Abhinaya Chhetri

The standard operating procedure for SDF for regional tourists

A standard operating procedure (SOP) was released by the National Assembly for the payment of Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) by regional tourists. The rationale behind the SOP is to facilitate and guide the payment of SDF by regional tourists, define the roles and responsibilities of relevant stakeholders and to enhance …

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Mines and Mineral Bill of Bhutan 2020 adopted with big changes

The Parliament has adopted the Mines and Mineral Bill of Bhutan 2020 along with amendments made to the former Act on 30 January. Numerous deliberations towards the expedient need to reform the law on minerals and mines, in order to ensure inter-generational equity and sustainability of the mineral resources in …

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Mines and Minerals public shareholding increased to 49 %

The third reading of mines and minerals was held on 20th January bringing up views from the committee’s mining site visits, public consultations and public hearing conducted on the Bill. The House in the following days discussed on Chapter 5, 6 and 7 on Management of Mining Ax  ctivities, Rights and …

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Enhanced supplementary budget and pay discussed

The National Assembly on 17th January discussed the ‘Supplementary Budget Appropriation’ and ‘Pay Revision’ amendment bills of Bhutan for the financial year 2019-2020. An approved budget of Nu 64.826 bn was brought into consolidation for the 2019-20 Five Year plan up from the total expenditure of Nu 61.197 bn in …

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Tennis got its first Bronze in the South Asian Games

As the ‘Dragon Boys’ took the limelight with the first silver medal in Bhutanese football history during the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) in Nepal, the national tennis team too acquired a ‘first’ bronze medal in 30 years in team competition in Kathmandu. Tennis players Tandin Wangchuk, Nidup Gyeltshen and …

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How home-based products can take off

Entrepreneurs are mainly seen as the driving force to prosperity in a country’s economy.  During the first formal cottage and small industries (CSI) flagship meeting, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering  said effective implementation support for the start-up centers has to given. PM added that the start-up centers should have systematic …

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Addressing the digital divide

A question put forth on the monthly meet-the-press was regarding an earlier plan under the MoIC initiated by the government in 2010 called the ‘Hole in the Wall’ or also referred to as ‘Play and Learn’ and its condition. The program was aimed towards the rural area’s youth for basic …

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