Friday, August 1st, 2014 - 5:39 AM

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Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay addresses the closing of the scout leadership program in Wangduephodrang on July 19. Some 123 students from Samtse, Sarpang and Chhukha dzongkhags participated in the program


Non-tariff measures inhibit intra-regional trade

Member states must trust each other’s certification and quality control to promote commerce

SAFTA: Even with tariff liberalisation, trade among SAARC member countries has not yielded results, with intra-regional trade still hovering around five percent.

The stakeholder’s dialogue on trade facilitation yesterday revealed that this was mainly attributed to the non-tariff measures (NTM) individual countries have in place.

Bhutan chamber of commerce and industries (BCCI) hosted the dialogue as a part of the eighth meeting of [... Read More]


Yours, mine and ours

Much to the disappointment of local leaders, the economic affairs ministry has warned it would have to open up natural resources to the State Mining Corporation once it becomes operational.

The geology and mines department has the power to decide and make policies related to its mining sector and not individual local governments.  Local leaders have resisted mining in their localities for numerous reasons, with some even declaring their dzongkhag or gewog as no-mining zones.  This [... Read More]

Taxi services to be verified

The authority’s website features its verification process and other moves in the pipeline

Taxi: To determine the actual number of taxis plying in the country today, the road safety and transport authority (RSTA), since July 15, has been verifying taxi registration certificates and taxi driving licenses.

The authority carried out a two-day random sampling on the Bhutan taxi system in March, and re-verification for 10 days in April this year, the authority’s website states.

The random [... Read More]

Judicial cooperation between Bhutan and Thailand

MoU: To promote mutual understanding and strengthen cooperative ties between the Judicial Training Institute of the office of the judiciary of Thailand, and Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI), a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on legal, judicial and arbitration/mediation cooperation will be signed tomorrow in Bangkok.

The secretary general of office of the judiciary of Thailand, Phattarasak Vannasaeng, and the BNLI director, Pema Wangchuk, in presence of Thailand’s Supreme Court president, Direk Ingkaninanda, and BNLI’s [... Read More]

Chiwog weighs pros and cons of thromhood

IMG_20140718_132933To be or not to be: Chazam-Pam chiwog in Trashigang

The authority’s website features its verification process and other moves in the pipeline

Chazam-Pam: The community of Chazam-Pam chiwog, comprising 60 households, is still not decided whether or not they should come under Trashigang throm.

Villagers have their own reasons.   They say that becoming a part of throm meant a lot of obligation, while benefits were few.

Villagers said the slow developmental progress, despite being a part of throm, and having to pay more, were [... Read More]

Fuelwood usage marginally down

Per capita consumption has decreased from 1.3MT in 2013 to 1.17MT in 2014 

Energy: The country’s per capita fuelwood consumption that is the highest in the South Asia region has declined by about 10 percent, according to renewable energy department officials.

A recent study, keeping the baseline of 2013 in 10 dzongkhags, found that the per capita fuelwood consumption in the country has decreased to 1.17 metric tonnes (MT) this year from 1.3 tonnes in [... Read More]

Finding other means of funding

20140422_134203Home ministry no longer endorses petitions from families seeking donation to pay donors

Alternatives now have to be found to finance kidney patients in need of assistance

Kidney: With the home ministry no longer endorsing petitions from families of renal failure patients to collect donations to pay kidney donors, an alternative will be sought to help patients who are genuinely in need, according to Bhutan Kidney Foundation (BKF).

The foundation will be meeting the home and health ministry officials soon to discuss the issue.

Options, such as allowing BKF [... Read More]

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The president of Japan’s Kobe-Bhutan friendship association Ichino Kazao hands over Nu 580,000 to home minister Damcho Dorji for the reconstruction of Wangduephodrang dzong yesterday. In the past, the association also donated 12 ambulances, fund for reconstruction of Taktshang monastery, Paro and Bhutan Health Trust Fund, among others.


Sarpang to get a dzong

Its location will be at the present site (Sarpang Taar) of the dzongkhag administration

DT: Sarpang, the only dzongkhag without a dzong, will have one in the next few years with the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) having decided on the location.

The two-day DT stuck to its earlier resolution to have the new dzong constructed in Sarpang Taar where the present dzongkhag administration is located.

Although debates ensued and arguments flared on the dzong’s location, the resolution [... Read More]

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