Three new snail species discovered

The National Biodiversity Center (NBC) in Serbithang, Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Naturalis), Netherlands and Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER), Bumthang have discovered three new species of snails. The three newly described species are: Rahula Kleini, Rahula Trongsaensis and Erhaia Wangchuki. The type materials of these newly described species are deposited at the […]

Vehicle loan directive: Headed right

The Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) directive to reduce the loan to value ratio for vehicles from 50% to 30% has sparked off ambivalent reactions from different sections of the society including stakeholders. While some banks and dealers are worried that their customer base might be affected, some are of the opinion that instead of cutting […]

Health ministry achieves 97% of APA

The Ministry of Health has achieved 97.85% of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) for the fiscal year 2016-17. This was revealed during the signing of the APA 2017-18 for the health sector between the Prime Minister, Dasho Tshering Tobgay and health minister Tandin Wangchuk. At the signing ceremony, Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk said the health ministry […]

Toxicology lab installed to test poison samples

The forensic department at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) got its first toxicology laboratory today. Toxicology is the study of poisonous chemicals and drugs and how a person or other organism reacts to them. The need for a toxicology laboratory was felt since cases needing toxicology report were being sent to India, Bangladesh […]

Handicraft shops do lucrative business

    With handicraft shops in Paro town doing roaring business, general shops have been relegated to the back. In 2006, there were only three handicraft shops in Paro. Between 2011-12, the number shot up to 40. In 2013, 10 more cropped up taking the total to 50. As of now, 74 handicraft shops are […]

50-day drama fest to promote fine arts

A group of children stands, angst writ large on their faces. A girl is about to burst into tears; a boy grits his teeth. Tension builds up as the background tempo reaches a crescendo and all the students lose control. Then, a figure emerges with a lantern, gently passing through the assembly of children. The […]

Gyenkhang rule man-made, says renowned Buddhist scholar

  Bhutanese women from time immemorial have been prohibited from entering the sacred Gyenkhang (inner sanctum) of temples, lhakhangs and monasteries. The tradition has been passed down from generations and is still followed. In an interview with Business Bhutan, Deputy Chief Research officer of Royal Academy of Performing Arts, Kunzang Dorji, said: “From generations past, […]

Rape of minors highest last year

Of the 68 cases of rape reported, vicitms of 46 were minors   Punakha police has detained a 59-year-old man after he was accused of raping his daughter on December 14 last year. The victim was aged six when her father started sexually abusing her. The incident happened after her mother left the child and […]

Post-GST implications on economy revealed

A consultative meeting between the government and private sector about GST impact on economy discussed the good, the bad and the way forward The Royal Government of Bhutan will have to forego revenue of Nu 14bn: Nu 12bn as excise duty fund and Sales Tax (ST) and Green Tax (GT) of around Nu 2bn post-GST. […]