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Cylinders or token cards, the rush is the same

People in Gelephu are issued token cards against their empty subsidised LPG cylinders

In an attempt to avoid long queues and crowding at the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) outlet in Gelephu, officials have started issuing token cards to customers. However, the initiative was unsuccessful as more than 1,000 people swarmed the outlet to collect the token yesterday. The LPG depot ended up issuing …

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Stem borer affects maize fields in Yangner

About 33 household are affected

Maize fields belonging to about 33 households in Yangner gewog, Trashigang are affected by what is suspected to be steam borer, an insect pest. Maize is the staple food in the gewog. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Illegal lifting of boulders returns

Crime scene: The place where boulders are lifted illegally

Unknown miscreants have started to illegally lift boulders near the sewerage plant area at the border in Phuentsholing. In absence of Bhutanese people at the border, sources said that people from the other side freely exploited resources from Bhutanese territory in the border. To read more, please subscribe by registering …

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Picture story

Whose responsibility? With garbage collection irregular, a waste disposal site in Changzamtog, Thimphu is turning into a landfill (Photo Karma Dupchu)

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Finance minister accepts violation of entitlement Act

Hiking the salaries of National Assembly Speaker and Supreme Court Chief Justice above the National Council Chairperson, ministers and Opposition Leader clearly violates the Parliamentary entitlement Act, finance minister Namgay Tshering said while presenting the pay revision Bill to the National Council yesterday. He informed the council members that, as a proponent of the Bill he sought clarification before the Bill was passed. “But the National Assembly endorsed it with the support of majority,” he said.

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Parents appeal PM to reconsider underage admission

Representatives of parents and private schools appeal to the PM yesterday

Representatives of parents, proprietors and principals of private schools submitted a petition to the Prime Minister yesterday appealing the government to regularise the admission of underage pre-primary (PP) students for the 2019 academic session. The appeal comes after the education ministry last month revoked the admission of 890 PP students …

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Committee tables 18 recommendations to budget report 

The economic and finance committee of the National Assembly yesterday presented 18 recommendations to the budget report 2019-20, of which the House deliberated five and endorsed four. The committee recommended the government to review and revise the Economic Development Policy (EDP) and the National Employment Policy to enhance economic growth …

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MoWHS minister questioned on delayed road projects 

The road connecting Dagapela and Lamoizingkha would be completed by the end of this year, two years after missing the deadline. Lamoizingkha Tashiding MP, Hemant Gurung asked the minister of works and human settlement, Dorji Tshering on the reasons for delay in the project during the question hour at the …

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Committee terminates contract for EW highway works

The stretch between Bjeezam to Trongsa town

The Department of Roads’ (DoR) regional office in Trongsa has terminated the contract works of Raven Construction, the firm that is executing the widening works from Bjeezam to Trongsa town. It was learnt that a ministerial-level committee decided to terminate the contract since works were not only lagging behind schedule but …

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Samdrupjongkhar police arrests three for alleged murder 

Samdrupjongkhar police arrested two men and a woman for alleged murder of a 36 year-old man in Gomdar, Samdrupjongkhar last month. The incident occurred on May 19 between 8am and 9am in Bruimi in Gomdar gewog. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Procurement rules leave lone gas factory gasping in Gelephu

There are more than 1,000 filled oxygen cylinders lying ideal at the factory

Earlier this year, the regional referral hospital in Gelephu ran out of oxygen cylinders. It was learnt that the cylinder consignment from the medical supply depot in Phuentsholing en route to Gelephu was delayed due to a strike along the Indian highway. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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Metrology law to standardise weighing units

The need for a metrology law for Bhutan was discussed during the second South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) and Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)workshop on best practice in metrology law development in Thimphu, yesterday. Framing a metrology law would mean an agency adopting the legal requirement for measurement and measuring instruments. This …

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Changjiji residents still grapple with water shortage

Almost two decades after the establishment of Changjiji colony in Thimphu, residents are still grappling with acute water shortage. While some residents have started receiving continuous water supply, many households get water only for few hours. Some residents say they do not get water for days. To read more, please …

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