Facemasks and hand sanitizers run out due to COVID-2019 scare

Thimphu city is running short of face masks and hand sanitizers even as panic breaks out among the residents with an American tourist detected with COVID-2019 yesterday.  People are worried about an outbreak and they are rushing to every medical shop. Due to a shortage of hand sanitizers, people are even using alcohol products like […]

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Housing units in T/Phu in surplus but highly unaffordable

The availability of housing unit stock in Thimphu appears to be in surplus when compared to the estimated households residing inside the municipality area, according to the performance audit report on urban planning and development in Thimphu Throm, 2019. However, the majority of the house unit stock belongs to the private sector and weak acceptance […]

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Comprehensive policy direction for micro-finance development needed

Micro-finance institutions (MFIs) in the country have no policy objectives although there are rules and regulations governing operations of institutions and no clear linkage between microcredit distribution and poverty incidences. According to the performance audit report of the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) on microfinancing findings pointed out there are only about 5% of total loans […]

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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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Govt. to implement National Competition Policy

To give equal opportunities to the private sector and State-Owned Enterprises (SOE), the government would implement a national competition policy, said the Economic Affairs Minister during the National Assembly session last week. This was in response to the question asked on the government’s strategies to prevent SOEs undermining the private sector by Member of Parliament […]

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More than 15 tourists cancel their trip because of corona virus scare

In the wake of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of the novel corona virus outbreak as a global health emergency, more than 15 tourists have cancelled their trip to Bhutan as of Friday. According to Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) those tourists are from China, Singapore and Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Australia. The tourists […]

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Poor budgeting affects country’s judicial system

Bhutan’s judiciary system has been affected by poor budgeting. This is according to the Annual Report 2019 of the Judiciary of Bhutan that was released this week. Given such constraints, the report states that the judiciary is not able to build adequate infrastructure across the country and develop its human resource capacity through provision of […]

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Allowance for mother and child healthcare to be given from February

The government will implement accelerating mother and child healthcare-1000 golden day plus allowance by February this year, according to the health minister, Dechen Wangmo. Recently the cabinet approved Nu 1.8bn to accelerate mother and child healthcare allowance for next five years. The program earlier was called maternity allowance and breastfeeding allowance. Now it has been […]

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NC defers decision on removal of unnatural sex clause

The National Assembly had favored doing away with the discriminatory sections of the penal code last June giving hope to the LGBTIQ community, but the deliberation yesterday in the National Council (NC) yielded a different result. Section 213 & 214 of Penal Code (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2019 in NC saw differing opinions among the […]

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