Global Covid-19 Cases Confirmed cases: 11,546,493 | Recovered: 6,320,900 | Deaths: 536,392 | US: 2,980,983 | Brazil: 1,604,585 | India: 697,836 | Russia: 681,251 | Peru: 302,718 |

Bhutan’s Covid-19 status so far so good: Health Minister 

While the country’s Covid-19 tally has been increasing, there has been zero death. The country recorded 34 new Covid-19 positive cases last month, but the country’s recovery rate is 83 percent. 

Police decides not to pursue Khat case

The Narcotics Drug Law Enforcement Unit (NDLEU) of Thimphu police has given the benefit of doubt to 11 people, who were involved in illicit trafficking of Khat leaves in the name of Moringa tea, by not pursuing the case further.

Bolstering safety measures in Damphu

Adhering to the government’s notification on additional measures to prevent the local transmission of Covid-19 in the country, Tsirang dzongkhag administration and police have enforced mandatory use of face masks for vendors and customers at the weekend vegetable market in Damphu. 

Dobji Dzong tries to shake off central jail tag

From serving as the main centre to propagate Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism to housing Dobji Penlop and later as a central jail, Dogar Dobji Dzong has transitioned with changing times.

UNDP and GNHC sign project on Covid-19 response and recovery

The Gross National Happiness Commission and UNDP Bhutan signed a partnership agreement on July 2 to mark the start of a new UNDP-supported Covid-19 response and recovery project funded by the Government of Japan (GoJ).

Picture Story

July 6, 2020

The Mongar dzongkhag administration dismantled a two-storey building constructed attached to a four-storey building in the Mongar town after the  building owner failed to honour the Supreme Court’s judgment issued on April 27. The judgment was supposed to be enforced in May. The dzongkhag granted one month extension. The structure was built without the approval from the concerned authority.

July 4, 2020

Backyard junkyard: With the border closed, scrap collectors are not willing to take recyclables even for free. Scrap dealers are not buying as export is affected.

July 2, 2020

The Bank of Bhutan started it’s new Corporate Office in the capital yesterday in a simple ceremony involving BoB CEO and Thimphu branch employees. BoB CEO Dorji Kadin and BoB Director for Corporate for Corporate Affairs, Tshering Tenzin did the first transaction of cash withdrawl and deposit. Henceforth the bank will carry out all its operations from its new corporate office and have now surrendered the leased building at City Mall. 

Coinciding with the launch of BoB’s new Corporate Office, BoB also relocated two other branch offices in Thimphu that is BoB City branch previously located near Clock Tower ti top floor of Multi-level car parking near BOD and the other BoB Babesa branch prviously located near Ford showroom in Babesa to Samling plaza behind Xpress fitness/carwash at Babesa.

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 22, 2020

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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 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. 

Sports

Lack of sponsorship hampers sports development 


Finishing in the top five in the 2019 Bhutan Premier League (BPL) season, Druk United FC has booked a spot in the upcoming BPL. But the club had opted not to participate.

Business

Budget targets 2 percent GDP growth

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Taking into consideration the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy, the government has set five fiscal policy targets, including containing the GDP growth at a minimum of 2 percent, in the fiscal year (FY) 2020-21.

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