Ostensibly since neither did it serve its intended purpose nor adhere to trade agreements
Cabinet: The Cabinet on January 28 lifted the almost two years of ban imposed on the import of furniture and alcohol.
The restrictions did not serve the intended purpose and wasn’t in line with bilateral and regional trading arrangements, a Cabinet secretariat press release stated.
It stated, the decision was reached following recommendations of the multisectoral task force. “The Lhengye Zhungtshog agreed [... Read More]
NC Act: By the time the second National Council elections inched closer in April last year, besides the five eminent members, only four elected councillors were what was left of the house.
Except for one that joined a political party, the remaining council members had resigned to contest yet another term.
They had to bow out, despite the house having argued that law warranted them to contest elections while in office. They said the Constitution [... Read More]
After the National Assembly’s first bash at it, it’s now the turn of the National Council
Council: Within four years of its enactment, Tobacco Control Act will undergo its second amendment, this time in the house of review.
In introducing the act for amendment, National Council legislative committee chairman, Kuenlay Tshering, said it was important to consider whether the act has prevented sale of tobacco in the market, curbed black market or initiated more problems, [... Read More]
The finance minister listed steps to be taken to deal with mounting public debt
Q-Hour: Despite concerns of mounting public debt, the finance minister Namgay Dorji said there was no need to worry on that score.
The minister was put in the council dock, during the question hour session yesterday, when the Gasa council member Sangay Khandu questioned the government’s plans and strategies in managing a country’s ‘severe debt situation.’
Sangay Khandu, quoting the central bank’s [... Read More]
New code of practice on registration of SIM cards to be introduced soon in the interest of national security
BICMA: Mobile users, who availed a subscriber identity module (SIM) card using the old citizenship identity card (CID), must provide new CID numbers and update information to service providers.
The replacement, Bhutan infocomm and media authority (BICMA) stated, must be done after their draft code of practice on registration of SIM card by mobile service providers [... Read More]
Two commodities the country today can do without are foreign alcohol and furniture.
This is because, even with the ban on import of alcohol, there is no dearth of alcohol, both local and imported. The ban, although short, on furniture has, for the first time, led to a small but fast growing local furniture industry.
So, when the Cabinet announced that they have lifted the ban on import of alcohol and furniture, there were more questions than [... Read More]
Jobs: The labour ministry has announced two more jobs in the US as a part of its overseas employment program, even as the three overseas employment agents that the ministry has approved are yet to obtain licenses.
These jobs of international business or humanities background staff and research staff at Shin Nippon biomedical laboratories ltd, however, are for those with four years university degrees.
Labour officials said they received nine applications to date and are [... Read More]
Gross National Happiness Commission and Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA) signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday at the Trashichhodzong. In line with the agreement signed, the authority will fund social, cultural, and environmental projects worth Nu 200M beginning this year. Trongsa dzongkhag administration in consultation with the GNHC and MHPA would start implementing it within the next six months.
All smiles: Participants of the winter youth engagement programme in Gyalpozhing, Mongar take delight in the candles they made (Picture: Jigme Dorji, Tshaling Primary school)
The month-long program was to equip those from deprived backgrounds with life skills
Program: The more than two-month long winter break is a tiring vacation for Phuntsho Pelden. The 16-year-old works at construction sites to prepare for her next academic session, or helps her parents with household chores.
“There’s no time for fun or vacation,” says the daughter of a single parent from Saling, Mongar. “We come to school with blisters on our hand as [... Read More]
Day old chicks reared at the Kherjey poultry farm
Poultry: The three existing poultry farms that supply eggs to dzongkhag town residents and nearby settlements of Wamrong and dzongkhags like Samdrupjongkhar are on the verge of winding down.
More than competition from one another and lack of market in the locality, it was the rising cost of feed since some eight months that poultry farmers claimed was impeding their business.
From Nu 1,100 for a 50kg bag of the Karma Feed about eight months [... Read More]