Each district hospital to have a permanent flu clinic

The MoH has set up 54 walk-in flu clinics beginning March last year The Ministry of Health (MoH) is constructing a permanent flu clinic at the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) ground in Thimphu by using prefabricated materials. The construction of the flu clinic has already started after it was approved by the NC19TF. The total […]

Fiscal deficit drops to 7.08% in the 4th quarter

The improvement in the fiscal deficit is also due to the increase in the resources under the budgetary grants Bhutan’s fiscal deficit dropped from 7.36% to 7.08% at the end of the fourth quarter mainly due to the withdrawal of grants. This is according to what was discussed during the Mid-Year Budget Review Exercise. According […]

Waste becoming an issue at Zomlingthang

Set amidst tall pine trees and a grassy area, with the mighty PhoChhu next to it, Zomlingthang in Punakha is reputed for camping or gathering for a picnic with family and friends. After the Covid-19 pandemic, people have been prevented from gathering or even camping at Zomlingthang.However, with the recent relaxation by the government, the […]

The hotel industry’s future remains at stake: HRAB Chairman

The Chairman of the Hotels and Restaurant Association of Bhutan (HRAB), Sonam Wangchuk, talks to Business Bhutan reporter Dechen Dolkar about the state of hotels in Bhutan amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges confronted by them. Sonam Wangchuk is the proprietor of Tiger Nest Camp. He also served as the HRAB’s vice chairman for […]

Schools in Phuentsholing resume with strict protocols

Classes VII and VIII students have returned to the schools to resume their regular classes The disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic affected people from all walks of lives, with many claiming complete loss of livelihood overnight. It did not even spare schools and associated learning institutions across the country, especially the students in Phuentsholing, […]

Trashigang hospital gets four specialists but lacks infrastructure and manpower

The arrival of four specialists in Trashigang hospital has come as a huge relief for the people of the six eastern dzongkhags, who otherwise had to travel all the way to the capital city for advanced medical treatments.    One gynecologist, pediatrician, surgeon and a medical specialist have joined the district hospital to fulfill the increasing […]

All set for 2023 elections: PDP

The party will make eight replacements as some of the candidates cannot participate in the next election due to age, some under health ground and some due to personal reasons The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which is one of the oldest political parties in the country with experience both as the government and the opposition […]

Time to act!

Time and again we hear stories of atrocities against women and children. The findings of a compilation of cases of rape in the country between 2009 and 2020 by the National Commission for Women and Children are, therefore, unfortunate and startling. From about 530 cases of rape, 70% are rape of children, and about four […]

Nu 5.4bn trade deficit in second quarter of 2021

The balance of trade with India alone accounts for around Nu 2.6bn Amid growing imports, electricity is the only rescuer to narrow the country’s trade deficit. Reports of this year’s two quarterly trade statistics reveal that the country imported goods worth more than Nu 38bn against an export of Nu 15bn, leaving a trade deficit […]

GoI releases Nu 3.72bn for Development Projects of Bhutan

The GoI has committed Nu 45bn for Bhutan’s 12th Five Year Plan Following the 3rd Bhutan-India Development Cooperation Talks for the 12th Five Year Plan, the Government of India (GoI) released an amount of Nu/Rs 3.72bn for various Development Projects of Bhutan on September 23. These Development Projects include the High Impact Community Development Projects […]