Tshering Ngedup Thobchog

BPC working to prevent a bill shock

During the first and second lockdowns, the Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) sparked up some controversies and anger from the public by following an average bill reading for the past three months, instead of the actual bill reading. There are doubts still looming whether the history will be repeated again, in …

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Shortage of quarantine facilities comes up

During the virtual press conference hosted by the PMO, the issue regarding the shortage of quarantine and isolation facilities was raised. The same issue was raised by the Health Minister the previous day, stating that some first contact cases are in home quarantine due to shortage of quarantine facilities in …

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Prices of some items see marked increase amidst the lockdown

With the possibility of the lockdown getting extended, especially in the red and yellow marked dzongkhags, almost all residents are stocking up on grocery items and vegetables. Most shops in Thimphu have enough commodities to last for about a week before they have to be re-stocked. Vegetables, and essential grocery …

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2 charged for fraudulent INR remittance to India

On December 15 2021 the High Court convicted Pramod Kumar Shah and Kinley Penjor to 3-years concurrent imprisonment term each. The court has ordered two sureties of Pramod, to bring him back to the country within 10 days or pay Thrim-thue in lieu of his 3 years imprisonment term. The …

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Bear sentiments dominate the stock market

The Bhutan Stock Index (BSI) in 2021, slowly picked up from 936.17 points on 1 January 2021 to its peak of 1038.84 in 27 September 2021 to a gradual decline of 992.48 points as of 6 January 2022. The last few months has seen a sell off in the BSI …

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How COVID-19 affected the economy in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the resilience and tenacity of the country by pushing it to its very limits, which has enabled us to access how prepared Bhutan is in tackling such a situation, without triggering dire repercussions. Bhutan’s economy has been adversely affected by the pandemic, and the subsequent …

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New assessment criteria to continue says PM

Overwhelming numbers of students have been failing their exams recently much to dismay of many students and parents alike. This has been mainly attributed to ministry of education issuing new assessment criteria in June 2021 which mandated students from class IV to XII to obtain a minimum of 40 percent …

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