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TCB cautions tour operators on delayed payments

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) on June 15 issued a notification cautioning the tour operators to clear pending bills to hoteliers and related service providers in the industry. The notification stated that the council had received increasing complaints from hoteliers about delays and payment defaults. The council recorded complaints …

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Final deadline for workshop owners to relocate

The industrial service centre in Gelephu spreads across some 111.5 acres of land

Automobile workshop owners along the Gelephu-Zhemgang have been asked to relocate to the newly-developed industrial service centre (ISC) by September this year. The thromde administration has extended the deadline after most of the owners failed to move out by December last year. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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174M Yen project for scholarships in Japan 

Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu and Ambassador V Namgyel

Bhutan’s Ambassador to Japan V Namgyel and Japan’s Ambassador to Bhutan, Kenji Hiramatsu signed the Exchange of Notes for the “Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship” yesterday in New Delhi, India. A press release from the Bhutan Embassy in New Delhi states that through this project worth 174 million Yen, …

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Contractor convicted for larceny of tender document

Trongsa dzongkhag court sentenced a petty contractor to a year in prison for larceny of tender document. The court, on June 14, convicted Nimala from Trashiyangtse after he stole tender documents of Norlha Construction proprietor Sangay Rinchen in February 2017 while bidding for a farm road construction in Mikachen in …

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Ginger fetches good prices

Ginger: packed and ready for export across the border

Ginger price in Phuentsholing has picked up this season after remaining stagnant for more than two years. A kilogram (kg) of ginger fetches about Nu 80-85 in the market today. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Picture story

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen offered prayers at the Tashichhodzong on Duechen Nga Zom or the Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana on June 17. Namgay Tongchoe prayers are being held at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong, presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo. Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana, falls on …

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NA calls for an Education Act 

An initiative of the National Assembly to add variety to its regular agenda and table other national issues came under intense scrutiny as members debated if the House should pass a resolution on the recommendations. Chairperson of the Social and Cultural Committee and Maenbi-Tsenkher MP, Choki Gyeltshen, presented its report …

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National Service Programme to replace NGOP

The National Graduate Orientation Program (NGOP) would be upgraded to National Service Programme starting this year. To this effect, a budget of Nu 252M has been earmarked in the 2019-20 annual budget with the labour ministry. While presenting the annual budget, eminent member of National Council Karma Tshering questioned the …

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MPs visit PHPA sites

Members of Parliament including the Speaker, economics affairs minister, home minister and NA secretary visited the PHPA sites

To better understand the geological challenges and progress at Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project (PHPA) I and II, more than a dozen members of parliament, led by the National Assembly Speaker, visited the project site on June 15. The project management made a brief presentation of the progress, fund, and challenges. Economic …

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Student commits suicide

Students of Udzorong Central School in Trashigang  were busy preparing  for the midterm examination when they heard that a  19-year-old student had taken his own life.  He was a Class X student. According to sources, the incident could have occurred between morning 2 a.m and 11 a.m Investigation was carried out and …

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Alleged abuse drives student to attempt suicide 

Local residents of Shantipur village in Assam recently handed over a 19-year-old Bhutanese student to his relatives after he was found almost unconscious in the area. The class 12 student at one of the private schools in Gelephu had gone missing from the school campus on the evening of June …

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MPs want more oversight power to Parliament 

NA Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel

Some of the recommendations that the ongoing session of the National Assembly have deliberated called for more oversight power for Parliament over government actions and financial matters. Gangzur-Minjey MP Kinga Penjor on June 4 moved a motion calling for mandatory parliamentary review of sub-legislations (rules or regulations), both existing and …

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