Allowance for mother and child healthcare to be given from February

The government will implement accelerating mother and child healthcare-1000 golden day plus allowance by February this year, according to the health minister, Dechen Wangmo. Recently the cabinet approved Nu 1.8bn to accelerate mother and child healthcare allowance for next five years. The program earlier was called maternity allowance and breastfeeding allowance. Now it has been […]

Regional tourists to pay SDF of US$ 16.25 per person

To tackle down the issue of regional tourists, the government has proposed to levy a daily sustainable development fee (SDF) of US$ 16.25 per regional tourist visiting Bhutan. Finance minister Namgay Tshering introduced the bill at the National Assembly on Thursday to amend the tourism levy Act of Bhutan, 2018. Regional leisure tourists will be […]

Govt. holds Public-Private Dialogue on GST

Following the government’s announcement to introduce Goods and Services Tax (GST) at 7% in the National Assembly, a Public-Private Dialogue on GST was held at the office of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) yesterday afternoon. The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, parliamentarians, government officials and stakeholders from the […]

Govt. to come up with common center for industrial park applicants

To ease the approval procedures for applicants who want to set up industries at the four industrial estates, the government is looking into having a common center, Prime minister Dr Lotay Tshering said, meeting with 45 applicants along with the officials from Department of Industry on Monday. Lyonchhen said this center will help applicants get […]

NC defers decision on removal of unnatural sex clause

The National Assembly had favored doing away with the discriminatory sections of the penal code last June giving hope to the LGBTIQ community, but the deliberation yesterday in the National Council (NC) yielded a different result. Section 213 & 214 of Penal Code (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2019 in NC saw differing opinions among the […]

Students trained on entrepreneurship

Financial Institutions Training Institute (FITI) conducted a winter training program for students at Thimphu from January 6 to 17 to equip them with entrepreneurship skills. The training included 24 students aged between 13 to 16 years from different schools. The participants were selected based on writing skills or business ideas through a social website. They […]

15 specialists from Bangladesh to arrive by mid-February

Fifteen specialists from Bangladesh are expected to arrive in the country by mid-February this year. This will address the shortage of medical specialists in the country. Health minister Dechen Wangmo told Business Bhutan that with the current health facility and services there is a shortage of around 60% specialists in the country. However, with the […]