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e-PEMS responsible for ambulance without fuel?

The process of implementing the electronic public expenditure management system (e-PEMS) was questioned when an ambulance in Dagana ran out of fuel and couldn’t cater to an emergency condition where a baby died. The baby, six-weeks-old, was brought to Lajab BHU in Dagana on August 26 and died the next day on the way to …

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BCCI expects to collect Nu 7.48M in fees and donations

The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) projects that the chamber will collect about Nu 7.48 million (M) as membership fees and voluntary contributions from its members during the fiscal year 2019-20, according to the BCCI secretariat. The information was released at the BCCI’s 32nd annual general meeting (AGM) …

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Fake overseas employment agents still abound

Despite the labour ministry’s announcements asking jobseekers to be vigilant of fake and unauthorised operators advertising fake overseas job vacancies, many Bhutanese has become victims. The ministry issued a notification on their website, advising job seekers to only apply for jobs advertised by the ministry or licensed overseas agents listed …

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Study suggests replacing imported construction materials with timber

Research by a lecturer of  Royal University of Bhutan suggests replacing imported construction materials with timber. Over the years, timber use as the main construction material decline due to susceptibility to fire and durability issues compared with the strength and easy availability of modern-day materials. However, new timber building products …

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Rinchen Lethro wins the best leader award

Rinchen Lethro

Rinchen Lethro, 33, received the best leader award from among more than 200 delegates in the Global Youth Peace Ambassador (GYPA) in the Maldives last week. GYPA is the largest international youth development programme that advocates the global peacekeeping mission and conducts peacebuilding activities and bridging socio-ethnic, religious, and community …

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Marijuana smuggling on the rise as farmers lose interest in agriculture

Sackloads of seized dry marijuana leaves

Smuggling marijuana out of Jomotshangkha drungkhag, Samdrupjongkhar is becoming uncontrollable and challenging, according to residents. Despite police and the concerned authorities carrying out awareness programmes and patrolling the place, smuggling marijuana is on the rise. Of the three gewogs in the drungkhag- Langchenphu, Serthi and Lauri gewogs, Serthi gewog has …

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Glitches in ePEMS, banks face issues

The introduction of electronic Public Expenditure Management System (ePEMS) last month has left banks and civil servants experiencing some hiccups. This is because the monthly loan installments  or EMIs and insurance premiums of civil servants are deducted at source, and credited to their loan accounts with the respective banks. After deducting taxes and other …

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Boulder business slows down

More than 4 million MT of riverbed materials remain at Mao Khola in Gelephu

After almost two months of standstill, export of boulders from Gelephu to Bangladesh resumed on June 22. However, three months later, the business has failed to pick up to its initial vigor. When the business started, more than 100 trucks ferried boulders to Bangladesh everyday. Today, on an average about …

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Government calls on private sector to create jobs

The labour minister graced the opening of the AGM

Labour and Human Resources Minister Ugyen Dorji called on the private sector to create employment opportunities at the opening of the 32nd annual general meeting (AGM) of Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) yesterday in Thimphu. The labour minister said the government’s plan to address the unemployment problem are …

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Japan experience: sharing best practices for balanced development

At the JICA Training Ex-participant’s Seminar in Thimphu yesterday, Bhutanese who received training in Japan under JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) shared and discussed their experiences. JICA officials and the participants figured out how some of the efficient practices and concept in urban infrastructures, branding local products, sustainable tourism and …

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All is well that starts well

The decision will give people time to decide

The committee from Trashigang dzongkhag, who visited Merak gewog, decided to blacktop the gewog centre (GC) road from Merak. The committee, comprising of the dzongrab, planning officer and dzongkhag engineer, met the people of Merak on September 5. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Fire leaves 14 families homeless

The fire razed two two-storey traditional house and six temporary sheds

A fire at Changedaphu in Thimphu razed two two-storey traditional house and six temporary sheds around 5:30 am yesterday. The fire also partially damaged three-storey concrete building and an Alto car. No casualty was reported. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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