Leveling the playing field?

The same old issue of teachers offering tuition to students has emerged once again with Education Minister Jai Bir Rai clarifying that the ministry will not allow teachers to provide private tuitions to students. Despite the policy guidelines in place since 2012 that prohibit tuition, we know that tuitions are happening, especially in urban areas. […]

Dagapela – Dalbari Road to complete by June this year

The much-awaited Dagapela-Dalbari secondary national highway in Dagana is likely to be behind schedule again by almost a year. The Project Coordinator, Pema Thinley said that around 20km of road is cut through a Bharange cliff which has hampered the work progress. The company has been provided deadline extension of the work.  “We have tried […]

Govt. to introduce GST at 7%

In order to overhaul the existing sales tax regime, the government has proposed to introduce Goods and Services Tax (GST) with a standard single rate of 7% in place of multiple rates under the existing sales tax regime during the third session of the third parliament on Thursday.   Finance Minister Namgay Tshering said the GST […]

Poor budgeting affects country’s judicial system

Bhutan’s judiciary system has been affected by poor budgeting. This is according to the Annual Report 2019 of the Judiciary of Bhutan that was released this week. Given such constraints, the report states that the judiciary is not able to build adequate infrastructure across the country and develop its human resource capacity through provision of […]

Native sheep population in Phobjikha halved

Despite the government’s effort to preserve the native sheep in Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang the number of sheep has halved compared to 2013. In 2013, there were 1,500 sheep reported in Phobjikha. Currently, the number has dropped to 700. The native sheep breed is Jakar Type and found only in Bumthang, Trongsa and Phobjikha. Feral dogs attacking […]

Physically challenged friendly footpaths being built in P/ling

Phuentsholing Thromde has now installed disabled friendly tactile paving which will enable easy movement for the physically challenged. Tactile paving (also called Tenji blocks, truncated domes, detectable warnings, tactile ground surface indicators, tactile walking surface indicators, or detectable warning surfaces) is a system of textured ground surface indicator found on footpaths, stairs and train station […]

PIT exemption ceiling to be to Nu 300,000 from Nu 200,000

The government has proposed to increase the Personal Income Tax (PIT) ceiling from Nu 200,000 to Nu 3000,000. Finance Minister Namgay Tshering presented the bill at the National Assembly to amend Income Tax Act 2001 and revised Taxes and levies Act 2016 on Thursday. Lyonpo said that the objective of amending the bill was to […]