His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, and His Royal Highness the Gyalsey in February 2020ROM

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen gives birth to second royal child

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The second Royal Child of Their Majesties The King and Queen, a Prince, was born today,  March 19, 2020, corresponding with the 25th day of the 1st month of the Male Iron Rat year, in Lingkana Palace, Thimphu. Her Majesty and the royal baby are in good health, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey was delighted to meet his younger brother, a press release from the Royal Office for Media stated.
Sneak peek: Images from a quarantine centre in Paro show that those placed under quarantine have access to essential services.Kuensel

Quarantine is for everyone irrespective of status: PM

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Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering yesterday said that everyone returning from abroad must adhere to strict quarantine standards for two weeks to protect loved ones and communities from contracting the virus. 
Empty: The otherwise busy Norzin Lam wears a deserted look over the weekend as people avoid crowded places to be safe from the coronaviruskuensel

School closure purely preventive measure: Govt.

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All schools and educational institutes including ECCDs, VTIs, across the country will remain closed from today until further order from the government, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said. 
Empty: The otherwise busy Norzin Lam wears a deserted look over the weekend as people avoid crowded places to be safe from the coronaviruskuensel

His Majesty The King in the east

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His Majesty The King visited Phuentsholing, Nganglam, and Mongar to inspect the preparedness and response measures in place against the spread of the global pandemic COVID-19. His Majesty granted Audience to the officials of the four eastern dzongkhags of Mongar, Trashiyangtse, Trashigang and Lhuentse, in Mongar yesterday, and held discussions on the preparations in place in eastern Bhutan. 

LEP loan interest waived off

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"His Majesty The King has most graciously granted Kidu and waived off the interest on the loan for those who went to Japan on the Learn and Earn programme(LEP)," Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said.
Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering participates in the videoconference on COVID-19 (Photo: PMO)Kuensel

SAARC leaders unite to fight COVID-19

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Leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) welcomed India’s proposal to set up a COVID-19 emergency fund when they came together yesterday to chalk out a common strategy for the region to fight the pandemic.
Empty: The otherwise busy Norzin Lam wears a deserted look over the weekend as people avoid crowded places to be safe from the coronaviruskuensel

COVID-19: Bhutanese returning home from abroad poses bigger threat: PM

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With the lone positive COVID-19 patient evacuated to the USA yesterday, Bhutanese travellers returning home pose the biggest threat of bringing in the virus.
Empty: The otherwise busy Norzin Lam wears a deserted look over the weekend as people avoid crowded places to be safe from the coronaviruskuensel

PM draws a clear strategy on the economy

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If surgeon Dr Lotay Tshering, the prime minister, had successfully controlled the tumour created by the new coronavirus so far, the attention now is on handling the impact COVID-19  left on the economy.
Closed: The craft bazaar, a tourist attraction in Thimphu, remained closed since the first case of COVID-19 was reported on March 6Kuensel

Tourist ban likely to continue after two weeks

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Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering announced that the government could continue the restriction on all incoming tourists. The government imposed a two-week restriction since March 6 after the first COVID-19 positive case was detected in the country. The government put the restriction to enable rigorous monitoring, source assessment of infection, and to mitigate the situation.
Left to right: Rinchen Kuentsyl (Ambassador to Bangladesh), Karma Tshering (MoEA Secretary), Sangay Duba (Cabinet Secretary), and Tenzin Rondel Wangchuk (Ambassador to the Permanent Mission to the UN, Geneva).kuensel

HM appoints secretaries & ambassadors

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His Majesty The King appointed two new secretaries and two new ambassadors, granting them Kabney and Patang today at RIGSS in Phuentsholing.
Ferrosilicon was the top export commodity with export worth Nu 13B in 2018Kuensel

Ferrosilicon industries caught off-guard

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Ferrosilicon industries in Pasakha Industrial Estate have been caught off-guard as India’s Ministry of Steel made it mandatory for the steel manufacturers to produce Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification. The last date to upgrade the certification is April 22, 2020.
Empty: The otherwise busy Norzin Lam wears a deserted look over the weekend as people avoid crowded places to be safe from the coronaviruskuensel

Preparing for worst case scenario

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An economic contingency plan is being devised although no major economic disruptions have been reported following the first COVID-19 case in the country.
Empty: The otherwise busy Norzin Lam wears a deserted look over the weekend as people avoid crowded places to be safe from the coronaviruskuensel

COVID-19: All is well so far

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What could calm thousands of Bhutanese closely following the first positive case of COVID-19 in the country, all the 125 tests conducted so far has tested negative.