Dagapela – Dalbari Road to complete by June this year

The much-awaited Dagapela-Dalbari secondary national highway in Dagana is likely to be behind schedule again by almost a year. The Project Coordinator, Pema Thinley said that around 20km of road is cut through a Bharange cliff which has hampered the work progress. The company has been provided deadline extension of the work.  “We have tried […]

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Poor budgeting affects country’s judicial system

Bhutan’s judiciary system has been affected by poor budgeting. This is according to the Annual Report 2019 of the Judiciary of Bhutan that was released this week. Given such constraints, the report states that the judiciary is not able to build adequate infrastructure across the country and develop its human resource capacity through provision of […]

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Native sheep population in Phobjikha halved

Despite the government’s effort to preserve the native sheep in Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang the number of sheep has halved compared to 2013. In 2013, there were 1,500 sheep reported in Phobjikha. Currently, the number has dropped to 700. The native sheep breed is Jakar Type and found only in Bumthang, Trongsa and Phobjikha. Feral dogs attacking […]

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Physically challenged friendly footpaths being built in P/ling

Phuentsholing Thromde has now installed disabled friendly tactile paving which will enable easy movement for the physically challenged. Tactile paving (also called Tenji blocks, truncated domes, detectable warnings, tactile ground surface indicators, tactile walking surface indicators, or detectable warning surfaces) is a system of textured ground surface indicator found on footpaths, stairs and train station […]

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PIT exemption ceiling to be to Nu 300,000 from Nu 200,000

The government has proposed to increase the Personal Income Tax (PIT) ceiling from Nu 200,000 to Nu 3000,000. Finance Minister Namgay Tshering presented the bill at the National Assembly to amend Income Tax Act 2001 and revised Taxes and levies Act 2016 on Thursday. Lyonpo said that the objective of amending the bill was to […]

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Allowance for mother and child healthcare to be given from February

The government will implement accelerating mother and child healthcare-1000 golden day plus allowance by February this year, according to the health minister, Dechen Wangmo. Recently the cabinet approved Nu 1.8bn to accelerate mother and child healthcare allowance for next five years. The program earlier was called maternity allowance and breastfeeding allowance. Now it has been […]

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Regional tourists to pay SDF of US$ 16.25 per person

To tackle down the issue of regional tourists, the government has proposed to levy a daily sustainable development fee (SDF) of US$ 16.25 per regional tourist visiting Bhutan. Finance minister Namgay Tshering introduced the bill at the National Assembly on Thursday to amend the tourism levy Act of Bhutan, 2018. Regional leisure tourists will be […]

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Govt. holds Public-Private Dialogue on GST

Following the government’s announcement to introduce Goods and Services Tax (GST) at 7% in the National Assembly, a Public-Private Dialogue on GST was held at the office of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) yesterday afternoon. The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, parliamentarians, government officials and stakeholders from the […]

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