No reason for people to panic and worry –PM

The 59-year-old partner of the American tourist, the first patient of COVID-19 case in the country, tested positive yesterday morning, but Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering maintained that there is no reason for people to panic and worry. “There is no risk for the people since the patient was under quarantine for 14 days. There […]

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Volunteer teachers form group to help during COVID-19

Around 2,770 volunteer teachers from schools in Paro, Punakha, Phuentsholing, Thimphu, Wangduephodrang and other parts of Bhutan have formed a group called Teachers of Bhutan Volunteers (VTOB) to offer services to the king, country and the people amidst the pandemic scare. The first online coordination meeting was held with more than 1,200 teachers on March […]

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Schools grapple for solutions to complete syllabus

With the corona-virus confirmed in the country, schools and institutes have been closed for two weeks in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, and Phuntsholing. Education minister Jai Bir Rai said that although the department of school and education is already working on the plans, currently the ministry of education have not come up with measures to make […]

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Supply of essential commodities from India will continue: PM

There will be continuous supply of groceries, fuel and medicines from India, announced Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering at a press conference on Thursday. The government has talked with the India government regarding these issues and the Government of India has agreed to supply or continue trade between the two countries, he said. Lyonchhen said […]

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Tourism industry suffers loss of US$ 2.2mn due to COVID-19

Since the suspension of tourists entering the country following the detection of the first COVID-19 case in the country last week, the government had to forgo a revenue of US$ 2.2mn. Expectedly, the most impacted in the service sectors are the hoteliers, restaurants, guides, drivers, travel agents, aviation and other service providers. During the press […]

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Govt. plans to fast track processing of PSL projects

The government is working on initiating internet facilities for those availing support with their proposal from the Priority Sector Lending (PSL) scheme. This is believed will enhance or fast track processing of the project proposals. During the question and answer session of the National Assembly on Friday, Member of Parliament (MP) from Khar-Yurung constituency Tshering […]

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Multiple strategies in place to tackle youth unemployment

During the Q & A session in National Assembly yesterday, the issue of youth unemployment was deliberated. Bartsham-Shongphu MP Passang Dorji said that there are a huge number of youths unemployed in Bhutan. According to the statistics, 15% of youths are unemployed and 64% of those who pursued higher studies were unemployed. “Last year, there […]

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