perception index has improved by a notch with Transparency International ranking the country as the 26th cleanest country. This improvement is encouraging for the country had remained in the 27th position for two years in a row. High levels of corruption perception could breed a culture of distrust in a […]

Nu 20B revenue forgone between 2011-16

A revenue of Nu 19.8B has been foregone from fiscal incentives, tax holidays and exemptions from 2011 to 2016, according to national revenue reports of 2011-12 to 2016-17. Tax holidays on selected sector and tax exemptions on selected commodities were among the government’s initiatives to promote private sector development. While some state owned enterprises and […]

Court orders litigants to produce evidence in next hearing

The High Court’s Bench I yesterday asked both the defendants and RBA prosecutors to produce evidence during the evidence hearing on March 20 and 23. The court has asked the defendants, Major Ugyen Nidup, Pelpon Sangay Dakpa and Colonel Kinley Dorji to produce evidence on how they adjusted the bill for restricted items, purchased items […]

Man convicted for abusing and possessing cannabis

A non-Bhutanese was convicted for solicitation Thimphu dzongkhag court’s bench I sentenced a 25-year-old man from Samtse to a year in prison for possession and abuse of marijuana on February 14. Police arrested Subash Subba and a non-Bhutanese man near the Thimphu thromde office at 8pm on June 12, 2017, following a tip-off. Subash Subba […]

Meet the people programme suspended during election period

Following the Election Commission of Bhutan’s public advisory to avoid public meetings and gatherings from February to May and August to October this year, the weekly Meet the People Programme has been suspended until the National Council (NC) elections are over. According to records with the Cabinet secretariat, 200 meet the people sessions have been […]

Thromde to strictly monitor encroachment of footpaths

Thimphu thromde would no longer allow shopkeepers and vendors stacking and selling their goods on the newly built footpaths in the city, thromde officials said. Thimphu thromde on January 26 issued a notification reminding shopkeepers and vendors not to misuse the walkways and states that fines would be imposed for non-compliance. Executive secretary with the […]

Wangdue reports three forest fires last week

The fire at Kameychhu is not completely contained Soon after the Khujula fire was contained in Wangduephodrang, a forest fire in Khotakha and Kameychhu broke out on February 15. Wangdue dzongdag Sonam Jamtsho said the forest fire in Khotokha was contained on February 18. “The fire in Kameychhu is almost contained but there are some […]