Bhutan connects to global research and education community

Local researchers, academics and medical doctors can benefit from extensive global collaboration opportunities that foster knowledge sharing and capacity development with the launch of European Union (EU) co-funded Asi@Connect Bhutan project on August 21 in Thimphu. The project enables its regional high capacity and high quality internet network, Trans Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) to connect […]

Former RBA personnel charged with attempt to rape

The Bench II of Paro Dzongkhag Court sentenced a 27-year-old former Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) personnel, from Gaden in Sarpang, to one year and six months in prison for attempt to rape. In the judgment rendered earlier this month, the culprit was found guilty of attempt to rape the victim on February 9 last year.  […]

Drowning, a public health threat

The body of a 23-year-old pregnant woman and her 49-year-old mother who were washed away by the flashflood at Dogarpang in Gangzor gewog, Lhuntse around 11pm on July 25 have not been found for almost a month now. Lieutenant Colonel Karma Dorji, Superintendent of Monggar Police station, said that despite extensive search they have for […]

39% of graduates pass the prelims

Thirty nine percent of the 3,600 graduates who appeared for the preliminary exams (PE) have qualified for the BCSE. The cutoff point was 50%. The PE this year screened 3,256 graduates, qualifying 1,259 graduates to sit for the main examination on October 11 -12. The performance of graduates this year was much better than the […]

MFIs have higher interest rates than FIs

MFIs determine their own interest rates Some of the micro-finance institutions (MFIs) in the country have very high interest rates compared to financial institutions. For example, Respect Educate Nurture and Empower Women (RENEW) charges interest rates from 18% to 24% while Bhutan Association of women Entrepreneurs (BAOWE) charges about 10% and Tarayana Foundation about 7%. […]

APAs: Learning accountability

What started as mid-term review by the first democratically elected government has given way to the annual performance agreement (APA), which was initiated by the previous government. Currently, the government has been signing almost one APA after another, including most recently with the Thromde and the information and communications ministry. The APA has a cascading […]

Taking Tourism To The Top – Yeshey Dorji

The tourism industry’s journey to the top – has it begun? Is it faltering? Are the planned activities realistic? Is funding adequate? Are industry players adequately committed and knowledgeable in what is called for? Do they know what direction to take? I have no answer to all that as yet. One thing I know though, […]

Stringent law needed to curb digital pornography

In September 2014, a 21-year old woman reported to Bumthang police that her boyfriend had made a sex video of her and circulated via WeChat. The video was made in June 2012 without consent. The suspect was convicted. In another incident a 20-year-old woman lodged a complaint with Pasakha police in Phuentsholing stating that her […]

Strengthening women’s participation in leadership

Ensuring gender equality is a priority of the government and one of the sustainable development goals. With the launch of Bhutan Women Parliamentary caucus (BWPC) on August 14, the initiative would ensure gender equality in elected offices and leadership by facilitating and organizing support for women to succeed thereby multiplying the number of women role […]

Banks deny halting housing loans

Banks have clarified that they never put a halt on housing loans. Bank officials said that local media reporting that three banks have put a freeze on housing loans is false. However, Bank of Bhutan (BoB) officials said that it was just that the bank had to temporarily stop accepting housing loan applications for the […]