Govt. to implement National Competition Policy

To give equal opportunities to the private sector and State-Owned Enterprises (SOE), the government would implement a national competition policy, said the Economic Affairs Minister during the National Assembly session last week. This was in response to the question asked on the government’s strategies to prevent SOEs undermining the private sector by Member of Parliament […]

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More than 15 tourists cancel their trip because of corona virus scare

In the wake of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of the novel corona virus outbreak as a global health emergency, more than 15 tourists have cancelled their trip to Bhutan as of Friday. According to Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) those tourists are from China, Singapore and Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Australia. The tourists […]

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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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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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NC defers decision on removal of unnatural sex clause

The National Assembly had favored doing away with the discriminatory sections of the penal code last June giving hope to the LGBTIQ community, but the deliberation yesterday in the National Council (NC) yielded a different result. Section 213 & 214 of Penal Code (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2019 in NC saw differing opinions among the […]

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Goods and services price up by more than 2%

Inflation in food and non-alcoholic beverages shot up by 4.34% in November 2019 Rising food prices pushed the retail inflation in November last year to 2.34% from November 2018, states the recent National Statistical Bureau’s consumer price index (CPI) report. It shows that Bhutanese on an average paid 2.34% more for goods and services in […]

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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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Fixing accountability for people gone missing

Missing of people especially children has evoked extreme reaction in social media as in the case of the two minor girls-one in Paro and another in Dechencholing, Thimphu recently. However, the eight years old was sexually assaulted before being murdered and the cause of death of the 10-year-old is not yet established. This raises the […]

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DHI companies get salary raise of an average of 15% higher than Civil Service

Following suit the salary raise of civil servants and State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) and it companies have also raised their salary. DHI and companies raised their salary from 22% to 60%. The DHI board approved the revised pay scale, 20% of basic pay as corporate allowance and 15% of basic […]

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