Pay hike to bolster local governance

Local government leaders are enthusiastic that the proposed 40% pay hike for them will go a long way in roping capable individuals at the local government levels.

The most risky roads in Thimphu

Thimphu police has identified roads to Taba and Chuzom (confluence) as the most perilous and prone to road accidents in the capital.

Good fences, good neighbors?

One thing that would make any traveler wonder the moment that they enter Gomtu, a mining town under Samtse dzongkhag, is the sight of an old worn-out border gate and the porous international boundary between Bhutan and India.


Paddling to success

Usha Drukpa

A fall from the staircase while on duty rendered 47-year-old Mani Kumar Rai crippled from the waist below, nonetheless he today works in his factory, Penden Cement Authority Limited (PCAL), like any other normal employee. The only difference is that Mani Kumar is not a regular employee.

Education Minister Shocked

Tashi Wangmo

The issue of central schools was once again raised by the opposition National Assembly Member of Parliament (MP) from Panbang, Dorji Wangdi, during question hour on May 12, 2017, saying that central schools were facing numerous issues starting from cramped hostels to inadequate dining facilities, shortage of drinking water and others. MP Dorji Wangdi also said that the central school system was introduced by the government without clear policy and plan.

Gyaltshab graces unfurling of World’s First Dudgom Thongdrel

Tashi Wangmo

Coinciding with the Zhabdrung Kuchoe on May 5, 2017, the world’s first Dudjom Thongdrel was unfurled at Ugyen Dongag Chokhorling, known as Yongphula Lhakhang, in Trashigang. It was graced by His Majesty’s representative in the East, Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and Her Royal Highness, Yeatso Lhamo.

Work on the Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway from the Gyelpoizhing side completed

Usha Dukpa,

Contractor says that he has completed the work two months ahead of the scheduled deadline
After a grueling six-year tussle against the most forbidding terrains and weather, the northern part of the Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam Road Project (GNRP) was finally completed and handed over to the Department of Roads’ regional office in Lingmethang, Monggar.

An unforgettable Zhabdrung Kuchoe: President, CARE Bhutan

Tashi Wangmo

Calling it as a Zhabdrung Kuchoe, whose sacredness and sublimity, was augmented by the Royal Audience with His Majesty the King, Thinley Dorji, President of CARE Bhutan, told The Journalist that the audience has further boosted the morale of CARE Bhutan’s members and his own.

The price for development

Tashi Wangmo

In what is an example of development requiring sacrifices and sometimes affecting people, Tshering Pelden, 33, from Kanglung and her family are about to lose their land and house, with the expansion of Sherubtse College.

For the want of a bridge and a road

This tiny hamlet in Bongo is just connected by a ropeway that is fast rusting and posing threat to lives and properties

Tashi Wangmo

Baikunza Chiwog, a small village of 68 households under Bongo in Chhukha, is gifted with all the bounties of nature. Yet, residents here live a frugal life of a hand-to-mouth farmer and developmental activities seem a distant and farfetched dream.

BBIN on the cards again

Usha Drukpa

With the government, national council (NC) and the opposition still at a deadlock on the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicle agreement, the forthcoming parliament session, will see the issue being deliberated at a joint sitting.  On one side are the NC and the opposition and on the other the government.

A Loophole in Airport Security?

Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu

Calling it ‘a big security leak,’ the ministry of information and communication (MoIC) is conducting a fresh probe into Aum Sonam Choden’s case. Earlier this month, she was held by security personnel at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi for carrying 10 bullets of AK-47.

Bangladesh Prime Minister to visit Bhutan

Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, will make a state visit to Bhutan for three days starting April 18.