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Informal lodging facilities encourage undercutting, says TCB

The ethics and principles of tour operators are questioned as issues of rampant undercutting and selling Bhutan at cheap tour packages surface.The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) issued two notifications recently, cautioning tour operators not to offer cheap tour packages, claiming that there are ex-country tour operators, companies or individuals in partnership with Bhutanese partners engaging in the unethical business. 

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Mangmis, tshogpas accuse gups of misusing fund

The mangmi and chiwog tshogpas of Phuntshothang gewog in Samdrupcholing dungkhag, Samdrupjongkhar have lodged a complaint against their gup for using the capacity development grant (CDG) without the gewog tshogde approval. The complaint letter was lodged to the Department of Local Government (DLG), Royal Audit Authority (RAA) and Anti-Corruption Commission …

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Former RICBL ED rebuts 

Former RICBL executive director rebutted to the charges of conflict of interest, forgery, and abuse of function against him at the Thimphu dzongkhag court on April 29. His lawyer Yeshey Wangdi requested the court to dismiss the case.  He said the investment in Nubri Capital was a legal transaction, in …

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Gaydrung’s tenure extended to April 2022

The home ministry on April 29 officially issued an order stating the gaydrung’s (gewog clerk) tenure is extended until April 2, 2022. The extension came into effect on April 2 this year. The office order comes after the Cabinet on April 2 decided to extend the gaydrung’s tenure by another …

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Rain forecast due to Cyclonic storm Fani

The National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology (NCHM) forecast rainfall in the country in the next two to three days as a result of a cyclonic storm, Fani. The storm had formed over the southern Bay of Bengal around 27th April. According to NDTV, a 24-hour Indian news channel, the …

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Picture story

The Bhutan Democracy Forum 2019 on “Democracy, path to good governance” was held at the RUB conference hall, Thimphu yesterday. Politicians, academicians, students and teachers were among the attendees. Speakers at the forum took stock of 10 years of democracy. The forum was organised by Bhutan Centre for Media and …

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Balancing environment and development

When it comes to environment conservation, we cannot totally trust the government and the private sector, according to Dr Ramachandra Guha, a world-renowned historian and sociologist. Dr Ramachandra Guha was speaking on “Environment Development” at Zhichenkhar in Thimphu on Monday, organised by the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH. To …

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The young farmers of Banjar

Minjur Wangmo and Chimi Seldon at a cardamom plantation

A group of youth in Banjar, Mongar has returned to their village to take care of their ancestral land. The youth after finishing class 8, 10 and 12 turned to farming after they couldn’t find jobs. Today, they are successful farmers and take pride in preventing their ancestral land from …

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Wangdue’s 60-bed hospital ready for operation

The new hospital is also identified as an EmONC and trauma centre

Following numerous inspections from the department of medical supplies and health infrastructure, the 60-bed hospital in Wangdue is likely to open in May, official from the department said. Officials last visited the hospital in mid April. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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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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