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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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Mongar DT thrizin counters ACC allegations

Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu thrizin, who the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) accused of involving in fraud and corruption amounting to Nu 3.545 million has claimed that the commission did not consider the ground realities. Thrizin and Tsakaling gup Karma Sonam Wangchuk admitted to helping his wife’s firm, M/s Dhenzang Hiring on weekends …

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Cabinet to make changes to pay commission report: Foreign Minister 

The Cabinet will make substantial changes to the fourth Pay Commission’s report to align with its motto of narrowing the gap, foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji told Kuensel yesterday. However, the foreign minister, who is also the government’s spokesperson, said that changes would be made within the Pay Commission’s recommendations and the scope of the budget.

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Bhutan’s press freedom improves

Bhutan’s press freedom ranking climbed by 14 places this year according to the 2019 World Press Freedom index. Bhutan ranked 80th out of 180 countries with a score of 29.81 out of a possible 100, a higher score being worse. In 2017, Bhutan was ranked 94th that brought in controversy …

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Vajrayana conference begins at Zhichenkhar

More than 100 participants attend the inaugural ceremony of the third international Vajrayana Conference at the Zhichenkhar, Langjophakha yesterday evening

The third international Vajrayāna conference began yesterday evening at the new library of the Mind, Body and Sound at Langjophakha in Thimphu. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Techniques in Vajrayāna Buddhism.’ Organised by the Centre for Bhutan and GNH Studies and the Central Monastic Body, the conference has brought …

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Second motorable bridge over Omchhu opens

Thrompon Uttar Kumar Rai and senior country coordinator, Bhutan Resident Mission, ADB Thimphu, Tshewang Norbu opens the bridge for traffic

The 46.8ms pre-stressed concrete box girder bridge over Omchhu in Phuentsholing opened to traffic on April 17. The bridge near the confluence with Torsa is the second motorable bridge over Omchhu. The much-awaited bridge is expected to complement the SASEC Project’s northern bypass road and ease congestion in the commercial hub. Phuentsholing …

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