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Petrol down, diesel up

IMG_1178On the rise: Diesel prices in Thimphu have gone up by 52 Cheltrums

Fuel: Petrol in Thimphu is now cheaper by Nu 3.48 a litre, with the latest drop coming into effect last night, following a drop in prices in India.

The price in Thimphu is now Nu 68.56 a litre from BOD, and Nu 68.51 from the Druk Petroleum fuel pump in Chubachu.

This is one of the highest drops in the past five years and the first since May this year.  After dropping by almost a [... Read More]

Creditor appeals district court verdict

Among others, there was no mention of the money owed by the defendant

Court: Dissatisfied with the Thimphu district court’s verdict, a 64-year old man appealed to the High Court, yesterday, as the money the defendant owed him was not mentioned or discussed in the verdict.

Sonam Phuntsho said that he was dissatisfied because, despite submitting all evidences about the money he had lent Namgay Dorji, the court didn’t discuss at all about the repayment [... Read More]

PM’s report on state of the nation

PMLyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay

The report was made in the context of tsa-wa sum rather than GNH

Parliament: Presenting his first state of the nation’s report to parliament yesterday, the prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, while looking at past achievements and present challenges, drew attention to the institution of monarchy and the role it played in laying the foundations of a strong nation and shaping its destiny.

In a departure from the previous government’s style of presenting the report from [... Read More]

Lhakhang Karpo investigation not yet over

Corruption: Of the three audit memos discussed at the joint sitting of parliament last week, investigation into the reconstruction of the 119-year old Lhakhang Karpo in Haa is still ongoing, according to the officials of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

Refuting the public accounts committee (PAC) chairperson’s report that all three cases were forwarded to ACC, which in turn had directed the home ministry to take administrative actions, ACC officials said they had not [... Read More]

Lending slows down

Though housing loans still make up the lion’s share, 27 percent

Report: While loan restrictions put in place last March slowed the rate of credit growth, the amount of loans sanctioned, in absolute terms, continued to grow in 2012-13, a report published by the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) says.

According to the report, credit growth slowed to 10 percent in 2012-13 from 26 percent in the previous fiscal.

But the amount of loans sanctioned by banks [... Read More]

Two teenagers held for twin burglaries

Punakha police have apprehended two teenage boys, who allegedly stole cash and goods from 14 shops in Khuruthang town, Punakha, on the nights of August 4 and 18 earlier this year.

The suspects, a 17-year-old from Goenshari, Punakha, and an 18-year-old from Rubesa, Wangdueprodrang, were apprehended on September 26.

On the night of August 4, two mountain bikes, Nu 4,500, a cell phone, three memory card readers, a memory card, seven t-shirts and a jeans pant were [... Read More]

GEF salvages Bhutan’s biggest biomass project

2013-05-14-154A three point cook stove in a kitchen in Trashigang

In line with the pilot stove program, it is the second of the three components

Environment: Funding more than half of the total cost, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has assisted the biggest sustainable rural biomass energy project in the country that was initiated to improve fuelwood efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emission (carbon dioxide).

This project is in line with “the pilot stove program” that the Austrian government had supported in 2005, which couldn’t [... Read More]


The message

A lot was said in so little a time.

Perhaps that is what could be said about the government’s first state of the nation report, which lasted slightly over an hour, unlike those of the previous government’s that exceeded more than three hours of detailed review of activities it undertook and plans and vision it held for the country.

There was not much undertakings to report about anyway of a government that took the helm just two [... Read More]

Tour operators’ wishlist to the govt.

They include issues of vehicle tax exemption and lifting the limits on marketing allowances among others

Tourism: Marketing allowances, trekking, or adventure equipment and tax exemption on tourist vehicles are some of the issues the country’s tour operators have listed for submission to government’s consideration.

These were some of the points tour operators came up with during their annual general meeting in August.

Tour operators said only two percent of their assessed gross profit was tax [... Read More]

Picture story

Bhutan observed the World Tourism Day in Punakha on September 27 with a debate between Punakha Higher Secondary School and Ugyen Academy. The day was themed, Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future and the event was organised by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.