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CST students build solar-electric vehicle

A demo: Deki Pema test-drives the vehicle with her teammates

Engineering has found a new development at the College of Science and Technology (CST) in Phuentsholing. Three electrical engineering students have  developed a solar-electric powered vehicle as a part of their project. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Debt to GDP projected to decline to 76 percent

The country’s external debt is expected to fall from 105 percent of GDP in the current fiscal year to 76 percent by the end of 12th Plan, the finance ministry projects. However, in absolute terms, Bhutan’s external debt would increase from Nu 204B to Nu 215B. This is because the country’s GDP is expected to grow by an average of 6 percent in the 12th Plan. Expansion of GDP base would automatically reduce the debt to GDP ratio, meaning the decline in ratio would not translate into absolute decline in external debt.

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After plantation, trees left to fend for themselves

The trees today remain unattended

When about 5,200 saplings were planted at the Kuenselphodrang area in Thimphu in 2016, volunteers promised to adopt each of the plants so that they would grow into full trees. Organised by Tendrel Initiatives, a time-bound organisation formed to organise events to mark the Birth of The Gyalsey in 2016, …

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Missing girls found in Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing police yesterday detained two girls both aged 17 who were reported missing from Samtengang Central School in Wangdue since March 16. The girls were found in Phuentsholing around 1pm. Both the girls are in grade IX. Following a report from one of the mothers of the girls, Wangdue police …

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Accelerating mother and child health to cost Nu 238M annually 

At the existing daily wage rate, implementing the programme to accelerate mother and child health in the country would cost the government about Nu 238.97 million annually. In one plan period, the budget requirement is estimated at Nu 1.195 billion. Health Minister Dechen Wangmo said the ministry is exploring with …

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Discotheques in Thimphu to remain open until 5am

Starting March 15, discotheques in Thimphu city were allowed to remain open until 5am on Fridays and Saturdays. The move comes after thromde officials observed that partygoers did not go home straight after the discotheques closed at 1am. It was reported that partygoers often got involved in brawls after partying …

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More hotels than houses in Phuentsholing?

About 11 residential buildings were converted into hotels in the last five years

In the last few years, Phuentsholing town has seen increasing number of hotels. This, many feel, would have adverse affect to hoteliers in the long run. Many residential buildings in the core area of the bordering town have been renovated and transformed into budget hotels in the last two years. …

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Vendors to propose an increase in beef price

Beef stalls were empty for almost two weeks earlier this month

Should their proposal come through, the price of beef is likely to increase. Meat vendors in Thimphu, in a committee meeting yesterday decided to write to the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry to revise the price of beef by Nu 25 to 30. To read more, please subscribe by …

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Frustration increasing when out of gas

Thimphu residents queue to refill their LPG cylinders at the fuel depot in Motithang

They are in line in the morning and online during the day. The frustration of not getting or having to wait for hours to change their empty liquid petroleum gas (LPG) with a filled one is not ending. On social media, there is a post almost every day calling for …

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World Down Syndrome Day observed in Kanglung

About 100 people participated in a walk that was held to observe the world down syndrome day yesterday in Kanglung, Trashigang.

The Draktsho Centre in the east and Ability Bhutan, observed the World Down Syndrome Day in Kanglung yesterday with a walk from Sherubtse College gate to the centre. The theme for the day this year is “leave no one behind”. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Picture story

A thousand butter lamps were lit and special prayers offered for world peace and happiness at the Kuenray of the Tashichhodzong in Thimphu yesterday to mark the international day of happiness. The international day of happiness was first celebrated in March 2013 following the United Nations General Assembly resolution of …

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230 youth in Japan register for loan deferment

Representatives of the parents’ committee meet Bhutanese youth recently in Osaka, Japan (Photo: Ngawang Tobgay )

Labour Minister Ugyen Dorji has said that the number of Bhutanese youth placed in Japan under learn and earn programme applying for the newly introduced loan deferment scheme was increasing. He said that about 230 students had applied for the grace period as of March 18, the last date to register online. Deadline was given, he said, to gauge the interest among youth and their parents.

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Students top offences related to controlled substances in Thimphu 

More than half of those arrested in Thimphu last year were youth, according to records with the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP). Thimphu police arrested 1,180 people in 2018, 163 more than the previous year. Of which, 643 were youths.  Of the total arrested, only about 13 percent are from Thimphu and the rest …

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