Farmers in Haa venture into large-scale vegetable production

Attempts are on to revive an old initiative to reach fresh vegetable produce directly to the consumers A community of marginal farmers in Sombaykha village, Haa Dzongkhag has ventured into commercial vegetable production to supplement their diet and earn extra income on the side. Encouraged by a thriving vegetable market, farmers in the five gewogs […]

Caretaker dies in lhakhang fire

The 84-year-old caretaker of a lhakhang in Punakha is reported to have died after the lhakhang caught fire earlier this week. The one-storied private Tongshonang Helu Lhakhang under Kabesa Gewog in Punakha was a 30-year-old monument. The deceased sustained burns on half of his body and was found lying at the entrance of the lhakhang. […]

Tax filing deadline extended by a month

Filing after the extended date shall attract late filing penalty of Nu 100 per day and 24% penal interest on tax payable In view of challenges faced by the taxpayers due to the Covid-19 situation, the Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC) has extended the due date for the submission of tax returns for Personal […]

Pandemic affects sale of extracted timber

Of the 2.6mn cubic feet (cft) of timber extracted in 2020, the Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) could not sell 1.5mn cft due to the pandemic, revealed data maintained with the NRDCL. “Timber being susceptible to damage caused by adverse weather conditions, quality gets affected if we delay the disposal,” said General Manager, Forest […]

Paddy cultivation area halves since 2016

According to the Land Act of Bhutan, 2007, wetland can be converted to other uses upon approval from the agriculture ministry Despite the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) targeting to increase rice self-sufficiency to 60% by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan from the current state at 34%, paddy cultivation area has […]

Public neglects Druk Trace app

The app was launched in April 2020 by the health ministry for contact tracing An office goer scans the Druk Trace QR (Quick Response) code after entering a taxi. It does not work. He pays the fare in town and walks away without writing his details in the logbook; he does not try to scan […]

Improving remittance flow

Bhutan received approximately Nu 11.7bn remittance in 2020 Remittance is a boon right now and it received its desired spot of respect in the economy when the country lost its dollar-earning capacity, said Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma. The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) reports that Bhutan received a total of US$ 159.24mn; approximately Nu 11.7bn […]

Matter of interpretation of the Public Finance Act: Finance Minister

FM responds after the Opposition accused that a legal lapse has occurred in the implementation of the NCGS In response to the letter that the Opposition Party submitted to Prime Minister Dasho Dr Lotay Tshering stating that the government had committed a serious legal lapse in the implementation of the National Credit Guarantee Scheme (NCGS) […]

The beginning of an end

This is something like the beginning of an end. The number of new COVID-19 cases reported worldwide fell by 16% last week to 2.7mn. The number of new deaths reported also fell 10% week-on-week to 81,000, according to WHO. Five of the six WHO regions of the world reported a double-digit percentage decline in new […]

Exorbitant electricity bills attributed to average billing system

The average billing was adopted predominantly for Thimphu and Paro The Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC) has clarified that the high electricity bills generated was because the billing was done based on the average consumption of the past three months. The BPC has been receiving numerous complaints regarding the electricity bills raised after the second […]