Thimphu’s balloon man: struggle to success

Life for Pradeep Rai, Thimphu’s own balloon man, is a colorful array of emotions, especially when children flock to him at the sight of hundreds of brightly colored helium balloons billowing by him in the air. Pradeep Rai greets them with a smile while arranging his giant umbrella of balloons. He is very popular with […]

Bhutan Hyundai Equipment introduces new construction machines

Along with the inauguration of its office, Bhutan Hyundai Equipment launched two construction machines, R210 and 140 imported from India, at Hotel Taj Tashi in Thimphu last week. According to the General Manager (GM), Pema Lodey, the machines are designed with the comfort of the operator and the profitability of owners in mind. “The operators […]

Suicide-Fumbly Play

  This piece is deeply personal to me.  I, like most of my friends, have been unfortunate to miss many dear friends who all decided, independently that the beauties of life were not enough to warrant living. When I think about them, I remember that they were deeply loved and greatly talented. And then I […]

Making accommodation accessible

“Buildings, buildings everywhere; not one apartment to stay!” could well become the anthem of Thimphu folks. Construction is booming: an increasing number of buildings are cropping up but ask anyone in the capital and he or she will say that the scarcest resource in town is accommodation. And house owners are capitalizing on this fact […]

Mandarin yield dismal

Mandarin which a decade ago used to be the prime source of income for farmers has disappointed them with yield plummeting this year. Last year saw a bumper yield. A total of 23,482.95MT of mandarin worth Nu 66mn was exported to Bangladesh, an amount five times more compared to previous years. However, this year, farmers […]

People increasingly cashing in on online shopping

The advancement in internet and mobile technology has not only enhanced communication and information sharing culture among the Bhutanese, but it has also led to an exhilarating growth of doing business online that was unimaginable a few years ago. Goods and services are literally being sold online today and an increasing number of Bhutanese are […]

Customs house agencies ease GST-filing procedure at checkpoint

Two customs house agencies (CHA), Government of India-approved clearing agents have started working at Jaigaon’s Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) port, formerly known as land customs checkpoint, to ease Goods and Services Tax (GST) procedures. The two CHAs working to assist truckers and customs officials are Chaudhary Associates and JL Goward and Company. The CHAs now […]

Second expressway under construction

The construction of the second expressway along the Wangchhu from Druk School, Chanbangdu till Debsi has begun. According to Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee, the works started a year back and formation cutting of more than one kilometer has been completed. The expressway starts from near Druk School which is connected to Changbangdu. “Now we are […]

Medium-scale industries pummeled by losses

  They have lost about 80% of their market constituting Indian clientele Export-oriented medium scale industries in Phuentsholing are badly affected by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed by the Indian government since July. Exports have plummeted by almost 80% for three months now as the major  market had been India. The industrialists say […]

Power tariff revision benefits industries 

The power tariff revision in January this year has benefited High Voltage (HV) consumers, especially industries in Pasakha. Power tariff has always been one of the biggest bottlenecks for all industries. In 2016, many rounds of discussion were held with various stakeholders with regard to this issue. However, now the power tariff has been revised […]