Bhutan: Total: 1,286 | Active: 130 | Recovered: 1,155 | Death: 1 | Global Covid-19 Cases Confirmed cases: 159,338,956 | Recovered: 94,181,644 | Deaths: 3,313,012

His Majesty enters 7-day quarantine after southern tour

After spending almost a month in the south, His Majesty The King returned to Thimphu yesterday and entered the seven-day facility quarantine. His Majesty The King visited the southern Dzongkhags to oversee the containment measures during lockdown in the high risk areas. 

Review shows heavy alcohol tax likely to curb consumption 

More than 767 Bhutanese lost their lives to alcohol liver disease (ALD) in the past six years as per data with the health ministry. 

According to the latest annual health bulletin 2020, 139 people died due to ALD in 2019, which was the highest cause of mortality in the country than any other form of diseases combined. 

Second mass-testing in Samdrupjongkhar

The Samdrupjongkhar town had begun the second mass Covid-19 testing in the town until the Pinchina checkpoint to confidently relax the lockdown yesterday.

Man sentenced for fraudulent cheque writing

Thimphu dzongkhag court’s criminal bench II earlier this month sentenced a 43-year-old man to five years in prison for fraudulent cheque writing. 

The man from Sarpang was arrested after police found out that he had signed the fraudulent BoB cheque of Nu 4.3 million (M) and handed it to a relative. 

Permanent bridge over Marachhu to benefit villagers

With a permanent bridge constructed over Marachhu in Athang, Wangduephodrang, people of Lopokha-Phaktakha and Lomtshokha chiwogs will no longer have to rely on log bridges to cross the river.

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May 18, 2021

A fire razed a unit of a 48-bedded girls’ hostel in Mongar high school yesterday. The incident occurred at around 6.25am engulfing almost all belongings including books and bedding. The affected students received school uniform and other clothing items as semso soelrey from His Majesty The King. Police, desuup, and volunteers salvaged belongings from the other three units of the hostel. All 198 girls staying in four units of the hostel were relocated to the multipurpose hall and dining hall. 

May 14, 2021

 

Dumped: Residents have been dropping garbage on the road below Kelki High School making it difficult for workers to segregate and clear them

May 13, 2021

The Zhung Dratshang (Central Monastic Body) moved to Thimphu, their summer residence from Punakha yesterday. Given the Covid-19 restrictions, residents were discouraged from gathering along the road to receive blessing from the relics. 

May 13, 2021

A five-day Lay-Nga (five eliminative therapy) and acupuncture health camp treated over 600 patients in Tsirang as of yesterday. Two drungtshos and six clinicians with health workers at Traditional Medicine Unit in Tsirang are treating patients for migraine, arthritis, neurological disorders, gout and lower back pain. The camp ends tomorrow.  

May 12, 2021

A fire at Sangaygang yesterday destroyed around three acres of forest. It was contained within an hour at around 5:30pm by armed forces personnel, desuups, foresters, and volunteers. Officials said two boys while playing started the fire. 

May 11, 2021

 Sewage pipe burst: The road below the Centenary Farmers Market parking has been overflowing with sewage since yesterday morning.  

May 10, 2021

More than 1,560 patients were treated with traditional medicine during a five-day acupuncture campaign organised by the Department of Traditional Medicine in Gyalpoizhing Hospital from May 3 to 7. 

Drungtshos from Thimphu and Gyalpoizhing treated patients with migraine, neurological disorder, arthritis and gout, lower back pain, and shoulder pain.

Sports

Karma to compete in Tokyo Olympics

An archer, Karma, has now secured the minimum qualifying score (MQS) to represent Bhutan in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in July as a full-fledged participant.  

Business

Boulder export from P’ling still on halt

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Export of boulders from Phuentsholing has not resumed after it was stopped on April 17, following the third lockdown in the town.