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A long way to go for Dhamdum industrial park

The primary road connectivity at the Dhamdum Industrial Park

Going by the activities at the Dhamdum Indsutrial Park (DIP) in Samtse, the park could take some time before an industry comes to operate. The 349-acre park, one of the four Special Economic Zone (SEZ) projects in the country, is yet to complete three major works—the internal road connectivity, water …

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Sprinkles: A journey towards first 1,000 golden days of childhood

A sprinkle example: Rigpa Yeshey who is taking sprinkle springs up to the minister’s seat during the launch yesterday (Photo: UNICEF)

To address and battle the problem of anemia and stunting in Bhutanese children, the Ministry of Health (MoH), with the support of UNICEF launched the “sprinkles programme” in Samtse yesterday.It is an evidence-based and cost-effective intervention that will improve the quality of complementary food for children aged six months to two years. Health centres will distribute the sprinkles when mothers and caregivers bring their child for routine growth monitoring.

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DDC’s APA going to come down hard on others

In 1994, during the mid-term review of the 7th Plan, a kaja (command) was issued stating that all correspondents, register/muster roll, vehicle registration plates, phone directory, house address and house number, and sign boards should be in Dzongkha, the national language. After 25 years, the Dzongkha Development Commission is trying …

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Dearth of investment avenues drive real estate boom

Lack of an independent property valuation authority and limited investment avenues, a huge demand for real estate has been created in the economy, leading to skyrocketing prices of land and buildings, especially in urban centres. This demand has drawn  majority of investment from the public since investors see real estate …

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BCCI pushes for legal status

BCCI was formed in 1980

The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) has formed committees to resolve the legal status of the chamber as the apex body of the private sector. The BCCI’s legal mandate and legitimacy for operation have come into question after a performance audit report of the chamber published last year …

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Canada govt. announces new scholarship for Bhutan

As part of the ‘study in Canada scholarships’ programme, the government of Canada has announced new scholarships for students from Bhutan and 17 other countries, according to a press release from Canadian embassy. Through the programme starting in the 2020/2021 academic year, scholarship recipients will receive Nu 3,256,029 a year to …

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Hard-to-reach population reached in health screening camp

Students of Lingzhi Primary School avail health services at the BHU in Lingzhi on September 8

Focusing on prevention, a team of health officials carried out health awareness and screening camp for the hard-to-reach population in Soe and Lingzhi in Thimphu starting last week. Since the first day of the screening at Soe on September 6, a total of 266 people including students were screened in …

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Taktse lecturers appeal for reinstatement

Six lecturers and a supporting staff of College of Language and Culture Studies(CLCS) who were compulsorily retired four months ago have appealed to the management to reinstate them. The application was submitted to the management on August 13. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Crematorium of four gewogs underutilised

The crematorium in Khamaedthang chiwog

There is a crematorium constructed for the four gewogs in Samdrupcholing drungkhag. But it is hardly used. Most of the villagers cremate bodies in open fields in their village, as the crematorium is in dilapidated condition. There is no water, electricity and the road leading to the facility is bad. …

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Vegetable sheds help make income for locals

There are about nine vegetable sheds along the highway in Tsholingkhar alone

The vegetable sheds along the highway may conflict with the right of the way, however, it is a means of income for many families in the dzongkhag. Construction activities are not allowed within the 50ft of the highway. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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His Majesty The King grants dhar

L-R: Gasa Dzongdag Rinzin Penjore, MOIC Secretary Phuntsho Tobgay, and Zimpon Wogma Pema Rinchen

His Majesty The King granted dhar to appoint the new Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Gasa Dzongdag, and a Zimpon Wogma to the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon. Phuntsho Tobgay, who was formerly serving as the Director General of the Department of Geology and Mines is the …

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Policy intervention needed to create jobs, says private sector

On September 6, addressing the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries’ (BCCI) annual general meeting, Labour Minister Ugyen Dorji called on the private sector to create jobs.It is not the first time that government has urged the private sector to help solve the unemployment problem. The private sector claims there are jobs in the sector, without takers.

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