Local chocolates with Bhutanese ingredients enter the market

Local chocolates with unique ingredients like chilli, seabuckthorn and walnut are being produced under the Yiga Chocolates brand. These ingredients are brought from Thimphu. Others include cardamom from Tsirang, Gooseberry (amla), persimmon and citrus from Punakha and Bhutanese liquor. Yiga Chocolates is a brand that brings authentic Bhutanese chocolate to meet the demand in the […]

Double accident claims four lives

Four people succumbed to injuries on impact in a double accident in Gangalakga, 30km from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu. A 61-year old man from Phuentsholing, 68-year-old from Geling, and a 59-year-old from Nubi, Trongsa and another man were killed when the vehicles they were travelling veered off around 75m down the cliff on April 24 while […]

Lightning kills man

On the evening of April 26, a 43-year old lay man (Gomchen) was killed on the spot when he was struck by lightning near Jangchuling Goenpa, Gangzur Gewog in Lhuentse. Jangchuling Goenpa is about 29km away from Lhuentse town. The deceased along with his two friends had gone to collect sang (cypress tree leaves) from […]

NC aspirant joins BKP

Chador Wangmo who contested in the National Council (NC) 2018 from Dagana has joined Bhutan Kuen-nyam Party (BKP) to contest from Drujegang-Tseza constituency in Dagana. Chador Wangmo, 31, holds a Bachelors of Business Art honors from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India. She worked as a reporter for a private newspaper and was working for […]

Mobile taxi app service launched

Oie officially launched its mobile taxi app service in Thimphu yesterday responding to the demand for taxi service, which facilitates commuters to request transport to or from their chosen destination points through the use of their mobile platform. The company, DrukSmart who are implementers of Oie mobile app launched the online taxi booking mobile application […]

How social media is changing Lhuentse

Information that often took days and weeks to be disseminated among people in various places in Lhuentseearlier is now being done with just a couple of mouse clicks. This is how information dissemination in one of the remotest Dzongkhag in the east with one of the highest poverty ratesin the country has changed over the […]

Tobacco Control Act and Which Army? – Tshetrim Namgay

  Prohibition never works and that is a mild statement. The tobacco ban is a colossal joke by some old-school highfalutin religious social moralist, and the part that really sticks it in is that it isn’t primarily for the various health hazards, though the Act does make a reference, but the apocryphal discourse of an […]


  There was this librarian in my junior school. He’s easily the best librarian I have met. From what I remember, he enjoyed being a librarian to more than a thousand kids. He’d go around and talk to us, ask us about what we were reading, make us identify characters on the book covers. He […]

Our passenger transport services

As if after a deep slumber for many years, it was surprising to come across the recent notification issued by the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA)on the rules and rates that were to be followed for the carriage of luggage in passenger transport services. The notification articulates that a passenger is allowed to carry […]

VAST vision for art

Art, as they say, is a way of life. What started out as an idea ignited by passion for art between two artistic minds has grown into the Visual Artistic Studio of Trashiyangtse popularly known as VAST-Yangtse, a non-profit contemporary art center based in Trashiyangtse Dzongkhag. VAST-Yangtse was founded by two art enthusiasts – Jigme […]