Drug test mandatory before joining civil service

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) issued a notification this week stating that anyone joining the civil service will now have to undergo a mandatory drug test. “In addition to the medical certificate of fitness that is required for recruitment into the civil service, drug testing (for non-permissible drugs as listed under BNCA) will also […]

DPT third general party convention to be held 

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) will be holding a general party convention at the Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited conference hall today. This is its third one after the 2013 elections. Serving Members of Parliament (MP), former MPs, coordinators, registered members, representatives and supporters from across the country will discuss the party’s status at the meeting. […]

Opposition slams government for not releasing labor force survey report

  The opposition party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) is accusing the government of hiding unemployment figures by not releasing the Labor Force Survey Report (LFS) 2016, which according to it should have been released by April 2017. DPT in a press release stated that despite the completion of the survey about eight months back, the […]

Labor agent proliferation heats up competition

   Steady increase in the numbers of Foreign Workers Recruitment Agents (FWRA) has fueled competition resulting in detriment of individual agent’s business. Steady increase in the numbers of Foreign Workers Recruitment Agents (FWRA) has fueled competition resulting in detriment of individual agent’s business. These labor recruitment agents were already up against bigger construction companies that […]

PM cautions against deflecting goods

Since Indian goods entering the country would now be cheaper due to tax exemption, deflecting or selling back goods would be penalized if caught, warned Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay at a meeting with private sector representatives in Phuentsholing. “Such activities are illegal,” said Lyonchhen. Goods and Services Tax (GST) applies up to 28% in the […]

Bhutan to host APA meeting first time

The Parliament will host the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) committee meeting on social and cultural affairs for the first time in the country. The three-day meeting is scheduled from August 31 to September 2 at the Convention Center in Thimphu. Twenty Members of Parliament (MP) from APA will participate in the event. The Speaker of […]

Corporatizing JDWNRH: Weigh the pros & cons

  A high-level committee has been ordered to look into and submit a proposal for the corporatization of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH). The opposition is claiming that this is unconstitutional because it supposedly goes against the constitutional mandate of providing free healthcare to all citizens. It also said the move will […]

ECB negates council’s views on children’s parliament

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has negated the National Council’s (NC) stand on legality issue of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament (BCP) stating that “its establishment is very much within the mandate of the commission in letter and spirit”. The NC had raised the issue of BCP’s legality among others during deliberations on the budget […]

System failure causes 250 trucks to be stranded

  System failure at Jaigaon land customs office has prompted the Jaigaon Transporters Welfare Association (JTWA) to call a strike, leaving 250 Phuentsholing-bound trucks stranded for lack of customs clearance. The movement of vehicles was stopped since August 19 as the internet service from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), a state-owned telecommunication provider, has failed […]

Opposition accuses govt. of vested interest in JDWNRH corporatization

The opposition party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), has accused the government of having vested interest in the move to corporatize the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH). According to DPT, the government’s move to corporatize JDWNRH is against the several principles of state policy enshrined in the Constitution. It said that the proposal violates […]