High Court to decide on DNT’s petition

A seven-member bench of the High Court will decide whether to issue a writ on the legality of fiscal incentives granted bypassing the Parliament or dismiss the writ petition filed by Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), according to Justice Lungten Dubgyur. The Justice, at the hearing between the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and DNT […]

BKP confirms five candidates so far

Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) confirmed three more candidates on Thursday taking the count to five including the president and the vice-president. The vice-president of BKP, Sonam Tobgay, said that BKP is one party that is very serious. “We take the next elections very seriously and we are in the process of confirming all 47 candidates […]

Startup weekend at CST begins

Fourth Techstars Startup Weekend, a business idea competition at College of Science and Technology (CST) started yesterday, attracting more than 60 participants. The event that has students of four degree colleges under Royal University of Bhutan taking part will end tomorrow. The 54-hour event has brought together designers, developers, entrepreneurs and experts from all domains. […]

Their Majesties attend Royal Cremation Ceremony of Late Thai King

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen offered last respects to His Late Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand during the Royal Cremation Ceremony at Sanam Luang in Bangkok Thursday. His Majesty conveyed messages of condolence to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand on behalf of the people of Bhutan. Following a yearlong […]

Smart phones, new media, and ignorant users-Rabi C Dahal

Whether you live in cities or a rural Bhutanese village, the ability to sift through information and evaluate media messages is an important skill in this 21st century – and the digital revolution has made it even more critical. The explosion of digital media and social networking platforms has transformed citizens into publishers and broadcasters. […]

Will GST curb tax evasion in Bhutan too? – DharmA Nath Gupta

The GST (Goods and Services Tax) has been the biggest major indirect-tax reform in independent India. It is envisioned that one indirect tax for the whole nation will make India one unified common market. There is no denying the fact that tax collections have increased due to increase in the database and number of tax […]

East-West Highway: A behemoth blunder

It has been almost four years since the government undertook widening of the East-West highway but the ambitious plan has gone seriously wrong somewhere. First, a journey by bus from Thimphu to Trashigang that is supposed to take 20 hours well lengthens into the wee hours of night and sometimes when circumstances are worse, into […]

An educated farmer aspires for NC

Ram Kumar Neopaney, 28, is one among 15 National Council (NC) aspirant candidates from Tsirang. He is from Tshokhana village under Tsholingkhar gewog of Tsirang. He is one of two aspiring NC candidates from his gewog. Ram Kumar Neopaney said he wants to contest the council elections because he wants to serve the people as […]

Lone female candidate from Dagana to contest for NC

Among 20 candidates seeking to contest the upcoming National Council (NC) elections from Dagana, the only female candidate, Chador Wangmo, hopes to become the first democratically elected female national councilor from the dzongkhag. The mother of one said she decided to contest in the NC elections as no other woman was coming forward from her […]

P/ling to get 554 new housing units

This is expected to benefit Bhutanese residing across the border The construction of much awaited housing facilities for Bhutanese residing across the Phuentsholing border is on track. Of 554 new housing units, 62 buildings with 506 units have already been completed at Pekarzhing. The remaining stands to be completed before June next year. The works […]