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Is Green Tax a necessity for carbon-negative country?

… it is to ensure the status of carbon-negative of country Puran Gurung Coming into effect on June 20, 2012, the government started to levy a green tax on vehicle imports in addition to sales tax (ST) and customs duty (CD). Government decided to levy various percentage of green tax on motor vehicles and petroleum fuel to reduce vehicular emissions …

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More journalists to enter political arena

… journalism skills add value to performing parliamentary duties Puran Gurung With two senior journalists resigning possibly to contest elections, journalists are easily becoming a common sight in the political arena.  Journalists share close links with politicians and they represent political leaders in terms of their policies and political competence, and they have a good grasp of policies surrounding the country’s …

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Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa – anxiously waiting to be registered

… but every passage of time is worth it Puran Gurung Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa is yet to receive a green signal from the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) to formally get the status of a political party. The Party submitted its application for registration to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) on May 26, 2022. In the past, parties took …

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SDF of USD 200 paying tourists arrive

Puran Gurung Three tourists are arriving in the country paying the revised Sustainable Development Fee of USD 200. They will follow the revised tourism policy implemented in the country on June 20, 2022.  As per the new tourism policy, tourists will have to pay the revised SDF of USD 200, and also, hiring a tourist guide is mandatory.  Tourists arriving …

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Pseudo-drayang businesses booming

… Government is set to reverify such establishments Puran Gurung Drawing curtains on drayangs in the country has led to emergence of pseudo-drayang business, it looks like a bar and a discotheque put together. Instead of dancers, waitresses come around to sell and serve drinks and they also perform dances on the stage. They prefer wearing western outfits. Today, the …

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Curtains fall on Kholongchhu JV project

… KHEL faces shareholding, funding issues The 600-MegaWatt (MW) Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited (KHEL), the first-ever joint venture (JV) hydropower project in Bhutan formed between Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) and India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) was initially planning to develop 10,000 MW by 2020. After pumping more than Nu 4.5 billion in the project, the JV will no longer …

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DV cases worsens in Umling, Sarpang

… 30-year-old sister stabs her 33-year-old brother to protect herself Earlier on June 26, a 30-year-old sister stabbed her 33-year-old brother around midnight in Umling, Sarpang. Sources claim it was unintentional, and the 30-year-old sister took arms for self-defense. Local leaders said, there are about five to six households in Umling experiencing DV cases on daily basis. Domestic Violence cases …

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NA passes Tourism Levy Bill

The main focus of the Tourism Levy Bill (2020) is on the value, to redefine the existing tourism policy of ‘High Value, Low Impact’, said the government. Telling that the tourism industry must benefit all the Bhutanese people, and that the high value definition has become redundant, the government proposed to increase the Sustainable Development Fund of USD 65 to …

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