Works to connect Phuentsholing-Samtse highway begin

Works on connecting Phuentsholing-Samtse highway began last month. The work is awarded to Chimi RD Constructions Private Limited and Shivam, an Indian contractor under Joint venture project in May.  Currently, the unpaved road along Amochhu river bank is used by the travellers. The contractor is mobilizing resources and constructing the camps. They will start works […]

Residents underrepresented in Thromde elections

Despite the majority of residents living in the four Thromdes in the country, only a handful of voters elected their Thrompon (mayor) in the past two local government elections. Thimphu Thromde has an estimated population of 115,000 but only 1,335 people elected the Thrompon. While Phuentsholing Thromde has nearly 28,000 residents, only 182 people elected […]

Exporters express the need to involve community in mining activities

Exporters who are engaged in the mining sector feel the importance of involving the community in mining activities in the country. This was evident when the Member of Parliament’s economic affairs committee met with the Exporters Association of Bhutan (BEA) and the Association of Bhutanese Industries for suggestion and feedbacks on the Mines and Minerals […]

Suspects in viral bullying video arrested

A 20-year-old man was arrested and detained on Monday morning after a video footage of a 17-year old being assaulted by him surfaced on social media this week. The video clip has provoked outrage among netizens demanding justice for the victim. This issue was notified to police via social media and accordingly the police had […]

Gelephu cardamom farmers lack market

With only two registered cardamom traders and the traders not offering the prices as desired, cardamom farmers in Gelephu are now facing challenge to market their cardamom. One of the traders has refused to accept the crop from the farmers, while another trader has reportedly refused to pay not more than Nu 400 per kilogram […]

Local govts. want additional human resources for GC road takeover

As per the Cabinet directive in May this year, the Department of Roads (DoR) was asked to hand over the 205 GC roads to LG and DoR is working on the modalities Most Gups across the country are positive that local government (LG) would be able to handle the construction, maintenance, and operation of gewog […]

Feed production affected due to increase in maize price

For the past seven months, Dema, 47, has been going through the same routine every day. She wakes up early, takes an hour uphill walk to cut grass for the cows and feed local grains to her chicken. This is because poultry farmers are not able to afford enough animal feed with prices increasing. Her […]

Actor detained for stabbing

A Bhutanese actor was arrested and detained by Thimphu police for stabbing a 39-year business man after they had a squabble over parking space in Olakha on August 5. The incident was reported to police from the emergency ward of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) when the victim came for treatment. The victim […]

Taxi driver convicted for molesting minor

A taxi driver was imprisoned for three years and he has to pay a compensation of Nu 45,000 for molesting a six-year-old girl whom he picked up from the bus stand near Chubachu School last year. The taxi driver offered to reach her home at Langchophakha and dropped her off near Lingkana Bridge after molesting […]

CSIs, the new engine for economic growth

A growing niche of entrepreneurs is entering the market and they often take up social issues as mandate. For instance, while growing waste is a huge challenge for the country and one disposable pad takes around 500 to 600 years to decompose, Zamin Friends Forever is producing eco-friendly sanitary pads to address the issue. It […]