More farmers contribute to Covid-19 cause 

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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. 
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EU provides Euro 8.5M to support RNR and LG

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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.

Guides take up commercial farming as alternate source of income

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When residents of Paro are on Tshechu break, a group of tourist guides who call themselves ‘Active Covid-19’ are busy in the fields. They are engaged in land development works in an apple orchard in Kyichu.
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Ensuring education during emergencies

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To ensure children in Bhutan continue to learn at home, UNICEF Bhutan is working with the education ministry so that education continuity is implemented in the form of Education in Emergencies (EinE), through the national broadcaster, Bhutan Broadcasting Service.

Youth agriculture group succeeding

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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

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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.
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SDF allocates USD 5M for Covid-19 projects

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The SAARC Development Fund (SDF) has allocated USD 5 million (M) to help the member states respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund will be given to eligible proponents from the member states under its social window.
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Travel companies paying employees despite loss

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Amid the indefinite Covid-19-induced tourist ban in the country, many tour operators have kept their employees on the regular pay roll in a show of solidarity. Incomes from tourism have been negative for a month now. But tour companies are using either cash in hand or incomes from other sources to pay their staff. 
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Special flights for Bhutanese from Delhi on April 9 

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Two special flights for Paro-Delhi-Paro sector on April 9, to bring home Bhutanese residing in India.  Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji yesterday said that it has been confirmed. “The government  at the moment is exploring other possibilities for other Bhutanese wishing to return home,” he said.  
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Three-week accelerated DeSuung training programme begins

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His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck graced the opening of the accelerated DeSuung training programme in Dewathang yesterday.  The three-week programme has taken in  2,500 volunteers in seven different locations across the country. 
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Save the Children supports education ministry with materials worth Nu 1.4M

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To ensure children have access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) when they return to school, Save the Children Bhutan Office provided materials worth Nu 1.4 million (M) to the education ministry yesterday.
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People affected by Covid-19 join FMCL as daily wage earners

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Eleven employees from sectors affected by the Covid-19 pandemic joined the Farm Machinery Corporation Limited (FMCL) in Paro as of April 3. The 11 individuals work as daily wage earner.  
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Crowdfunding portal could manage Covid-19 contributions better

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Millions of ngultrum has poured in from individuals and institutions in a show of solidarity and gratitude to the country’s Covid-19 relief fund.