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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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Government outs Sung-jeon App from 12th FYP

With overwhelming priorities in the 12th Five-Year-Plan, the government is not in a position to implement one of its election pledges, the Sung-jeon App. Pointing reasons to pledge Sung-jeon App, the Layog Lyonpo Karma Dorji told the parliament that the Sung-jeon App was to benefit the whole country. Some of the reasons, Lyonpo said, it is for data security, and …

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DHI projects to earn foreign currency

… economic diversification to conserve foreign currency reserve which stands at USD 1157.408 M Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) is working on two to three major projects according to Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering. He said that the earnings from those projects are expected to generate foreign currency. The decrease in US Dollar (USD), the main convertible foreign currency reserve in …

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Adopt various aspects to assess leadership qualities

… parameters of leadership assessment are irrelevant and unfair The former Director General (DG) of Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority (BNCA), Sonam Dorji was managed out without a single audit memo three years earlier before his superannuation after working for more than three decades. He served four government autonomous agencies and held seven key positions until the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) …

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Bhutan to adopt Torts Law

Inspired by His Majesty the King’s vision of an accountable society based on the rule of law, a proposal for the adoption of torts law was discussed. For more than a year, the Legislative Community (LC) of the National Council has been carrying out review, research and stakeholder consultations. LC tabled the Civil Liability Bill in the 27th session of …

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Immigration officials come under ACC’s radar for misusing funds

For alleged embezzlement of more than Nu 3 million to Nu 5 million, three officials of the immigration office in Phuentsholing are undergoing Anti-Corruption Commission’s trial.  The three officials – an immigration officer, an inspector and an accountant are suspected to have embezzled funds that have been allocated for travel and daily allowances (TADA).  In the beginning, the case was …

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More than sixty students celebrate Yoga

In collaboration with Thimphu Thromde, the Embassy of India launched the celebrations of the 8 th International Day of Yoga with a Curtain Raiser event at the Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School, Thimphu on June 1, 2022. The first International Day of Yoga was observed around the world on June 21, 2015. The theme of the 8th International Day of Yoga …

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Animals redeem life at Barnyard Bhutan

… the sanctuary is home to 500 animals Some had the best start in their life but later they were dumped as they grew old and some abandoned animalshave never seen a happy day until rescued. At Barnyard Bhutan, life revolves around the abandoned pets – Sundown to Sunrise, and the mood at the sanctuary is always uplifting, hopeful, nurturing and …

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Existing restaurants to obtain restaurant license from G2C system

… License renewal and fee costs Nu 3,000 to Nu 15,000 Lifting the moratorium on bar license, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) directs all existing restaurants wishing to serve wine and liquor should transfer or obtain restaurant license from G2C system. A provision in the rules and regulations for operation of restaurant and retail wine and liquor business (2022) …

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Hotels upscale, undergo extensive reconstruction for tourism reopening

… team building peaking for the hotel industry With the possible reopening of the tourism industry in the country, hoteliers are readying their businesses by upscaling and renovating their properties.  The tourism industry closed after the pandemic hit the country in March 2020.  In line with the expected reopening of tourism in the country, hotels and other stakeholders of the …

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