Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (Photo: Siddhartha’s Intent)kuensel

Things aren’t looking good. But there’s a lot we can do

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Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche talks to Kuensel about Coronavirus and what we can do to steady our rising anxieties and fears, and why Bhutan is lucky to have a visionary and an empathetic Monarch to assure and guide us through such turbulent times.

Footballers head back to village, some apply for kidu

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Professional footballers playing for the 13 football clubs registered with the Bhutan Football Federation are among the people who have applied for kidu. With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the business of club owners and football tournaments suspended, clubs owners are struggling to look after their players.
Staff of Six Senses in their vegetable garden (file photo)

Covid-19 triggers increased agricultural activities 

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As businesses in the service sector plummeted in Covid-19’s wake, Bhutanese are turning to agriculture again.  The country is more focused than ever on the security of the food supply chain that many laid-off workers now want to keep farming even if the current situation improves.  

World Bank commits USD5M to Bhutan for Covid-19 response

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The World Bank (WB) has committed to provide USD 5 million (M) as support for Bhutan to help prevent, detect, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic and strengthen the country’s public health preparedness.
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Mongar FCB has gathered stock for three months 

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As the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) gears up to stock up essentials for six months, Mongar FCB godown in Hurungpam has received almost half of it as of date.

My Covid-19 experience

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I  took a look at the world. It was rotting away fast. Deaths and diseases are natural but the humanity was coming closer fast to something very settlingly dark.
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Drayang employees become parking fee collectors

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For about a month, vehicle owners in Phuentsholing did not have to pay while parking their vehicles in the congested town.

Highlanders of Thimphu have adequate food stocks

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Should the country enter a lockdown situation, in terms of the food reserve, Thimphu dzongkhag is prepared. 

UNDP extends support in Covid-19 response

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UNDP Bhutan office signed an agreement with the Gross National Happiness Commission committing its Covid-19 response support to the government. 
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Haa still without a doctor

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Jitsim, 40, from Dorithasa, Sombaykha came to deliver her third child at the Haa hospital. But she had no signs of labour pain.  
Tourists at the base of Taktshang Monastery (file photo)kuensel

Covid-19’s silver lining for tourism sector 

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The Covid-19 pandemic walloped the tourism sector, but Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is considering it as an opportunity to reboot the industry and give it a new face post-Covid-19. 
World Immunization week is observed from April 24 to 30kuensel

Routine immunization should continue: Health Minister

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The health ministry is assuring parents and encouraging them to vaccinate their children as scheduled after parents raised concerns with health workers on whether it was safe for them to bring their children for immunisation. 

“India will stand by our close friend and neighbour, Bhutan.”

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Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj talks to Kuensel on the Bhutan-India collaboration in the wake of Covid-19pandemic.