The issue of exempting manufacturing industries from excise duty has not made much headway because of the implications on government revenue.
At yesterday’s presentation to the private sector development committee, which comprises government ministers and secretaries to the government, implications to the government revenue once again came up.
The manufacturing sector has long argued that the excise duty paid in India for raw materials it imports should be refunded to them and not the government.
But the government [... Read More]
The nominations at the gewog level for aspirants, who want to contest a seat in the National Council, are almost over and at least 50 names have crossed the first hurdle.
While Dagana district has only one nominee going into the final elections, others have at least two, and some have as many as seven nominees, for now.
These numbers could change, if there is something wrong with the nomination papers that must be submitted to the [... Read More]
The sense that some 30 or so Chamgang prisoners give off, following the recent decision that allows them to spend the remaining term in “open air prison”, is that of fear and excitement.
Such a mixed feeling is only natural for people, who might have felt it like a dream to be sent to prison, more than a decade or so ago, until those bars slammed home.
According to many people, who served and continue serving behind [... Read More]
That members of our monastic community are not in the best of health, according to findings by medical professionals, is not surprising.
Yet such a state of affairs for a community that gives Bhutan its spiritual and cultural identity, and is in many ways the essence of Druk Yul, demands serious contemplation, followed by action to change it.
Following media reports on what ails the monastic community, the discussions so far has been focused on the goings [... Read More]
While most National Council members, 16 to be precise have resigned from office to re-contest, some already partaking in the nomination processes and one even having lost it, the ambiguity with regards the election law continues.
The question on the need for a quorum does not arise anymore because a majority have left anyway and besides the Parliament formally concluded its last session a couple of weeks ago.
Although election commission required members to resign should they [... Read More]
If there was one thing that the country’s first democratically elected government failed to do in its term, it was in using education as a way to cultivate democratic values among the youth.
We would be ill advised to believe and work towards imbibing democratic culture among people of the present generation, and probably half of the next.
It would be like sending the culture up a creek without a paddle, in that what we would then [... Read More]
At yesterday’s meeting with private sector in Thimphu, the prime minister put his foot down, when it came to the mining sector.
In response to suggestions that mining be opened up, the prime minister made it clear that the government had no choice but to be very strict about an activity that digs ups and destroys mother earth.
Mining was without doubt a lucrative sector, but very little of the monetary benefits trickled down to the people, [... Read More]
As more and more National Council aspirants emerge, the moment some fresh graduate or a young person is spotted, the general tendency is to doubt their competence.
That unable to find a job elsewhere, they are giving a shot at the council seat, or that someone unable to stand on their own feet is considering taking responsibility of an entire dzongkhag, are a few of the many arguments that people pose.
If they win the election, theirs [... Read More]
Some surveys have suggested the people of Bhutan are among the happiest people in world, but are Bhutanese really happy? And what would indicate that?
These were questions a radio journalist in Portugal posed to some Bhutanese journalists on the eve of the International Day of Happiness, which the world, and Bhutan, will mark today.
For obvious reasons, the focus of the international day of happiness is Bhutan, because the initiative to declare a day of happiness [... Read More]
Many a keen eye is cast on the mining sector.
It is a business, not fully explored, but one that holds prospects aplenty and thus the temptation to exploit.
A villager in Samtse, at a meeting with Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Ugyen Tsechup Dorji recently, pointed out two of the few issues facing the mining industry in the country.
One was the issue of fronting, an issue the country has been unable to tackle, and [... Read More]