Hotels are not making profit from food or rooms:  Owners

From the quality of food and the misconception that hoteliers who volunteered to offer their property as quarantine facilities are making profits, hoteliers are at the receiving end of social media critics.

With pictures of food served at different quarantine centres circulating online, people are alleging hoteliers of compromising with the menu and making profit out of it.   

More farmers contribute to Covid-19 cause 

Tandin from Dawakha in Paro sowed 15 sacks of potato seeds but soon after, wild boars dug them all. Then he sowed peas, the boars got them too. 

But that didn’t deter him from contributing to the Covid-19 respond fund a few days ago. From the little he saved selling potatoes and renting his house to three tenants, the 79-year-old donated Nu 10,000 to the fund. 

EU provides Euro 8.5M to support RNR and LG

The European Union (EU) on April 4 released Euro 8.5 million (M) to support Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) and local governance (LG) sectors in Bhutan.

The tranche release is a part of the larger budget support initiative for a total value of EUR €48.8M implemented by the government for the period from 2017 to 2022, according to a press release from the EU.

Youth agriculture group succeeding

A youth agriculture group in Marphang, Trashigang is doing well.

Marphang Youth Commercial Organic Farm, which sits on 16.5-acre land, was inaugurated in November last year. Land use certificate (LUC) programme made it all possible.

Informal sector deals up with Covid-19 impact

Informal sector workers such as street food and vegetable vendors, temporary workers in the export sector, home-based weavers and bakers are among those hit by the consequences of Covid-19.

Informal workers constitute 75 percent of the workforce in the country. They are private business entities or enterprises that do not have any signed employment contract.

Picture Story

April 8, 2020

Prime Minister, Chairperson of National Council, Opposition Leader, Cabinet Ministers, heads of International Organisations and senior government officials offered butter lamps at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong to observe World Health Day on April 7. The prayer and butter-lamp lighting ceremony was held to offer spiritual support to the people and the countries affected by Covid-19.

April 7, 2020

His Holiness the Je Khenpo appointed Lam Namgyel Wangchuk as the new Machhen Zimpon (chamberlain for Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel’s embalmed body in Punakha Dzong) at Pungthang Dewa Chenpoi Phodrang yesterday morning. Machhen Zimpon Namgyel Wangchuk, 61, was the Lam Neten of Wangduephodrang Rabdey from 2014 to till now.

He also served as Lam for the Royal Bhutan Army in Lungtenphu from 2008 to 2014. He was the Lam Neten of Mongar dratshang from 2006 to 2008 and Lam Neten of Trashigang from 2001 to 2006.

Born in 1950 at Chungney Goenpa, Machhen Zimpon joined the Wangduephodrang dratshang at the age of six.

April 7, 2020

The United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Bhutan office has donated 1,000 litres of hand sanitisers along with awareness posters and brochures to the health ministry yesterday.  The hand sanitisers will be distributed among the law enforcement agencies working along the southern borders to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  UNODC’s national coordinator, Tandin Wangmo, handed the items to the health secretary, Dr Ugen Dophu. 

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

Football clubs’ sustainability at risk

The new coronavirus has not only cancelled football tournaments, but its impact is eating into the sustainability of local football clubs.

Business

E-commerce picks up, as Covid-19 discourage outing

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You name it— foods, clothes, books, drink and online fitness classes—global Covid-19 pandemic has created a massive demand for e-commerce and online shopping platforms in recent months within the country.

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His Majesty The King addresses the nation on Covid-19