A policy change to come into effect from January 2013, if the central bank’s board approves
Revised Draft Foreign Exchange Regulations: Bhutanese or any entity earning foreign currency, whether living abroad or within the country, will be allowed to open foreign currency accounts in Bhutanese banks, starting January 2013.
This is according to the central bank’s revised draft foreign exchange regulations, which need approval of its board to come into effect.
Economists are debating whether this [... Read More]
All this while, society looked askance at the ability of the Bhutanese to keep away from alcohol.
It was steeped in Bhutanese culture, from gatherings to official functions to festivals, so we would say.
A tradition it was, which began as an expression of jubilation, right from the birth of a child, that flowed through its life and followed it to the crematorium.
Bhutanese children are exposed to alcohol earlier on in life, the moment they enter a [... Read More]
Dasho (Dr) Sonam Tenzin (left) and Thimphu dzongda inaugurates the plan
Despite a small number of major landowners’ balking at the amount of land to be pooled
Local Area Plan: Despite some unhappy landowners, the local area plan’s (LAP) implementation for Debsi Phakha in Thimphu kicked off [... Read More]
For today’s Christmas celebrations, Thimphu dzongkhag received about three applications seeking approval for cypress trees. The department of forest and park services has so far issued permits for about 12 cypress trees in Thimphu for Christmas celebrations since 2010.
Assistant dzongkhag forest officer, Sonam Tshering, said obtaining approval for a cypress tree takes about a day, if the “concerned authorities” are present.
“First an application has to be put up to the dzongkhag forest office stating that [... Read More]
Reaching up: Farmers in Kengkhar, Mongar, harvest their fruit
The combination of mandarin orchards and a farm road is a recipe for progress
Kengkhar, Mongar: Bearing the cold that chills Kengkhar in Mongar around this time, Jigme Choden whose cheeks have turned red, and with her three-month old baby [... Read More]
Falling off: The retention wall needs urgent attention
A temporary settlement along the stream will be at risk come the monsoon
Phuentsholing Thromde Tshogde: After the bridge, it’s the retention wall that the people of Pasakha now fear will collapse, Pasakha theumi (town representative) said, during the thromde tshogde on December [... Read More]
Invader? The hooked fruit
A National Biodiversity Centre team spotted the plant that is not endemic but invasive
The Devil’s Claw: In Sonagasa, Punakha, locals hang the fruit from the door, in the form of beads, to ward off bad omens and evil spirits.
The plant that bares this hooked fruit, commonly referred to [... Read More]
The five gewogs of Lhuentse and Mongar provide a success story that can be replicated
Symposium : Pilot Project Reports: A pilot project, implemented in three gewogs of Mongar and two in Lhuentse, resulted in significant reductions in alcohol consumption and improvement in terms of livelihoods.
This was what the reports that community and village leaders of the various gewogs of the two dzongkhags contained, which was presented at the national symposium on building partnership [... Read More]
Dzongkhag Election Dispute Settlement Body: Unlike in 2008, the election commission of Bhutan will put in place a Dzongkhag Election Dispute Settlement Body (DEDSB) for the second parliamentary elections next year. The body was also arranged for the local government elections held last year.
This is to spare the central election dispute settlement body from having to engage in all sorts of disputes that arise during elections, by settling small issues at dzongkhag level.
Training [... Read More]
Unless it’s urgent, though, no new legislation will be introduced in the upcoming parliament session
Draft Bhutan National Chamber Of Commerce And Industry Bill: The Bhutan chamber of commerce and industry would once again submit its draft BNCCI (Bhutan National Chamber of Commerce and Industry) bill for endorsement in the upcoming parliament session.
Through the bill, the chamber aims to get a legal support system for intervention in government policies, and for its existence as [... Read More]