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Local leaders worried water source at Buyang could dry up

Local leader share concern on cutting down trees at the water source

Buyang stream is the only water source for Khamdang gewog in Trashiyangtse. It is located about 15km away from the gewog centre. At the Dzongkhag Tshopgdu yesterday, local leaders of Khamdang said that cutting trees at the water source was a concern. Khamdang Gup Norbu said that forest officers had …

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Bhutan looks to CSA for climate resilient agriculture

Promotion and implementation of climate smart agricultural (CSA) in Bhutan could minimise the adverse effects of climate change and contribute to overall goals of food security and self-sufficiency through resilient agriculture, according to a research. Bhutanese economy is primarily based on agriculture that employs around 57 percent of the population. …

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Watching TV in Ngawang Dramtoe

Choep Tshering with his defunct TV set

An abrupt shower has cooled the evening at Ngawang Dramtoe. It is 6.22 pm. The evening breeze brings out villagers, old and young out in the open. Inside Nanzom Doya’s house, a light is flickering followed by a sound unfamiliar to many in the village. Nanzom’s son, Sonam Doya is …

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Videographer in Babesa bullying case arrested

Thimphu police have arrested a 20-year-old man yesterday, who allegedly filmed the video of the man bullying a minor that went viral on social media since August 4. Police sources said the videographer is from Paro and he is a class XII dropout. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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Picture story

A fire razed a single-storey traditional house at Laniri chiwog, Pemagatshel on August 5. The victim came to know about the incident only yesterday morning as they were at neighbour’s house during the incident. They lost all their belongings.

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Finance ministry initiates salary revision for SOEs

The finance ministry has instructed the state owned enterprises (SOE) to review and propose salary revision for its employees.Unlike the last salary revision where SOEs were issued with a guideline specifying the maximum and minimum salary for each grade, this time the ministry has only asked the companies and its board to be mindful of the affordability. This is to ensure that the pay raise will be financed from the SOE’s revenue.

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Lack of doctors hamper service in Dagana

More than 126 patients came to the OPD yesterday

The Dagapela hospital, which is the dzongkhag hospital for Dagana, did not have any doctors for the last two months, leaving people frustrated with delayed medical services. The hospital is a referral point for about nine basic health units (BHUs) in the dzongkhag. Some local leaders raised the issue but …

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Man charged for murder

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) charged a 53-year old man from Lumang in Trashigang for voluntary manslaughter. The case was registered in the Nganglam drungkhag court yesterday. The accused was charged for murdering a 11-month-old baby after he repeatedly hit with a religious instrument (dorji) while performing ritual. …

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TB diagnosis to become easier

Diagnosis of tuberculosis in the country is expected to be more reliable and faster with GeneXpert machine. With the installation of two additional GeneXpert machine soon, Bhutan will have a total of eight GeneXpert machine. GeneXpert machine is diagnostic equipment to find out if a person is infected with tuberculosis …

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PM urges MoLHR’s to realign APA activities to improve TVET

The ministry aims to engage 6,000 youth by the end of the current Plan

The Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR) has identified six success indicators to improve the quality and relevance of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in the country in its Annual Performance Agreement (APA) for the fiscal year 2019-2020. Presenting the targets during the APA review with the Prime …

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Police forwards Taktse case to court

After reviewing the report of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Trongsa police forwarded the Taktse case to Trongsa court on August 2. OAG sent the review report to Trongsa police on July 10. Three lecturers, a 30-year-old lecturer from Paro, the 32-year-old assistant lecturer from Wangduephodrang and the …

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Plastic ban: Trashiyangtse shows the way

Say no to plastic: Even domas are wrapped in paper

At least there is one dzongkhag that has taken the plastic ban seriously. Remote Trashiyangtse has enforced the  ban of use or sale of plastic bags and doma wrappers effectively. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Finally S/jongkhar town could have reliable water

The water treatment plant

With the water treatment plant (WTP) in Samdrup Jongkhar started supplying  water on August 5, residents will no longer have to walk for hours and wait in queue to fetch water from ponds or depend on rainwater. The thromde started supplying treated water from the long-awaited 2.5 million litre capacity …

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