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RENEW collaborates with pundits

The purohits pledged to work towards a better society

Twenty-five pundits and purohits from the country’s Hindu dharma community have joined hands with RENEW, to fight social issues. They discussed issues during a sensitisation programme RENEW held on April 21 and 22 in Phuentsholing. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Accident kills one, injures five

The deceased and her family were driving from Tshelinggor in Pemagatshel to Samdrupjongkhar

A 28-year-old woman died on the way to Dewathang hospital in Samdrupjongkhar after the alto car she was travelling in veered off road at Teakshingri on April 21. Teakshingri is about 64kilometres away from Samdrupjongkhar and the incident occurred around 1:40pm when the deceased and her family were driving from …

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Picture story

His Majesty The King grants an audience to the participants of the third international conference on Vajrayāna Buddhism at the Zhichenkhar in Thimphu on April 20. 

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Nationalisation of mines needs a broader perspective: PM

With its 15 years mining lease ending on December 31 this year, the trading of Druk Satair Corporation Limited (DSCL) shares in the secondary market was suspended since January this year until further notice. The company also completed buying back 25 percent of the total paid up capital from its shareholders at Nu 80 a share, against the market price of Nu 34, beginning this month.

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Windstorm damages seven houses in Bardo gewog

Victims stay in the damaged house

A windstorm along with rain and hailstone blew off the roofs of seven households in Bardo gewog, Zhemgang, on April 20 afternoon. Sources in Zhemgang said roofs of six households of remote Langdurbi village and a house in Khomshar were blown off. Of the six houses in Langdurbi, two were …

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Birdflu in Phuentsholing contained

Response team disposes culled birds

Birdflu (H5N1) outbreak in Phuentsholing has been fully contained. The rapid response team is currently conducting active surveillance and border vigilance. The outbreak was confirmed on April 8 at Dhamdara, a village at the outskirt of Phuentsholing proper. No human contact was reported. About 14 households were affected. The response …

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Acute water shortage at Dungkar goenpa

Monks of Dungkar goenpa in Khar, Pemagatshel wait for the rain every summer. The goenpa has an acute shortage of drinking water and for the monks rainwater is only source in summer. They started storing water in jerry canes and other containers after their main water source, located about a kilometre away …

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15 percent of schools in Mongar lack adequate infrastructure

Without adequate infrastructure, Tsamang Primary School in Mongar has been using a temporary shed made out of CGI sheets as administration block for about three years. The shed, built with the support from dzongkhag disaster management sector during the construction of the academic block in 2015, also houses a classroom. …

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Fire razes 700 acres of forest in Yangner

Strong winds have made it difficult to contain the fire

Saturday, April 20. A moelam chhenmo is going on in Trashigang. Across Drangmechhu, on the opposite hill at, a thick billow of smoke rises. DeSuup and local residents rush up towards Lungzor to contain a forest fire. By the evening yesterday, the fire had destroyed more than 700 acres of …

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Blacksmithing, a dying art in Trashiyangtse

Chorten Tshering at his workshop

Chorten Tshering, 64, one of the only three blacksmiths in Bayling, Trashiyangtse. Most days he is busy in his small hut where he does his smithing work. It is Saturday. Students from College of Zorig Chusum come to ask whether he had made Zocha, a curving tool they had ordered. To read …

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No transfer, no salary

To ensure that transferred health professionals leave to their new workplace, the health ministry’s human resource committee had written to the medical superintendent of JDWNRH and the dzongkhags to stop payment of salary to health personnel who are not relieved with immediate effect. The April 11 letter stated that as mandated by section 14.7.5 of the Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2018, civil servants who are transferred should be relieved within 30 days from the date issue of the transfer order. Health professionals are civil servants.

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Inaugurated treatment plant still not operationalised

The plant inaugurated in February remains locked today

Two months after it was inaugurated, the wastewater treatment plant in Hejo, Thimphu is not yet operationalised. Thimphu thromde has still not connected the wastewater pipelines from the households to the treatment plant. Funded by JICA, the treatment plant was constructed at a cost of 100 million Japanese Yen. Mokan …

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