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New tents pitched to continue moenlam chenmo

After the tent collapsed and the injured were evacuated to the hospital, the moenlam chenmo resumes at Tencholing in Wangdue yesterday

Wangdue dzongkhag administration with help from army personnel worked through the night yesterday to pitch smaller tents at the Tencholing Training Centre ground for the on-going moenlam chenmo. Officials said they collected 28 tents from schools and gewogs. “The tents would be pitched and ready for the moenlam chenmo today.” …

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ACC suspends licenses in sewer lines construction case

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) suspended contract licenses of two construction firms on May 7 in connection with alleged corrupt practices involved in constructing the new sewer lines in Thimphu Thromde. The commission suspended the business operations or activities of Chime Phagma  Construction, Mongar and Sonam Yangdak Construction of Thimphu after …

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Bhutan presents report to UN Human Rights Council

Bhutan presented its third national report to the UN Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism on May 8 in Geneva, Switzerland. In his statement to the review body, foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji highlighted the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan as the foundation for protection …

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When public structures are damaged

In what is an irony, the entrance to the Dantak head office, the project, responsible for building and maintaining roads in the country had remained closed since Monday. The small stretch of road below Dantak’s head office was made unstable and therefore unsafe for commuters after a private construction dug …

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Taking ECCD to rural communities

The centre remains open the whole week with the help of parents

At Phawantoe-Kharphu Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre in Lhuentse, ECCD facilitator and parents take turns to operate the only mobile ECCD centre in the dzongkhag. A parent volunteers to run the centre for the first three days of the week and the remaining days by the facilitator who …

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Warmrong residents wait for ECCD centre

The residents of Warmrong town in Trashigang have been waiting for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre for the last three years. Sonam Choden, a mother of three, said there had been talks on opening an ECCD centre at Warmrong for years but nothing came up. To read more, …

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Reform improves LPG availability, but complaints persist

The queue at Motithang fuel depot every morning is still an occasional sight. People wait for hours to get their LPG cylinders refilled. However, with constant monitoring from the department of trade, there has not been shortage of LPG in Thimphu. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Influenza B outbreak in Paro under control

An outbreak of Influenza B last week has infected more than 500 students of three schools in Paro. A health official in Paro said that the number of cases has now dropped and the outbreak is under control. “It is more of Influenza B than A, which is H1N1.” To …

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Boulder business hits rock bottom in Gelephu

  Trucks laden with boulders have remained stuck in Gelephu for the past 15 days 

Hundreds of trucks have been lying ideal for about 15 days, as boulder export business in Gelephu has come to a standstill. Gelephu opened its gates to export of boulders to Bangladesh in November last year. The business flourished in its initial days as exporters swarmed the Moa Khola to collect stones and boulders.  

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Deep down under the surface

The Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS) and Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) are at war. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said this while clarifying the Cabinet’s order for suspending surface collection and dredging a few months ago. The two departments are at least at loggerheads, if not …

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MHPA awaits grid sync

While one unit of the 720 MW Mangdechhu Hydro Power Authority (MHPA) has successfully tested, a temporary arrangement has been made to evacuate power to India using the transmission line of Punatshangchhu I and II. This is because the transmission lines in the bordering Indian state of Assam, spanning 45KM, falls …

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BRCS celebrates 2nd foundation day

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen with participants of the disaster response training and members of Bhutan Red Cross Society in Thimphu yesterday.

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen met with the participants of a training for first responders during disasters, held by the Bhutan Red Cross Society (BRCS) to commemorate its second foundation day and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day yesterday.  The ‘Emergency Safety and First Responder During Disaster’ Training was …

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