His Majesty The King with a Desuup and Health Worker, part of the mass testing team in Phuentsholing. Mass screening for Covid-19 was held in Phuentsholing between April 30 and May 2.

“Situation more challenging than ever before,” His Majesty The King

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His Majesty The King is in Phuentsholing to oversee measures to control the spread of Covid-19 in the community and manage other issues related to the pandemic, as the border town remains in lockdown. 

Non-hydro exports dropped 33 percent in 2020

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Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s overall exports including electricity increased to more than Nu 48 billion (B) in 2020 from Nu 47B in the previous year, according to the trade statistics 2020.  

Allowance for pregnant mothers raised from initial estimate

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All eligible mothers will receive Nu 39,000 each from the day of conception until the child attends the age of two years, under the approved policy to accelerate mother and child health outcome (AMCH) – 1,000 Days Plus.    

MDP closes after drivers test positive 

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Movement of goods in and out of Phuentsholing is stopped after three drivers transporting essentials from mini-dry port (MDP) to Sorchen tested Covid-19 positive yesterday.  Besides the truck parking, which serves as another temporary port, the transshipment area at Sorchen also remains closed. 

Education roadmap drafted as a part of Edu reform?

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The education ministry has initiated new activities in their 12th Plan, which includes development of a 21st Century Education Roadmap by December. The ministry claimed the roadmap would be in line with the Royal Decree (Kasho) on the education reform.

Bumps on the EV road not cleared

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Nearly seven year ago, In 2014, the government introduced an initiative to import electric vehicles (EV) to reduce dependency on fossil fuel and emission of harmful greenhouse gases. To encourage people to go for electric vehicles, tax on import of EVs were exempted. 

Home Minister resigned officially

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Home Minister Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen formally resigned after both Prime Minister and the Speaker of the National Assembly accepted his resignation yesterday. 

Supreme Court Chief Justice dissolves High Court larger bench 

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In a major reform, Supreme Court Chief Justice Chogyal Dago Rigdzin dissolved the larger bench of the High Court on May 4. 

We are fighting the pandemic by the hour: Lyonchhen

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Bhutan has recorded more than 230 positive Covid-19 cases in the past month, an average daily detection of more than seven cases. 

Tablets for needy students still under review

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Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has advised education ministry to tarry the plan to issue tablets for needy students following a proposal the ministry made for it to be included in the 12th Plan.

India assured support for second dose of vaccine: Foreign Minister 

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The government is positive that Bhutanese who received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca, will receive the second dose as per the schedule — eight to 12 weeks after the first dose.  

Bhutan evacuates Covid-19 patients from Delhi 

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Thirty Bhutanese arrived home after they were air evacuated from Delhi in a special chartered Drukair flight yesterday.  

Thimphu votes for change 

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Winning in four of the seven demkhongs, Ugyen Dorji from Jungzhina-Kawajangsa demkhong secured 1,776 votes rising clear of the other two candidates to become the Thimphu thrompon yesterday.