Fiscal deficit for FY2020-21 increases to Nu 15.33bn

This is Nu 0.01bn more than the original estimate The fiscal deficit in absolute figures has increased to Nu 15.33bn from the original estimate of Nu 15.32bn due to incorporation of loan-funded activities. However, this impact on the net internal borrowing as equivalent amount was realized through external borrowing. The first quarter budget performance report […]

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Possible second lockdown to be ‘smart’ with stay-at-home orders in identified area

Lockdowns are not planned and it happens when something alarming takes place such as sudden outbreak or in masses, according to the health ministry. Currently, Bhutan has not seen local transmission of COVID-19 or new active cases in masses apart from those in quarantine centres though there is still a risk of an upsurge in […]

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Banks to issue RuPay cards for Bhutanese to use in India

With the introduction of the second phase of RuPay card in the country, Bhutanese travellers to India can withdraw INR and make payments with their RuPay cards in India. Indian travellers to Bhutan can withdraw Ngultrum at ATMs and make payments at points of sale as well. The RuPay card scheme is a cross-border payment […]

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Challenges beset journalists in parliamentary reporting

Journalists are faced with challenges when it comes reporting on parliamentary process and procedure. They rarely enjoy information and ideas on how to carry out parliamentary reporting. The media focuses on the Parliament only during the parliamentary sessions, most times remaining unaware of what happens in the Houses beyond the session. Tashi Dorji, a former […]

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Drone regulations rigid, stumbling block for creative industries

Since 2018 till date, civil aviation has fined 20 private individuals for flying drone illegally Tshering Denkar, the first Bhutanese solo travel blogger and a vlogger, was recently imposed a penalty of Nu 20,000 by the Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) for flying a drone. Along with her, a few other independent film makers were […]

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Way forward for media is to integrate traditional and new journalism, say professionals

With the media gasping for breath and trying to survive through COVID times, media professionals are of the opinion that journalists should synergize traditional and new media platforms so that media does not remain in the ancient ages, and would manage to at least perform its mandate. Traditional journalism refers to mainstream media journalism, where journalistic […]

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Health ministry confident about COVID-19 second wave preparedness

MoH has used Nu 1.2mn on COVID infrastructures so far and no separate budget has been allocated for the second wave Not much is known about the surge in COVID-19 cases during the winter but just in case, the government is preparing additional health infrastructure to fight against the pandemic in case there is a […]

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