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Don’t take the pay raise: DNT tells its MPs

In what is a reminder of the party’s motto of Narrowing the Gap, founding members and candidates of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) recently wrote to all its elected members, including the prime minister and ministers, suggesting them not to take the pay raise.The party office decided to send the letter on April 19 after a review of the Fourth Pay Commission report.

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Rural revitalisation key to food security: IFPRI

There is an urgent need for rural revi­talisation to address persistent crises in the world’s rural areas and to improve food security, according to the Global Food Policy Report 2019. Agriculture Minister Yeshey Penjor and the director general for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Dr Sheggen Fan, launched …

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Eight arrested in prostitution racket 

Phuentsholing police on April 28 arrested seven women and a man, all non-Bhutanese, for alleged involvement in prostitution. One of the women is a repeat offender, who was arrested and convicted for six months in 2014. The arrest was made at the lower market and at a hotel, police confirmed …

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Keeping the civil service small? A big task!  

Being the single biggest employer of the workforce in the country, maintaining a small, compact and efficient civil service remains a daunting task for the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). According to its annual report released last week, the commission states that the civil servant to population ratio of 1:25 …

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Delegation returns from Japan 

The seven-member delegation to Japan returned home on April 28 from an 11-day visit that was made to study and address issues faced by Bhutanese youth place under the Learn and Earn programme. Labour minister Ugyen Dorji led the delegation. Lyonpo met with Japanese officials and Bhutanese youth in various …

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Ungrievable lives?

No death is ungrievable. A baby’s more so. But in our case, the grieving is confined to the family and traditional norms used to normalise the loss of life. Rarely do we see parents and family members question the hospital authorities. Holding health workers accountable for negligence and death is …

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The women leaders of Tsamang

Mangmi Deki Pelden with Banjar villagers

Tsamang gewog in Mongar is remote but it has created history by electing four women local leaders. It is also the gewog of Mongar’s National Council member Sonam Pelzom. The gewog has 350 households and 3,140 people. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Biosphere reserves for integrated conservation

The ninth South and Central Asia Man and Biosphere Network (SACAM) meeting in Thimphu that concluded on Saturday sought to build regional capacity in biosphere reserve management. It also explored opportunities for citizen science in fulfilling the logistic function. UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) aims to improve the …

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Sewerage plant under pressure from solid waste

Dumping solid waste including plastics in the sewerage treatment plant in Gelephu is overwhelming the thromde

Every monsoon most part of Gelephu town remains flooded with rainwater. While the core town area is connected with a series of drainage system, the rate of discharge into the drains is slow due to heavy rainfall. Besides the waterlogged streets, residents also have to deal with overflowing sewerage water. …

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Construction company penalized for dumping waste

Construction waste dumped near Wangdue bridge

The environment office of the Wangdue dzongkhag administration has asked a construction company in Khuruthang to clean the waste an employee of the company dumped. A truckload of construction waste was dumped near the Wangduephodrang bridge on April 25. On investigation, the dzongkhag found that the waste came from a …

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Urban Sprout wins National Startup Weekend

Winner of second national startup weekend

Urban Sprout was recognised as the best idea for the Bhutan National Techstar Startup weekend yesterday. The idea behind the project that was awarded of Nu 600,000 is to produce sprouts in three days using grow monitoring device called pulse to meet the high demand for expensive imported sprouts. To …

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Pay revision not the means to narrow the gap: PM

Civil servants at the lower rung may get more than what the fourth Pay Commission has recommended. At the 5th Meet the Press on April 26, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said the proposed percentage of raise in general was acceptable. The government, he said, could make only limited changes to the report. 

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Independent team to investigate eight deaths at NICU 

Meet the Press: Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering responds to questions from the media on the neonatal deaths at the national referral hospital.

While hospital officials claim that the death of eight babies at the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the national referral hospital, Thimphu was not due to hospital-acquired infection (HIA), the parents claim otherwise. Parents Kuensel talked to say that about eight babies died between March 11 and first week …

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