Thimphu Thromde calls for uniform signboards

Thimphu Thromde Signage guidelines 2017 was endorsed by Thromde Tshogde (top decision-making body of Thimphu Thromde Office) in 2017 after which in 2018, almost all the printing shops within the city were sensitized about the new guidelines However, the regulations regarding signboards remain unimplemented to this day. Urban Planner from Thimphu Thromde, Kezang Dorji said, […]

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Thromde asks houseowners to paint their rooftops

Painting roofs using light color materials is meant to make the city cooler in summer and prevent extreme temperature with uniform roofs. Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said the thromde has notified the owners on the roof policy through media whereby the thromde has informed the building owners to paint their roofs.  Thrompon added that the […]

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CSI flagship program to create 2,000 jobs by 2023

The government has allocated Nu 1.2bn for the Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) flagship program in the flagship resources outlay for a year of which Nu 500mn is mobilized with a Nu 600mn resource gap. This was presented by the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) Secretariat to the Prime Minister last week. A GNHC official […]

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Periodic road maintenance plan lacking: RAA

According to the Royal Audit Authority (RAA)’s  Performance Audit Report on the Department of Roads (DoR), and its five regional offices covering the period 2013-14 to 2017-18, a periodic maintenance plan of APA was found lacking in definite targets in terms of maintenance works and the implementation of monsoon restoration works were underachieved. It also […]

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Inadequacies remain in judiciary: RAA

Making a conclusion on the judiciary system and practices in the country from 2012 to 2016, the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) concluded in their review report that inadequacies continue in the legal and institutional framework, human resources, operational areas and case management besides other areas. The RAA carried out the review to determine the efficiency […]

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Government plans to lower interest rate for rural people

The government plans to lower the interest rate for rural people. This was mentioned with regard to those people who are not able to repay Bhutan Development Bank (BDB)’s loans. During the question and answer session of National assembly on Friday, Dewathang Gomdar constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Ugyen Dorji said that BDB was established […]

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JAB to recognize citizen journalists in Bhutan

As part of the journalism award, which is in its fourth year, the Journalists Association of Bhutan (JAB) has decided to recognize the emerging concept of citizen journalism in the country. It was decided during the annual general meeting of journalists on Wednesday, to give the best citizen journalist award to someone who has made […]

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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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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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