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 […]

BNB’s profit plunges by 91% this year

Bhutan National Bank’s (BNB) profit in 2019 was around Nu 62mn. In 2018 the bank recorded profit of  around Nu 736mn. This is a drastic decrease of 91.5% in profit from last year. The Chief Executive officer of BNB, Sonam Tobgay said that the reason for the plunge in profit is high provision. Provision, a […]

Police investigates sexual assault of 24-year-old woman

After spending almost a week in the detention cell, a 22-year-old man was released on surety after he was alleged of sexually assaulting a 24-year old woman in the morning of March 3 in Olakha, Thimphu. The incident was believed to have happened at around 5 am. The act was reported to police by the […]

Thromde asks houseowners to paint their rooftops

Painting roofs using light color materials is meant to make the city cooler in summer and prevent extreme temperature with uniform roofs. Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said the thromde has notified the owners on the roof policy through media whereby the thromde has informed the building owners to paint their roofs.  Thrompon added that the […]

Bhutanese abroad coming home should consult the embassy concerned: PM

Bhutanese who are returning home should resort to the Bhutanese Embassy in the region and the country concerned, said Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering during a press meet on Thursday. Lyonchhen also said that the government has shared that if an individual is not able to contact the embassy, they should contact the concerned government […]

New dialysis unit eases pressure on JDWNRH dialysis center

A newly opened dialysis unit (the center does not want to be named) at Changzamtok is now helping patients in need of dialysis treatment. Currently, there are 146 patients registered at the unit with one doctor and 24 staff. An additional four machines have arrived and soon they are going to be in operation. At […]

CSI flagship program to create 2,000 jobs by 2023

The government has allocated Nu 1.2bn for the Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) flagship program in the flagship resources outlay for a year of which Nu 500mn is mobilized with a Nu 600mn resource gap. This was presented by the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) Secretariat to the Prime Minister last week. A GNHC official […]