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Bhutan King sends gifts to students who tested positive for COVID-19

Bhutan’s King Jigme Wangchuk, known as a compassionate ruler, on Friday sent gifts to 14 students who had tested positive for COVID-19 virus and wished them early recovery, The Bhutanese reported

Bhutan announces seven-day nationwide lockdown

With the continued emergence of fresh COVID-19 cases in the last three days, Bhutan on Tuesday evening announced a seven-day nationwide lockdown, effecting from 23 December, to contain the spread of the virus, The Bhutanese reported

12 fresh COVID cases in Bhutan; lockdown in Paro

Authorities in Bhutan have detected 12 fresh infections of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, prompting the administration to put Paro district under lockdown, reported The Bhutanese

21 new cases in Thimphu, local transmission feared in Bhutan

What could possibly become the first instance of the known large-scale local transmission of COVID-19 in Bhutan, authorities have identified a total of 21 fresh cases of the COVID-19 infections in last 24 hours, reported The Bhutanese

Thimphu goes into complete lockdown

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, went into a complete lockdown on Sunday after a 25-year-old woman, who visited a flu clinic at the National Referral Hospital in the city, tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Am a surgeon first and forever, says Bhutan PM

Bhutan Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has said he is a surgeon first and forever and that politics is only a passing phase in his life

Bhutan, EU hold joint consultations; discuss COVID, accessibility to vaccines and climate change

Bhutan and the European Union on Tuesday discussed a wide array of subjects, including the challenges posed by COVID-19, the accessibility to vaccines, and climate change

Bhutan to celebrate National Day virtually this year

Bhutan will celebrate its National Day, 17 December, virtually this year due to the restrictions placed by the authorities in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Kuensel

Bhutan’s parliament green-lights harsher punishment for rape

Bhutan’s parliament on Friday amended various sections of the penal code to increase the punishment in cases involving rape, rape of children, and pregnant women in the country

Students filling gaps in Indian labour shortage in Bhutan

Students in Bhutan are compensating shortage in the labour market which is largely induced by the restrictions imposed in light of the pandemic in the country’s orange depots, reported Kuensel

Proposal to increase retirement age to 60 rejected in Bhutan

Bhutan’s National Assembly (lower house of the Parliament) rejected the proposal to increase the retirement age of civil servants to 60 years, reported Kuensel

Bhutanese plans to give e-tablets to students

Bhutan is exploring ways to provide an electronic tablet to each student of 12th standard in order to bridge the widening learning gap, especially after the COVID-19 situation, as per a report by Kuensel, the government-owned newspaper

Five foreigners arrested for illegally entering Bhutan

Five foreign workers who were trying to enter Bhutan, hiding in a truck, were arrested by authorities for bypassing the established procedure and the strict COVID measures, Kuensel reported

Bhutan sees 36 percent increase in gender-based violence

Bhutan has witnessed a 36.6 percent increase in gender-based violence this year, Kuensel reported citing the data released by a reputed NGO, RENEW, which world for women empowerment in Bhutan

Bhutan establishes diplomatic relations with Germany

Bhutan and Germany on Wednesday established formal diplomatic relations by signing an agreement in New Delhi

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