Thank you Bhutan

Like most tourists, Sandi Fischer and her partner, Bert Hewitt planned a trip to Bhutan to explore the country’s unique culture and tradition.

On the list of places to visit, the Americans had Thimphu, Paro and Punakha.   “Bert and I really enjoy hiking so part of our decision was related to that, as well as hearing wonderful things about the people and culture of Bhutan.”

MHPA to fund more than 4M to repair cracks in Kuengarabten

Although Trongsa dzongkhag administration in collaboration with Mangdechhu project has completed the estimation of rectification and maintenance of cracks developed in Kuengarabten, the most affected houses are yet to begin repair.

Contributions come in cash and kind 

Amid growing apprehension about Covid-19, Bhutanese of all walks of life have come forward to make their contributions – some in cash and others in kind. 

Waste from quarantine facilities increasing by the day

On average, Greener Way collects 250 bags of waste from the quarantine centres across Thimphu every day. 

The amount of waste generated is expected to only increase. As of yesterday, there were 121 quarantine centres in the country according to the health ministry. 

Construction of new marketplace in Paro to begin soon

Paro’s vegetable shed which remains crowded even during weekdays is an eyesore to both residents and visitors alike. 

The place is dusty and some vendors sell their goods under tarpaulin sheets.

Picture Story

March 31, 2020

President of the North Point School (St Joseph’s School, Darjeeling) Alumni Association in Bhutan, Dasho Paljor Dorji and Treasurer Sonam Tobgay, hands over a Nu 3 million cheque to Zimpon Wom Kuenzang yesterday. The members contributed to His Majesty’s Kidu fund for Covid-19, to purchase ventilators.

March 27, 2020

GNH Commission secretary Thinley Namgyel and JICA Bhutan Office Chief Representative Kozo Watanabe signed the grant aid agreement for “The Project for Improving Solid Waste Management” of about Nu 347.8 million yesterday. The project is for the procurement and installation of equipment for solid waste management in Thimphu, Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrupjongkhar thromdes.  The equipment will be delivered next year.

March 27, 2020

On behalf of His Majesty The King, Zimpon Wom Chetim Tenzin yesterday offered Tashi Khadar to Ambassador of Bangladesh to Bhutan, AKM Shahidul Karim on the occasion of  Bangladesh’s independence and national day

March 25, 2020

 

Empty: The lucrative handicraft business along the Taktsang monastery trail has dried up as tourism was hit hard by the Covid-19.

Sports

Government bans contact sports until further notice

To contain the spread of Covid-19, the government has announced the prohibition of all the sports that involve physical contact.

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that minimising the people-to-people contact was critically important.

Business

Fuel prices continue to drop

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Fuel prices have dipped to almost a decade low owing to Covid-19 pandemic.   The petrol price in Thimphu has decreased to Nu 49.91 a litre. A litre of diesel now costs Nu 46.73. 

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His Majesty The King addresses the nation on Covid-19