Work resumed on Monday after remaining closed for 28 dayskuensel

Lockdown causes Nu 3.5M loss to Drugyel Dzong restoration project

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Works on the restoration of Drugyel Dzong to its former glory was stopped for 28 days during the second lockdown, causing a financial burden of about Nu 2.3 million (M).
The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns affected the workkuensel

Rangjung water woes to end by June this year

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Rangjung residents in Trashigang, who claim they have been facing drinking water shortage for more than a decade, say it is hampering the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Safety first: Paro airport officials sanitise the Covishield consignment, a gift from India, to ensure that the vaccine to fight Covid-19 is safe on its arrival.Kuensel

Economic growth projection downgraded to negative 6.8 percent

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The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth projection for 2020 has been revised further downward to negative 6.8 percent following the second nationwide lockdown.
Sarpang dzongkhag was given Nu 21M to enhance vegetable productionkuensel

Lack of coordination amongst officials impact farmers

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Farmer Deepak Chhetri of Samtenling, Gelephu, is a recipient of the government’s economic contingency plan budget for winter vegetable production.
More than 900kg of chillies were supplied to CFM vendors in Thimphu yesterdaykuensel

CFM vendors fight for chillies

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A vegetable supplier from Dagana, Pema, came to Thimphu yesterday to deliver vegetables to his regular customer, a vendor at the Centenary Farmers’ Market (CFM).
Export from Phuentsholing continueskuensel

373.42MT of mandarin exported from Samtse

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Three main exporters in Samtse exported a total of 373.42 metric tonnes (MT) of oranges worth Nu 15.01 million (M), bringing an end to the export for the season.
Safety first: Paro airport officials sanitise the Covishield consignment, a gift from India, to ensure that the vaccine to fight Covid-19 is safe on its arrival.Kuensel

Delivery of emergency contraceptives improves in second lockdown

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Pharmacies in Thimphu sold seven emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) on average daily during the second lockdown.
Safety first: Paro airport officials sanitise the Covishield consignment, a gift from India, to ensure that the vaccine to fight Covid-19 is safe on its arrival.Kuensel

Not many come to avail nicotine replacement therapy 

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Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority (BNCA)’s nicotine replacement therapy (NTR) received just about 200 individuals in the last two months.
Dzongkhag task force members tested for Covid-19kuensel

4,454 people avail medical service during lockdown

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In the last four weeks, 4,454 people received medical services in Thimphu to refill medicines, routine immunisation, influenza vaccination, wound dressings, and other emergency medical services.
The 8.6km Wangdue-Khuruthang road is around 10km shorter than the route from Lobesakuensel

Wangdue-Khuruthang road targeted to complete by July

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Despite the two nationwide lockdowns and issues related to shortage of construction materials, the Wangdue-Khuruthang road is expected to be completed on time.
Safety first: Paro airport officials sanitise the Covishield consignment, a gift from India, to ensure that the vaccine to fight Covid-19 is safe on its arrival.Kuensel

A gift from India

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The first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine, 150,000 doses of Covishield vaccines, arrived in the country yesterday.  An Indian military aircraft (AN-32) brought it to the Paro international airport at around 3:30pm yesterday after initial plans to drop it at the Lungtenphu helipad could not materialise. 
Safety first: Paro airport officials sanitise the Covishield consignment, a gift from India, to ensure that the vaccine to fight Covid-19 is safe on its arrival.Kuensel

Schools to re-open in February as scheduled 

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Both public and private schools will open for Classes Pre-Primary (PP) to VIII  for the 2021 academic session from February 1 as scheduled, the education ministry confirmed.  Classes PP-VIII have remained closed since March last year owing to Covid-19 pandemic. 
Safety first: Paro airport officials sanitise the Covishield consignment, a gift from India, to ensure that the vaccine to fight Covid-19 is safe on its arrival.Kuensel

No significant increase in agriculture credit in 2020

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Financial institutions had loaned out Nu 147.5 billion (B) as of October 2020, which was an increase by 6 percent from December 2019, according to the monthly statistical bulletin of the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) for January 2021.