MPs pocket driver allowance without employing drivers

Parliamentarians claim Nu 6,000 allowance for personal driver every month. In five years, 58 MPs entitled to the allowance would altogether take a whopping Nu 20.88 mn. Parliamentarians are entitled to a monthly allowance of Nu 6,000 for employment of personal drivers but none of them have a driver on payroll. Yet this allowance is […]

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Phobjikha homestay owners complain of unfair tourist distribution

There are around 30 homestays in Phobjikha and Gangtey – 13 in Phobjikha and 17 in Gangtey Many homestay owners in Phobjikha in Wangdue have allegedly accused the Royal Society for Protection of Nature’s (RSPN) base office in Phobjikha and the Gewog Mangmi (local government representative) for unfair distribution of tourists to homestays in Phobjikha. […]

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A major push to promote Electric Vehicles

Loan equity for EVs increased to 50% and 23 quick EV charging stations to be installed between 2019-21 To promote low emission vehicles and Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the country, 23 quick EV charging stations will be installed over the course of three years. This is part of the Global Environmental Facility’s (GEF) three-year US$ […]

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Works progress well for Phuentsholing township development project

The development works on the much awaited township project along the left bank of the Amochhu in Phuentsholing have begun. The Construction Development Company Limited’s Project Director, TsheringDrupchu, during the stakeholders meeting on January 24, said the works on zone A have begun in November by AFCONS Infrastructure Limited and have not seen disturbances so […]

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BAFRA seizes over 10MT of banned vegetables

Over Nu 7mn has been collected in fines from smuggling of banned vegetables More than 10 metric tons (MT) of vegetables worth Nu 15mn were seized following the ban of green chili, cauliflower and beans in the country from 2016 till December 2018. Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) temporarily banned cauliflowers and beans […]

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A tourism office in every dzongkhag in east and central region to promote tourism

The government will establish a tourism office in every Dzongkhag in eastern and central regions of the country. The Economic Affairs Minister, Loknath Sharma, said this at the Parliament session yesterday. Establishing a tourism office in every district will help to promote tourism across the country, said Lyonpo. “Community-based tourism will be continued and we […]

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