Poor drainage not a “serious” issue: Thimphu Thrompon

Every summer, the issue of poor drainage crops up in and around Thimphu with footpaths and roads overflowing with rain water mixed with excesses from sewerage and kitchen. However, according to Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee, the reason for the excessive flow of rainwater could be global warming. “If we extend the drains in which the […]

Govt. announces relaxation on COVID safety protocol

In a press briefing titled ‘Transition to a new normal-Phase 1’, slight relaxation for schools, colleges and businesses in the country that were imposed following the outbreak of COVID-19 case in the country was announced by Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering yesterday.  Talking to the local media in the afternoon, Lyonchhen announced the government’s decision […]

Faculty of Traditional Medicine conducts first batch of examination

The Faculty of Traditional Medicine under the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan conducted the examination for its first batch of 26 students on June 2. Talking with the Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs from the Faculty of Traditional Medicine, Drungtsho Tempa Gyaltshen said the exam will take place in three batches. The […]

Honey production drops due to erratic weather and mismanagement

Erratic rainfall and weather have severely affected the bloom of the buckwheat and fruit trees, the main food source for the honey bee population resulting in a decline in honey production in most of the Dzongkhags. While the price of honey in the market is soaring, the exporters made deals months ago, based on lower […]

NA rejects NC’s recommendations

The National Assembly (NA) rejected most of the recommendations made by the National Council (NC) on the Financial Budget 2020-21. NA re-deliberated on the amendments and seven general recommendations received from NC on the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for the FY 2019-20 and Budget Appropriation Bill for the FY 2020-21 on Tuesday. The NA rejected […]

COVID-19 patients monitored even after recovery

COVID-19 positive patients are monitored even after they recover and are released  from de-isolation. They are monitored up to a week from release. The COVID19 strategy update from World Health Organization (WHO) states that countries must do everything they can to stop cases from becoming clusters and clusters from becoming explosive outbreaks. “They must put […]

Mine or Mire?

The recent discussion in parliament to hand over gypsum mining to the State Mining Corporation has literally whisked up some serious dust and discussion. The question here is why should the mines be nationalized without a proper, even maybe, right rationale? What is the reason behind? We know that mining is one area in which […]

BoB makes profit of over Nu 1.25bn in 2019

Bank of Bhutan (BoB) made a net profit after tax (PAT) of over Nu 1.25bn last year. The bank’s profit has been increasing over the year. In 2017, they made net profit of Nu 790mn and in 2018 they made profit of Nu 1.04bn. According to the annual report 2019 of BoB, there is an […]

47 unnatural deaths this year

The numbers of suicide and unnatural cases are on the rise.  According to records held by the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP), this year there were 12 unnatural deaths in the country and 35 suicide cases. This year, Sarpang dzongkhag recorded the highest number of suicide cases in the country with 9 (5 female and 4 […]

Referrals pending due to India lockdown

So far, six patients who have been referred to India are pending since the lockdown of India in March this year. According to the Medical Superintendent, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH), Dr Gosar Pema, the patients needed to be referred to India since they required major operations and they could not be treated […]