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The pool vehicle pickle

Pool vehicles will not be withdrawn, at least for now.  Rather, the finance ministry will come up with an overall policy on the pool vehicle system.

This is a new development in the long drawn out pool vehicle story.  To remind ourselves, withdrawing 932 pool vehicles was recommended as one of the means to fund the civil servant, local government and member of parliament salary revision.

The revision went ahead, despite opposition from the National Council, which [... Read More]

OAG presents a dozen pieces of prosecutor evidence

Land Case: The Office of the Attorney General submitted 12 evidence to Thimphu district court’s bench four yesterday to prove that the former National Land Commission official, Sonam Norbu, colluded with the former royal advisory councilor, Chang Ugyen, to manipulate and change the latter’s land holding in Thimphu.

OAG’s prosecutor, Tashi Gyalpo, said the evidence was submitted in accordance to the Evidence Act of Bhutan.

Termed as ‘prosecution evidence (PE)’, the first evidence was the [... Read More]

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 [... 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 [... 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 [... 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 [... 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 [... 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 [... 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 [... 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


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