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MoEA suggests axing five percent sales tax, green tax on fuels

… if fuel price comes to a threshold rate, the taxes will be re-introduced To offset the soaring fuel prices in the country, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is suggesting the government to axe the five percent sales tax, and five percent green tax on fuels. However, this will have to undergo review at the parliament. The fuel price increased …

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BoB launches collateral-free loan for DSP De-Suups

Thousands of De-Suups will now have access to collateral-free loans for their start-ups, Bank of Bhutan has launched a loan scheme for skilled De-Suups. DSP Start-Up Loan is a cash flow based loan where no collateral is required. Instead of a collateral, a guarantee by another eligible De-Suup applying for the Start-Up loan will be required.  The loan ceiling is …

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Duo undergo trial for suspected trafficking

… 44 women were allegedly trafficked to the Middle East in 2018 and 2019 In the case involving alleged trafficking of 44 women to the Middle East, a duo in their late thirties, Dawa Dema and Karma Thinley from Trongsa is undergoing trial at Thimphu district court. They have allegedly trafficked women to countries in the Middle East, and India. …

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In a cordyceps poaching incident, one succumbs to bullet injury

In the scuffle between the illegal cordyceps collectors in Lunana and the patrolling team of the Royal Bhutan Army and forest officials, both the parties have been injured while a suspected poacher succumbed to bullet injury. In the latest report, one villager from Dangchu, Wangdue Phodrang succumbed to a bullet injury. According to the Department of Forests and Park Services …

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Sri Lanka agrees to grant concessions on visa fees

… No revision of stipends for APEMS students in Sri Lanka Students pursuing education in Sri Lanka, and the future students will not have to pay a visa of USD 270 for the entire study period, they will only have to pay one-time visa fee. The overall visa fee of USD 270 is also expected to come down. This was …

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Third Internet Gateway to cost below USD 5 per mbps

…The main catalyst for the third internet gateway is Bangladesh The price negotiation for third internet gateway of Bhutan has verbally come to an end, the government is waiting for counterparts to seal the deal soon on papers through proper channels. For the additional price to implement the third internet gateway, Bhutan requested International Long Distance (ILD) in India a …

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HC orders STCBL to pay its former CEO for unlawful dismissal compensation

In line to unlawful dismissal, High Court orders State Trading Corporation Limited (STCBL) to compensate a basic pay for six months, and retirement benefits to its former Chief Executive Officer. This is for harassment and victimization. High Court judgement points at three lapses during the investigation, violation of Civil and Criminal Procedure Code of Bhutan, Labour and Employment Act of …

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Tourism reopening expected this fall

… However, there are no concrete decisions yet Tourism industry in the country has been idle for the past two years, the government is expecting to reopen tourism this fall. Restarting tourism in the country will adopt a new reform package. The government is discussing to completely scrapping the mandatory quarantine in the country for inbound travelers and consequently opening …

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DTT, a party as old as democracy in Bhutan

… Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa to hold party convention on May 2 A new party in the political fray, Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa is as old as democracy in the country, there has been a grassroots movement, a candidate says. The party will hold a party convention on May 2 to adopt the party charter, and elect its president, vice president, and …

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Strengthening Indo-Bhutan ties

To strengthen the already existing close ties of friendship and cooperation between India and Bhutan, and following the long-established tradition of regular exchange of high-level visits between the two countries, Dr. S. Jaishankar visit to Bhutan is country’s first high-level official visit since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India was in the …

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