Party in Focus: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

  PDP General Secretary Sonam Jatso speaks to Business Bhutan reporter Dechen Dolkar on the case DNT filed against the party, PDP’s expectations from the next elections, candidates and much more. 1.The elections 2018 is approaching and as one of the strongest parties currently, what expectations does PDP have? Answer: Of course, we all hope […]

Lives in penury

  Thimphu has seen a rise in the number of beggars in recent years It is a sad and lonely life for 60-year-old Gyeltshen. Though he is from Zamdongkhar Lungsigang, Punakha, he has been begging for years in Thimphu town. A monk, he sits on the streets expecting that passersby will hand him a fare […]

Dark Ages-Fumbly Play

  For most Bhutanese, world history as a school subject is only taught in the 7th and 8th grade. The textbooks are old and contain myths that have been disproven for decades. One of those myths is that of the “Dark Ages” of Europe before Charlemagne, the light in the darkness. Some historians argued that […]

The Lay Nun At Drakarpo-Yeshey Dorji

  As I sat sipping hot tea on a clearing atop Lhakhang Drakarpo above Shaba in Paro, my horse contractor by my side, I saw an old lady of about 85 wobble up the steep incline; her back was bent with age and burdens unknown; her weather-beaten face was creased with lines of hardship and […]

Misguided religion?

What is religion? Many would say it is a quest for salvation or nirvana. Others would say it is a set of rules and regulations that steer you from morally wrong activities to the right ones. But can religion be defined so simply? Not only are the deeply entrenched belief systems and nuances in religion […]

Bhutan aims to eliminate rabies by 2025

To assess the country’s rabies control program using a stepwise approach toward rabies elimination and develop a strategic plan of action to make Bhutan rabies free by 2025, a consultation meeting was held from September 27-29 with participants from livestock and health departments. Bhutan also joined the rest of the world to observe the 11th […]

Tashi Air to get two Vintage Airbus A319

The current two Tashi Air fleets that will operate till June and July 2018 will be replaced with two vintage Airbus A319 after the present aircraft lease period expires next year. Tashi Air signed the lease agreement on Thursday with AerCap, a global leader in aircraft leasing and aviation finance that serves about 200 customers […]

Second NC aspirant comes out

The first NC aspirant to declare his candidature was from Trashigang After Trashigang, the second National Council (NC) aspirant to declare his candidature for the upcoming elections is from Paro. Ugyen Tshering, 48, from Gangju in Lamgong gewog, Paro will be contesting the council elections for the third consecutive time since the first parliamentary elections […]

Prices of essential commodities shoot up

GST exemption does not seem to be working at all Three months after Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposition in India, and instead of Bhutanese consumers reaping the benefits, they are actually paying more for certain essential commodities. Though the Indian government has declared exemption on GST for goods exported to Bhutan, the price of […]

BoB introduces online loan application facility

Now, Bank of Bhutan (BoB) customers can apply for loan through website and mobile banking application (mBoB) any time anywhere through the Loan Origination System (LOS) on Thursday. The LOS is an application process that enables bank users to initiate an application for processing and facilitating loan approval. As part of the process, the system […]