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. to come up with common center for industrial park applicants

To ease the approval procedures for applicants who want to set up industries at the four industrial estates, the government is looking into having a common center, Prime minister Dr Lotay Tshering said, meeting with 45 applicants along with the officials from Department of Industry on Monday. Lyonchhen said this center will help applicants get […]

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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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31 e-commerce licenses issued since last year

More are expected to be issued in the coming years with the launch of e-commerce guidelines The Department of Trade has issued 31 e-commerce licenses to operate online based businesses since last year. The department started issuing the licenses from July last year after launching e-commerce policy guidelines. The Department of Cottage and Small Industry […]

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Local firm tries to fill in the gap for construction workers

Despite the construction industry in Bhutan having a huge potential to generate employment for Bhutanese construction workers, most of the workers are from neighboring country, India.  To break this code, all Bhutanese team of construction workers and professionals have formed a construction company, Dash (-) builders. The team is up to do any sort of […]

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OAG charges 11 individuals in Japan’s LEP case

The Office of Attorney General (OAG) forwarded the Japan’s Learn and Earn Program (LEP) case against the owner and a business partner of Bhutan Employment Overseas (BEO) along with nine other staffs to the district court yesterday. The OAG charged owner of BEO Jurmey Tshewang and his partner Tenzin Rigden for 697 counts of forgery […]

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Bhutan attends 25th Conference of Parties in Madrid

Led by the Minister of Agriculture and Forests and Chairman of the National Environment Commission, Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, a Bhutanese delegation attended the Conference of Parties (COP25) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid, Spain. The High-Level Segment of the COP25 started on December 2 and concluded under the Presidency of […]

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WFP Bhutan partners with KOICA to promote nutrition in Bhutan

The World Food Programme (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to support Bhutan in the transition of school feeding to a National School Feeding and Nutrition Programme on Wednesday in Thimphu. The project, which will be implemented over a period from 2019 to 2023 with US$4mn funding provided […]

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Bhutan’s producer prices fall 4.55% in third quarter

Decline in prices of goods in manufacturing sector led to the drop in producer price index (PPI) to 4.55% in the third quarter (July to September) from the previous year, states the National Statistical Bureau (NSB). The PPI measures the average price change of goods and services overtime from producer’s perspective unlike consumer price index […]

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Regional tourists to be levied charges

Regional tourists visiting the country will be levied charges, according to foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji at the Meet-The-Press session yesterday. During the recent bilateral visit of foreign minister to India from November 17 to 23 this year, many Indian newspapers reported about Bhutan’ plan to levy charges on regional tourists. The regional tourists include […]

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