Gasa tshachuKuensel

Gasa tshachu caps number of visitors for safety 

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Gasa tshachu, which closed on March 22 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reopened to the public on July 3.
UNDP RR Azusa Kubota and GNHC Secretary Thinley Namgyelkuensel

Covid-19 will not affect Bhutan’s graduation from LDC: PM

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The Covid-19-induced economic disruptions will not affect Bhutan’s plans to graduate from the club of the United Nations’ Least Developed Countries (LDC) in 2023, the prime minister said in a recent interview with Kuensel.
Scrapyards have stopped collecting plastic and paper wastekuensel

Scrap business comes to a halt

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If waste is a problem, it could get worse with waste collectors, scrap dealers and exporters all  experiencing their line of business come to a halt.
UNDP RR Azusa Kubota and GNHC Secretary Thinley Namgyelkuensel

Preventing dengue a collective responsibility 

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If the images of places officials from the malaria unit in Phuentsholing visited are anything to go by, there is a lot of work to be done to contain another outbreak of dengue in the border town.
Covid-19 duty: 45 women stand guard at the observation towers to stop local transmission of Covid-19 in Dekiling gewog, Sarpang.kuensel

The women guards of Dekiling

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Migma Lhamo Sherpa is a community volunteer from Sarpang. At the watchtower in Dekiling, on the Sarpang-Gelephu highway, she is having a late lunch. Her friend has left for an urgent medical check-up.
The ToD and the Dragon Fury races will be conducted once in two years from next year (file photo)

Sporting events resumes albeit slowly

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The 11th edition of the  Tour of the Dragon (ToD) competition scheduled in September is cancelled. 
Students of Changzamtog MSS (File photo)kuensel

Promotion assessment strategies ready: REC

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Allaying fears that students would not be assessed and promoted to the next class, the Royal Education Council (REC) has prepared assessment strategies based on three options considering student’s accessibility to online education.
Using face masks at the weekend vegetable market in Damphu was made mandatory since June 28kuensel

Bolstering safety measures in Damphu

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Adhering to the government’s notification on additional measures to prevent the local transmission of Covid-19 in the country, Tsirang dzongkhag administration and police have enforced mandatory use of face masks for vendors and customers at the weekend vegetable market in Damphu. 
Teachers from 23 schools in Punakha constructed the hand-washing stations to welcome students (Photo Punakha CDEO Lemo)

Teachers build hand-washing stations in Punakha 

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Students of Punakha dzongkhag resumed their academic session in clean classrooms, and with new hand-washing stations, cleaned and built by their teachers. 
UNDP RR Azusa Kubota and GNHC Secretary Thinley Namgyelkuensel

UNDP and GNHC sign project on Covid-19 response and recovery

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The Gross National Happiness Commission and UNDP Bhutan signed a partnership agreement on July 2 to mark the start of a new UNDP-supported Covid-19 response and recovery project funded by the Government of Japan (GoJ).
UNDP RR Azusa Kubota and GNHC Secretary Thinley Namgyelkuensel

When the abusers and abused stay home

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“Stay home, be safe” is the mantra these days. Lockdown, work-from-home, physical or the social distancing, isolation and quarantine are the buzzwords.
UNDP RR Azusa Kubota and GNHC Secretary Thinley Namgyelkuensel

Bhutan’s Covid-19 status so far so good: Health Minister 

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While the country’s Covid-19 tally has been increasing, there has been zero death. The country recorded 34 new Covid-19 positive cases last month, but the country’s recovery rate is 83 percent. 
UNDP RR Azusa Kubota and GNHC Secretary Thinley Namgyelkuensel

New testing procedure for emergency cases in high risk areas

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In addition to the two existing tests–rapid diagnostic test (RDT) and the reverse transcription- polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)–the health ministry will start conducting rapid antigen tests in the country.