No quarantine required for travelers from Thimphu & Paro

However, they must undergo the RT-PCR test Though the quarantine requirement from Thimphu and Paro is being lifted, outbound travelers from Thimphu will be tested at different highway locations from February 1 to heighten surveillance, according to Prime Minister Dasho Dr Lotay Tshering during his address to the nation on Friday. Flu clinics will be […]

To take the jab or not?

With the COVID-19 vaccine roll out set to begin in March, ambiguity and doubts hang in the air. Though the Prime Minister has assured that he will take the first jab himself, the fact that the India-produced Covishield or Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine is mired in controversy ever since nine Indian health workers died one to five […]

Finance ministry to form task force for economic recovery

The GDP growth is projected to improve by 3.3% in 2021-22 in a ‘V’ shaped recovery The finance ministry will institute a National Economy Recovery Taskforce (NERT) to strategize economic recovery measures during and post COVID-19, said Finance Minister Namgay Tshering. The taskforce will have four technical committees; each representing real, fiscal, external and monetary […]

Renewable energy projects worth 71MW on the way: MoEA

The 11th session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA) Assembly which was held for four days from January 18 to 21 offered a significant platform for interested parties and governments to discuss the way forward for an effective and sustainable energy transition of the globe. Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma said that the meeting […]

3.3% GDP growth projected in next fiscal year

The outlay for the FY has been estimated at Nu 75,588.725mn Though the COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed the public healthcare system and impacted economic growth resulting in downgraded Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of -6.8%, it is projected that the economy will grow by 3.3% in FY2021-22, according to the finance ministry. The cabinet has endorsed […]

Crime rate in capital drops due to COVID

Before the pandemic and lockdowns, Thimphu police station used to record three to four cases a day and sometimes more The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the country’s economy, people’s health and livelihoods in adversely but one thing it should be credited with is reducing the crime rate in the capital drastically. The two newly established […]

Sculpting fate into favor

At first sight, Tshewang Dorji, 49, from Ramjar gewog in Trashiyangtse district does not appear to have any extraordinary skills. He comes from a peasant family. That is why it is pretty astonishing to note that this man is a Jinzop (sculptor) who has created countless figurines of various goddesses in the country as well […]

Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP

An experimental global index offers a new measurement of human progress that illustrates the challenge of tackling poverty and inequality while easing planetary pressure The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest crisis facing the world, but unless humans release their grip on nature, it won’t be the last, according to a new report by the United […]