English | Dzongkha Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Bhutan yet to sign agreement for COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX facility

Over a hundred countries have received COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility. But Bhutan is yet to receive it. The World Health Organisation (WHO) country office is still waiting for the Royal Government of Bhutan to sign a document to get the vaccines. The WHO started its first-quarter distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in February.

‘Million Trees Initiative’ to revive fallow land and generate income for farmers

Many lands are left fallow across the country. But to revive these fallow lands, the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) started the ‘Million Trees Initiative’ today. The initiative will also help farmers to earn some income and conserve the environment. Over a million trees including fruit trees and valuable wood will be planted in the next five years under the initiative.

BFF’s District League underway in four district

Close to 45 teams from four districts are taking part in the Bhutan Football Federation’s (BFF) District League this time. The tournament is the country’s lowest division football league where teams compete in their respective district for promotion to the next division league, the Bhutan Super League.

Issues related to water and road conditions dominate the public debate for Thimphu, Thromde Elections

Issues related to water and road conditions dominated the discussion as the three Thrompon candidates of Thimphu faced each other during the public debate yesterday. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this time, the debate was conducted with a limited audience seated maintaining physical distancing. It was telecast LIVE on national television.

Landslide sweeps away a temporary store of Dobji Dzong

A landslide last night swept away a temporary store of the Dobji Dzong in Paro along with a retention wall adjacent to its main tower. The store housed masks, dresses, some furniture, and kitchen utensils.

Areca nut, a source of income for villagers of Tenzinwama, Pema Gatshel

Areca nut is gradually becoming the main cash crop for some villages in Norboogang Gewog in Pema Gatshel. Tenzinwama village is one of the villages growing areca nut since the 90s.  Villagers said growing areca nut trees is more profitable compared to growing other crops. 

Sorig Zhiney and Luejong for frontline workers

Working as a frontline worker during a global pandemic, like the COVID-19, can be very stressful. If not taken care of, over time, the accumulation of stress can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.  To address this issue, the Health Ministry initiated the “Sorig Zhiney and Luejong” training for the frontline responders of the country.

Water scarcity continues in Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde

Some of the residents in Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde have been facing water shortage for almost a month now. This is due to the old water distribution channel and damaged water pump. The water shortage problem has never been a new issue for the Samdrup Jongkhar residents. 

Their Majesties Offer Prayers for HRH Duke of Edinburgh

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen offered prayers and lit 1,000 butter lamps in memory of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the Monggar Dzong yesterday. Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdoen Wangchuck, His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, and Ashi Yeatso Lhamo accompanied Their Majesties.

Bhutanese Embassies in India and Bangladesh in touch with Bhutanese there amid COVID surge

Coronavirus is spreading like a wildfire in the densely populated region of South Asia. Bangladesh and India saw a surge in the rate of infections and deaths in recent weeks. Bangladesh announced a second lockdown last Saturday and some of India’s largest city said they were on the verge of declaring one. BBS asked Bhutanese residing in India and Bangladesh how they are coping with the situations there.

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