One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

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.
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

Bhutan and Bangladesh to sign preferential trade agreement

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Bhutan and Bangladesh have finalised the draft terms and conditions for signing a preferential trade agreement (PTA) that is expected to increase trade between the two countries.
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

The tobacco dilemma

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The government, despite severe criticisms from several groups and political parties, went ahead with the decision to allow the sale of tobacco in the country. It made the Bhutan Duty Free Limited the main vendor of tobacco products.
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

Nu 3B soft loans availed from ADB and WB for Covid-19 related activities

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The government wants to keep the economy ticking over during the Covid-19 pandemic by boosting public spending, but there are challenges as the strategy is faced with not only budgetary constraints but also lack of skilled labour.
Shoppers busy at a departmental storekuensel

Wholesale traders waiting for SOP to start importing

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Not many wholesalers of goods, especially essentials, have enough stock to last more than a month should there be another lockdown in Phuentsholing, which is still a red zone.
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

Post-lockdown assessment show high rate of compliance

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Three weeks after the lockdown, Thimphu has not recorded any positive cases from the community so far.  However, the capital city remains the most vulnerable given its high population density and one of the highest mobility rates.  
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

Stations report drop in air pollution during lockdown 

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Confinement measures imposed to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic last month have resulted in an unprecedented fall in air pollutants across the country. 
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

High aerosol transmission risk at Bhutan-India gate in Gelephu: TAG

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Gelephu to date reported eight Covid-19 positive cases including the cases detected from the facility quarantine, containment facility, and outside the quarantine. 
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

Eight out of nine red zones test negative

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581 individuals from eight clusters of the red zones in Phuentsholing tested negative for Covid-19 yesterday. The clusters will now remain under surveillance for a week. 
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

Picture of first lockdown in Thimphu

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In the wee hours of August 11 the government declares a lockdown. The people panic; there is a mad rush at the vegetable and grocery stores. The sudden shut down caught many asleep at the wheel, so to speak.
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

Greening a city’s soul-An option for improving Norzin Lam

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The Thimphu Structure Plan 2002-2027 prepared based on the principles of intelligent urbanism called for the pedestrianization of the Norzin Lam- often referred as the soul of the city to achieve its themes of “human scale” and “balanced moment”. The structure plan was approved in 2004 as an outcome of the Vision 2020 document.
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

Neighbourhood first during Covid-19 times

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In the midst of disruption, loss and uncertainty, we sense hope within the world’s pursuit towards the highly anticipated coronavirus vaccine. Addressing the nation on India’s Independence Day last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that three Covid-19 vaccine candidates approach advanced stages of testing in the country. Once ready, India will soon begin mass production of the vaccine.
One of the red zone clusters in Phuentsholingkuensel

Foreign Minister attends virtual LDC meeting

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Tandin Dorji participated at the Annual Ministerial Meeting of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on September 17. The ministers of 47 LDCs met virtually on the sidelines of high-level week of 75th United Nations’ General Assembly.