MP’s help themselves to a generous entitlement pie

With the twenty five ‘yes’ votes and “11” no votes the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday passed the Parliamentary Entitlement Bill 2014 that will make MPs a lot more prosperous with additional hikes and perks. The bill will only be finalized upon the recommendations from the National Council (NC) which is only a formality as the NC’s resolution More...

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By tb admin On Friday, June 6th, 2014
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Vehicle import to be allowed but with heavy taxes and additional fuel tax

Also small rural businesses to be exempt from BIT and fixed deposit earnings to be no longer charged with PIT For those itching to buy a new vehicle, they may jump for joy as the government will allow import of More...

By tb admin On Friday, June 6th, 2014
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PM confirms Modi’s visit calling it historic

The upcoming visit of the newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bhutan will be a historic visit said Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay during a press conference yesterday. The Indian Prime Minister will More...

By tb admin On Friday, June 6th, 2014
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DHI to review pay structure while MoF corporations hope for a hike

In what has almost become a time honoured tradition, a civil service pay hike is usually followed by a pay hike by Druk Holdings and Investment (DHI) companies and Ministry of Finance owned (MoF) corporations. The More...

By tb admin On Friday, June 6th, 2014
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A close look at the govt’s plans to spend Nu 37 bn in the 2014-2015 budget

The government’s 2014-2015 budget will see the government spending Nu 37.09 bn of which the current expenditure (salary, fuel, stationery etc) will be Nu 21.89 bn and the capital expenditure (construction of roads, More...

By tb admin On Friday, May 30th, 2014
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Combined pay hike and house rent allowance comes to around 25% total hike for most civil servants

And not 40% plus hike as most people had calculated Understanding the pay hike rates in the government’s complicated final Pay Revision report, approved by the Cabinet, did not come easy to many of us. The confusion More...

By The Bhutanese On Friday, May 30th, 2014
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Generous pay hike for ministers and others

The government’s final pay revision report recommended hiking the salary of the Prime Minister from the existing Nu 78,000 to around Nu 180,000 while for the ministers the hike recommended was from the existing More...

By tb admin On Friday, May 30th, 2014
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NC resolves to withdraw the RTI Bill

The National Council (NC) decided that it cannot deliberate on the RTI Bill in the 13th session and voted unanimously asking the NA to withdraw the Bill from this session of NC. The NC while saying that they supported More...

By tb admin On Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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Are Bhutan’s powerful Secretaries running a parallel government?

A recent cold war between the National Council (NC) and the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) over a procedure established by the CoS, that has put the RTI Bill in danger, raises questions on the degree of control More...

By Tanden Zangmo On Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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New sighting of Lapland Bunting Bird species

The official number of bird species recorded in Bhutan will reach a high of 691 after the sighting of a new species, Lapland Bunting on 21 February this year by the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS) under the More...