Air travel down 87 percent, losses in billions last year

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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.

NCGS disburses Nu 36.677M to 34 projects so far

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Being a Desuup and having served on the frontline during the second nationwide lockdown, Tandin Tshewang saw the absence of personal protection equipment (PPE), especially surgical facemask that were mostly imported. 

RBP colony of Samdrupjongkhar is  “Yellow Zone”

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The Samdrupjongkhar Covid-19 Task Force declared the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) colony and office premises  “Yellow Zone” beginning yesterday.

Cattle herders undergo seven-day quarantine on their journey to Haa

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With the onset of summer, herders from Samste are bringing their cattle to Haa. Since Samtse is identified as a high-risk area, Covid-19 task force made it mandatory for the herders to undergo seven days quarantine in the forests.

Poor communication network in Wangdue

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Local leaders in Wangduephodrang are disappointed with poor Internet and communication network in many gewogs. They raised the issue during the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) held on April 30.

Addressing women’s challenges in agriculture

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With an increasing number of men from rural areas leaving farmlands to seek better income opportunities in towns, feminisation of agriculture is occurring rapidly in Bhutan.

PF toilets improve hygiene in Athang

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Almost a decade ago, open defecation was common in Athang, Wangdue.  This changed in 2012 with gewog’s initiative to build a pour-flush (PF) toilet for every household in the gewog.

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).