The “white-jacketed” staff running the show apart from medics

The lab professionals are the ones churning out results for COVID-19 tests Across the world, every day people are applauding the brave healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses and doctors all over the world are doing a phenomenal job day in and day out, but the role of lab personnel can easily be […]

Debate on elected leaders’ resignation continues

The resignation of Opposition Leader (OL) Dr (Phd) Pema Gyamtsho has once again generated much discourse on whether elected leaders or representatives can be allowed to leave easily by tendering their resignation in absence of clear legislation. MPs have a history of abandoning their seats and the OL resigning is not a new trend. In […]

Auto-accident claims two lives, injures three

On July 29 at around 11:35pm, a Maruti car travelling towards Punakha from Paro veered off the road approximately 100m at Menchuna, about 17km away from Lobesa, killing two people and injuring three others. The two passengers were killed on the spot. There were four passengers including the driver, all male. The driver and two […]

Bebena agriculture garners good market

After working hard for more than two to three months, urban agricultural farming at Bebena has taken off successfully for laid-off individual workers.  Some of the groups have recorded a bumper sale of their vegetable products within their locality, among hoteliers, and other areas. The vegetable growers are pleased with the available market as they […]

Govt. likely to give incentives to catch stray dogs

With lack of community support faced by the livestock department officials to control stray dog population in urban areas, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that the challenge could be addressed by giving incentives to catch dogs during an update of flagship programs on Wednesday. Controlling stray dog population is one of the flagship programs, […]

Hydropower constructions challenge Bhutan’s forest cover goals?

Hydropower is a major economic sector and revenue generator for Bhutan. In fact, over the years, the country has made huge investments in mega hydropower projects along its river basins, which have had obvious tangible impacts on the environment and habitat of both wildlife and human settlements. According to a report ‘Drivers of Deforestation and […]

Nu 1.17bn approved for Digital Drukyul in FY 2020-21

Nine components under the Digital Drukyul flagship program are in full swing which make for 51.3% of financial progress with an approved budget of Nu 1.17bn in financial year (FY) 2020-21. The components include Integrated citizen services, E-Patient Information System, Digital School, E-Business, One Digital Identity, Government Initiated Network and ICT Capacity and Capability. According […]

Community ECCD centers decide not to open still

In line with the directives received from the office of the Prime Minister on the re-opening of private ECCD centers, the Ministry of Education announced that all private ECCD centers can re-open from July 15. It was also notified that the re-opening of the centers will depend entirely on the agreement between the proprietor and […]

Pregnancy during pandemic

A 30-year-old pregnant woman was worried about giving birth at the Thimphu referral hospital as COVID-19 patients were kept at the ward. She even planned to go to the Gelephu hospital for delivery but decided otherwise.  “As the country has not seen any community transmission so far, I decided to give birth in the national […]

Resolving the unemployment conundrum

Nearly, 30,000 Bhutanese are seeking jobs currently. After the pandemic hit Bhutan, 13,000 lost their jobs while 8,000 returned from overseas adding to the already existing unemployment pool of 8,000. More than 3,000 are still expected to return home due to the pandemic.  July alone saw more than 600 Bhutanese lose jobs. Bhutan’s overall unemployment […]