The bane called ban!

Bans have become synonymous with jokes in Bhutan. Starting with the plastic ban decades ago and now to the tobacco ban to the casual dress ban, everything that was in constant use and even considered almost a necessity but had supposed or real disadvantages have been banned at least in principle. In reality, the plastic […]

Truck owners disappointed with increased loading capacity

They say increase in 3MT would make no difference The revision of the loading capacity or the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of a 10-wheeler truck from 25MT to 28MT by the government has not gone down well with truck owners in the border town of Phuentsholing. Meanwhile, information and communications minister Karma Donnen Wangdi informed […]

Online lottery to start from October

After testing paper lotteries, Bhutan Lottery Limited will be venturing into online lottery. Two i-lotteries and a terminal based lottery are expected to hit the market by October this year. BLL officials are working to launch the product after completing software development which will be outsourced to a private firm through open tender soon. Bingo […]

Cardamom dream turns ashes

Cardamom was once the main cash crop for farmers in the southern belt. Saplings were brought all the way from the Indian plains of Assam as farmers invested in the crop that had lucrative yields. Those days a kilogram of cardamom could fetch up to Nu 2,000. Consequently, living standards improved in the villages and […]

Nationalizing the mining sector?

The debate is ongoing with the Mines and Minerals Bill deferred to the winter session of Parliament Parliamentarians were divided on the nationalization of the mining sector spelt out in the Mines and Minerals Bill 2019, which has been deferred to the winter session of the parliament. Minister for economic affairs Loknath Sharma introduced the […]

Removal of 5% voucher tax to be discussed in 3rd session of Parliament

The removal of 5% voucher tax will be discussed only in the third session of the parliament. Finance minister Namgay Tshering said all the tax reforms and fiscal policy reforms will be presented in the third session. The Member of Parliament (MP) from Nganglam constituency, Choida Jamtsho, questioned the finance minister on the government’s pledge […]