Moratorium on construction of houses in Dzongkhag towns to be lifted after LAPs

The moratorium on the construction of houses in towns would be lifted after the Dzongkhag Administration completes the Local Area Plans (LAPs), said Economic Affairs Minister when quizzed by the Member of Parliament (MP) from Nganglam constituency in Pemagatshel at the National Assembly session in Thimphu yesterday. Questioning on the status of economic centers’ initiatives […]

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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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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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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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15 specialists from Bangladesh to arrive by mid-February

Fifteen specialists from Bangladesh are expected to arrive in the country by mid-February this year. This will address the shortage of medical specialists in the country. Health minister Dechen Wangmo told Business Bhutan that with the current health facility and services there is a shortage of around 60% specialists in the country. However, with the […]

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Industrial Parks to be established by year end

A budget of Nu 1.5bn has been allocated for four industrial parks and these industrial estates would be established by the end of this year. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering while meeting with the officials from the Department of Industry and Gross National Happiness Commission on Tuesday told them to complete the building infrastructure by […]

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Bhutanese pornography gains popularity in WeChat groups

It’s no secret that porn is everywhere, and now with it dominating WeChat app in particular, porn seems to be shooting up in popularity. However, there are no reported hard numbers to be found on the amount of Bhutanese porn clips being circulated especially in WeChat app. Computer pornography is a distribution of an obscene […]

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A sustainable approach to levy royalty on regional tourists felt necessary

The news on introducing royalty or fee for regional tourists visiting the country has created fears among the tour agents and other stakeholders involved. The government in the last ‘Meet the Press’ had said that the decision is still under discussion. Meanwhile, the travel agents and hoteliers in Phuentsholing are of the view that a […]

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HC upholds district court verdict on Talo and Toep gewog water issue

Upholding the decision of the Punakha district court, Thimphu high court ordered the 32 villagers from five villages of Toep gewog, Punakha who were charged in Punakha court in 2018 for their involvement in destroying three reservoir tanks and water supply pipelines of the neighboring gewog of Talo to pay thrimthue ranging from six months […]

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