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Govt. cancels Chunaikhola mining auction


In what came as a big blow to the prospective bidders, the government has cancelled auctioning the Chunaikhola dolomite mining rights, which was scheduled to conduct in Thimphu today.

Expensive labour costs

With the labourers from across the border grounded due to the pandemic, unemployed Bhutanese youth have taken up loading and unloading jobs.

Pad-making machines face multiple problems

The well-intended pilot project to provide cheap quality pads for girl students has hit some serious hurdles. 

Villagers worry as tigers come closer

It is 6.30am, May 29: Dorji Khandu gets a call from his neighbour. In Sembji, a tiger has killed a heifer. With his son Ugyen Thinley, Dorji Khandu rushes to the scene.

Truckers on Indian roads at risk of Covid-19

Ensuring that Bhutanese drivers on the Indian highways are following safety protocols to avoid risk of Covid-19 has become challenging with only two escort officials travelling with a group of truckers. 

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June 2, 2020

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In session: Finance Minister Namgay Tshering presents the 2020-21 budget in the National Assembly yesterday. The third session of the Third Parliament resumed yesterday and will conclude on June 17.

June 1, 2020

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Following the Royal Monetary Authority’s initiative, Bank of Bhutan officials in Samdrupjongkhar collected about Nu 10 million from Indians residing at Garage and Mela Bazaar in Assam, India on May 30. The bank will pay them Indian currency. The cash is kept in quarantine for three days as a measure to prevent Covid-19. As of yesterday evening, Assam recorded 1,216 confirmed Covid-19 cases. 

May 30, 2020

Kurim

His Holiness the Je Khenpo presides over the 45-day national kurim for the well-being of the nation at Tango Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University amidst Covid-19 cases in the country. The kurim ends today.

May 29, 2020

The education ministry launched the take-home ration programme to help more than 10,000 needy students to meet their daily dietary and nutritional needs yesterday morning. As part of the launch, five students of Yangchengatshel MSS in Thimphu were given ration. The school has identified more than 55 students as recipients. 

May 28, 2020

The heavy rainfall on May 26 afternoon washed away the road at Tshergom, about 11km away from Chazam in Trashigang towards Trashiyangtse

May 27, 2020

With local chillies from more villages hitting the vegetable market in Mongar town yesterday, the price has now dropped to Nu 100 to 150 a kilogramme from more than Nu 300 a week ago. The early produce from around five farmers in Chhali hit the market about a month ago and fetched Nu 400 to Nu 450 a kg. 

May 25, 2020

The Central Monastic Body led by the Dorji Lopon of the Zhung Dratshang moved to their summer residence at the Trashichhodzong, Thimphu from Punakha on May 23. 

Following the directives from the health ministry and considering the risks of Covid-19, the two-day journey was cut short and there were no public blessing along the way. 

Sports

BFF incurs financial loss due to Covid-19 

The Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) has incurred a loss of more than Nu 500,000 so far due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of the sources of revenue for BFF is from hiring out the two football grounds at Changlimithang and Changjiji.

Business

Domestic revenue to fall by 14 percent

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The domestic revenue for fiscal year 2020-21 is estimated at Nu 33,189 million (M), which is one of the lowest in the recent past.

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