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Freedom House rates Bhutan as partly free

Freedom House in its annual report Freedom in the World 2019 has rated Bhutan as partly free in terms of political rights and civil liberties. The US-based non-governmental organisation conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom and human rights. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Fire guts labour camp at MHPA

The fire occurred around 12:30PM yesterday

A labour camp, a 200 KVA diesel generator and the storeroom of a construction company of Mangdechu hydro project at Samcholing, Trongsa were gutted in a fire around 12:30pm yesterday. It was learnt that the labour camp belonged to M/s PES Engineering Pvt Ltd, which is carrying out the work …

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Fuel prices hiked 

Fuel prices in the country saw another round of increase from February 16 midnight, the third consecutive increase this year. While the petrol price in Thimphu and Phuentsholing increased by 46 chheltrums a litre, diesel price increased by Nu 1.23 a litre in Thimphu, and Nu 1.22 a litre in Phuentsholing. To …

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Loan deferment for youth in Japan may take time 

Deferring loan repayment for the youth in Japan may take time because the Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL) requires the client to sign the agreement of deferment in person, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said. At the Friday Meet yesterday, Lyonchhen said that after the government decided to defer the …

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Bhutan commits to eliminate cervical cancer

Bhutan committed to eliminate cervical cancer at the 144thsession of the WHO executive board, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland from January 24 to February 1. Health Minister Dechen Wangmo said at the Friday Meet yesterday that the main function of the executive board was to decide the agenda for …

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Tertiary hospital likely to come up where education city was planned

The first concept paper on the country’s tertiary hospital, one of the major flagship pledges of the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, was ready, health minister Dechen Wangmo said. The hospital would be established in phases. The education city project site at Wang Sisina, Thimphu is being considered as an option. The …

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