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 […]