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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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Stray dog problem to be addressed with waste management

There are about 5,000 free roaming dogs in Thimphu(File photo)

The project to address stray dogs problem would be included in a waste management flagship programme the government is planning to initiate. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering shared this during the fourth meet the press session on March 8. He said that the problem of stray dogs is becoming serious. …

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ACC detains two 

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has detained the proprietor of Rigsar Construction and former Phuentsholing thromde’s executive secretary on March 8. ACC officials did not comment. Kuensel however, learnt that the two were detained for interrogation for their alleged involvement in Torsa diversion and dredging works. Sources said Rigsar Construction’s proprietor …

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Nu 20M endowment fund for crop loss 

The finance ministry has approved opening a current deposit (CD) account for an endowment fund with an allocation of Nu 20M in the financial year 2018-19. Agriculture minister Yeshey Penjor said that the crop insurance scheme in place was not efficient and sustainable as there was not enough fund. “Farmers …

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TOP card rule for taxi drivers scrapped 

The government is discussing on parking spaces for taxis with four thromdes (File photo)

Following discussions with taxi tshogpas, the government has done away with the taxi operating permit (TOP) card system. Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said the intention to introduce the TOP system was to decongest Thimphu by allowing taxi owners or drivers to operate only in their dzongkhag or region they are …

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