Bhutan: 414 | Global Covid-19 Cases Confirmed cases: 62,730,731 | Recovered: 39,828,530 | Deaths: 1,459,316 | US: 13,383,320 | India: 9,431,691 | Brazil: 6,314,740 | Russia: 2,249,890 | Spain: 1,628,208 |

Loading, unloading and transhipment at MDP outsourced

Increased cost of goods triggered by the huge cost of loading and unloading charges at the Mini Dry Port (MDP) in Phuentsholing should come down significantly with port authorities mechanising the service.

NA rejects motion to increase retirement age to 60 years

The National Assembly yesterday voted, through a show of hands, to pass the motion raised by a member of the opposition to increase the retirement age of all civil servants to 60 years.

BIMSTEC Convention ratification sparks debate

The BIMSTEC Convention on combating international terrorism, transnational organised crimes and illicit drug trafficking, needs extra scrutiny before it is ratified for enforcement. 

The concern was raised by an eminent member of the National Council, Ugyen Tshering when the convention was introduced by Home Minister Sherub Gyeltshen to the House yesterday. 

Home Minister quizzed on Haa Wangchuck Lo Dzong occupancy 

The issue of Haa Dzong resurfaced in the Parliament yesterday when National Council member from Haa asked the Home Minister Sherub Gyeltshen what the government plans to do on reinstating the Dzong as the central administration and religious centre for Haa Dzongkhag. 

Construction of new vegetable markets miss deadline

After assessing population density and proximity of two zones, the Thimphu Thromde decided to drop constructing vegetable market structures in four zones in the thromde.

Construction of vegetable markets at Lubding, in the Lungtenphu area, Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School, Semtokha and Olakha workshop zones were dropped.

Picture Story

December 1, 2020

 Many residents in Thimphu, suspecting a lockdown, rushed to the  Food Corporation of Bhutan depot in Changzamtog yesterday 

November 28, 2020

 

All masked: Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel made wearing mask mandatory during the National Assembly winter session, which started on Thursday

November 27, 2020

A book called A Collection of Stories for Young Children was launched yesterday. It would be distributed to 1,742 students and 148 early childhood care and development centres across the country to keep children engaged during the pandemic. The book, supported by JICA, Save the Children, education ministry, and the National Commission for Women and Children, has six stories written by different authors.  

November 23, 2020

As most residents remain at home following Covid-19 safety measures, a two-month nationwide oral camp is underway to cater to their needs. The health ministry’s camp, that ends on December 15, is also expected to cover those in dratshangs, shedras, goendeys, and the national workforce workers. (Photo: MoH)

November 20, 2020

The construction of 204m Wangchhu Bridge along Damchu-Haa road will open to traffic by the end of the year. The Covid-19 pandemic has impeded the work progress, which was set to be complete last month. Workers at the construction said that equipment couldn’t be imported and labourers didn’t come back due to the lockdown and movement restrictions. 

November 18, 2020

The November 14 fire in Chubbu gewog in Punakha has damaged more than 600 acres of forest. Yesterday, police, army, locals, and forest officials formed a fire line to protect the Jiligang Monastery.

November 17, 2020

The Central Monk Body arrived in Punakha, its winter residence, yesterday. The Zhung Dratshang will spend the next six months in Punakha Dzong.  The entourage in compliance with the health protocols did not stop over at Thinleygang this year. 

Sports

BTF trains potential under-14 players 

Around 30 students under the age of 14 are taking part in the month-long tennis coaching camp at the Changlimithang tennis court in Thimphu.  

Bhutan Tennis Federation (BTF) is organising the camp that began on November 16. 

Business

Trade deficit improves by -32.42 percent in 2019

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A National Statistics Bureau report shows that Bhutan’s trade deficit improved by -32.42 percent last year. The trade balance in current prices was recorded at a deficit of Nu 29.124 billion (B) in 2019, which accounted for 16.34 percent of the GDP.