Beyond the politics of pledges & promises

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) government completed its 120 days at the helm of power on Thursday. It has been a rocky, nervous start for the new elected government. And both mainstream and social media have hounded the new government on several of its ambitious, even unrealistic, election pledges. Not that this should be a […]

Nurses, technicians disgruntled as JDWNRH freezes EOL

The committee decided to freeze EOL because of the acute shortage of staffs in the hospital The recent circular from the HR Management and Development Division of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) dated 28th February on freezing of Extraordinary Leave (EOL) for technicians and nurses has not gone down well with these […]

BCCI beset by a gamut of challenges

Financial instability is one among them as the Chamber’s revenue is not enough to meet BCCI’s recurring expenditure Inadequate cooperation from the government, the private sector and lack of financial sustainability pose critical challenges to the effective functioning of Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). The Secretary General of BCCI, Sangay Dorji, said the […]

Government claims to have fulfilled majority of its 120-days pledges

However, a closer scrutiny shows that the government has fulfilled only two pledges in all certainty, with a majority of the pledges either in the process or under discussion The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) government claimed that it has addressed almost all of its 120-days pledges during the Meet-the-Press yesterday. The DNT government completed its […]

Loan repayment deferral to come with its own cost

Government’s loan deferment for Learn and Earn students in Japan simply means they can now study and need not worry about their loans for two to four years, but they must pay an additional Nu 100,000 or plus in addition to the loan amount to the banks for the deferred time Financial institutions will not […]

Female archer Dorji Dema goes for the bull’s-eye

Breaking stereotypes, 35-year-old Dorji Dema has become the first woman to compete with men in national-level archery tournament. Dorji Dema was the first woman to participate in the Paro open archery tournament last year in Paro. She was the only woman competing with men – among180 archers in 36 teams in the 145m range. Usually […]

e-waste ; A growing waste hazard

With the technology boom, there is a growing trend of people discarding electronics like phones, laptops and TVs for newer models, leading to growing e-waste in the country. The National Environment Commission’s (NEC) report on Bhutan’s state of environment, 2016 has pointed out that the country is seeing an increase in the amount of solid […]

Rural migrants return home

Availability of basic amenities at their doorstep such as farm road connectivity that runs just below their homes, electricity and drinking water supply are bringing back the migrants Radhi gewog in Trashigang wears a cheerful look. The village which was almost deserted earlier is now inhabited again, holding promise of growing prosperity. Over the past […]