Sunday, November 26, 2023
Thursday, November 23, 2023
Monday, November 20, 2023
Friday, November 10, 2023
Sunday, October 29, 2023
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Sunday, October 22, 2023
Something tells me that it is electrical activity that is the cause of this unusually powerful interference. If I am right, I have to wonder what unknown operation is underway in and around Thimphu Municipal area and its periphery that is the cause of such massive electrical radiation? There are no radars installed atop our mountains ... so what is that that is pulsating and throbbing at such a monumental scale? Damn .... !
Friday, October 20, 2023
Sunday, October 15, 2023
Sunday, October 8, 2023
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
- Loss of company business to competing airlines in the region - because they are priced too high compared to other players playing the field;
- Loss of revenue to the company through loss of turnover - because what business that can be had – is being channeled to the competitors;
- Diversion of Bhutanese tour operators’ business to the competition across the border - because the inbound/outbound tourists find it cheaper to fly the Bagdogra route thereby preferring to employ operators in Jaigaon - instead of the Bhutanese tour operators who are going out of business for want of work;
- Loss of billions in foreign exchange: the Indian Rupee - because neither the airfare nor the SDF, or the tour payments are received in Indian Rupees because the Jaigaon operators pocket the inflow of Indian currency and payments to Bhutanese authorities and service providers are made in local currency; and
- Loss of billions in foreign exchange: third country currency such as $$ …. Because the dollar paying potential visitors find the air fare too expensive – thus choosing competing destinations such as Sikkim, Darjeeling and Nepal, for their annual holiday trips.
- The Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO) is not doing anything;
- The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan (HRAB) is not doing anything;
- The Guide Association of Bhutan (GAB) is not doing anything;
- The Handicrafts Association of Bhutan (HAB) is not doing anything;
- The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) is not doing anything; and
- The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is not doing anything.
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Monday, September 25, 2023
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Monday, September 18, 2023
- Along with the timber nationalization policy of 1979, the government was forced to put in place a complete ban on the movement of any form of lumber - during the night - in an attempt to control illegal felling and extraction of timber;
- Upon completion of the take-over exercise by the Export Division, to our consternation, it was discovered that the actual timber stock in the hands of the private operators was more than FIFTY TIMES in excess of what was projected by the Forestry Department to be in the possession of the timer traders/saw millers, based on the records of timber harvest permits issued by the Forestry Department.
- The volume of timber that needed to be moved to the exit points in the South of the country - in particular Phuentsholing - was so huge that we discovered that the COUNTRY DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TRUCKS to be able to transport the timbers in time for their profitable sale to buyers.
- In order to be able to handle the transfer of timber from their locations in the Northern parts of the country to Phuentsholing while they were still in saleable condition, for the first and last time in the history of Bhutan, the government had to employ the riverine route - to move the bulk of the sawn lumber to Phuentsholing. In other words, we had to use the combined forces of the Haachu, Paachu and Thimchu rivers - to float the stock of lumber down to the Export Division’s timber stock yards located in Phuentsholing. The phenomenal financial disaster that ensued, fortunately, is not recorded in any official documents of the RGoB.