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Cabinet extends gaydrung’s tenure by three years

The Cabinet on April 2 decided to extend the gaydrung’s (gewog clerk) tenure by another three years in accordance to the resolution of first National Assembly session. In January this year, the National Assembly had decided to retain the post of gaydrung and to regularise their service as civil servants …

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Bhutan and Bangladesh sign five bilateral instruments

Shipping secretary of Bangladesh, Md Abdus Samad and economic affairs secretary, Dasho Yeshi Wangdi

Bangladesh and Bhutan signed five bilateral instruments to augment cooperation on inland waterways, health, agriculture, tourism and public administration training during the prime minister’s four day state visit to Bangladesh. The signing took place after official talks between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering at the …

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Non-Bhutanese arrested for robbing tourists

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) last week charged a 23-year-old man from Jaigaon, India for alleged larceny and possession of controlled substances. OAG prosecutor Phuntsho Namgyal told Phuentsholing drungkhag court that the accused was arrested after police received a report that he had robbed two Indian tourists from …

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Maize shortage hits Karma Feeds and poultry farmers

Karma Feeds produce 200MT of feed a day

Shortage of maize, the primary ingredient used in making animal feeds has hit the country’s only feeds manufacturing firm, Karma Feeds in Phuentsholing affecting poultry farmers and agents across the country. Officials said it has become difficult to import maize as per their requirement due to shortage in India. About …

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Farmers disappointed with cardamom price

About 6,500 kilogrammes of cardamom was bought from farmers in Tsirang

Most farmers were unhappy as they reached the auction yard at the Food Corporation’s office in Damphu recently. When announcements were made that the government would buy back cardamom from farmers about a couple of weeks ago, farmer Rinzin Dorji from Mendrelgang was happy. He had waited for it for …

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Cardamom farmers question grounds of rejection

About 830kgs of cardamom was rejected in Korphu gewog

She had hoped to liquidate a construction loan after selling cardamom. But Thinly Bidha’s four bags of cardamom that she had stored for seven months were rejected. The 57-year-old farmer from Korphu, Trongsa could not afford to send the bags to Gelephu due to high transportation expenses. “I was not …

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Construction owners demand better quality sand

Construction owners claim that the sand provided by NDRCL in Gelephu is of lower quality

Gelephu has a rich stock of raw materials at its disposal. The wide floodplains of Maokhola serve as source of sand, stones and boulders for the locality. However, when it comes to quality materials, most construction owners are unhappy. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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What happened to three eggs a child a week initiative?

Four years ago, an initiative was taken to ensure that each student was fed at least three eggs a week. But miscommunications and misunderstandings did not allow the programme to hatch. Sometime in 2015, this programme was piloted in six schools of Lhuentse with school agriculture programme (SAP). If successful, …

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1,130 poultry birds culled after bird flu outbreak

A bird flu (H5N1) outbreak has affected 13 poultry farms and one turkey farm at Dhamdara in Phuentsholing. The outbreak was confirmed on April 8 through laboratory test from National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Serbithang, Thimphu. No human contact was reported. In response, a total of 1,130 poultry birds …

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OAG drops takin restocking case

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) dropped the embezzlement case against three individuals in the takin restocking project in January 2017 from prosecution. The Attorney General’s letter to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chairperson dispatched yesterday suggested taking administrative actions and system corrections as the ACC may deem it fit …

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PHPA II borrows fund for dam, not salary

Punatsangchhu II Hydroelectric Project (PHPA II) borrowed Nu 600 million (M) from Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority to continue the speedy construction of the dam, officials said. The project transited Nu 600M on March 20, after the PHPA II’s budget exhausted last month. PHPA II’s managing director Amresh Kumar said such …

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PC recommends annual salary indexation

To protect real income of the public servants annually from inflation, the Pay Commission (PC) has recommended an annual salary indexation of five percent or inflation, whichever is lower. In an earlier interview with the Kuensel, the chairman of the fourth PC, Governor of the Royal Monetary Authority, Dasho Penjore, …

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BFL Fund commits Nu 2.4 billion

The Gross National Happiness Commission Secretariat and Bhutan for Life (BFL) Fund Secretariat signed a grant agreement to put into operation the Bhutan for Life Initiative, yesterday. Bhutan for Life is a ‘Project Finance for Permanence (PFP)’ mechanism to provide a sustained flow of fund to effectively manage Bhutan’s protected areas …

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