Bhutan: 281 | Global Covid-19 Cases Confirmed cases: 33,829,288 | Recovered: 24,910,117 | Deaths: 1,011,887 | US: 7,405,777 | India: 6,223,519 | Brazil: 4,780,317 | Russia: 1,167,805 | Colombia: 824,042 |

His Highness The Amir of Kuwait passes away

On the Royal Command of His Majesty The King, special prayers will be conducted across the nation today upon the passing away of the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. 

MoF calls for uniform travel allowances for all agencies

Beginning September 1, the finance ministry has asked all agencies funded by the government to adhere to a uniform monthly travel allowance for all staff irrespective of position levels. 

Highlanders use technology to survey pastureland

What took days earlier, the highlanders of Merak and Sakteng gewogs in Trashigang have been able to accomplish within a short time  using nothing more than their smartphones. 

Pawo’s Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom enters 2021 Oscars

Bhutanese film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom has officially entered the 2021 Oscars.

This is the second-ever Bhutanese film to enter for Oscar nomination, the first being Dzongsar Khyentse’s The Cup (1999).

Residents unhappy with Paro valley development project

Paro Valley Development Project (PVDP), three years after it was launched, has left residents disappointed.

PVDP is a 20-year development and land use plan for the preservation of cultural landscape, topography, surface hydrology, and natural environment and existing settlement pattern.

Picture Story

September 22, 2020

Monks of the Zhung Dratshang perform Zhanag Ngacham (Black Hat Dance) at the courtyard of the Tashichhodzong, Thimphu yesterday.  The Lham Tsomo dance, a highlight of Thimphu dromchoe, will be performed in the same courtyard today culminating the 11-day annual Lhamoi Drubchhen, a sacred rite to appease Goddess Pelden Lhamo (Mahakali). Spectators will not be allowed in the dzong. The dances will be broadcast live on the national TV.

September 21, 2020

Windstorm at around 3am yesterday has damaged around 50 acres of paddy fields in Begana chiwog, Toepisa gewog in Punakha. A local leader said the damage was severe for around 18 households holding 30 acres. 

This comes at a time when paddy harvest is due in a month or two. 

The gewog officials will conclude the damage survey today.

September 21, 2020

The assistant Resident Representative of UNFPA Bhutan handed over hand sanitisers and PPEs worth USD 239,000 to the health secretary Dr Ugen Dophu on Saturday.

Also, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Office on Friday handed over 425,000 disposable medical masks and 8,000 KN95 protective face masks worth Nu 11.19 million to health secretary. 

Together, cheques amounting to Nu  54.1 million were also handed over for procurement of PPE coveralls, recruitment and training of additional health workers and other  Covid-19 related preparedness and response activities.

September 18, 2020

With no new Covid-19 cases in Gelephu, Sarpang dzongkhag implemented the first phase of the unlocking yesterday

September 9, 2020

Monks perform  chhamju (dress rehersal)  of  the Thimphu  Lhamoi Dromchoe at the Tashichhodzong yesterday. Thimphu Dromchoe on September 22 will held without spectators.

September 10, 2020

Inter-dzongkhag movement of public transport will resume tomorrow except for Phuentsholing, Samdrupjongkhar, Gelephu and Samtse.

September 18, 2020

 

With no new Covid-19 cases in Gelephu, Sarpang dzongkhag implemented the first phase of the unlocking yesterday

Sports

High Quality defeats Transport United 3-2

High Quality United FC (HQUFC) defeated Transport United FC (TUFC) 3-2 in the ongoing BoB Bhutan Premier League (BPL) at the Changlimithang Stadium yesterday.  

Business

Bhutan’s first govt. bond, worth Nu 3B, well-received 

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The issuance of the first-ever sovereign or government bond worth Nu 3 billion (B) with a three-year maturity period has been well-received and fully subscribed.