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Seeking divine intervention for rain

Rainmaking ritual: Villagers resort to divine powers for rain in desperation

High above the villages in Lobesa, in the silent and pristine forest, a group of farmers are busy. While some scurry around carrying lopped branches of pine trees, some fill a freshly dug pond with water mixed with milk. While some parts of the country is experiencing heavy rainfall leading …

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New bridge and wall fail monsoon test

A police personnel and a Desuup help a mother and child cross the Baunijhora yesterday

The 50 metres multicellular culvert box bridge over Baunijhora stream and the gabion wall constructed upstream in Pasakha could not withstand the flashflood caused by heavy rain on June 24-25. The flashfloods washed sediments downstream and blocked the 1. 3km road to Pasakha for two days. It took seven excavators yesterday to …

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Taxi drivers and tour agent arrested

Police in Thimphu are investigating a case involving two taxi drivers and two non-Bhutanese men after officials from the Department of Immigration arrested them since June 14. Immigration officials, based on information received that some taxi drivers are ferrying labourers without permit, conducted thorough checking along the highway and arrested …

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Cancer cases top referral chart 

Every day, the national referral hospital refers at least two patients abroad for treatment. The hospital referred about 900 patients abroad last year, 191 less than the previous year. In the last five years, the hospital recorded the highest referral cases in 2016 -17 fiscal year at 1,478 referrals costing …

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Assembly sitting called off due to MPs’ absence 

Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel

In what was perhaps the first in Bhutanese parliament, the National Assembly Speaker on June 25 called off the post-lunch sitting due to lack of quorum. The House was one member short of the quorum when MPs re-assembled in the hall after the lunch break. The presence of not less …

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Heavy rain cuts off S/jongkhar thromde’s water supply

Thromde’s tanker supplies water to residents

Residents of Samdrupjongkhar thromde have been struggling with drinking water shortage for more than a week. They are fetching water in their vehicles while those who don’t have cars are spending hours every day travelling to the pond and queuing to fetch water. However, some residents are storing rainwater. To …

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Rice self-sufficiency at 45 percent

High dependency on cheap imports from neighbouring countries makes Bhutan vulnerable to food insecurity. The country’s food basket comprises of 151 items made up of 48.01 percent domestic food and 51.99 percent of imported items.  To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Billions lost through vehicle quota

The government lost more than Nu 3 billion (B) in tax revenue in the last five years through foreign vehicle quota, a facility that remains extensively misused, the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) found. More than 9,000 vehicles were imported through government-issued vehicle quota between 2014 and 2018. To read more, …

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No clear policy or legislation on housing: RAA

Bhutan does not have a legislation specifically for housing development, the Royal Audit Authority observed in its performance audit. Most issues relating to housing development, therefore, have roots in legal and policy inadequacies. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Are we on the right track?

There is a frequent reference to Bhutan as a happy country, free from challenges. Have the people been able to reap the best of the democratic process? Could Bhutan have done any better? This was the underlying message the Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering conveyed as he presented the State of the Nation report to the Parliament yesterday.

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Police to register BEO case after review

About 100 representatives of parents’ committee and youth of the learn and earn programme in Japan gathered outside the Royal Bhutan Police headquarters in Thimphu yesterday to file a complaint against the agent Bhutan Overseas Employment

Parents and youth sent to Japan through the “learn and earn programme” yesterday submitted a letter appealing the Chief of Police to register their complaint against the Bhutan Employment Overseas (BEO) based on five criminal issues. However, the Chief of Police, Brigadier Chimi Dorji forwarded the case to the Thimphu superintendent (SP) …

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