Global Covid-19 Cases Confirmed cases: 10,237,542 | Recovered: 5,341,085 | Deaths: 504,075 | US: 2,636,549 | Brazil: 1,345,254 | Russia: 634,437 | India: 549,197 | UK: 311,151 |

Tourism identified as a key driver to realise USD 10B GDP target

It would take at least five more years for the tourism industry to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic disruptions and reach the same level as in 2019, according to the economic roadmap 2030 taskforce. 

Collective responsibility would stop the outbreak: Sowai Lyonpo  

A week after the mass screening in the capital, another round of testing will begin in Thimphu today, following the completion of the two-day mass testing in Paro yesterday. 

Residents along Thimphu- P/ling highway worried

Residents along the Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway are worried of vehicles transporting goods stopping along the route.

Pests hamper chilli production in Sarpang 

Most farmers in Sarpang planted chilli saplings for more than two times this season. The prolonged monsoon, followed by cold temperatures wiped out chilli nurseries. Then the pests invaded the fields triggering a huge drop in chilli production in Sarpang. 

Lhamoidzingkha continues as high-risk zone

All five positive Covid-19 cases from Lhamoidzingkha drungkhag, Dagana have been declared recovered and will soon move home from Phuentsholing. 

Picture Story

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

Tokyo Olympic to be held as planned 

The Tokyo Olympic would be held as per the plan of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), according to the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC).

Business

Share prices of major players fall despite active trading 

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The economic slowdown caused by the pandemic did very little to hurt the stock market enough. The stock market in the country remained active as ever recording a trading of shares worth Nu 863 million (M) in the secondary market last year.

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