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Average daily Covid-19 cases reach 13 

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Since the lockdown in Thimphu Thromde on December 20, the country, on average, has seen almost 13 new cases of Covid-19 every day. As of yesterday, 53 new cases including the index case (25-year-old woman) were detected since December 20, with 31 cases in Thimphu, 18 in Paro, two in Punakha, and one each in Lhamoidzingkha under Dagana and Bumthang.
Residents across most of the dzongkhags rushed to buy essentials after Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering announced the second nationwide lockdown yesterday eveningkuensel

Nationwide lockdown 2.0 begins today 

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With local transmission of Covid-19 confirmed, the country will enter into a nationwide lockdown for seven days starting today.  Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering last night announced the lockdown following the detection of sporadic positive cases from flu clinics in Thimphu (five), Paro (three) and Lhamoizingkha (one) in Dagana yesterday. 
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Clusters in Thimphu and Punakha declared red zones 

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Chubachu area in Thimphu and Phenteykha village under Toepisa gewog, Punakha have been declared Red Zones following the detection of Covid-19 cases.  Fifteen positive cases were detected from the Chubachu area that includes close contacts and family members of the 25-year-old index case. 
More than 150, who travelled from Thimphu to Tsirang between December 19 and 20, reported at the flu clinic in Damphu yesterday to get tested for Covid-19kuensel

Close to 1,700 traced and tested after local Covid-19 outbreak in Thimphu

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Following a local Covid-19 outbreak in Thimphu, eight people have tested positive for the virus as of last night.  This includes the 25-year-old index patient who tested positive from the flu clinic in Thimphu on December 19.
Mechanised MDP: A forklift at workkuensel

Mechanised system not working at MDP

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Just three days into its operation, the mechanised loading, unloading and transhipment at the Mini Dry Port (MDP) system in Phuentsholing failed to provide expected service.
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His Majesty grants kashos to reform civil service and education system

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Coinciding with the National Day celebrations yesterday, His Majesty The King granted kashos to the Royal Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Education to immediately begin major systemic reforms. 
His Majesty The King will address the nation from Pungthang Dewachenpoi Phodrang todaykuensel

History repeats this National Day

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Over a century after Sir Ugyen Wangchuck was installed as the first hereditary monarch of Bhutan at the hall of Pungthang Dewachenpoi Phodrang, the dzong hosts the Gyalyong Duechen (national day) celebration.
Pungthang Dewachenpoi Phodrang is all decked and ready to host the 113th National Day tomorrowkuensel

National Day to celebrate the three eras 

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The 113th National Day in Punakha will celebrate the great leadership of the Due Sum (three eras—past, present and the future), with special focus on the forces, which took efforts in securing our nation.
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His Majesty graces closing ceremony of Parliament  

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His Majesty The King graced the closing ceremony of the fourth session of the third Parliament yesterday. The Speaker, the National Council (NC) Chairperson, the prime minister and the opposition leader expressed gratitude to His Majesty for the visionary leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic.  
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State of the Nation report focuses on pandemic 

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The Covid-19 pandemic has forced Dr Lotay Tshering and his administration to pause all its grand plans, reprioritise some of its activities, and pave a new way forward.   The Prime Minister’s State of the Nation to the Parliament is his annual report card and an opportunity to bring the public closer to his government. However, this year, the report was different. 
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Private money lending business thriving

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The business of lending money, even with the central bank, the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) prohibiting it, is thriving. Going by fraudulent cheque writing and asset sales deed cases, which many alleged is the new modus operandi for lending money, the rule framed in 2016 to regulate private money lending business is not serving the purpose.
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Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck awarded 2020 UN Population Award

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Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck was awarded the individual laureate for the 2020 UN Population Award during a virtual award ceremony yesterday.  The award was presented to recognise Her Majesty’s outstanding contribution in raising awareness and devising solutions to population and reproductive health issues. 
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Flu vaccination is safe: MoH

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Getting seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine shot is not mandatory if one does not want to, but the health ministry recommends because it is safe and is advised for people at high risk for flu complications. The mass vaccination programme began from December 7 and go until January 7 next year.