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GC roads to be returned to LG

Korphu GC road in Trongsa (File Photo)

The department of roads (DoR) is working on the modalities to handover the gewog connectivity (GC) roads to the local government (LG) following a directive from the Cabinet.The ministry plans to return all 205 GC roads to the gewogs through the dzongkhag administrations. The modality is expected to be ready in a few days time.

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His Holiness awards appreciation letter to first DDC secretary

Dasho Sangay Dorji

The annual moenlam chenmo of Bumthang concluded yesterday with a sangchoed (smoke offering). His Holiness the Je Khenpo presided over the week-long moenlam chenmo. At the event, His Holiness awarded an appreciation and recognition letter to former secretary of Dzongkha Development Commission (DDC), Dasho Sangay Dorji, for his contribution in …

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PM discusses investment opportunities with SDF

Bhutan has derived maximum benefits from SDF’s various funding

SAARC Development Fund (SDF) has committed a total of USD 31.48 million for ongoing and future projects in Bhutan. SDF has funded over ten projects in Bhutan worth USD 8.48 million under the social window as grants, USD 13 million under the economic window for purchase of Druk Air ATR …

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Paro grapples with increasing waste

Landfill to Land-full: A pack of dogs scavenge the mounting waste dumped at Paro town’s landfill in Pangbisa. Built to accommodate waste for 10 years, the area is already over flowing in its eighth year.

Pangbisa: Feral dogs roam the pristine forest. From somewhere nearby comes a sickening stench of something dead and rotting. Waste is fast becoming a major problem in many Bhutanese communities, especially in the bigger and rapidly-growing towns. Paro might look like a quaint little town largely untouched by the vices …

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A good decision

For months, the hot mix plant on the banks of Pachhu in Shaba had been an eye sore for farmers, visitors and commuters. Many thought the plant billowing smoke and dust was not appropriate in Paro. For many, Paro is known for its lush green paddy fields, clean air and …

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Flexibility is not being shaky and indecisive: PM

PM Dr Lotay Tshering

From the removal of the class X cut off point system to the transfer of the tourism flagship programme from Zhemgang to Sarpang, most of the government’s major decisions have raked up controversies. But Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has downplayed the controversies, saying that the issues are being politicised. …

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No water in Rinchending lhakhang

An open water reservoir at Rinchending

The Rinchending lhakhang in Phuentsholing is facing an acute shortage of drinking water. Although the reservoir tank has water, the tank at the lhakhang area remains empty. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Tsirang has a public toilet for the differently-abled

The public toilet was operational since July 24

In an effort to make public services available for the differently-abled, a public toilet was handed over to the municipal this month in Tsirang. The six-unit toilet was completed three months early and is located near the taxi parking at Damphu. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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MoH allocated 3.56 percent of total fiscal outlay

The APA review meeting was held on July 29

The health ministry’s annual performance agreement (APA) for the current fiscal year has a total of 213 success indicators. Health Secretary Dr Ugen Dophu, during the ministry’s APA review on July 29, said the ministry’s APA for this fiscal year is aligned to the 12thPlan and in line with GPMD’s …

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RTA’s summer weaving programme ends

The programme had 47 participants

Summer weaving programme for school-going girls that began from July 1 at Royal Textile Academy (RTA) in Thimphu concluded yesterday. Forty-seven girls aged between 9 and 20 from Thimphu, Paro, Wangdue, Sarpang, Gelephu, Trashigang, and Zhemgang completed the basic weaving skills programme that is aimed at imparting textile knowledge and …

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Zhelgno residents shut down hot mix plant in Paro

Idle: Farmers of Zhelgno village in Paro took matters in their own hands and shut down the plant

After their plea to stop a bitumen-processing firm for health and socio-economic reasons fell on deaf ears, the people of Zhelgno in Paro decided to stop the hot mix plant from operating in their village themselves. On July 15, about 30 people intervened at the site and stopped the movement of trucks along the farm road. Two fully filled bitumen tanks and a processing machine remain idle at the site today.

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PM dissects health ministry’s performance indicators

The health ministry reviewed more than 200 APA indicators yesterday

Success indicators of the annual performance agreement (APA) of the health ministry are not in line with the actions the ministry is trying to achieve, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said during the ministry’s APA review for the current fiscal year yesterday. Lyonchhen said there is a need to improve …

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Driver accused of stealing 20 mobile phones 

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) charged a 22-year-old driver of TashiCell for stealing 20 Samsung mobile phones worth Nu 1.3 million (M). The driver was accused of stealing 10 Samsung S10 and 10 S10plus mobile phones from the company’s store on April 6. A S10 mobile costs Nu …

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