50-day drama festival kicks-off

As students from Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School (LMSS) staged a drama about the life of Jetsun Milarepa, a deeply revered Tibetan saint on Thursday at Motithang Higher Secondary School, the audience broke into applause. Initiated by the Ministry of Education to promote holistic approach to education especially drama culture, a 50-day drama festival to be […]

Rains affect Pasakha road condition

  With heavy rain hitting the southern belt, the condition of the 16km-road from Phuentsholing to Pasakha has deteriorated raising concerns from industrialists. The Bhalujhora Bridge has fallen down further across fault lines exacerbating the situation. The bridge which was being used by only light vehicles due to fragility issues is on verge of collapsing […]

Condom vending machines expected to reduce STIs

A pilot project involving the installation of seven condom vending machines in Phuentsholing is expected to reduce cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies in town. The Department of Public Health under National HIV/AIDS and STIs Control Program installed the condom vending machines in Phuentsholing. Phuentsholing, being the business hub of the country, […]

GENDER ECONOMICS IN BHUTAN

It is said that in the United States, a country that boasts its beliefs in equality and liberty, a woman, in her lifetime, makes only about 78% of what a man makes. This figure, called the gender pay gap, is controversial because most people misunderstand what it actually means. Some critics believe it to be […]

GST: GOVT. UNPREPAREDNESS COULD PROVE COSTLY

The government stands to forego revenue worth Nu 14bn due to GST implications: more specifically, Nu 12bn worth excise duty refund and Nu 2bn in Green Tax and Sales Tax. This is huge money. It was estimated that by 2015 end alone, hydropower projects in the country would generate revenue worth Nu 14bn and the […]

DNT takes govt to court over “tax alteration”

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) submitted a constitutional case against the government on tax alteration to the High Court yesterday. According to a press release from DNT, the party is taking this corrective step to request the Court to rule on the illegal and unconstitutional implementation of tax alteration, after careful consideration and comprehensive consultation, in […]

Libel suit filed against journalist

A journalist from Kuensel newspaper has been charged for offence of libel after she posted on Facebook about a woman battering her six-year-old stepdaughter in Tsirang. The woman lodged the complaint to the police the  next day. The case was forwarded to Tsirang court yesterday and an arrest warrant was issued against the journalist. However, […]

Rags to riches The story of a maverick

People often waste time searching endlessly for magic shortcuts to entrepreneurial success and fulfillment but not Tenzin Yeshi. To him, the only real path to success is summed up in one word: grit. Tenzin Yeshi is the second person in Paro to own a handicraft business. He is also the chairperson of Paro handicraft association […]

Vehicle taxation will not reduce but control imports: Finance minister

Quizzed on the recent tax raise on vehicle imports, finance minister, Namgay Dorji said that though the measure might not reduce vehicle import, it is expected that vehicle import will at least be controlled. “The latest decision of the government is meant to neutralize and restrict vehicle import. Though imports might increase, the measure will […]

Indian consignments delayed due to confusion over exports

Most business communities in Phuentsholing are yet to receive consignments post-Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposition in India. For the past one and half months, no new consignments have reached the shops despite placing supply orders. Godowns are running empty with existing stocks being depleted. Grocery retailers who have been importing from India have started […]