Former teacher who believes in unconventional leadership to contest council elections

Leadership for a difference, breaking barriers and building a future is what 34-year-old Jamtsho believes in.  The former school teacher and business entrepreneur is contesting for the first time as an aspirant candidate for the upcoming National Council (NC) elections in 2018 from Thimphu Dzongkhag. For Jamtsho, contesting for NC was not a sudden decision […]

Lone candidate from Samar Gewog to contest for NC, Haa    

A lawyer by profession with a philanthropic streak, Ngawang Tobgay, is the only candidate from his gewog who has come out as a National Council (NC) aspirant candidate from Haa. Twenty eight year old Ngawang Tobgay is from Langpa-Nobgang village, Samar Gewog in Haa. Talking about his intention to join the council, he said that […]

Functioning disability highest at 5.6% of the population

Around 5.6% of the country’s population encounter functioning difficulty with disabilities in seeing followed by mobility at 3.7% and hearing disability (3.5%), according to the Bhutan Living and Standards Survey (BLLS) 2017 released on Wednesday. The prevalence of disability is defined as all the new and old cases of disability in a given population and […]

8-year old killed in accident

An eight-year-old boy was killed in an accident when a car driven by a monk hit him on December 12 at around 10:30 am in Toptokha,Toep Geog under Punakha Dzongkhag.  The suspect is a monk serving in Punakha dzong and hails from Wangduephodrang. The victim was immediately rushed to Thinleygang Basic Health Unit (BHU) but […]

A private employee among NC aspirants from Samdrup Jongkhar 

A 36-year-old private employee, Kelzang Phuntsho, is one of the candidates from among the11 National Council (NC) aspiring candidates registered from Samdrup Jongkhar to declare his candidature for the upcoming NC elections in 2018. Hailing from Lingnang Ringmo village of Wangphu gewog in Samdrup Jongkhar, Kelzang Phuntsho said he had always been keen to participate […]

The Year that was 2017 – Dawa Tamang

  My year started with a new chapter, I left my previous job and headed for Thimphu. That time, I had only 14k in my pocket, and that was the last salary cheque I received from my previous job. I booked an apartment in Thimphu and I wasn’t sure whether I would be in a […]

On the middle path to self-contentment – Amrith Bdr Subba

    Exactly one year after attending the 3-day spiritual retreat in Paro, I am once again taking a short break from the worldly affairs to explore myself and the world around me in the surreal wilderness of Chubjakha valley in Paro. In the hassles and bustles of busy city life, it gives me an […]

The jobless issue

The government is making good strides on the unemployment front. At least that is what we can say so going by the recent Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) Report 2017 that was launched last week. The national unemployment rate in 2017 is estimated at 2% compared to 2.7% in 2012, according to the report. The […]

Loans with preferential rates to be granted to CSIs identified as priority sector

Financial institutions will grant loans at preferential rates to agriculture and non-agriculture Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) in the country indentified as priority sector under the Priority Sector Lending (PSL) from next year. The PLS guidelines identify the CSI sector as a priority sector for targeted lending and increased coordination and efficiency in the delivery […]

Bhutan poverty rate estimated at 8.2%

Bhutan poverty rate is estimated at 8.2%, according to the Bhutan Poverty Analysis Report 2017 that was released on Wednesday. According to the report, one out of 12 persons belongs to households whose per capita real consumption is below the total poverty line of Nu 2,195.95 per person per month with estimated food and non-food […]