Foster media for a vibrant democracy

The Prime Minister expressed his disappointment with the media last week during the first meet the press session and exhorted media to ask interesting questions. This was in the wake of the cabinet members having had come well prepared on the 12th Plan and not many specific questions coming from the media around the theme. […]

Haa – Samtse highway to complete by June 2019

All works, including roads, blacktopping works and bridges, on the 150-kilometre Haa – Samtse secondary national highway are expected to be complete by June next year. The Chief Engineer from the Department of Roads (DoR) of Thimphu division, Chador Gyeltshen, said the road they are only left with the blacktopping works now, adding that the […]

Pleasing gods and deities: Age-old bonism practice still lives on

Though modernization has already made inroads into the country, the age-old pre-Buddhist practices involving worship of nature spirits and animal sacrifices is still prevalent in Haa. In Bhutan, Bonism is mostly practiced in remote pockets of the country and animals are sacrificed to local deities (Yul Lhas). As winter chill spreads its icy fingers across […]

LG members want state funding during campaign

Candidates contesting Local Government (LG) elections should also be entitled to state funding during the campaign like that of the Members of the Parliament (MPs). This was one of the recommendations that emerged during the 3rd national conference on women in politics, leadership and governance held last month. Meanwhile, candidates to the LG don’t receive […]

Microfinance loans empower rural women

Thirty-three-year-old Pema has been running a hotel since 2017 Trongsa. A single mother of three children, she got married at the age of 17 and stayed in Thimphu with her husband and two children from him for eight years. When she got divorced, she returned to her village Langthel and married a second time. The […]

Start-up ideas fail to take off

With many Startup Weekends being held, the validity of ideas and their presentation in the market are a concern. So far, nine Startup Weekend editions were held in the country. But only two ideas were launched in the market and they have not been resounding successes.  The brainchild behind the first Startup Weekend in Bhutan […]

TVET program in private schools from 2020

The education ministry is looking into including Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) program in private schools from 2020. It is expected that this would help academically disqualified students go for vocational education in private schools. As pledged by the government of doing away with the cut-off point for Class X, this initiative is seen […]

Thimphu receives highest number of PSL applications

Thimphu received and approved the highest number of Priority Sector Lending (PSL) applications so far, according to the Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) third quarterly report. Thimphu dzongkhag continued to receive the highest number of PSL applications at 216 projects and an approved 165 projects. Sarpang dzongkhag received 106 applications and approved 101 while Tsirang received […]

Moratorium on bank licenses to remain: RMA

For the population of around 700,000 in the country, the existing financial institutions are more than enough, according to the RMA. The central bank, Royal Monetary Authority (RMA), has no immediate plans to lift the moratorium on licensing of commercial banks. Since 2010, the central bank has received expression of interest from five individuals to […]

ACC labels corruption charges on former labor minister and employment Director General

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has charged former labor minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo and Director General of Department of Employment Sherab Tenzin for corruption, bribery and unethical conduct in connection with their involvement in the overseas employment program in India. The ACC commenced the investigation on this case on 29 November 2017 based on a walk-in […]