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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during a meeting with his Bhutan counterpart Tandi Dorji (Photo: Twitter)

India to help Bhutan in its post-pandemic economic recovery: Jaishankar

Jaishankar said that financial connectivity between the two countries has been strengthened through the launch of the RuPay card and the BHIM app, and the two sides are closely collaborating on STEM through the regular placement of Bhutanese nationals in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)

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Bhutan, an international Covid-success story, to ease its zero-tolerance policy

Bhutan, which emerged as a rare Covid success story in South Asia, will soon move away from its existing zero-Covid policy, Prime Minister Lotay Tshering announced on Wednesday, as the country plans a gradual shift to the “living with the virus” policy like any other country

‘Lunana, A Yak in the Classroom”: Bhutan’s Oscar entry to encourage its small film industry

‘Lunana:  A Yak in the Classroom’, a Bhutanese film, shot by just 35 local crew in a remote far western Bhutanese village,  was among five films nominated for an Oscar award last month in the International Feature Film category—a first for the Himalayan country of  750,000 people

Bhutan to revamp its civil service; half of top officials fail at performance review

Almost half of  Bhutan’s top civil servants and executives are unfit for their current jobs and roles, finds a performance assessment exercise, and they may face demotion, change in jobs, or forced retirement, as the government tries to revamp its civil service

Bhutan reports fourth Covid-19 death in two years; Prime Minister mourns, says disease preventable

Bhutan, one of the most successful countries in managing the pandemic, reported the fourth Covid-19 related death last week, the government said, adding the victim had cardiac complications due to underlying kidney disease

Amid Omicron spread, Bhutan locks down most cities, including capital Thimphu

Bhutan has closed down 14 of its total 20 districts, including capital Thimphu in line with its zero-tolerance policy towards the pandemic as authorities confirmed community spread of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19

On National Day, Bhutan confers its highest civil award to Indian PM Narendra Modi

Bhutan has conferred its highest civilian award on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering confirmed on Friday

India, Bhutan yet to finalize modalities of 600 mw hydropower project; first 50:50 joint venture

Bhutan and India are yet to finalize modalities of the Kholongchhu hydropower project—a 600mw joint project for which the two nations had signed a concessional agreement last year— to start the construction work, Bhutan’s Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma has said

Bhutan to roll out booster shot for priority groups by month-end

Bhutan, which has fully vaccinated almost all of its eligible population, will roll out booster shots of Covid vaccines for priority groups by the month-end, the country’s health ministry announced on Wednesday

World Bank approves USD 3.51M grant for Bhutan for climate resilience and better public service delivery

Bhutan and the World Bank have signed a USD 3.51 million grant financing agreement to improve risk-informed decision making and development planning in targeted sectors, leading to better public service delivery

Bhutan to expand agricultural export market

Bhutan, which currently exports all of its farm produce to India and neighboring countries, has been making efforts to expand export markets for its agricultural produce

Bhutan’s Parliament approves International Solar Alliance membership

National Assembly, the lower house of the Bhutanese parliament, has approved a proposal for the country to become a member of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in a move that would enhance the country’s solar power generation capacity to supplement its establishedwhat is  hydropower resources

Bhutan’s strict Covid regime creates shortage of construction workers; delaying pr0jects

The construction industry in Bhutan has been facing an acute shortage of workers, mainly exacerbated by the strict health guidelines put in place in the wake of the pandemic, as many contractors now fear delays in crucial ongoing projects

Japan to help Bhutan in digitally mapping country’s landscape

Japan will assist Bhutan with resources and technology to digitally map the parts of the Himalayan Buddhist kingdom, helping the government to better manage plans in fields like agriculture, land management, and disaster prevention

Bhutan considering vaccinating children aged between 5 to 11 years

The Bhutan government has been considering vaccinating children aged between 5 to 11 years after the initial trial results of Pfizer-BioNTech indicated safe and effective response in the group, media reports said

Bhutan signs agreement with India’s space agency to develop satellite

The Bhutanese government has signed an agreement with India’s space agency to jointly develop a small satellite. Under the Implementing Arrangement (IA), Bhutan’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) will be assisted by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)

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