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.


Diversifying health care system

Pema Tshomo, Thimphu

It is midnight in Thimphu. Except for the occasional sounds of strays barking and whimpering, the capital city is calm and dead as the moonless night. But one place is bustling with life.
Welcome to Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH), a state owned 350-bedded hospital and which has been giving free medical care to citizens of all walks of life for decades. The numerous doctors and nurses are making their usual midnight rounds while patients and attendants stare through the night, their eyes frail and bleary.

RCSC dodging bullets?

Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu

With the visage and voice of a concerned parent, Prime Minister (PM), Tshering Tobgay did not mince words saying that the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has been unfair in not recognizing the degree certificates of nine students, who graduated from three colleges in India, on the grounds that the certificates show that the students had undergone distant education.

Filling in the Gaps

Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu

It is always better to light a candle than curse the darkness. This is what the Thimphu Thromde Education office is doing to ensure that schools where teachers have left for maternity leave are not affected.

Detention cells to be improved in the 12th FYP

Usha Drukpa, Thimphu

Though Acts such as the Child Care and Protection Act – 2011 mandates that all police stations should have separate detention cells for men, women and children, the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) and other competent authorities, hurdles, especially financial assistance is deterring this.

Give us a chance

Usha Drukpa, Thimphu

This was a nine year expedition of Sonam Dorji, 26, a recovering addict, who believes that “where there is darkness, there is also light. ” “Substance abuse robbed me of nine years. But I have no regrets as it is useless to think about the past,” he said.

Finding a Safe Haven far from Home

Usha Dukpa, Thimphu

Bhutanese people committing crime within the country and absconding to other countries, though small has been rising. While there are different reasons, The Journalist found out that inability to pay borrowed money and criminal offences are the main reasons for absconding. Similarly, though less, the number of Bhutanese committing crime in other countries has also increased. 

Historic Dudjom Thongdrel constructed

Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu

In a simple ceremony on April 6, 2017, the country’s first and largest Thongdrel in the region, Dudjom Thongdrel was taken from Thimphu to the Ugyen Dongag Chokhorling Monastery in Yongphula, Trashigang.

Just one week in detention centres

l Usha Dukpa, Thimphu

The 22nd National Judicial Conference, which was held here recently saw the judiciary passing several resolutions on very important facets of governance and instilling trust for the judiciary. Apart from these areas, resolutions were also passed on other subjects, such as detention centers, Bhutanese committing crimes abroad and measures to prevent respondents and defendants from absconding.

Wild and Free: The Modern Day Tarzan

l Usha Drukpa, Thimphu

What do you get if you combine a Spider man, legendary Tarzan and Hollywood’s own martial artist and stunt man Jackie Chan? The answer is a parkour.
As the name suggests, a parkour “is a discipline that involves getting from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the fastest and the most efficient way possible,” and the trend is picking up if the growing number of parkour enthusiasts in sports and movies are any indication.

PM cautions world about “tragedy of commons”

Pema Choejor, Thimphu

The world has done a lot of good work. But there is still more to be done collectively.
This was one of the key messages that the Bhutanese Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay highlighted in his key note address at the Seventh Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on March 29, 2017, which was held in Paris.