Certain sectors being removed in Kidu relief phase II

Certain sectors are being phased out in the second phase of Druk Gyalpo’s Relief Kidu. These sectors include private technical and vocational institutes, including driving and tailoring institutes; all businesses now allowed to operate until 9pm; informal businesses and street vendors; sports centers – stadiums, gyms, yoga, dance studios, rubber tracks and facilities for traditional […]

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No huge difference in preventive strategy if COVID-19 is airborne: Health Minister

Whether the coronavirus (COVID-19) is transmitted through respiratory droplets or airborne, there would not be a huge difference in the preventive strategy, said Health Minister Dechen Wangmo. Earlier this week, the World Health Organization  (WHO) stated that the COVID-19 could be airborne indoors and could spread from one person to another after more than 200 […]

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General concern about COVID-19 extremely low

Volunteers say they are having a tough time enforcing the safety measures With the adoption of the new normal from July 1, the general public who had never been too bothered about safety measures has turned even more negligent about the rules.  Desuup Volunteer at Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL), Sonam Jamtsho said people scan […]

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Govt. announces relaxation on COVID safety protocol

In a press briefing titled ‘Transition to a new normal-Phase 1’, slight relaxation for schools, colleges and businesses in the country that were imposed following the outbreak of COVID-19 case in the country was announced by Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering yesterday.  Talking to the local media in the afternoon, Lyonchhen announced the government’s decision […]

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NA rejects NC’s recommendations

The National Assembly (NA) rejected most of the recommendations made by the National Council (NC) on the Financial Budget 2020-21. NA re-deliberated on the amendments and seven general recommendations received from NC on the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for the FY 2019-20 and Budget Appropriation Bill for the FY 2020-21 on Tuesday. The NA rejected […]

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Deferring LTC, not a desirable option: NC members

The National Council (NC) deliberated on the National Budget Report for the Financial Year 2020-21 which also included the Budget Appropriation for FY 2020-21 and the Supplementary Budget Appropriation for FY 2019-20. Deliberating on the report, some members raised concerns over the government’s budget policies of deferring Leave Travel Concession (LTC) and withholding transfer benefits […]

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Re-opening of schools to depend on contact intensity, number of contacts and class modification potential: health minister

Reopening of schools and other educational institutes would depend on contact intensity, number of contacts and class modification potential said Health Minister Dechen Wangmo during press-meet on June 3. However, she added that the government would decide on the re-opening, and health ministry can only recommend on the prevention, precautionary, and containment measures that are […]

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Bhutanese newsroom scenario amid pandemic-so far, so good

As the country sees layoffs and their gradual absorption in alternative sectors, so far, there has been no news of media houses relieving their staff. Indeed, journalists seem to be relatively unaffected by the pandemic except in their modus operandi of obtaining information and social distancing at work. Executive Director of Journalist Association of Bhutan […]

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Govt. to observe fiscal prudence to meet the recurrent expenditure

While the government has sufficient budget for capital expenditure, there is a concern regarding the recurrent expenditure as the government has proposed major changes in the Financial Year (FY) 2020-2021 annual budget since revenue generating sectors are being affected by the pandemic. During the meet the press session on Friday, finance minister Namgay Tshering said […]

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