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His Holiness the Je Khenpo, who is presiding over the third annual Moenlam Chhenmo (Great Prayer Ceremony) at Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu, grants khaddar to Lam Tshering Wangdi, the chairman of the Buddha Dordenma Project. Lam Tshering Wangdi offered the Buddha Dordenma Project to the Central Monk Body on June 26.

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Drugs in Chamgang central jail

Police are investigating into the drug bust of more than 1,000 capsules of spasmo proxyvon plus (SP+) from Chamgang central jail in Thimphu.While sources told Kuensel that more than 2,000 capsules of SP+ were found inside the jail, a police source said they seized more than 1,000 capsules based on information, which was about to be smuggled inside the jail.

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Parliament session concludes, leaves room for improvement

Even though the second session of the third parliament was largely fruitful given the resolutions, motions and recommendations passed, the need for improvement in the quality of proposed legislations and debates have been felt. In comparison to the second parliament, observers say debates in the last two sessions were generally …

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Govt. explores hiring medical specialists from India

While the government is following up on bringing in the medical specialists from Bangladesh, it is also exploring to hire some specialists from India. Foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji, at the Friday meet yesterday said many specialists in India have shown interest to come and work in the country. On …

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Comprehensive National Development Plan 2030 launched 

To address the issue of rural-urban migration and promote regionally balanced development, a Comprehensive National Development Plan (CNDP) for Bhutan 2030 was launched on June 27. CNDP identified various issues such as an increase in rural-urban migration, mainly from east to west contributes to labour shortage leading to increased fallow …

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The irony of water-rich Bhutan

Bhutan is among the few countries that fall in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. For its vast water resources, the region is commonly referred to as the “water towers of Asia.” Ironically, Bhutan is also among the countries in the same region that is   fast facing the risk of droughts and …

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Placing water sector in the centre

Water sector is challenged by poor drainage system in urban areas

With increasing problems of access to water in the country, the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) from 2019 to 2023 has placed water sector at the forefront of the project. A workshop to prepare relevant agencies on the adaptation plan was held in Thimphu on June 27. To read more, please …

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Towards protecting water source

Payment for Environmental Service (PES) will be instituted in Tsirang to protect and conserve the  Paokhola-Darachhu watershed area which source water supply for the entire Damphu town.  It will be the fourth scheme to be established in the country.  To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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“UNICEF is committed to support Bhutan” 

1) You have been in Bhutan since August 2016. As you set to leave, how would you describe your time here? As I leave Bhutan, as much as I am sad, I am also satisfied with my work. I was so impressed with the country where all the partners with …

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Grafting improves hazelnut production 

Field staff prepare a hazelnut tree for grafting at Chaskhar, Mongar (file photo)

Looking after one and a half acres of hazelnut trees for the last six years in Kidheykhar, Mongar, Tshewang Zangmo’s experience was no different from the rest of the farmers in the country. The wait to produce the nut at a large scale would continue for another two to three …

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Weak electric fencing in Bidung

An electric fence at Kakaney

The fields of Kakaney in Bidung, Trashiagng received electric fencing in 2015. Since then the farmers were able to harvest their crops. This year however, the technology has failed to keep the wild animals away compelling farmers to guard their fields. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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All sound and no fury

Too much sound had been made! The first and the loudest was during the 10th Session of the 2nd Parliament of Bhutan when the House (National Assembly) decided to “exempt the levy of daily tariff of US$ 65 (Sustainable Development Fee) from the international tourists visiting eastern Bhutan to provide …

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