Good to great Gasa: Getting there

Gasa – a place that is immediately associated with soothing hot springs and pristine natural beauty has undergone a sea change since it was connected by road in October 2012. Agay Tshering, a 72-year-old Layap, recalls getting rations from Lekithang, Punakha, which took an arduous six days’ walk with yaks, back and forth, when road […]

Elections 2018: More the merrier?

Bhutan currently has five registered political parties and if talks doing the rounds are to be believed, two more are in the making, taking the number to seven. Till now, we have believed that in politics, the more the merrier. It also goes with the underlying democratic principle of more options for the voters and […]

BTFEC funds Nu 29mn for four projects

The Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conservation (BTFEC) signed grant agreements with Gross National Happiness Commission and grant recipients for four projects worth Nu 28.956mn yesterday. Under the grant scheme, projects undertaken are Samarzingkha agro-forestry project; building socio-ecological resilience: an adaptation to progressive climate change in Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary; introducing environmental science in formal education […]

ECB readies for elections 2018

With the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) already laying out groundwork for the next parliamentary elections, the authority is hoping for greater voter turnout and limited procedural hiccups this time round. According to an ECB official, all the 20 Dzongkhags are finalizing a customized strategy for each Dzongkhag focusing on voter turnout, which was the […]

GST impact on prices of goods yet to be felt

 Goods and Services Tax (GST), imposed by the Indian government, is running into its third week but Goods and Services Tax (GST), imposed by the Indian government, is running into its third week but impact on prices of consumer goods is yet to be felt. This is because business houses still retain old stocks while […]

CIBs to enhance credit facility

Credit Information Bureaus (CIBs) will function to provide a gamut of credit facilities including storing and processing information related to the credit exposure of all borrowers/clients in the financial system. This will make data available for the purpose of performing central bank’s supervisory and regulatory function while ensuring the confidentiality of information. This was outlined […]

Pasakha industries resume exports

Though the customs office at Jaigaon has moved to online taxation system, most of the work is still done manually  Following a week-long halt in exports due to Goods and Services  Tax (GST) implementation hassles, industries in Pasakha have resumed business as usual. Though GST formalities are still completed manually, more than 100 trucks that […]

NA house committee not dissolving: Chairperson

The chairperson said only two members have submitted their resignation Refuting local media reports that the house committee of the National Assembly (NA) is dissolving, chairperson of the house committee, Karma Tenzin clarified that only two members of the committee have tendered their resignation. On July 14, the house committee held a meeting in which […]

Gasa lives the organic dream

It all started by default. In the past, being cut off from other parts of the country since the dzongkhag was not connected by road, farmers in Gasa had no access to chemical fertilizers; they were forced to use only organic manure to grow crops. Then in 2004, former agriculture minister, Sangay Ngedup, visited the […]