Water crisis

a clarion call This winter appears to be agonizingly cold. As if that is not enough, Thimphu’s water distribution system has literally tanked. With freezing temperatures, water pipes at the source are either blocked or damaged and as a result, many parts of Thimphu are grappling with prolonged water shortage. And it seems there is […]

50 applicants refuse to move in to NHDCL’s housing colony

More than 50 applicants, who received apartments in the newly constructed high density housing colonies, have written to the National Housing Development Corporation Limited’s liaison office in Phuentsholing to take back the apartments allotted to them a few weeks ago. While more than 20 applicants have swapped their apartments with others in similar colonies, some […]

Govt. to amend immigration rules to allow foreign domestic workers

Home and Cultural Affairs minister says the government will initiate the recruitment of domestic workers as long as it does not pose a threat to the security and sovereignty of the country. The government has commissioned a study to implement policies and regulations on recruitment of foreign domestic workers in the country. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa […]

Removal of 5% voucher tax not possible in 120 days

The government would lose Nu 200mn annually once the 5% voucher tax is removed The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) government will not be able to waive off 5% voucher tax in 120 days as pledged since it is a tax issue and the Parliament has to deliberate and pass it. According to the Department of […]

From failed dairy farmer to an entrepreneur

The CEO of iBEST institute, Tharchen’s life represents the rags to riches story. For screen and graphics, Tharchen works like a sculptor continually molding and remolding the entrepreneurial landscape. Unlike today, venturing out into business was a career option riddled with risks. Tharchen conquered the tradition of showing preference for civil service when he graduated […]

Four points along Indo-Bhutan border included for Bhutanese export

Much to the relief of Bhutanese exporters, the Jaigaon Land Customs Station in Jaigaon, India has now officially included four border entry points as legal entry points for Bhutanese agro products. After discussion with the Indian representatives in Jaigaon this week, the Indian Customs officials in Jaigaon have declared points of Jaigaon near Phuentsholing, Chamurchi […]

Not all is gloom and doom with Japan learn and earn program

Quizzed at the Question Hour at yesterday’s Assembly session on the controversial learn and earn program in Japan, Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering said majority of youth who are in Japan through the program are doing well. “If we go by what is written in social media, all 800 or so youth in Japan are […]

Suicide cases, still a concern

Bhutan is ranked 54th in the world in terms of deaths by suicides In the last three years, a total of 272 Bhutanese took their own lives, with 81 suicide cases recorded as of November 2018 alone.  In 2017, 99 suicide cases were recorded up from 92 in 2016. In five years between 2009 and […]

No developments on BBS proposal to turn PSB

Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation (BBSC) has not made any formal presentation but shared a draft copy of the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) bill to the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) when the People’s Democratic Party was in power. The bill is now with the incumbent government.  BBS has approached the ministry and requested for […]

Annual Education Conference ends with 16 resolutions

Displaying the vision of the education ministry in all the dzongkhags, thromde education sectors, and relevant agencies is the most prominent resolution among the 16 passed in the 19th Annual Education Conference late last month. The conference also resolved to enhance quality and inclusive education and the sustainability of the central schools.  The ministry will […]