Mandarin export season to end early this time

The orange export this season is not only doing good business in Phuentsholing, but it is also expected to end early this time.  The orange export season is estimated to last till January or the first week of February. However, in the past years, the season lasted till February end or March. The exporters believe […]

Let’s talk DNT pledges & accountability

It is exactly three months since the third general elections were held. The dust of 2018 elections has settled. The sound and fury spurred by fierce political competition have all but died a natural death. It is business as usual. The new government is on the steering wheel. And so far, it has managed pretty […]

The Winning Team For The History Books – Yeshey Dorji

I am encouraged to know that the 4th Pay Commission has been constituted, although there is no requirement under the Constitution that every new government should establish a Pay Commission. But this is a wise political move. Whatever recommendations the Pay Commission comes up with, the government will be blameless. And, quite obviously, the Commission […]

Drying up of water sources, a major concern

Drying up of water sources is likely to have bigger and numerous impacts unless there are specific interventions Water sources are the mainstay of Bhutan’s economy as it provides water for drinking, irrigation and hydropower generation, besides supporting the rural livelihood of about 70% of the country’s population practicing subsistence farming. And while the country […]

Clarification from Mountain Hazelnuts

Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for the article about Mountain Hazelnuts (MH). At present more than ten thousand orchards have been planted across the nation in a joint investment between farmers, communities, and the Company. While there are many encouraging developments, some of the orchards are slow to fruit for a variety of normal biological reasons. […]

Green Road to use plastic waste from Thromde’s landfill in Toribari

Phuentsholing Thromde has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Green Road to facilitate the management of the landfill, collection of plastic waste and further use it in black topping of roads within the vicinity in the 12th Plan. With the signing of the MoU, Green Road will now extract plastic waste from Thromde’s landfill […]

Tax reforms Make it uniform

“Narrowing the gap” is certainly an idealistic concept. And the Prime Minister declared in the current parliament session that the government does not aim to make everyone equal but simply narrow the gap. This does hold some sense because doing away with the gap entirely is not possible. There will always be haves and have-nots […]

Suung-Joen App almost ready claims Foreign Affairs Minister

In contrast, the Department of Information Technology and Telecom is yet to receive a directive from the government. Plus, no budget has been allotted for Suung-Joen App Although Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) is yet to receive a government directive to develop the Suung-Joen App, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tandi Dorji has reaffirmed […]

A poet with a scalpel in hand

“A hippie in a suit” is how young and charming Dechen Yoesel Choden, a medical student and poet describes herself. The 23-year old recently launched an anthology of poems ‘Calm in Chaos’, her maiden book of poetry. A youth icon in the making, she is an art enthusiast and hardcore poet at heart. She dreamt […]

Roads in Olakha cry for repair

One can hear the silent cries of the roads in Olakha. They have experienced too much hurt and abuse. For the past two years or so, the cries have fallen on deaf ears.  Residents have been photographing and sending pictures of the roads to Bhutanese forums on social media. And people have been crying themselves […]