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PI and PII to recruit locals after Indian workers leave in hordes

More than 460 workers of Punatsangchhu hydroelectric projects (I&II) have returned home within a fortnight. The latest batch of workers left on July 9.     

On June 22 morning, about 200 labourers working under Jaiprakash Associates Ltd company gathered near their main office at Zawakha and asked for their work permits and Covid-19 clearance cards. 

Airborne coronavirus: What does it mean? 

There is more evidence emerging that indicates the novel coronavirus could possibly be airborne. 

Teachers distribute SIM to remote schools

Boots deep into slushy mud and fighting off leeches, teachers of Thimyul Lower Secondary School in Gangzur, Lhuentse walk the long and treacherous paths to reach Self-Instructional Materials (SIM) to the students.

Of faithful’s voluntary service

The choeten at Lungtenzampa in Thimphu, where according to Buddhist lore Phajo Drukgom Zhipo and Khando Sonam Pelden met for the first time, is clean and serene. A little way down from the choeten the Wangchhu roils with boisterous summer force.

Missing man found dead

A 52-year-old man from Pasaphu in Kangpara, Trashigang who went missing on July 10 was found dead at Neyra Ama stream yesterday.  

Picture Story

July 13, 2020

The continuous downpour has hampered efforts to clear the block at Boxcut on the  Gelephu-Trongsa highway.  Excavation works were impossible because of shooting boulders and continuous slides. The highway remains closed to traffic indefinitely. 

July 11, 2020


More than 12 acres of maize belonging to 10 households in Khebshing village in Balam gewog, Mongar were destroyed by a windstorm on July 8. Three households lost their entire crop. The gewog officials assessed the damages and are compiling the report. 

July 8, 2020


At the main gate: A Bhutan Post bus enters Phuentsholing yesterday. A total of 65 Bhutanese vehicles, including small cars, bikes and trucks stranded in Jaigaon entered Phuentsholing yesterday. These vehicles were stranded in Jaigaon for repairs and maintenance purposes. RSTA and traffic police officials monitored the entry. This is the fourth time Bhutanese vehicles have been brought to Phuentsholing from Jaigaon. About 100 vehicles were brought in the earlier three batches.

July 6, 2020

The Mongar dzongkhag administration dismantled a two-storey building constructed attached to a four-storey building in the Mongar town after the  building owner failed to honour the Supreme Court’s judgment issued on April 27. The judgment was supposed to be enforced in May. The dzongkhag granted one month extension. The structure was built without the approval from the concerned authority.

July 4, 2020

Backyard junkyard: With the border closed, scrap collectors are not willing to take recyclables even for free. Scrap dealers are not buying as export is affected.

July 2, 2020

The Bank of Bhutan started it’s new Corporate Office in the capital yesterday in a simple ceremony involving BoB CEO and Thimphu branch employees. BoB CEO Dorji Kadin and BoB Director for Corporate for Corporate Affairs, Tshering Tenzin did the first transaction of cash withdrawl and deposit. Henceforth the bank will carry out all its operations from its new corporate office and have now surrendered the leased building at City Mall. 

Coinciding with the launch of BoB’s new Corporate Office, BoB also relocated two other branch offices in Thimphu that is BoB City branch previously located near Clock Tower ti top floor of Multi-level car parking near BOD and the other BoB Babesa branch prviously located near Ford showroom in Babesa to Samling plaza behind Xpress fitness/carwash at Babesa.

June 27, 2020


Coinciding with the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking yesterday Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority launched a digital billboard at the Clock Tower Square, Thimphu. The billboard, BNCA officials said, would be used to raise awareness on the ill effects of neurotic drugs, psychotropic substance and tobacco, and tobacco products. The new logo for the authority and its biennial newsletter were also launched.


Private turf operators back to good business

Business is picking up for the private artificial turf operators since the government lifted the restrictions on sports, operators say. 


Budget targets 2 percent GDP growth

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.