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When and from where formal education must begin

The Ministry of Education standing the ground on the issue of underage admission is welcome. The ministry in May revoked the admission of 890 PP students (below 5.5 years old) in public and private schools across the country. Parents, proprietors and principals of private schools then submitted a petition to the …

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Tading residents raise concerns over mining and dredging

More than 30 people of Tading village, Samtse, yesterday met the Tading gewog administration officials and raised concerns over the ongoing mining (quartzite) operations in their villages. The gathering underlined that several people’s land have been affected by the mining activities. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is also not met, the …

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Overhauling the cottage and small industry

Lack of coordination has belittled the value and efforts designed to facilitate the cottage and small industry (CSI) development, according to the CSI annual report. A diagnostic study also found that support of various agencies largely overlaps in one or two phases of business while it is absent in some …

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11,248 species found in Bhutan 

Bhutan is home to 11,248 species according to the first biodiversity statistics of Bhutan released in May this year. Recognised as one of the top ten-biodiversity hotspots globally, the country has 5,114 species of animals, 5,369 plants, 690 fungi, 55 Chromista, 18 Eubacteria, and two species of Protista. Bhutan has …

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Waste management strategy highlights challenges

Despite having specific Acts, regulations and responsible authorities specified by law, waste management measures have not been effectively implemented. According to the national waste management strategy (NSWS), the failure was due to limited workforce and budget, lack of implementing capacity in thromdes and dzongkhags and lack of awareness and cooperation …

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Tourist arrival drops in Sakteng and Merak

Only 87 tourists visited Sakteng and Merek last year

The number of tourists visiting Sakteng and Merak in Trashigang has decreased after the widening works on the East- West highway began, say residents of Sakteng. According to records maintained by Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS), from 2008 to date, about 668 tourists visited the two remote gewogs of Trashigang. Only …

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Changery residents await information on crop compensation

The people of Changery in Drakteng, Trongsa are not happy for not getting any information on whether they would get crop compensation for the crops they lost in a hailstorm. A severe hailstorm on April 2, that lasted for about an hour, destroyed chilli saplings, buckwheat, cardamom, maize, potatoes and …

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Sangay succumbs to injuries 

Investigation: RSPN officials inspect injuries Sangay, a juvenile white bellied heron, sustained that led to its death last week (Photo: RSPN)

One of the three white-bellied herons tagged with global positioning system in May died last week. The juvenile, named Sangay by researchers, succumbed to injuries on June 30. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Diplomatic enclave case waits HC ruling

If the Thimphu Thromde is accused of delaying planned projects, the legal battles it is fighting against landowners is not helping the thromde or planners. The thromde is again caught up in a legal battle over the diplomatic enclave at Hejo. This time it is against four landowners who are …

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Picture story

Concluding a week long Moenlam Chhenmo at the Kuenselphodrang in Thimphu, His Holiness the Je Khenpo administered the blessing of Kuenkhen Pema Karpo’s Ladrub Wang to thousands of devotees yesterday. Hundreds of vehicles were parked along the roadside starting from the stretch between Druk School junction and Kuenselphodrang.

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Poultry farmers blame feed for reduced egg production

More than 17 poultry farmers in Thimphu and Chukha allege they incurred huge loss after a batch of layer pellet feeds of Karma Feeds reduced their poultry production since May 9.A poultry farm owner from Chukha approached the livestock officials in Thimphu, requesting the officials to investigate the case and help him.

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World Bank report underscores financial risks

Financing the 12th FYP programmes will be a challenge according to World Bank’s latest developmental update.  In the 12th Plan period, the government has projected a total financing gap of Nu 29.2 billion. While domestic revenue mobilisation through tax reforms and rationalisation of expenditures are critical, the rest will be financed …

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