Kinley Yonten

Consumers should get reduced import prices due to GST

Goods imported from India should be cheaper by zero to 28 percent in Bhutan according to initial government estimates because of the GST (goods and services tax) system that was rolled out in India from July this year. The prices of top ten commodities imported from India will fall by …

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Ten resolutions adopted during APA meeting


The two-day meeting of the Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in Thimphu concluded on September 1 collectively adopting 10 resolutions. The 10 resolutions cover a wide range of issues of mutual interest such as culture, information technology, health equity, migrant workers, corruption, …

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Bhutan to host 1st Asian Parliamentary Assembly

Parliamentarians from 20 member parliaments of the Asian Assembly will gather in Thimphu from August 31 – September 2 to attend the first Asian Parliamentary Assembly Standing Committee meeting on Social and Cultural Affairs. The Speaker of the National Assembly, Jigme Zangpo, who is also the Vice Chair of the …

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6 projects with Japan

The government of Bhutan proposed assistance for six new projects to the government of Japan on August 23 during the 12th annual consultation meeting in Thimphu. The projects are promotion of technology education and diffusion, gewog hiring services under farm mechanization program, improvement of machinery and equipment for maintenance of …

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An innovative business below Taktshang


It’s six in the morning and Ap Sonam is heading to the base of the Taktsang Monastery, one of the holiest Buddhists sites in the Himalayan region frequented by tourists. He carries a bunch of walking sticks on his back and a  bottle of water in his right hand. A …

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DNT sues govt on tax case

From Left to Right: DNT’s Party Manager Phurba , General Secretary Tenzin Lekphell and President Dr Tandin Dorji outside the high court

More than Nu 6 bn in Fiscal Incentives since 2010 may be at stake The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party has filed a case in the high court against the PDP government on tax alteration via Fiscal Incentives which it deems to be unconstitutional. The DNT said that after careful consideration …

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A TAP for drug offenders

With increasing drug offenders across the country the Treatment Assessment Panel (TAP) in Thimphu is overburdened resulting in delayed treatment. This is causing inconveniences to the RBP and to family members who have to escort the clients to Thimphu from other dzongkhags. To speed up treatment services the Bhutan Narcotic …

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A mobile gaming addiction taking Thimphu by storm


The room, though small, is light and airy. A writing table overlooks a square of lawn with flower borders. On the left side of the table, sharpened pencils have been placed on a past examination paper and other books are open. It is 5 am, everyone is sound asleep but …

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