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Bhutan’s food import reaches Nu 3B

Bhutan’s food import increased by Nu 144 million (M) between January and June this year compared with the same period last year. The country imported food items worth Nu 2.99 billion (B) in the first six months last year, which increased to Nu 3.14B for the same period this year. …

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Former BNBL employee imprisoned for embezzlement

Paro dzongkhag court sentenced a former employee of Bhutan National Bank Ltd. (BNBL), Karma Tshering, to five years in prison earlier this month for embezzling more than Nu 1.7 million (M). He was found guilty of embezzling the money by depositing it in his wives’ and friends’ accounts by adding …

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Non-Bhutanese receives enhanced prison term

Samtse dzongkhag court sentenced a 20-year-old non-Bhutanese to six years in prison for burglary. The September 19 judgement stated that Binod Kuran was found guilty of breaking into two houses near Samtse hospital. On June 16 this year, the defendant broke into a house but since he couldn’t find anything …

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Health minister outlines major reforms in the health sector

Health minister Dechen Wangmo (file photo)

Health minister Dechen Wangmo underscored the reforms needed in the health sector with a focus on ‘people centric quality and comprehensive health services.’ Speaking at the biennial health conference last week in Tsirang, Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo detailed how the health ministry could realise the vision of a nation with the …

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Solution found to the 200 statues

The 200 or so statues that were piled up in an archery range at Babesa are taken care of. Thromde officials said they have taken the statues, left at Babesa after the Vishwakarma puja, to a place in Chamgang under Dagala gewog in Thimphu. The department of forest and park …

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Lhuentse flags off activities to receive tourists

Trekking routes will be maintained to promote tourism

A Dungkar heritage festival, development of Ney tsachhu, river rafting and hot stone bath along the Kurichhu, improvising trekking routes are some of the tourism products Lhuentse dzongkhag has identified for promoting tourism in the dzongkhag. Lhuentse is one of the five focused dzongkhags for tourism flagship project in the …

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HC upholds lower court judgment on Zangdopelri case

The Zangdopelri in question

The High Court’s bench III upheld the judgment of Samdrupjongkhar dzongkhag court and ordered a Samdrupjongkhar resident, Thinley Dorji, to surrender  44,072sq.ft land along with a Zangdopelri and two double-storied buildings to the Samdrupjongkhar thromde. The September 25 judgment also ordered thromde to compensate Thinley Dorji with Nu 27.9M for …

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Celebrating 30th Bhutan-Thailand diplomatic relations

Celebrations: A Thai group performs at the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan in Thimphu yesterday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Bhutan-Thailand relations

The Royal Thai Embassy in Dhaka, in collaboration with Royal Textile Academy (RTA) of Bhutan, observed the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Thailand yesterday. RTA’s head of conservation, Karma Deki Tshering, and Thammasat University in Thailand’s dean of faculty of fine and applied arts, …

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Research team developing Bhutanese sign language

Students of Wangsel Institute for the Deaf in Paro

Bhutanese Sign Language (BSL) is the main medium of communication for deaf students at the Wangsel Institute for the Deaf in Paro. The school has 106 students. BSL is the first language for the students and the medium of instruction for the teachers. However, without a proper BSL, it has …

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Bhutan could be the first country to achieve universal health coverage: PM

PM speaks at the high-level meeting on UHC

Bhutan will be the first country to achieve all the commitments relating to the universal health coverage agenda, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering announced at a high-level political forum on universal health coverage (UHC). Themed “Universal health coverage: moving together to build a healthier world,” the high-level meeting brought together heads of …

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Guideline to standardise issuance of medical certificate ready

Bhutan Medical and Health Council (BMHC) has drafted a guideline to avoid non-uniformity issue of medical certificates after the council noticed that different medical certificates were issued by different hospitals. BMHC registrar general, Sonam Dorji, during the fifth biennial health conference in Tsirang last week, said a standard format was …

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Tackling waste through drop-in centres

More than 90 percent of Thimphu’s waste ends up in the landfill

More than 90 percent of Thimphu’s waste ends up in the landfill because of lack of efficient recycling and segregation methods and inadequate drop-in centres in the city. And with population growth and rapid urbanisation, unsustainable management is expected to worsen. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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