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Plastic ban creates tension between thromde and shopkeepers

Collection: Phuentsholing thromde collected 4.68 metric tons of plastic from the two entry gates since last month. In the last two days since the ban was reinforced, the thromde collected a fine of Nu 67,000.

The last few days have not been usual in Phuentsholing town for shopkeepers and thromde’s environment team. It is because of the plastic carry bags. In line with the plastic ban reinforced from April 1, the thromde’s environment team penalised shopkeepers in possession of plastic carry bags and collected about …

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Entertainment centres reluctant to relocate to urban core

Owners of the entertainment centre in Olakha in Thimphu are reluctant to relocate their business to the urban core. According to Thimphu Thromde’s notification issued in January, the entertainment centres should relocate to the urban core by December. Chang Lam, Phenday Lam and Norzin Lam constitute the city’s urban core. …

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MHPA plans to commission between May 10 and June 25

After experiencing several delays, the 720MW Mangdechhu project will be fully commissioned between May 10 and June 25 this year. Between this period, all four units in the power house, each capable of generating 180MW of power, will be up and running. Filling of the reservoir or the dam began …

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English and Mathematics need attention

Primary schools should emphasise on English and Mathematics because the overall students’ performance in these subjects were comparatively lower than Dzongkha, according to a competency-based assessment test (CBAT) for grade III students. Following criticism and reports on the country’s assessment system, which found that a majority of students were unable to …

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Bhutanese driver assaulted in Assam

A 28-year-old Bhutanese driver was physically assaulted when the medical supply truck he was driving hit an eight-year-old child at Dawshuray in Chirang district, Assam on April 1. The incident occurred at around 8:45am when the driver was heading to Phuentsholing from Gelephu. According to police, the truck was stoned …

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Collegians promote cloth bags to fight plastic

The college distributed more than hundred cloth bags to the shopkeepers

The movement against the use of plastic has caught up with the students of College of Language of Culture Studies in Trongsa. The gross national happiness (GNH) club of the college distributed more than hundred cloth bags to shopkeepers in the vicinity of the college. To read more, please subscribe …

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No blood count machine at Trongsa hospital

Trongsa hospital

It has been almost a year since the dzongkhag hospital in Trongsa has been without a complete blood count (CBC) machine. The machine in the hospital got damaged and did not get any replacement thereafter. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Three days on, plastic ban wrapped in confusion

Shopkeepers and vendors still sell doma wrapped in plastic after the ban

Three days after the limited plastic ban came into effect, a lot of people, both shopkeepers and customers are confused with the ban. The ban on the use of plastic carry bags, ice cream pouches and doma wrappers is imposed on business establishments, not on customers. To read more, please …

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Who spent what on hospitality and entertainment?

Of the Nu 55.01 million (M) spent as hospitality and entertainment (HE) expenses in 2015-16 financial year, the former Prime Minister spent Nu 14.45M, according to the audit report Kuensel obtained. Among the ministers, former health minister spent the highest expenses on HE. He spent Nu 5.26M. The minister for agriculture and forests had the least expense. He spent Nu 1.40M. (See graph)

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Gelephu’s gas problem leaves customers fuming

More than 400 people who queued to refill their LPG cylinders returned home with empty cylinders

A heated argument almost turned into a brawl when desperate customers fumed at the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) outlet in Gelephu yesterday. After running out of subsidised LPG cylinders since March 23, the regional outlet was restocked with 306 cylinders on April 1. Within three hours, the stock was exhausted. …

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High Court acquits two, convicts three in DeSuung case

Of the four-desuung cases that were appealed to the larger bench of the High Court, the judgment for two were completely reversed and the defendants acquitted. The larger bench of the High Court found Major Ugyen Lhendrup guilty of embezzling Nu 396,368 in separate desuung training programmes and sentenced him …

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Empathy crucial for those living with autism

Children with autism, parents and ABS staff at Kuenselphodrang

Tshering Chezom had two daughters and wanted a son. When Chimi Namgay Penjore was born in 2010, she was the happiest woman on earth. When Chimi Namgay Penjore turned two, Tshering Chezom noticed there was something different about her son. While playing, he did lying down. To read more, please …

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Windstorm damages 93 houses in S/jongkhar and P/gatshel 

The March 31 windstorm that struck eastern Bhutan for about an hour damaged about 93 houses in Samdrupjongkhar and Pemagatshel including three government structures. Three jersey cows were also killed in Martsala gewog in Samdrupjongkhar. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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