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Transport and transit, crucial to move from aid to trade

Hundreds of trucks across the border enter Phuentsholing every day (file photo)

That the political will to improve connectivity across the border could catalyze the country’s endeavor of moving from “aid to trade” was the crust of a policy dialogue on regional connectivity among stakeholders in Bhutan.  Improved transport and transit infrastructure would ensure better connectivity with free and secure movement of …

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April is cervical cancer awareness month

The world health day was observed in Gasa

Bhutan observed the World Health Day on April 7 in Gasa with pap smear screening and treatment for three days. Over 250 women from Khatoed, Khamaed, and Laya gewogs in Gasa received pap smear screening and treatment since April 4. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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When the tiger comes down

Villagers claim tigers even prey on cattle in the villages

Ugyen Tshethar is a well to do farmer. He lives by rearing cattle with the dairy produce being his main income. Of late, he is worried. On Wednesday, he lost his heifer to a tiger. It was the third cow allegedly killed by tigers in the last two months. Two …

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Ministry plans to get two TVET institutions accredited

A JICA volunteer inspects TTI trainees at work

To improve the image of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes in the country and produce an employable workforce, the labour ministry is planning to get at least two technical training institutes accredited. The Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) would accredit the institutions by the end of …

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Public library needs attention

The library has 3,700 members (Photo: JDWPL facebook page)

It is 10 in the morning. The Norzin Lam in Thimphu has woken to a new day, but the city’s only library—Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Public Library (JDWPL)—is sleeping, curtain drawn and rusty latch locked. The officiating librarian, Tshering Phuntsho, opens the library. It is 12.30 p.m. Anyway, visitors come in …

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Apa Boktong aids community workers

A local carpenter made the wooden concrete mixer called Apa Boktong

Apa Boktong has made things easy for many workers in Thangrong, Mongar. The community contract workers use Apa Boktong, a wooden concrete mixer, to cast slabs in constructions.It is used to mix concrete and carry premix concrete. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Did economic growth benefit the poor?

Notwithstanding the substantial reduction in prevalence of poverty in the country, income inequality has remained the same for more than a decade. The country’s richest 20 percent of the population has been consuming 7 times more than the poorest 20 percent since 2007, according to poverty analysis reports of the past four years.

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HE expense costing the exchequer dear

Increasing hospitality and entertainment (HE) expense is a burden on current expenditure, sometimes causing resource gaps, as it is met from domestic revenue. Figures from finance ministry’s annual financial statement indicate that more than Nu 140M was spent every year on HE. In 2016-17, the expenditure on HE was Nu …

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MoH to propose delinking referral hospitals to new RCSC commission

The health ministry will submit the concept paper on delinking the three-referral hospitals from the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) after the third commission takes office. Health minister Dechen Wangmo said that after submitting the proposal to the commission, the ministry would assess how to go about the process. “What …

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Accelerating MCH programme awaits resources

While the health ministry has initially planned to start the programme, Accelerating Mother and Child Health – 1,000 Day Plus in August, health minister Dechen Wangmo at the Friday Meet yesterday said that the project would start as soon as they avail budget for it. With the programme, she said, …

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Dadgari bazaar, a popular market for Bhutanese

Every Thursday more than 2,000 Bhutanese flock to the weekly market in Dadgari

This little Thursday market outside Bhutan Gate in Gelephu is shoppers’ paradise of a sort. All manner of goods is sold here – flowers, garments, fabrics, jewelry, utensils, household tools, construction materials, vegetables, fruits, meat, fish…You can also find copies of famous brands. Fancy a pair of adidas sneakers? There …

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What’s in a name?

If you are hungry in Samdrupjongkhar and have a good appetite, the best place to visit is hotel Pholang Katang. Pholang Katang in tshangla is big stomach. If the serving is not generous, you could have mistaken the name for the owner, a short man with a round tummy. To …

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