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Community transmission in Phuentsholing still emerging 

A month since the latest lockdown started in Phuentsholing, Covid-19 positive cases continue to emerge from the community.

A loader from the Mini Dry Port (MDP) tested positive yesterday. Although the case is categorised as detected from the flu-clinic, all activities at the MDP were suspended for the day.

Air travel down 87 percent, losses in billions last year

The advent of novel coronavirus hit the airline industry in the country the hardest last year with around 87 percent drop in air passengers compared to 2019.

New sand and stone prices irk residents in Gelephu

The prices of sand and stones for people in rural areas increased after the Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) implemented new rates.

Children’s park in Trashigang remains deserted

With broken slides and no maintenance, the only children’s park in Trashigang town is in a sad state of disrepair. 

Many residents welcomed the new  park two years ago. However, residents are now sceptical of the park safety measures. 

No medical shop in Trongsa town

With no medical shop in Trongsa town, residents have to visit the hospital even to get a pill for a minor illness, residents said. 

The only medical shop in town closed more than six months ago. 

A resident, Jigme said that children and elders suffer from motion sickness.

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June 27, 2020

BNCA IV

Coinciding with the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking yesterday Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority launched a digital billboard at the Clock Tower Square, Thimphu. The billboard, BNCA officials said, would be used to raise awareness on the ill effects of neurotic drugs, psychotropic substance and tobacco, and tobacco products. The new logo for the authority and its biennial newsletter were also launched.

June 23, 2020

Residents of Changjiji have not received water since yesterday evening after its main supply line broke down. Thromde officials said the mainline from Dodena, Thimphu was dislocated due to heavy rain loosening soil underneath the pipe. Thromde’s plumber looking after the Changjiji, Ashish said that a temporary line is drawn from Wangchhu borewell nearby to supply water to residents until the pipeline is restored. 

June 18, 2020

NA closing

His Majesty The King graced the closing ceremony of the third session of the Third Parliament of Bhutan yesterday. The conclusion of the third session of Parliament, which was scheduled on March 6, was postponed with the report of the first case of Covid-19 in the country. The session resumed on June 1.

June 18, 2020

blockThe Zhemgang-Gelephu highway  block at Aieslip was cleared at around 6pm yesterday. Heavy rains triggered a slide which blocked the highway for more than an hour. 

June 17, 2020

NC closing

The 25th session of the National Council concluded  with offering of Zhabten and Tashi Moenlam yesterday. The special session adopted two budget bills and forwarded them to the National Assembly.

June 22, 2020

roadbalckattrongsa

Trongsa-Thimphu national highway is blocked at Tashiling for the second time this month after a flash flood washed away the temporary bridge on June 20. Hundreds of vehicles are stranded on both sides of the stream.   A bailey bridge is being built, which is expected to be completed by evening today. 

June 17, 2020

Paddy

Annual paddy cultivation above Tashichhodzong is the celebration of Bhutan’s agrarian roots. The project, initiated by agriculture ministry also speaks volumes about Bhutan’s efforts to keep the country always green and free of pollution.

Sports

Karma to compete in Tokyo Olympics

An archer, Karma, has now secured the minimum qualifying score (MQS) to represent Bhutan in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in July as a full-fledged participant.  

Business

Boulder export from P’ling still on halt

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Export of boulders from Phuentsholing has not resumed after it was stopped on April 17, following the third lockdown in the town.

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