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PM clarifies ‘wow’ factor

While every civil servant could expect a pay raise, a flat pay raise across the board did not cause excitement, Lyonchhen said, clarifying his stand on the ‘wow factor’. Lyonchhen said that some media outlets had stated that there was no flat pay raise and that revision would be based …

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Man arrested for breaking into BNB office in Olakha

Thimphu police arrested a 24-year-old man from Lhamoizingkha in Dagana for breaking into the Bhutan National Bank (BNB) office in Olakha on the night of March 2. While the man couldn’t take anything from the bank, he is charged for burglary. Police officials said the man, who works as a …

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Investigation into labour ministry’s DG case almost complete

The Chairperson of Royal Civil Service Commission, Dasho Karma Tshiteem said the commission is still carrying out its independent investigation into the alleged administrative lapses by labour ministry’s director general Sherab Tenzin in the overseas employment programme. The investigation was conducted following Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) recommendations to the labour ministry …

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Jigmechholing gewog’s request for additional health worker denied 

The DT endorsed Nu 785.672M as the dzongkhag’s proposed budget

The plea for an additional health worker in one of the Basic Health Units (BHU) in Jigmechholing gewog in Sarpang was scrapped after officials from the dzongkhag health office found it unfeasible. Jigmechholing mangmi, Tenzin Wangdi, during the sixth Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) session yesterday proposed that one of the grade …

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Drukair to get its fourth airbus next year

With the arrival of a new aircraft A320 NEO next year, Drukair is expected to expand its services. Drukair’s chief executive officer, Tandi Wangchuk, said the airline was planning to add new routes mainly one to the east and one to the west. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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Chali and Tsakaling gewogs won’t have a central school

While the Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) last year proposed to start a central school for the two gewogs of Chali and Tsakaling, dzongkhag education officials say they do not have the authority and budget to open it. DT members say that a school for the two gewogs would also benefit students from …

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About 44 youth leaders from across the country, 30 from Lhamoizingkha Central School (LCS) and seven officials from Bhutan Scouts Association met at LCS for a three day Reunion Camp yesterday. The camp is held to enhance unity and network.

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Makers of deshog hopeful with plastic ban

Shortage of manpower is one of the main challenges

Bumdeling in Trashiyangtse is known for deshog, traditional Bhutanese paper made from the bark of Daphne plant. There is demand for the paper, but shortage of raw materials and manpower is affecting the production in the two factories in Phangten village, not very far from the Trashiyangtse town. Goenpola, 65, said he …

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Feral dogs becoming serious problem in Gangtey and Phobji

Stray horses in Phobjikha

The communities of Phobjikha and Gangtey have raised safety and hygiene concerns due to increasing feral dog population. Dorji, a farmer in Gangtey, said there was a drastic rise in the number of dogs recently. “And they come in packs.” To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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The Dasho Ugyen Dorji Memorial traditional archery tournament in Phuentsholing concluded yesterday. Rinyang Export and Transport won the tournament, while PST Construction is the runners up.

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 The reconstruction of Drukgyel dzong in Paro is 44 percent complete. About 200 workers are involved in the reconstruction works, which began in April 2016. The works are scheduled to complete by December 2022.

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More power to BCCI?

The private sector is expected to get the much-needed fuel to kick-start it’s engine with the government forming a 10-member private sector development committee (PSDC) chaired by the economic affairs minister. The government had pledged to establish the PSDC in partnership with the Bhutan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). The PSDC was established on March 5 and is reviewing the Private Sector Development – The Way Forward, 2016, the chamber’s recommendation on developing the sector.

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