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Government slaps tax hike on non-essential imports

Tax hike on vehicles, fuel, alcohol, furniture, meat, electronics and textile proposed in Tax Bill As part of the fiscal measures to curb the Indian Rupee (INR) shortfall and enhance Bhutan’s balance of payments with India, the government has proposed to increase taxes on imports of non- essential items. Introducing …

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FM presents budget for 2012-13

 Coinciding with the final year of the current elected government, the national budget for financial year (FY) 2012-13 which is also the final budget of the 10th five year plan was presented by finance minister Wangdi Norbu to the National Assembly (NA) yesterday. The total projected budget is estimated to …

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ACC! Make a conclusion, says the Health Minister

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Annual Report presentation at the National Assembly (NA) took a detour as contents of the presentation became ready-arsenal for the Health Minister to dress-down the commission. “Punish the guilty and free the innocents. Now it’s high-time. With the beginning there should be an end,” the health …

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OL gets the heat

The Opposition Leader (OL) Tshering Tobgay has acknowledged, MPs had made personal attacks on the members of the opposition party during the National Assembly (NA) Q and A session yesterday. “We are however not swayed to respond to personal attacks, instead prefer to stick to the issues at hand,” said …

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Thromde’s solution hits the dumpster

Close to 200 truckloads of soil dumped into the Thimchhu between the sewerage plant and the disposal site of Greener Way at Babesa encroached almost 20 meters into the river, and has nearly altered the flow of the river. The National Environment Commission (NEC) recently issued a letter to Thimphu …

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OL’s question to PM cut-off by Speaker

The Opposition Leader who planned to ask five questions was cut-off by the Speaker when he was on the verge to start the questions directed toward the Prime Minister. Of the two questions it was advised by the Speaker Jigmi Tshultim that one did not qualify as per the rules. …

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An expressway to disaster

Of late the express way which connects urban Thimphu to its outskirts, has proved to be a gross misnomer of itself, and for the commuters cruising along its surface the drive is everything but a pleasant driving experience. The root of all tainted records for the 6.2 km stretch of …

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Bhutanese media lacks professional and technical capacity

Media houses’ priority number one is sustainability, nevertheless BMF, JAB and DoIM will work toward effective human resource development in media Lack of professional and technical capacity in Bhutanese media proved to be the key findings of the media baseline study which was launched during the media stakeholder meeting earlier …

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Land Bill 2012 gives ‘Kidu’ powers to Cabinet

Land officials say this is unconstitutional while MoAF officials say the cabinet introduced the highly controversial changes The Land Bill of Bhutan 2012 even before being introduced in the Parliament has already created much controversy. National Land Commission officers accused the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and the Cabinet of …

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Ninth session of Parliament begins yesterday

The Prime Minister Lyonchen Jigmi Y. Thinley who addressed the parliament in its inaugural ceremony spoke on various national issues like the Rupee crunch, Youth unemployment. The PM said one of His Majesty’s biggest concern, is youth unemployment and their quality of education, job opportunity. The PM thanked HM for …

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