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Contract holds back Bhutanese wanting to return from Kuwait

They sound desperate, willing to forgo benefits and even termination if they can come home. This is the plight of some Bhutanese in Kuwait who are stranded in the oil rich kingdom after their employers refused to let them go.

Bhutanese complacent despite the spike in Covid-19 cases 

The recent spike in the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the country has done little to alarm public who have now returned to ‘business as usual’ after the initial scare. 

Availability of test kits to determine entry of foreign workers

The home ministry may have lifted the restrictions on the entry of foreign workers, but the number of skilled foreign workers entering the country would depend on the health ministry’s capacity to test and availability of test kits.

A behavioural change to benefit the community

Health minister Dechen Wangmo said that public health behaviour needs to change given the current pandemic situation. 

Tsirang youth help meet labour shortage

Had it been a normal year, Tenzin (name changed), a class XII student of Damphu Central School, Tsirang would be attending lessons and preparing for upcoming board examination in December. 

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June 2, 2020

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In session: Finance Minister Namgay Tshering presents the 2020-21 budget in the National Assembly yesterday. The third session of the Third Parliament resumed yesterday and will conclude on June 17.

June 1, 2020

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Following the Royal Monetary Authority’s initiative, Bank of Bhutan officials in Samdrupjongkhar collected about Nu 10 million from Indians residing at Garage and Mela Bazaar in Assam, India on May 30. The bank will pay them Indian currency. The cash is kept in quarantine for three days as a measure to prevent Covid-19. As of yesterday evening, Assam recorded 1,216 confirmed Covid-19 cases. 

May 30, 2020

Kurim

His Holiness the Je Khenpo presides over the 45-day national kurim for the well-being of the nation at Tango Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University amidst Covid-19 cases in the country. The kurim ends today.

May 29, 2020

The education ministry launched the take-home ration programme to help more than 10,000 needy students to meet their daily dietary and nutritional needs yesterday morning. As part of the launch, five students of Yangchengatshel MSS in Thimphu were given ration. The school has identified more than 55 students as recipients. 

May 28, 2020

The heavy rainfall on May 26 afternoon washed away the road at Tshergom, about 11km away from Chazam in Trashigang towards Trashiyangtse

May 27, 2020

With local chillies from more villages hitting the vegetable market in Mongar town yesterday, the price has now dropped to Nu 100 to 150 a kilogramme from more than Nu 300 a week ago. The early produce from around five farmers in Chhali hit the market about a month ago and fetched Nu 400 to Nu 450 a kg. 

May 25, 2020

The Central Monastic Body led by the Dorji Lopon of the Zhung Dratshang moved to their summer residence at the Trashichhodzong, Thimphu from Punakha on May 23. 

Following the directives from the health ministry and considering the risks of Covid-19, the two-day journey was cut short and there were no public blessing along the way. 

Sports

BFF incurs financial loss due to Covid-19 

The Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) has incurred a loss of more than Nu 500,000 so far due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of the sources of revenue for BFF is from hiring out the two football grounds at Changlimithang and Changjiji.

Business

Budget targets 2 percent GDP growth

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Taking into consideration the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy, the government has set five fiscal policy targets, including containing the GDP growth at a minimum of 2 percent, in the fiscal year (FY) 2020-21.

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