The volunteers who are risking it all

Even as the first Bhutanese COVID positive case at the border was confirmed recently,frontline responders along the sealed border region are working tirelessly, braving the elements and wildlife and dangers to their own life, to ensure that untoward cases of smuggling and loitering are prevented along with the virus. The frontline workers are volunteers from […]

Construction workers from India want to return home

Over 100 Indian laborers have secretly escaped from the open borders of Samdrup Jongkhar since the Indian government imposed nationwide lockdown two months ago, while 33 laborers from Buxa district in Assam, India were repatriated by the local authorities following the due process. Their exit was facilitated by the immigration, police and labor department in […]

Taktsang Trail being refurbished

The Taktsang trail which has been disturbed due to heavy rainfall is seeing a refurbishment under the Committee of Tourism Associations (CTA), in collaboration with the Tourism Council of Bhutan. The government is helping with the funds. There are some 60 tour guides, drivers and trekking cooks who are working to improve the iconic trail […]

Bhutanese newsroom scenario amid pandemic-so far, so good

As the country sees layoffs and their gradual absorption in alternative sectors, so far, there has been no news of media houses relieving their staff. Indeed, journalists seem to be relatively unaffected by the pandemic except in their modus operandi of obtaining information and social distancing at work. Executive Director of Journalist Association of Bhutan […]

COVID-19 patient recovery and treatment

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is similar to other infectious diseases that do not have definite treatment and would remain endemic, shared Clinical Microbiologist at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital and Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19, Dr Tshokey. However, he said the body tries to fight the infection and because of the body immunity and […]

Govt. to observe fiscal prudence to meet the recurrent expenditure

While the government has sufficient budget for capital expenditure, there is a concern regarding the recurrent expenditure as the government has proposed major changes in the Financial Year (FY) 2020-2021 annual budget since revenue generating sectors are being affected by the pandemic. During the meet the press session on Friday, finance minister Namgay Tshering said […]

Education-in-emergency curriculum ready for implementation

The Royal Education Council (REC) has developed a prioritized curriculum for education in emergency-II which will be assessed before implementation in June 2020. The curriculum was developed after the current e-learning programs were not found as satisfactory or result-oriented as expected. Education Minister Jai Bir Rai said that with this program, prioritized curriculum shall be […]