BBS penalized for breaching journalist code of conduct in BBS-BICMA case

BBS has made a submission of appeal to the High Court The Civil Bench of Thimphu District Court ordered Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) to pay a penalty of Nu 45,000 to Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) for breaching the journalist code of conduct on January 28. The case pertains to BBS-BICMA row over a […]

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Govt. to spread tourism benefits to bridge gap in regional development

While the western region of the country is developing at a dizzying pace, many dzongkhags in east and south have fallen behind. And it appears that it would take some effort to bridge the yawning development gap. Speaking to Business Bhutan, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said: “There is no clear solution for balanced regional […]

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DHI to finance entire recurrent expenditure by 2030

From 2008 to 2017, DHI and Group covered 50.30% of the total recurrent expenditures The government’s investment arm, Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), has set an ambitious target to fund the entire recurrent expenditure of the government projected at Nu 68.77bn by 2030. This is one of DHI’s 10-year plan, according to its publication ‘Into […]

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Budget planning not necessary for pledges: PM

The opposition has criticized the government for lack of vision and clarity and unambitious 12th Five Year Plan The government has not allocated specific budget for some of the pledges but it is confident of fulfilling them and achieving self-sufficiency, said Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering at the Friday Meet session yesterday. On Thursday, the […]

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Dependence on hydropower creates weak private sector

Bhutan’s dependence on hydropower has resulted in weak private sector development and also created macroeconomic vulnerabilities though the country’s growth has been driven mainly by the public sector through hydropower development. A 2019 World Bank report titled ‘Bhutan development report: a path to inclusive and sustainable development; macroeconomics, trade, and investment global practice’ found that […]

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Rabies outbreak under control in Phuentsholing and Samphelling

The disease was first reported in January 25 The rabies outbreak in the four villages of Phuentsholing and Samphellinggewogs in Chhukha has been brought under control, according to officials from the Regional Veterinary Hospital in Tsimasham. The disease was first reported in January 25. Ahalley and Majuwa in PhuentsholingGewog and Pana B and Rangeytung in […]

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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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