Face to Face with Vishal Arora

…but that silence, to me, was a statement that Bhutan has little strategic interest in the dispute, apart from its relations with India Vishal Arora is a New Delhi-based independent journalist. He travels, writes, and produces video features on life, politics, culture and foreign affairs in South and Southeast Asia. His work has appeared in […]

Party in Focus: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT)

Business Bhutan reporter Pema Seldon catches up with the Opposition Leader and party president of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), Dr (Phd) Pema Gyamtsho to talk about the party’s status, plans and the upcoming elections. 1.The elections 2018 is approaching and as one of the strongest parties currently, what expectations does DPT have?   Answer– We are […]

The Blue Whale Challenge and How to Spot a Player-Fumbly Play

  (continued from last week) This article is a report on the Blue Whale Challenge – an Internet phenomenon that is claimed to have caused the suicides of hundreds of youth all over the world. The article details the development of the game in the media. At the end is a list of behaviors to […]

Channeling sex power

  A study by United Nations Children’s Fund Bhutan and National Commission for Women and Children revealed that 20% of children aged from 13-17 were exposed to pornography. The report also stated that 41.7% of boys and 28.7% of girls are exposed to digital pornography of other people. What does this have to say about […]

Bhutan at the WHO Regional Committee meeting

Leading the Bhutanese delegation, the health minister, Tandin Wangchuk is currently attending the five day World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee meeting on building health system resilience to climate change. The 70th WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia which is taking place in Male, Maldives will conclude on Monday. The Regional Committee for South-East Asia […]

Chuff-cutters make life easier for farmers

Richen Yangzom from Lingabi village, Gangzor under Lhuentse used to spend more than two hours every day to chop a bundle of Napier grass for her cattle but after she learnt to use chuff-cutter machines, life has become easier and work simpler. Now she can chop a huge bundle of Napier grass within minutes with […]

Apple prices drop

Apple prices have dropped from Nu 600 per box from Nu 1,500 last year. This is for the best quality apples. The current price for lower quality apples remain Nu 300 compared to Nu 600 last year. Two months have passed since the start of the apple export season but the prices are yet to […]

PDP preparing report on pledges

Of the total 33 first 100 day pledges reflected in its manifesto, only eight remain unfulfilled   Left with less than a year to complete its term, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has fulfilled many of its pledges. In fact, of the total 33 first 100 day pledges reflected in its manifesto, only eight remain unfulfilled. […]

No more entertainment licenses for core P/ling

Phuentsholing Thromde has decided not to approve any new entertainment licenses like Drayangs and Karaoke in the core town area. The resolution was taken during the annual Thromde Tshogde yesterday. There are already eight drayangs and 11 karaokes in the core town area, which the members said are enough to cater to the Phuentsholing residents. […]

GST benefits monitoring begin

The Office of the Consumer Protection (OCP) under the economic affairs ministry started monitoring whether the benefits of Goods and Services Tax (GST) are being passed down to the ultimate consumers last week. Initially, the department will monitor the benefits on automobile trade and then shift to 15 essential commodities in the market. The department […]