Moral, ethical & legal question over MPs pocketing driver allowance

Something is not brewing right in the Member of Parliaments’ (MP) personal accounts. Excluding cabinet ministers, Prime Minister, Speaker, Council Chairperson and Opposition Leader, other fifty-eight MPs are entitled to Nu 6,000 every month as allowance for “employment of personal driver” but it appears that not a single MP has employed a driver so far […]

MPs pocket driver allowance without employing drivers

Parliamentarians claim Nu 6,000 allowance for personal driver every month. In five years, 58 MPs entitled to the allowance would altogether take a whopping Nu 20.88 mn. Parliamentarians are entitled to a monthly allowance of Nu 6,000 for employment of personal drivers but none of them have a driver on payroll. Yet this allowance is […]

Phobjikha homestay owners complain of unfair tourist distribution

There are around 30 homestays in Phobjikha and Gangtey – 13 in Phobjikha and 17 in Gangtey Many homestay owners in Phobjikha in Wangdue have allegedly accused the Royal Society for Protection of Nature’s (RSPN) base office in Phobjikha and the Gewog Mangmi (local government representative) for unfair distribution of tourists to homestays in Phobjikha. […]

A major push to promote Electric Vehicles

Loan equity for EVs increased to 50% and 23 quick EV charging stations to be installed between 2019-21 To promote low emission vehicles and Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the country, 23 quick EV charging stations will be installed over the course of three years. This is part of the Global Environmental Facility’s (GEF) three-year US$ […]

Works progress well for Phuentsholing township development project

The development works on the much awaited township project along the left bank of the Amochhu in Phuentsholing have begun. The Construction Development Company Limited’s Project Director, TsheringDrupchu, during the stakeholders meeting on January 24, said the works on zone A have begun in November by AFCONS Infrastructure Limited and have not seen disturbances so […]

BAFRA seizes over 10MT of banned vegetables

Over Nu 7mn has been collected in fines from smuggling of banned vegetables More than 10 metric tons (MT) of vegetables worth Nu 15mn were seized following the ban of green chili, cauliflower and beans in the country from 2016 till December 2018. Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) temporarily banned cauliflowers and beans […]

Taxi apps perform poorly

Three taxi apps were launched since 2017 Three online taxi booking and dispatching mobile apps were launched since 2017 with the attendant hype and marketing slogans – all promising to make taxi rides much simpler, easier and even cheaper. A year or two down the road, these mobile apps have failed to live up to […]

NEC, industries agree on collection of GHG emission

National Environment Commission (NEC) and the industries in Phuentsholing have now agreed to have a simplified method of collecting data on Green House Gas (GHG) emission from the latter last week. NEC consulted the industries last week to come up with a good system on data and information collection as mandated for NEC. The data […]

Bored? Disengage yourself for a while – Pulkit Sharma

When was the last time you experienced boredom? Was it a few days back, yesterday, today or now? How do you deal with feeling bored – do you sulk and let it be, seek refuge in any random activity, or do you find a constructive way of being with your own self? Many may consider […]

Students and parents call for re-investigation into ‘Learn and Earn’ program

The representative of the parents and students of the ‘Learn and Earn’ program in Japan has submitted an appeal letter to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to reinvestigate the case Monday. In a six page submission, it stated that though ACC has implicated the former Labor Minister and the Director General of the labor ministry for […]