Don’t get me wrong; I’m on the right side of the law AT the outset, let me put my cards on the table, so as to banish all doubt, that it’s not in the least my brief – god forbid! – to press a suit for the legalisation of this particular controlled substance or, for [...]

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche is not your quintessential Buddhist spiritual master. He has “certainly raised eyebrows by making films”. In our Q and A, Rinpoche talks about his pursuit until his ‘big one’ on the life of Buddha to films being clubbed together in the negative list of Foreign Direct Investment. Rinpoche, in the newly [...]

People’s Republic of China’s Ambassador to India, Le Yucheng called on the Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang, this morning. Lyonchhen welcomed the Ambassador on his first visit to Bhutan and conveyed that such high level visits provide an opportunity for Bhutan and China to exchange views on issues of mutual interest. The [...]

Unsold: Weavers from Decheling display the bamboo products that didn’t sell at the expo Cheaper and better kitchen appliances from outside the country are killing the culture  Bamboo craft: One obvious reason the trade  deficit is widening and economy is increasingly becoming rupee driven is because Bhutan imports even goods as basic as a toothpick, [...]

The need for foreign direct investment was long recognised, given the lack of capital and expertise, the need to create employment and generate income. Big foreign companies investing in the country was construed to be the harbinger of unprecedented economic development endeavours.  Therefore, lofty goals were set, as policy makers thought of opening up the [...]

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk and Christina Carlson launch the iGuide FDI: With the launch of the online “Investment guide (iGuide) to Bhutan” yesterday, investors – local and foreign alike – can now access information for setting up business at the click of a mouse. The iGuide, however, is to help the government get the right information [...]

The MoH has taken measures to prevent its entry into the country Health: The recent confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Thailand has put Bhutan on the red alert zone and pushed the country to step up its surveillance efforts. The health ministry and World Health Organisation (WHO), has accordingly initiated [...]

The new Ambassadors of Canada, Vietnam, and Pakistan paid a courtesy call on Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang, today. Meeting Ambassador Nadir Patel of Canada, Lyonchhen expressed his deep gratitude for Canada’s significant contribution in uplifting the standards of education in Bhutan ever since Father William Mackey’s arrival in Bhutan. Ambassador Patel and [...]

His Majesty the King graced the closing session of the fifth Session of the second parliament, today. The Speaker of National Assembly and the Chairperson of the National Council accompanied by the Secretaries General of the two Houses received His Majesty at the entrance gate of Gyalyong Tshokhang. At the closing session, Members of Parliament [...]

                The Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, on the last day of his visit to the European Union in Brussels took part in a high level panel on, “A Climate Change Agreement: Towards Paris and Beyond”. PM With Belgian Queen Lyonchhen highlighted the need for a concrete outcome from [...]