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Income tax exemption limit may be raised

It was one of this govt.’s campaign promises to revise the PIT bracket Amendment: To ease the tax burden on the middle-income group, Parliament will amend the Personal Income Tax (PIT) Act of 2001. The national assembly (NA) was scheduled to submit the Act for amendment, particularly on increasing tax bracket form Nu 100,000 but it was postponed. However, finance minister Namgay Dorji told Kuensel the government, in fact, is looking to rationalise the entire income tax Act to create positive environment through tax reforms [... Read More]

Ula under line of fire

unnamed-17A crack on a lhakhang which villagers claim was caused by blasting

Village claims blasting at dam site has caused water sources to dry up PHPA II: Despite a successful paddy harvest, Phub Dendup, 59 of Ula village, is worried about the quantity of this year’s yield. In previous years, Phub Dendup and his wife usually got 1,200 drés (one dré is more than a kg)  from their three-acre land.  However, this year, they are worried that the yield won’t be even 400 drés. The couple is amongst 22 households of Ula village, located on a hill [... Read More]

Bhutan’s gender record good but …

…challenges remain to achieve equality and empowerment of women Conference: Following the endorsement of the Beijing platform for action, Bhutan made some significant contributions towards gender equality and women empowerment. From a drop in maternal maternity rate to increased institutional deliveries, female unemployment rate also dropped to 3.7 percent in 2013 from 5.4 percent in 2009.  Besides, gender parity index has improved, while female enrolment in higher and tertiary education increased simultaneously. However, challenges remain. Presenting Bhutan’s status at the Asia and Pacific Conference on [... Read More]

Nat Geo plans major coverage on wildlife in the country

Round-Towers-600x454Castle in the air: A rare photo of Drugyal dzong taken by John Claude White in 1905 (Courtesy: The National Geographic Magazine, April 1914 issue)

100 years after its first article on Bhutan, an NGS team has chosen to hold its annual research meeting here UWIC: The National Geographic magazine, together with the Ugyen Wangchuck institute of conservation and environment in Bumthang, is planning a major coverage on Bhutan’s wildlife and its conservation efforts. This will be the first article on wildlife and conservation.  Reporting will start next year.  A team of national geographic society (NGS), which has been holding its annual committee for research and exploration meetings in various [... Read More]

Bhutan defeats Laos in 3×3 basketball

bballKezang Wangchuk attempts a lay up against the Laotian team

Basketball: Team Bhutan achieved its second international win in 3×3 basketball at the Asian Beach Games being held in Phuket, Thailand. Bhutan defeated Laos 21-9. However, the team also lost its first four matches. Bhutan lost to India (09-21), Mongolia (11-17), China (11-15), and Thailand (05-12). Despite the losses, national coach of the 3×3 team, Tenxin Jamtsho said the team performed at a higher level than previous competitions. “Our team performed very well in the heat of Phuket although we didn’t have any altitude training [... Read More]

First set of lifers to serve as open-air prisoners

They have been sent to Gasa to work on the dzong renovation Penal: Five lifers at Chamgang central prison in Thimphu were sent to Gasa on November 16 to work on the Gasa dzong renovation and serve their remaining terms as open-air prisoners (OAP). The move, which is for the first time, was made, coinciding with the 60th birth anniversary celebration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The prisoners were moved to an OAP on a trial basis for exemplary behaviour while serving their [... Read More]

NR Mazda thrashes Druk United

Druk United concedes eight in two games King’s Cup: Coca Cola champion Druk United suffered their second loss in the ongoing King’s Cup when they were thrashed 5-0 yesterday by Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda (NR Mazda). NR Mazda scored five goals in the second half with three of them scored within six minutes. The Thai team started the first half at a slower pace with just few attempts on target while the home team Druk United looked strong trying to capitalize on every single mistake [... Read More]

Picture story

Winner of the India house golf tournament, Lt. Col Khitu Dukpa receives the trophy from HRH Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck yesterday at the India house estate      

Bhutan at one with world in suicide rates

A task force commissioned by the govt. to study the phenomenon is yet to submit its report Lifestyle: She calls it an accident, but reports say otherwise. Around 1pm on October 28, a 51-year old woman in Trongsa was brought to the basic health unit with burns. With about 20 percent burns on her face, she was referred immediately to Thimphu.  Her referral report states, “self-inflicted burn.”  Although doctors call it a self-immolation case, the patient denies that she tried to burn herself. In another [... Read More]

Sandalwood smuggler held in Tshimasham

This is the fourth bust police have made of the illegal trade in this locale Crime: Police in Tshimasham nabbed a 32-year old man for smuggling in sandalwood on November 13.  The man was trying to smuggle in 52 logs (732kg) of sandalwood worth Nu 2.1M. The wood was concealed among loads of animal feed in a truck when police, following a tip-off from their informers, ambushed the truck near Tshimakoti.  The man from Paro Tshento was in a different car and travelling ahead of [... Read More]

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