Review shows heavy alcohol tax likely to curb consumption 

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More than 767 Bhutanese lost their lives to alcohol liver disease (ALD) in the past six years as per data with the health ministry.  According to the latest annual health bulletin 2020, 139 people died due to ALD in 2019, which was the highest cause of mortality in the country than any other form of diseases combined. 

Second mass-testing in Samdrupjongkhar

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The Samdrupjongkhar town had begun the second mass Covid-19 testing in the town until the Pinchina checkpoint to confidently relax the lockdown yesterday.

MoE orders classes on Saturdays to cover lessons 

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Beginning next Saturday May 22 all schools can resume instructional classes following the education ministry’s decision to resume “half working day” on Saturday. 

The Samtse lockdown

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Except in Samtse and Gomtu towns, where people are allowed to move (walk) within their zones using their movement cards, the rest of Samtse is still under lockdown. It is close to a week since lockdown in Samtse started due to a positive case from the community.

Man sentenced for fraudulent cheque writing

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Thimphu dzongkhag court’s criminal bench II earlier this month sentenced a 43-year-old man to five years in prison for fraudulent cheque writing.  The man from Sarpang was arrested after police found out that he had signed the fraudulent BoB cheque of Nu 4.3 million (M) and handed it to a relative. 

Gelephu water solution

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Monsoon is here and so are the water problems again. Around 12,000…

Permanent bridge over Marachhu to benefit villagers

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With a permanent bridge constructed over Marachhu in Athang, Wangduephodrang, people of Lopokha-Phaktakha and Lomtshokha chiwogs will no longer have to rely on log bridges to cross the river.

Private vehicle owners rob taxi drivers

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Taxi drivers in Trashigang are unhappy with private vehicles carrying passengers and doing local transportation business.  Taxi drivers claim that the taxi business has decreased drastically compared to past years.  

No reliable health centre in Rangtse

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Located about a 30-minute rough drive from Sombaykha drungkhag, Rangtse, a clustered village, has a population of about 600. However, without a health sub-post, the villagers have to go to the drungkhag to avail themselves of health service. 

Farmers in Sarpang struggle to sell chillies

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Farmers in Sarpang are struggling to sell chillies despite slashing the price almost by half compared to the initial days when a kilo of chilli was priced at Nu 350 at the source on an average.

His Majesty enters 7-day quarantine after southern tour

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After spending almost a month in the south, His Majesty The King returned to Thimphu yesterday and entered the seven-day facility quarantine. His Majesty The King visited the southern Dzongkhags to oversee the containment measures during lockdown in the high risk areas. 

Community transmission in Phuentsholing still emerging 

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A month since the latest lockdown started in Phuentsholing, Covid-19 positive cases continue to emerge from the community. A loader from the Mini Dry Port (MDP) tested positive yesterday. Although the case is categorised as detected from the flu-clinic, all activities at the MDP were suspended for the day.

Air travel down 87 percent, losses in billions last year

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The advent of novel coronavirus hit the airline industry in the country the hardest last year with around 87 percent drop in air passengers compared to 2019.