Schools record 77% increase in handwashing facilities during COVID-19 pandemic

Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, the number of handwashing tap-points in schools across the country has recorded an increase of 77%. Latest records from the Ministry of Education (MoE) show that from 9,654 handwashing tap points before the on-set of the pandemic in early 2020, the number has today increased to 17,071 tap points, […]

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National Credit Guarantee Scheme to 100% debt finance CSIs

Last week, the government launched the National Credit Guarantee Scheme (NCGS) to enhance access to financing as a counter cyclical policy measure during the COVID-19 pandemic situation. It will sustain investments by easing access to credit during the COVID-19 times. The government will guarantee a portion of the loans availed for establishing a viable business […]

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CFM closure affects vegetable vendors’ business badly

With the vegetable vendors at Centenary Farmers Market relocated to the two Multi-Level Parking Spaces (MLPS) in town, business has been grounded for the vendors. Not a single vendor can be seen in the MLPS premises. Ninety percent of the vendors are female and since the government asked them to move, keeping the stove burning […]

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PDP calls upon the government to reopen the CFM immediately

Maintaining that the closure of the Centenary Farmers’ Market (CFM) and its replacement in the Multi-Level Car Parking (MLCP) do not serve to fight the Covid-19 pandemic spread, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called upon the government to reopen the CFM immediately. The party, in its press release issued on Thursday, has also recommended […]

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Access to ECCD low though children who attend are more ready for school, says report

Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) has a positive impact on child outcomes with children who attended ECCD more ready for school than those who did not, according to an evaluation report released yesterday by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and UNICEF Bhutan. The report also found out that participation in ECCD has a positive […]

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Hydropower projects shaky due to exodus of Indian laborers

Even as the country’s economy reels from the after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the so-called highest revenue grosser, hydropower is on the verge of a crisis, with an exodus of Indian workers. The Punatsangchhu II project has seen overall expat strength drop from about 4,500 to 1,900. The actual situation is that there are less […]

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Teachers reach out to students staying in remote east

In the remote hamlet of Merak, east of Trashigang, a few students sit around an open space listening to their teachers attentively. They are engrossed in learning from the materials that the teachers have brought all the way. However, before the classes begin, parents of the students first welcome the teachers with lunch and tea. […]

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Their Majesties on Royal tours to southern Bhutan

His Majesty The King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo are both on Royal Tours to different parts of southern Bhutan to encourage the people and motivate them to remain resilient as we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  His Majesty The King arrived in Jomotshangkha from Samdrup Jongkhar, and stayed here on Thursday. […]

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Special prayer ceremony held for late Amir of Kuwait

His Majesty The King offered prayers and a thousand butter lamps for His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the Samdrup Jongkhar Rabdey Dratshang on Wednesday morning. His Majesty is on a tour of the east and south of Bhutan, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Gyaltshab, Prime Minister, and […]

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Embassy of India celebrates Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary

The Indian Embassy in Bhutan yesterday celebrated the grand finale of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the freedom fighter icon of India, with an art competition that aims to show the correlation between Gandhiji’s thoughts and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of September 2020. Rinchen Namgay, a fourth year student of […]

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