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No transfer, no salary

To ensure that transferred health professionals leave to their new workplace, the health ministry’s human resource committee had written to the medical superintendent of JDWNRH and the dzongkhags to stop payment of salary to health personnel who are not relieved with immediate effect. The April 11 letter stated that as mandated by section 14.7.5 of the Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2018, civil servants who are transferred should be relieved within 30 days from the date issue of the transfer order. Health professionals are civil servants.

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Inaugurated treatment plant still not operationalised

The plant inaugurated in February remains locked today

Two months after it was inaugurated, the wastewater treatment plant in Hejo, Thimphu is not yet operationalised. Thimphu thromde has still not connected the wastewater pipelines from the households to the treatment plant. Funded by JICA, the treatment plant was constructed at a cost of 100 million Japanese Yen. Mokan …

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ACC and RAA investigate thromde’s sewer line 

If you find stretches of road dug up in Thimphu thromde these days causing inconveniences to commuters, it is not because the roads are old and worn out. It’s the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officials verifying if the number of manholes constructed along the sewer lines …

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Eight sentenced in Thimphu land grabbing case

Thimphu dzongkhag court’s criminal bench sentenced eight people, involving a dzongkhag staff and his wife, a local leader, two former gups and three Thimphu residents to prison for encroaching on state land and regularising it illegally. The judgment passed yesterday sentenced the dzongkhag staff, Mindu Dorji, to three years in …

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H1N1 outbreak under control

Most of the infected were students of Wangdicholing lower secondary school

The recent Influenza A- H1N1 outbreak in Bumthang is under control with the number of infected people visiting hospital declining from 30 to 35 a day to about a dozen these days. Since the first case was reported on April 8, about 227 people were reported to have been infected …

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Efforts on to revive DKT

Efforts by two separate interest groups to form political parties for the 2018 elections were unsuccessful after the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) denied them registration. However, former civil servant Jigme Dukpa, one of the interest groups behind Druk Kuenphen Tshogpa (DKT), is making efforts to revive the aspiring party …

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In love with butterflies and other stories

Literature, in any form, reflects the society of a place and time. Most writers weave stories from a life lived. From a world seen. And for the conditions endured. When journalists write, the fiction is based on true life. In writing and publishing 30-short stories in a book In Love with …

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Tourists dissatisfied with banking, communications and toilet services

Dissatisfaction in accessing banking services, communication and toilet facilities were the main complaints among tourists who visited Bhutan last year. According to Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) exit survey 2018, about 12 percent of international and 10 percent of regional tourists said that they were dissatisfied with the banking system including exchange, point of …

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GoI to refund Nu 2.6B in excise duty for 2017

The government of India (GoI) agreed to refund Nu 2.6 billion (B) in excise duty for 2017 at a signing event between the two countries on April 18 evening. This is the last excise duty refund claim of Bhutan. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Rhododendron festival disappoints visitors

About 550 tourists and 676 local visitors visited the Botanical garden yesterday

Tourists and locals who attended the first day of rhododendron festival at Lamperi Botanical Park were disappointed that the rhododendron species were not in full bloom. Two tourists from France, who had planned their visit to Bhutan to make it for the rhododendron festival, said they were disappointed that the …

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Scout leaders attend wood badge training

A total of 36 teachers from six dzongkhags graduated as Wood Badgers at the end of the second regional wood badge course in Gelephu

Donning their signature khaki uniform and red hat, two student scouts were seen helping an old lady cross the road last week in Gelephu. On the other side of the road was a taxi waiting. After seeing her off in the taxi, the boys shook hands and went their way. …

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DeSuung office to frame SOPs for better coordination

Creating a standard operating system or an incident command system for better coordination and communication during disasters was one of the main resolutions taken at the first desuung coordinators meeting in Wangdue. The three-day meeting also resolved to institutionalize a ‘desuup of the year’ award. To read more, please subscribe …

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