• GST imposition on cardamom export to India affects price

    Bhutanese exporting cardamoms to India are desperate for a government intervention. After the Goods and Services Tax (GST) impose since July 1 last year, Indian customs offices have implemented the computerised system called ICEGATE in Indian towns that share a border with Bhutan and are significant trade links.

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Parks – The lungs in an urban landscape

Our planners have not paid much attention to this essential component of towns and cities COVER STORY: Bhutanese town planning gives little priority to a most essential component of an urban centre – parks, where children can play and adults   can hang around on weekends with their family. Many …

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HRH Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, accompanied by Ashi Yeatso Lhamo yesterday graced the third day of the annual Tshechu at Yoesel Dho-nga Chholing community Lhakhang, at Saling, Mongar, one of the most disadvantaged villages in Saling Gewog. On behalf of His Majesty the King, HRH granted a Thongdroel of Guru …

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Gyatongpa

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Gyatongpa, literally ‘one with eight thousand’ is one of the most common books found in traditional Bhutan. It is the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in Eight Thousand Verses also called Aśtasāhasrikāprajñāpāramitāsūtra in Sanskrit. The Prajñāpāramitāsūtras or the Perfection of Wisdom books come in different sizes. …

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73 employees dropped out of programme

Since the programme began in July last year, the attrition rate has been 7 a month GEP: Less than a year after the guaranteed employment programme (GEP) began, at least seven employees have been leaving their jobs every month. Records with the labour ministry show that from July 1, 2014 …

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Play centres for Thimphu kids

At an hourly fee, these provide safe and fun environment for little children to spend time in    RECREATION: A few indoor playground centres have come up in the capital to cater to the growing number of children in the city. Play Garden is the newest in town.  The centre …

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OAG reiterates charges against former dzongda

Update: Maintaining its stand on the two charges framed against the foreign minister, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), which is prosecuting seven defendants at the Haa district court yesterday submitted that the tender committee had apprised the chairman of the lowest bidder’s rate being 100 percent above the …

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Good on corruption, not so on competitiveness

Speakers at an ADB workshop appraised Bhutan’s business climate thus  B-Index: Bhutan has done well on the corruption rate, the most difficult parameter of ease of doing business index, however its “open but closed” trade system is resisting national competitiveness. National competitiveness is the ability and performance of a country …

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Sixteen new thromdes getting readied

Parliament is expected to endorse and open them up for early elections Township: If work to carve out the 16 new dzongkhag thromdes goes as planned, the country will see elections in all 20 thromdes in the second local government elections due early next year. Boundaries of the new thromdes …

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Green Bhutan: Thromde workers plant willow trees on the banks of Thimpchu.  The plantation is a part of the Green Project that aims to make Bhutan greener by planting flowers and trees across all towns.                                                                 

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Scholarships to study in New Zealand

Opportunity: Under a dedicated bilateral programme, the New Zealand Aid Programme has announced to offer offer up to 12 postgraduate scholarships over a five year period, starting 2016 academic year. A press  release from the New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi, India  states that the New Zealand Development Scholarships were …

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Bleak prospect for ferrosilicon industry?

Just when ferrosilicon industries face a downturn, their BIT exemption comes to an end Slump: Ferrosilicon industries along the southern belt of the country are feeling the impact of the basic economic principle of demand and supply. There is no demand, ferroalloy stock is piling up and prices are going …

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