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Breaking: Prime Minister announced that all schools and educational institutes across the country will remain closed from tomorrow (March 18), until further order from the government.

Source: PMO, Bhutan

Update: Further expanding on the PMO's press release on the closure of educational institutes, the Education Minister Lyonpo Jai Bir Rai told The Bhutanese that the closure will be effective from the morning of 18th March and will apply to all ECCDS, schools, colleges, Tertiary Institutes, Non Formal Education classes and Vocational Institutes.

The minister said boarders in the Central Schools will be sent home in batches and all of them will be home by Sunday.

The minister said that the Ministry of Education is already working on online teaching modules and programs and by next week it will start contacting all teachers and parents about it.

Lyonpo explained that in addition to a worsening international situation a lot of Bhutanese were coming back from COVID-19 afflicted countries.

He said, "We don't want to be in a situation where someone comes with the virus from outside and then it is spread widely through students."

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HH Je Khenpo confers wang-lung of Sangay Menlha

Mar 20, 2020
Thousands of people received the initiation of Sangay Menhla (Medicine Buddha) from His Holiness the Je Khenpo today. His Holiness conferred the oral transmission (Lung) and blessings (Wang) of Sangay Menhla to the devotees Live through both the BBS TV channels and social media platforms.

The Wang-lung is conferred when the world is struggling to contain the Coronavirus Disease. His Holiness urged people to offer spiritual support to all those around the world who have been and are being affected by this virus.

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Royal Birth

The second Royal Child of Their Majesties The King and Queen, a Prince, was born on the 19th of March 2020, corresponding with the 25th day of the 1st month of the Male Iron Rat year, in Lingkana Palace, Thimphu.

Her Majesty and the royal baby are in good health, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey was delighted to meet his younger brother.

Their Majesties express their gratitude to the medical team, the Zhung Dratshang and to everyone for their well-wishes and prayers.

While this remains a very happy occasion for the Royal family and the nation and people of Bhutan, Their Majesties wish to remind all Bhutanese to be mindful, responsible and supportive to each other in the wake of the COVID-19.

Their Majesties have everyone whose lives have been affected by this global pandemic in their thoughts and prayers.

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