• State dominated economy hinders private sectors: World Bank

    The state’s dominance of the economy has not only constrained private sector development but also distorted the market, according to the World Bank. A working paper of the World Bank, ‘Bhutan Development Report-A Path to Inclusive and Sustainable Development,’ states that due to Bhutan’s small domestic market, sparse population, and high transportation costs, the risks associated with private investment are comparatively higher.

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Three women detained for battery and libel

Paro police has arrested three women after the video of a woman slapping and abusing another woman went viral on WeChat and Facebook. The incident happened on February 5 at one of the resorts in Paro where the victim works. The resort owner along with the victim filed the complaint …

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Truck damages Phuentsholing hospital’s gate

On the wrong road: A truck ferrying raw materials to Pasakha takes the roof off Phuentsholing hospital’s gate

An Indian number registered truck yesterday struck the Phuentsholing general hospital’s entry gate around 10am, damaging it completely. It dislocated the gate from the concrete. The truck was ferrying raw materials for one of the industries in Pasakha but took the wrong road. The driver, a 75-year-old man said his …

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After being without a principal for the last seven years, Kinley Dorji, 39, was appointed as the new principal of Kuenga Rabten monastic school in Trongsa yesterday. The school has about 70 monks today.

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MPs’ office relocation options on PM’s table

The National Assembly secretariat has submitted a committee report to Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering on the plans to relocate the MPs’ office to the National Assembly building. A committee comprising officials from the foreign ministry, the department of national properties and the National Assembly secretariat was formed in November …

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Bhutan condemns  terrorist attack of any nature : PM

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said he is deeply saddened by the news of the horrific terrorist attack in Kashmir yesterday where at least 40 Indian security force personnel were killed. “Bhutan strongly condemns terrorist attack of any nature,” Lyonchhen said. “Our prayers are with the grieved family and we are …

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Gyalpozhing CS to operate as day school

Gyelpozhing Central School from this academic session will use its campus II that was to be taken over by Gyalpozhing College of Information Technology. The handing-taking of the campus II, which includes academic bloc was to be done as per the agreement the school signed with the Royal University of …

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Festival to boost CSI

The festival, an interactive decentralised exhibition of cottage industries in Thimphu and Haa will end next month

The third Festival of Happiness to promote cottage and small industries in the country was launched yesterday. The festival is an interactive decentralised exhibition of cottage industries in Thimphu and Haa and will go on until the end of next month. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Member countries commit to implement action plans on AMR

A three-day regional workshop on optimising antimicrobial use ended in Paro with all countries ensuring that the national action plans on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are implemented. All countries agreed to strengthen One Health approach by involving relevant stakeholders to combat AMR, according to a press release from WHO country office states. To …

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Youth take up dairy and food processing works

The initial phases of food processing involve manual works

A group of graduates in Mongar plans to encourage the community to improve farming practices and contribute to reducing import of food products through their recently started food processing plant, Nutri Foods. Since the food-processing unit started producing confectionery products like cookies, and candies from locally purchased rice, maize, wheat, …

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Cabbies provide free service at moenlam chhenmo in Torsa

Twenty-two taxi drivers have volunteered to provide free service

Twenty-five taxi drivers in Phuentsholing are providing free pickup and drop services voluntarily to people attending the on-going moenlam choenmo at Torsa that began on February 10. The taxi drivers who are providing this free service are those operating only within Phuentsholing. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Mini-dry port ready for use

At the mini dry port: Service and administration buildings for customs and clearance offices

The construction of the country’s first mini-dry port in Phuentsholing is complete and ready for use. It is one of the three components of South Asian Sub-region Economic Cooperation (SASEC) project with Phuentsholing thromde. The construction began in April 2017, after 15 years of dialogues and land disputes. Spanning 5.4 acres …

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Adding life to days

Cancer and kidney patients on a religious tour in Paro last month (Photo: BCS Facebook)

About 570 people including cancer patients and caregivers have attended palliative care services at the national referral hospital in Thimphu in the last 10 months. Bhutan Cancer Society (BCS) initiated the 12-month CSO grant project to institute holistic palliative care services in the country, for terminally ill patients and their …

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