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Tourism should receive what it deserves: PM 

A two day conference to take tourism to the top opened in Thimphu yesterday

To assess where the country is lacking while promoting it as a tourist destination, the government will have a flagship programme on tourism, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said at the national tourism conference yesterday. “With this flagship programme, it is not just to talk about the industry, not just to promote ourselves but see where we are lacking,” Lyonchhen said.

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PM signs APA for the next four months

Finance minister and secretary sign the APA yesterday

The government began signing its first annual performance agreements (APA) with the government agencies for the financial year 2018-19. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering signed APA with nine ministers, heads of 10 autonomous agencies, Thimphu Dzongdag and Thimphu Thrompon during a signing ceremony yesterday. The ministers signed APA with their …

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Leave it to the consumers: BEBPL

Quality control team at the BEBPL plant in Pasakha

It is consumers’ right to have access to better and economical construction material and this right should be respected. Responding to the local brick manufacturers’ petition to the Prime Minister to protect their businesses from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies, officials of Bhutan Ecolite Brix Private Limited (BEBPL) said that …

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Declining budget allocation hampers RNR sector’s plans 

Budget allocation for the renewable and natural resource (RNR) sector has decreased for more than six plan period. “Is this because we are food self-sufficient and sustainable or are we lagging behind in proposing required plans and projects?” asked an extension official at a conference in Mongar yesterday. To read …

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The earn and learn saga

The controversy surrounding the infamous Earn and Learn programme in Japan needs a closure. Even though the programme may have benefitted more Bhutanese youth, the flurry of corruption and exploitation it has spewed over the past months has left the initiative with little creditability.  The indecisiveness from policy makers to resolve …

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After APA comes MAMA

Prime Minister with the health minister and secretary during the APA signing yesterday

If APA (annual performance agreement) schematizes the performance of the government agencies and civil servants, MAMA will administer the performance of the ministers and enhance coordination among them. During the signing of the APA yesterday, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said that a monthly ministers’ management agreement, which he consciously abbreviated …

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Picture story

Bank of Bhutan officials work at the data centre where a disaster recovery drill was conducted to move the data centre from Phuentsholing to Thimphu in March. The drill led to erratic banking services over the past week.

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Buna residents want landfill relocated

The landfill is located 15km away from Trashigang town

People living around the landfill in Buna, Trashigang have asked the gewog administration to relocate the landfill. The landfill is located 15km away from Trashigang town. Most of the waste in the landfill comes from Rangjung. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Gomo Lhatsho restored again

Restoration work at Gomo Lhatsho, Gasa ended this month (Photo: Gasa Dzongrab)

Following concerns over water seepage from the Gomo Lhatsho located near the Tashi Thongmoen dzong, officials from the Gasa dzongkhag administration worked for over a week since last month to restore the lake. The worked ended on February 4. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Transport United out of AFC Cup 2019

Transport United (red) players displayed a much improved performance

Despite a spirited first-half performance, Transport Utd FC failed to capitalise on its single goal lead and conceded two goals in the second half bowing out of the AFC Cup 2019 tournament once again. Support poured in numbers at the stadium despite the cold wet weather. However, the visitors fought …

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Windstorm damages structures in three dzongkhags

A windstorm-damaged house in Hungrel, Paro

A windstorm damaged more than 19 houses in Paro yesterday and the day before, forcing residents to take shelter with neighbours and relatives. According to reports compiled by the dzongkhag disaster management focal officer, Nagphel, roofs of 14 houses were blown off on February 25 and roofs of another five houses were blown off yesterday.

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One more day left to go digital

Residents of Thimphu throm have just one day  to switch to digital or not watch television. Beginning March 1, all subscribers of Norling and Etho Metho cable services in Thimphu would be connected to the digital network. Those not doing so will not receive their TV connections, according to Bhutan …

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Spirituality and religious involvement could promote mental health

Prevalence of common mental disorders (CMDs) in Bhutan was found to be higher, at 29.3 percent, 19 percent more than the Gross National Happiness Study, 2015 found. This was according to a cross-sectional secondary analysis of data of the same GNH study. The secondary data analysis by Gyambo Sithey et al …

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