No written instruction from SC: Sakteng Drangpon

Wamrong battery case – update While the local media on June 5 quoted Officiating Chief Justice of Bhutan (OCJB) Kuenley Tshering as saying that the Supreme Court (SC) had already directed the Sakteng Drangpon to handle the case, Sakteng Drangpon Tenzin Dorji told Business Bhutan that he was assigned to handle the Wamrong battery case […]

Entertainment industry in loss due to COVID

The entertainment industry in the country is suffering losses due to the COVID. Usually, all movie theaters used to be full house and packed but due to the pandemic, all the movie theaters and entertainment sectors are closed in the country to maintain social distancing. The hardest hit has been on the Film Association of […]

Government spends Nu 1.358bn for COVID-19

The government has provided a budget of Nu 1.358bn on priority basis for prevention, containment, treatment measures for coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and for stocking of essential food items, fuel, and other related activities to ensure public safety. The National Budget Financial Year 2020-21 report states that Nu 206mn was provided for procurement of personal protective […]

Public debt stands at Nu 193bn

The country’s total public debt stands at around Nu 192.9bn as of March 31this year; an increase of around Nu 10bn from Nu 182bn as of March 31, 2019. Finance Minister Namgay Tshering presented the budget report to the Parliament on Monday. Lyonpo said that for the Financial Year (FY) 2020-21 the debt to Gross […]

A line-of-duty nurse’s daily diary

How does a medical staff in isolation duty work? Sonam Gayley, 27, is one of the nurses at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) who has successfully completed his isolation duty for a period of 18 days. He is one of the many individuals who risk their lives to treat COVID-19 patients and subsequently […]

Paro dzongkhag implements facemask use

Paro dzongkhag has made it mandatory for people to use facemasks while going out. The Dzongkhag started implementing the rule last month when the government announced that people are encouraged to use facemasks. Paro Dzongda Tenzin Thinley said that the dzongkhag has encouraged people to wear mask as precautionary measure. A police official at Paro […]

A machine that produces “miracle water”

Bhutan Kangen Water is supposedly producing a “miracle” water that has many health benefits on the one drinking it by treating normal water with a machine called “Ionized Electrolysis Water-Kangen Machine.” They are now promoting Kangen water for free so as to gain a market for the machine which is priced between US$ 2,185 to […]

Re-opening of schools to depend on contact intensity, number of contacts and class modification potential: health minister

Reopening of schools and other educational institutes would depend on contact intensity, number of contacts and class modification potential said Health Minister Dechen Wangmo during press-meet on June 3. However, she added that the government would decide on the re-opening, and health ministry can only recommend on the prevention, precautionary, and containment measures that are […]

COVID19: Do your best

With 48 COVID positive cases confirmed in the country, we are facing a crisis of sorts. Though nine have recovered of which two have migrated, we have to admit that the spike in number of cases is worrying. If the recovered and released cases relapse as in other countries, there is the danger of community […]