One of the political parties outside the parliament, Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party, says civil servants should be allowed to take leave to contest in apolitical offices like National Council and Local Government elections. BKP has put up the proposals to the Legislative Committee of the National Assembly. “…Thereafter, if they are successful they could resign and [...]

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche delivered a talk on Guru Rinpoche’s principles in Thimphu, yesterday evening. The audience packed the Youth Development Forum Hall. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche began his talk saying that Guru Rinpoche is a unique phenomenon. And he said for Bhutanese, there is a special relationship with Guru Rinpoche, as Guru has left [...]

Thousands of devotees gathered in Paro to receive blessings from His Holiness the Je Khenpo, today. His Holiness blessed devotees with the Tse-Wang. The Moenlam Choenmo prayers had ended yesterday. This year’s week-long Paro Moenlam Chhenmo began on  October 12. Source: BBS

Ebola virus disease is sweeping across regions.  Because of the horrific nature of the epidemic, health experts are calling it “the scariest of all diseases”, deadlier than HIV/AIDS.  Developing countries with weak health systems that lack human and infrastructural resources, therefore, are at greater risk of getting affected.  Bhutan is no exception.  We need to [...]

Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen launched the Bhutan GeoSpatial Portal, today. The portal was developed by the National Land Commission and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The portal’s purpose is to help urban planners and society for the efficient socio-economic development of the country. Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen also graced the Geo-Information expo [...]

His Holiness Je Khenpo is presiding over a week-long Meolam Chhenmo which began in Paro, this morning. Hundreds of devotees are attending the ceremony. Over 300 monks, along with the Lam Neten of Paro are also present. The prayers are expected to bring peace and prosperity in the world, and is also for the well-being [...]

Diplomacy: Bhutanese and Swiss officials and diplomats will not require visa to travel to either country after the governments signed a visa exemption agreement yesterday. Switzerland is the first country outside the region to sign such an agreement with Bhutan.  Until now, visa is exempted for diplomatic and official passport holders from Bangladesh, Maldives, Thailand [...]

Besides a substantial contribution to the exchequer, it also provides employment to many Tourism:  With a salary that was not enough to support his family, Tashi Wangdi quit his job six years back as a driver with a corporate office, and bought a vehicle and hired its service to tour operators. He wasn’t sure if [...]

The Thimphu tshechu ended yesterday with the Guru Tshengyed cham (the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche) Source: Kuenselonline

Guardian of peace: Chief Justice lyonpo Sonam Tobgay, who graced the Passing Out Parade of the 13th batch of De-Suups as chief guest at the Tencholing military training centre, Wangduephodrang awarded certificates to the 121 executives, comprising of members of parliament, dzongdas, drangpons, dungpas, medical doctors, chief executive officers/managing directors. During the two-week intensive programme, [...]