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Ministers quizzed on highway and health

NA Q-hour: The preliminary survey of the Lhamoizingkha-Sarpang highway is expected to complete by mid next year for construction to begin by 2016, works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden said at the national assembly (NA) yesterday.

Two experts from the Asian Development Bank are currently in the field to do the survey, she said.  On completion of the preliminary survey only, the budget estimation could be made, lyonpo said at the question hour.

“It’s [... Read More]

Nu 1.7B refunded in excise duty

A decrease of Nu 300M from last year due to the recently  ban on cars and furniture

Excise: The government of India (GoI) yesterday announced a total excise duty refund of Nu 1.756B to Bhutan for the year 2013.

Excise duty is an inland tax imposed only on a commodity consumed within a country.  If the commodity is exported, the excise duty is waived off.

This year, the excise duty refund decreased by more than Nu 300M.  [... Read More]

G2C – Estonia shows the way

A late bloomer, like Bhutan, this Baltic state has made leaps and bounds in ICT

Governance: Sitting in a cafe in Thimphu at his WiFi connected laptop, Ivar Tallo can file his taxes, register a new company, check how his son is performing at school, or even vote in both the European Union and local parliamentary elections, among several other online public services available to Estonian citizens.

Like Bhutan, Estonia was a developing country 20 [... Read More]

Editorial

A bittersweet goodbye

The gloomy weather over Jazam, Thimphu reflected the sense of loss as the government of Denmark officially marked the end of a 35-year long assistance in Bhutan’s development journey.

As one of the oldest development partners and the biggest bilateral donor after India, the fruit of the cooperation is today evident across all sectors.  Based on a shared value of promoting the welfare of the people, Danish assistance has made a huge difference to the lives [... Read More]

The Kathmandu Declaration

A set of recommendations made to enhance 36 different areas of cooperation

SAARC: For Bhutan, most of the recommendations on the 36 different areas of cooperation, stated in the Kathmandu Declaration of the 18th SAARC summit are already in place.

Foreign minister, Rinzin Dorji, however, said at a press conference yesterday that it was just a matter of re-emphasis and attention, which was not there for the past few years.

As for the two agreements on [... Read More]

Enterprise registration bill, 2014 deferred to fifth session

To allow time to rectify discrepancies that have crept into Dzongkha version

Assembly: After deliberating on the enterprise registration bill, 2014,  for two days, the national assembly (NA),  resolved to defer the bill to the fifth session yesterday.

Before the house began deliberations, economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, proposed that the bill be deferred to rectify the translation of the Dzongkha version.

The economic affairs ministry, lyonpo said, had worked hard to draft the bill, by [... Read More]

Picture story

The four-day Mongar tshechu began on November 27 with monks performing Peling Tercham, Phakcham, Shingjay Pho Mo, Zhanag, Durdha, Gin-gtsholing, Sangay Lingpai cham.
Yesterday, Shinge yab yum, Damtse Nuel layma, Peling Gingsum, Zhanag Ngacham and Shawa Sha khi and dances were performed.

       

OAG amendment Bill goes to joint sitting

Parliament: The two houses of Parliament on Thursday endorsed the Office of Attorney General Bill and the Bill will go to a joint sitting.  The controversial clause that requires that attorney general (AG) be accountable to the prime minister remains.

In 2012, when the OAG refused to prosecute those involved in the Gyalpoizhing land case, the then opposition party, People’s Democratic Party, said that the particular clause was problematic.  The attorney general is appointed [... Read More]

The potatoes of Pam

Despite an acute water shortage, good management practice enables a bumper crop

Tuber: Pam is the potato-growing capital of Trashigang.  This time of the year in Pam, farmers are preparing fields for potatoes, their main cash crop.  Even as there is acute shortage of water, the people of Pam have worked out an ingenious way out.  Potatoes will grow, and in abundance it will.

No land in Pam will now be left fallow.

If there is [... Read More]

The amazing manifestations on Thedchen Ugyen Drag

unnamed-9Local people visits Dhana goempa

Religion: The images of Lord Buddha and Guru Rinpoche on a cliff above Dhana goempa in Wangduephodrang confuse visitors at first and then amaze them.

The two images, a bit blurred, appear as if it was painted, but the goempa lam claims that they appeared naturally.

Lam Drayang Jamtsho said the Guru’s image appeared first on the cliff before he was born. “The Buddha’s figure appeared later on the right side of the cliff,” he [... Read More]

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