Ailing economic indicators

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The country’s fiscal deficit has widened to 7.36 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), mainly because of the government’s fiscal policy to ramp up spending to offset the impact of Covid-19 and unprecedented decrease in the domestic revenue.

MoH and JICA sign deal to improve essential health care services

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The Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect Bhutan, however,  it has not affected the essential health care services in the country.  Even during the two nationwide lockdowns, the public had continued access to essential medical services which remained uninterrupted across the country. 

Paying ‘gao’ to the husband of a married woman discriminatory, says report

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Paying compensation (gao) to the husband of a married woman, who is raped, is a discriminatory provision, according to a report on “Sexual Violence in South Asia: Legal and Other Barriers to Justice for Survivors.”

Free-ranging Lunap’s horses a concern for Wangdue

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As winter approaches, the grazing lands in Gangtey, Phobji, Bjena and Sephu gewogs are filled with horses from Lunana gewog in Gasa. To avoid the harsh temperature in Gasa, the Lunaps travel to lower lands with their animals in search of fodder and to restock their rations for the approaching winter. 

RENEW and education ministry to improve menstrual health management

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A non-governmental organisation, Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women (RENEW) and the education ministry signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote adolescent sexual health and rights, and menstrual health management among girls and adolescents. 

LG leaders want Paro valley development plan reviewed

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Four years since local leaders implemented the Paro Valley Development Plan (PVDP), the guiding framework for Paro’s development and land use for 20 years, local leaders have been discussing it in every dzongkhag tshogdu (DT).

Samdrupjongkhar lifts lockdown, activates zoning system

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Samdrupjongkhar Covid-19 taskforce announced yesterday that the zoning system would be activated in the throm up to Pinchina checkpoint beginning today until further notice. 

25 more electric charging stations by June

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Come June, 25 quick charging stations will be installed in six dzongkhags for electric vehicles (EV), according to a project official.   Fifteen fast chargers of 120 kilowatt (kW) and 10 semi-fast chargers of 22kW will be distributed in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Haa, and Chukha. The 10 semi fast chargers will be installed based on priority. 

Shift in current horticulture practices urged for increased production 

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Given Bhutan’s location in the Himalayas with rich natural resources and adjustability for climate change resilience  in different elevations, the country’s  horticultural production could be doubled. 

Samkhar community pays for school cook

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Community members in Samkhar village of Jigmecholing gewog, Sarpang, came together and contributed some money voluntarily to pay the salary of a cook for two months in Samkhar extended classroom (ECR) this year.

Octogenarian fills potholes in Thimphu

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For the past three years, Nakho, 81, had been filling potholes of Dechhog Lam and Dechhen Lam in Langjophaka, Thimphu. He also fills potholes on roads towards Taba, Jungshina and Hejo.

Inmates of open-air prison in Tareythang engage in violent brawl

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Inmates of an open-air prison (OAP) in Tareythang, Sarpang, are in quarantine to be sent back to prisons in Trashigang and Thimphu after the inmates engaged in a violent brawl last week.

Serigithang gewog officials want Sergithang-Burichhu bypass to be blacktopped

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Citing deteriorating road condition of Sergithang-Burichhu bypass in Tsirang, which was laid with granular sub-base (GSB) last year, gewog officials said the bypass should be blacktopped.