Mining Bill may have limited the state’s rights over minerals  

The Mines and Minerals Bill 2020 gives the state the prerogative to promote and develop minerals if they are found either on government or private land. 

However, a new Section that provides for obtaining written consent from the landowner may have limited the state’s right to extract the mines and minerals from private land to the nation’s economic benefit. 

Fire razes Phongmey gewog office to the ground

A fire razed Phongmey gewog office in Trashigang to the ground yesterday morning. No casualties were reported.

Cardamom farmers should grow better quality spice

The agriculture ministry, through dzongkhags and gewogs, is exploring means for farmers to grow better quality cardamom.

This, according to agriculture minister Yeshey Penjor, is to facilitate cardamom growers to grow price-fetching spice. 

Gearing for continuous formative assessment in primary schools

Schools will implement the Continuous Formative Assessment (CFA) in classes PP to three beginning this academic session, according to the Royal Education Council (REC). 

REC in collaboration with the education ministry is organising a training of trainers (ToT) workshop for 201 teachers in Gelephu to ensure teachers teaching Dzongkha, English and Mathematics are professionally prepared to implement CFA as an alternative to examinations.

GC roads handed over to LG to decentralise: MoWHS minister

Works and human settlement ministry would soon allocate Nu 19 million (M) to the local government (LG) for restoration of gewog connectivity (GC) roads.


MC Tshering Lhaden

December 16, 2019

Meet 16-year-old Tshering Lhaden, one of the youngest Masters of Ceremonies on the 112th National Day in Changlimithang.

National Day

December 16, 2019

Chairperson of the National Day Coordination Committee, Lyonpo Sherub Gyeltshen says


Paro FC stands a chance to make history 

The National Premier League champions, Paro FC stands a better chance against their opponents – Defenders FC of playing in the second leg of the Asian Football Confederation Cup (AFC) qualifiers against Bengaluru FC on February 5. 


Seven percent GST across all board will eliminate 11 BST slabs

Should the Parliament pass the GST law, tax regime in the country would be digitised and integrated through an on-line platform. During a consultative meeting with the members of the private sector at the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) office yesterday, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said that GST is the way forward to institute a 21st-century tax regime.

Picture Story

January 23, 2020

Under-17 (U-17) national women’s team defeated Meghalaya’s U-17 3-0 in the FIFA friendly match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, India, on January 21. The U-17 team will play the second friendly match against Meghalaya at the same venue tomorrow at 2:30pm (BST).

January 22, 2020


A 32-year-old excavator operator died on the spot when a tree fell on the excavator at around 2pm in Nabji, Trongsa on January 20. The excavator was excavating a farm road and the operator was alone at the time of the incident. The body of the operator was recovered at around 3pm yesterday. More than 40 people including Police, locals and forest officials helped in the recovery. Since the machine was covered with a huge tree and mud, it took some hours to extract it. 

January 21, 2020

Inaccessibility: A patient who has been referred to the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral hospital from Mongar regional hospital recently was taken home in Serchenmo, Wangphu gewog, Samdrupjongkhar on a wooden stretcher to perform rituals before bringing her to Thimphu.      

January 20, 2020

Zhung Dratshang’s Leytshog Lopon Sangay Dorji concluded the two-week Buddhist Tradition Orientation and Training Programme with the offering of Riwosangchoe (mountain-cleansing offering) at the Zilukha MSS ground yesterday. About 891 students from the schools in Thimphu attended the programme.   

January 20, 2020

A fire that raged a temporary shed of open-air prisoners in Lingzhi, Thimphu on January 15 affected 10 individuals who lost all their properties. But no casualties were reported. The highlanders from the five chiwogs of Lingzhi gewog provided victims with mattresses, blankets, clothes and utensils. The cause of the fire is believed to be an electric short circuit. (Photo: Gewog administration, Lingzhi)

January 18, 2020

The Ambassador of Bangladesh to Bhutan,  A.K.M Shahidul Karim presented credentials to His Majesty The King at the Tashichhodzong yesterday.

January 16, 2020

Education Minister JB Rai launched a book titled “Miracle One Day” authored by Karma Cheki, a teacher of Thimyul Lower Secondary School in Lhuentse yesterday in Thimphu. Choeky, a beautiful young girl meets her lover with a diary in her bag from which she knows a story of another girl. Her story has a lesson about overcoming the fears, which bring hope to a sleepless.

January 16, 2020

Republic of Korea Ambassador to Bhutan Kang-il Hu handed over seven protocol cars to Foreign Secretary Kinga Singye in Thimphu yesterday morning. Korea donated the cars to the foreign ministry under the small-scale grant assistance scheme. So far Bhutan has received 18 cars. The two countries enjoy warm and cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1987. 

January 15, 2020

Members of Parliament register at National Assembly hall for the third session of  the Parliament, which begins today 

January 11, 2020


The National Assembly’s economic and finance committee conducted a public hearing on the Mines and Minerals Bill 2020 in Thimphu yesterday. The Bill will be tabled in the forthcoming session, which will begin from January 15.