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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Business at Taktsang base comes to a halt after COVID-19

The once bustling handicraft and fast food market at the base of Taktsang Monastery at Paro is seeing just a trickle of vendors and customers after the COVID-19 was confirmed in the past weeks. The businesses include vendors who sell walking sticks, handicraft products and jewelry. Fast food business had also been soaring in the […]

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Consignments halted at certain entry points due to COVID-19

Some of the consignments coming from third countries have been halted at certain entry points due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the world. Import and exportagents in the country expressed their concern that the consignments are being detained and causing demurrage at the airport and ship port. Managing director of Tamu Worldwide Shipping private […]

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Thimphu Thromde calls for uniform signboards

Thimphu Thromde Signage guidelines 2017 was endorsed by Thromde Tshogde (top decision-making body of Thimphu Thromde Office) in 2017 after which in 2018, almost all the printing shops within the city were sensitized about the new guidelines However, the regulations regarding signboards remain unimplemented to this day. Urban Planner from Thimphu Thromde, Kezang Dorji said, […]

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Parents’ negligence main cause of minors gone missing, say police

Thimphu police say parents’ negligence is one of the major reasons for missing of persons (MoP) especially minors. In the month of March two missing cases of minors were reported to police however, the children were found and during the investigation it was found that parents had neglected to take care of their children. On […]

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Bhutanese urged not to travel to countries with reported cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoAF) has urged all Bhutanese to refrain from travelling to countries that have reported cases of Coronavirus infection. However, in case of unavoidable travels, the ministry has advised travelers to ensure that all basic preventive measures are taken and that extreme caution is exercised. “Please also refer to information on […]

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Eco-friendly transport: the way forward for Bhutan?

Bhutan is a carbon-neutral country but it seems like the status quo would change due to accelerated economic activities and increasing number of vehicles which has led to a number of environmental issues such as increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other air pollutants. This could threaten Bhutan’s pledge of forever remaining carbon neutral […]

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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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