NEWS

‘We have come back to where we were before COVID-19 :’ JDWNRH MS

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) has received a maximum number of self-referred cases (coming by themselves from other Dzongkhags), and very few referred cases in the last six months. Last year, 431 patients were referred from the 20 dzongkhags. Currently, JDWNRH receives about 30 to 50 patients admitted …

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Three men convicted in connection to crossing the border

Thimphu Dzongkhag Court on 23 July convicted 51-year-old Sangay Lhendup to 4 years in prison. On 2 July, the convict sneaked across the border and travelled to his home in Kabisa, Thimphu after coming from Nepal, to escape the mandatory quarantine protocol. As per the police, the convict had tried …

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Gups not looking forward to plans of gewog merger

The Department of Local Governance (DLG) has submitted a proposal on rationalizing of gewogs in the country. The proposal has five gewog merger options which the government can choose from. The Cabinet will decide and submit its choice to the Parliament for discussions and endorsement. Local leaders stated that they …

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OAG received 105 COVID-19 related cases so far

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has received 335 cases so far this year, including 105 COVID-19 related cases. Phuentsholing, Samtse, Sarpang and Gelaphu have the maximum COVID-19 related cases. Within the three months’ time, Samtse has contributed 42 COVID-19 related cases, which is the highest, followed by Sarpang …

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Government to bolster Phase 2 of ECP with long-term plans

The Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering informed the government and the executives on the Phase 2 of the Economic Contingency Plan (ECP). Phase 1 of ECP consisted of projects for construction sector, agriculture and tourism.  The projects are to be taken into Phase 2 with a slightly different model and …

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Govt spends Nu 75 mn to reopen schools

The money has been spent on repairing toilets and hostels, installation of 40 to 50 water taps in each school to prevent the crowding, installation of safe drinking water and construction of water sources. There are 609 schools in the country. The government is yet to purchase hand sanitizers, temperature …

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Challenges for Bhutanese in the Middle East

Bhutan has had 76 confirmed cases COVID-19 so far. There is also a good recovery rate with 38 patients who have re covered thus far. 90 percent of the patients are those who returned home from the Middle East. As of now, the government has arranged 29 special flights (including …

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7 pm rule so far: Violators but no license seized

According to the Officer Commanding (OC) of Thimphu Police Station, Major Gyembo Penjor, several bar owners, snooker halls owners and shop keepers that have not adhered to the 7 pm shop closure rule were let off with warnings. The police have not seized any trade license. He said that the …

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Excess vegetables to be exported through E-auction

Agriculture Minister Yeshey Penjore said that the government plans on exporting the excess vegetables that cannot be sold in the country. The Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCBL) has been notified to buyback the vegetables from the farmers. “We have 24 items of vegetables which are produced in bigger quantity. And …

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