Kharbandi-Pasakha road in shambles

Kharbandi to Pasakha road is considered a vital lifeline for the villagers of Samphelling gewog and residents of Pasakha Industrial Estate. However, currently, the road is in shambles giving commuters a tough time.   As hundreds of light and heavy duty vehicles ply through the road, multiple blocks and the unpaved road have become a nightmare […]

DPT declares candidates from two constituencies in S/Jongkhar

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has confirmed that Ugyen Dorji and Norbu Wangzom both from Samdrup Jongkhar who won in their constituencies in the first parliamentary elections would represent the party this time around, too. Ugyen Dorji will represent the Deothang-Gomdar constituency while Norbu Wangzom will contest from Jomotshangkha-Martshala,  both in Samdrupjongkhar. Talking to Business Bhutan, […]

Indian athletics team train in Bhutan for the Asian Games

A 17-member Indian athletics team is training at Thimphu since May 21 for four weeks as preparation for the Asian Games to be held from August 18 to September 2 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Indian athletics team comprises six female and 11 male along with three coaches and a masseur. They are the second batch […]

GoI refunds Nu 4bn in excise duty for 2016

The Government of India (GoI) handed over around Nu 4.001bn to Bhutan as Excise Duty Refund (EDR) for the year 2016 on Thursday. In 2015, the GoI had refunded Nu 2.91bn in excise duty to Bhutan. A press release on the Release of EDR claim 2016 states that the major EDR for the year 2016 […]

Education Ministry cautions Bhutanese students against Nipah Virus in India

With the recent Nipah Virus outbreak in Kerala, India, the Ministry of Education (MoE), this week has notified all the Bhutanese students studying in India to be cautious of the recent outbreak of Nipah virus. “Bhutanese students, particularly in India are advised to take necessary precautionary measures such as avoiding contact with infected people, eating […]

Fuel depot construction site in Doksum to be relocated

The construction of a fuel depot in Doksum, which was supposed to start operations by December last year has been delayed due to change in location for the works. However, works on the new fuel depot will start as soon as possible, according to Bhutan Oil Corporation’s (BOC) eastern Regional Manager, Dendup Tshering. According to […]

A ‘holiday’ for meat vendors – Nawang P Phuntsho

This Bhutanese month (May 16 – June 13) is observed as Saga-Dawa, a holy month in the country. It is popularly or infamousely known as the time when the sale of meat items is banned in Bhutan. And it’s also an opportunity for us to put a light brake on our mighty meaty appetites. Consequently, […]

Not in a day!

It must go without saying that women’s representation in politics is important. To have proportional women representation in the parliament is important. This is considering the fact that an increased women’s representation in parliament or local governments for that matter will ensure that women’s voices are heard equally when it comes to making decisions that […]

‘Do you know your child’ turns the longest running show on BBS

  The show is into its fifth season this year With a lot of fan letters pouring in and as many devoted viewers, ‘Do you know your child,’ has become one of the most popular and the longest-running show on Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) running into its fifth season this year. Since its inception in […]

Kholongchu project causes house rents to shoot up; ramps up local business

The Kholongchhu Hydroelectric Project in Trashiyangtse has caused sea changes in the otherwise sleepy, little eastern town where nothing much seemed to be happening. Inundation of project employees has caused a shortage of accommodation causing house owners to increase rents drastically. Some tenants have even been forced to vacate apartments and houses with rents rising. […]