Bhutan: Total: 867 Active: 1 Recovered: 865 Death: 1 | Global Covid-19 Cases Confirmed cases: 113,001,425 | Recovered: 62,920,739 | Deaths: 2,507,623

First hearing for the criminal conspiracy case held

Thimphu dzongkhag court conducted the first preliminary hearing of the case involving top officials from the judiciary and the Royal Body Guards (RBG), this morning. 

BBP

No pay raise disappoints BBP employees  

The initial excitement of a huge raise faded quickly when Build Bhutan Project (BBP) employees collected their monthly wage a few days ago. 

Labour ministry on January 29 announced new wage rates for BBP employees which was to be rolled out from February.

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Record number of birds sighted at Babesa sewerage ponds

Many bird enthusiasts and conservationists were thrilled earlier this week to witness huge flocks of water-birds arrive at the sewerage ponds in Babesa, Thimphu. 

Orange export from S/jongkhar increase by 30 percent

Despite the pandemic, export of oranges from Samdrupjongkhar increased by 30 percent this year compared to the previous year, according to exporters.

Viral infection kills wild animals in Haa

Wild animals within the Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve (JKSNR) in Gakiling and Sangbaykha gewogs, Haa have succumbed to a suspected outbreak of the viral infection, capripox. 

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March 2, 2021

A Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) lorry veered off the road near Olakha in Thimphu yesterday. The accident took place around 7pm near the Lungtenphug helipad. According to eyewitnesses, the driver lost control of the vehicle due to a brake malfunction. Officials said that the driver was alone at the time of the accident and had escaped with minor injuries. 

March 2, 2021

The Director General of Medical Services, Dr Pandup Tshering, was appointed as the secretary of health ministry yesterday.

Dr Pandup Tshering has an MBBS degree from Chittagong Medical College in Bangladesh and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.

March 2, 2021

RoundGlass Punjab FC defeated Neroca FC 1-0 at the ongoing Hero I-league in Kolkata, India, yesterday. At the end of the first leg, RoundGlass FC is in the second position with 18 points. Chencho Gyeltshen however, missed the game yesterday as he received a red card during a game against Real Kashmir FC on February 18. With 22 points, Goa based Churchill Brothers FC is leading the  tournament as of yesterday. Coach Chencho Dorji’s Sudeva Delhi FC is in eighth place with nine points. The team suffered three consecutive losses against Neroca, Gokulam Kerala  FC and TRAU FC . 

March 1, 2021

His Holiness the Je Khenpo presided over a week-long Chenrezig Drubchhen (great accomplishment ceremony dedicated to Avalokiteshvara) that concluded with the unfurling of Chenreyzig Thongdroel at the Namdroling Goenzin Dratshang in Autsho, Lhuentse yesterday. The ceremony is conducted by 150 monks to help pacify the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world.  

February 26, 2021

Teachers and students of Dechentsemo school in Punakha will hoist 108 prayer flags dedicated to the peace, wellbeing, and harmony of the King, country and the people

February 26, 2021

Coinciding with His Majesty The King’s birth anniversary, Paro College of Education (PCE) inaugurated six educational facilities on February 21. The facilities include Happiness and Wellbeing Centre, Heritage Education and Professional Development Centre and Inner Science Education and Research Library.

February 25, 2021

Trongsa Tshechu concluded yesterday with the unfurling of sacred the Guru Tshengye Thongdrel. The sacred thongdrel was displayed for the public since the reign of His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo. The three-day event was conducted in a closed-door with only the monk of the rabdey and dzongkhag officials taking part in the event.

February 25, 2021

Coinciding with the 41st birth anniversary of His Majesty The King, 27 members of Chithuen Phendey Association (CPA) organised a three-day prostration programme from Trashichhodzong to  Tago Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University, Thimphu

Sports

Sporting tournaments to resume from today 

As per the new protocol set up by the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC), all sporting tournaments across the country will resume, starting today.  

Business

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Ferrosilicon price hits a record high 

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The ferrosilicon export price has hit a record price with a metric tonne (MT) earning as high as Nu 107,000 today. The lowest price for 1MT of ferrosilicon is Nu 102,000.