Ban on plastic bags: will it work this time?

The National Environment Commission (NEC) has resuscitated the 20-year-old ban on plastic carry bags. Come April 1, any business establishment found selling or using plastic bags would be fined Nu 500 in the first instant, with double the penalty in the second. The third offence could result in the cancellation of the business license. The […]

Vehicle quota for each household to be reviewed – PM

Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering maintained that vehicle quota for each household that the ruling party pledged during the general election campaign will be reviewed at the Friday Meet session yesterday. “The pledge is still on and if it benefits people, then we will come up,” said Lyonchhen. However, the Prime Minister said it would […]

BBS penalized for breaching journalist code of conduct in BBS-BICMA case

BBS has made a submission of appeal to the High Court The Civil Bench of Thimphu District Court ordered Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) to pay a penalty of Nu 45,000 to Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) for breaching the journalist code of conduct on January 28. The case pertains to BBS-BICMA row over a […]

Govt. to spread tourism benefits to bridge gap in regional development

While the western region of the country is developing at a dizzying pace, many dzongkhags in east and south have fallen behind. And it appears that it would take some effort to bridge the yawning development gap. Speaking to Business Bhutan, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said: “There is no clear solution for balanced regional […]

High performing private schools reject govt.’s proposal

Of the 21 registered private schools in Bhutan, 15 private schools have agreed to enroll students who scored less that 59.4% with a set amount of Nu 30,000 for day scholars and Nu 50,000 for boarders. However, high performing schools such as Ugyen Academy, Jamphel Higher Secondary School and Karma Academy to name a few […]

Flared skirts & patterned slings: Creating a niche in fashion

Tashi Zangmo popularly known as Wangpe Tashi is a 30 year old fashion designer creating waves in the Bhutanese fashion industry. A young, upcoming fashion designer in the country, her eyes are set on redefining popular female fashion. Known for her unique designs among the youngsters, Tashi is a mother of one and her love […]

Plastic ban is back

Plastic ban to be reinforced with use of alternative bags The ban on plastic bags, which will be enforced from April 1, will also see the introduction of alternative bags such as jute and other biodegradable bags, according to an official from the National Environment Commission (NEC). The plastic ban comes after the first one […]

Phuentsholing Thromde finds it challenging to implement pedestrian way

The Thrompon urges people have to understand the policies and cooperate in developing the Throm and decongest the town While it has been a little more than a week after the Phuentsholing Thromde removed light vehicle parking along three streets in the town, drivers are yet to heed to the new rule. Vehicles are still […]

Phuentsholing – from a small border town to a business hub

The Thrompon says that Phuentsholing one day will be the next Singapore Though not to perfection, but the border town of Phuentsholing has witnessed and undergone drastic development as compared to a decade or two. It’s likely to be a new town for those who haven’t been to Phuentsholing for long. Concrete buildings across the […]

DHI to finance entire recurrent expenditure by 2030

From 2008 to 2017, DHI and Group covered 50.30% of the total recurrent expenditures The government’s investment arm, Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), has set an ambitious target to fund the entire recurrent expenditure of the government projected at Nu 68.77bn by 2030. This is one of DHI’s 10-year plan, according to its publication ‘Into […]