As the reckoning draws

We have less than three weeks to go before the general polls. The decision will be the reckoning. People have a great responsibility on their hands. To select the government of the day. And decide the course of democracy in the country. It is not only our duty to exercise our franchise but our moral […]

Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross to hit Bhutanese market

After the successful launch of D-MAX utility pick-up truck, Bhutan Isuzu Motors launched updated luxury pick-up truck V-Cross at the clock tower in Thimphu on Thursday. A Bhutan Isuzu Motors official said after the successful sale of D-MAX utility pick-up truck and positive feedback from customers, the dealer was encouraged to launch the updated version […]

DNT promises at least three ministers from the east

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) president Lotay Tshering, during his campaign in Kanglung-Samkhar-Udzorong constituency in Trashigang on September 27, pledged to appoint three to five ministers from the east if the party is given a chance to form the government. “DNT being a new political party, the party has secured the highest votes in the primary […]

Bhutanese exporters cry foul over illicit practices in cardamom trade

Cardamom exporters in Phuentsholing are crying foul over declining cardamom prices. Owing to certain illicit practices across the border, traders are at the losing end while determining the cardamom prices. With the influence of Indian traders, the Bhutanese exporters have been facing challenges, unable to export their product. Bhutanese cardamom unlike cardamom of northern India […]

Social media turns political battleground

As the general round of the parliamentary elections approaches, social media has become a hotspot for all sorts of political debates including mudslinging and defamatory comments. Whether it is Twitter, Facebook or Wechat, it seems the elections have turned the nation’s focus on parties and underlying issues which are most often blatantly discussed on these […]

Thimphu residents to switch over to digital broadcasting by December

To facilitate and support technology innovation as well as to ensure that cable television viewers get improved picture and sound quality (High Definition (HD) programs), Bhutan Infocomm and Media Authority (BICMA) has decided to implement the digital switch-over of cable television services. BICMA Director General Chencho Dorji said digital switch-over is for the interest and […]

More than 2000 postal ballots rejected in primary round of elections

More than 2,000 postal ballots were rejected across the country during the primary round of elections this year. A total of 133,795 voters had registered for postal ballot for the primary round of elections. Around 1,300 postal ballots were rejected while sorting out envelope A and around 700 were rejected while counting envelope B during […]

A review – Commentary on the prayer of blissful realm 

The Gateway to Sukhavati is a translation of the commentary on the prayer of blissful realm. It is a colossal 265-pages. Sukhavati is a Sanskrit word for Blissful Realm. The Prayer of Blissful Realm, written by one of the great Tibetan masters, Karma Chakmé Rinpoche, popularly known as Dechen Monlam is recited by Bhutanese people […]

The hardworking chaat vendor of Kanglung

At five in the evening, Kanglung wears a cold deserted look. Devi Charan bustles around like a bee as he arranges containers displaying his products – chaat and pani-puri and bottles of mineral water in his alto car near Sherubtse college gate in Kanglung. Devi Charan, 48, well known as Bangtar works at the Renewal […]

Potato price soars, farmers happy

Farmers this year are content with the potato prices which have soared overtime. The price reached up to Nu 35/kg at the Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited’s (FCB) Phuentsholing auction yard this week. Of different potato varieties categorized into small, medium and large, the auction price ranged from Nu 9.80 to Nu 34.30. The farmers […]