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Government plans bi-annual all-party meeting

Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji

The government is planning all-party meetings to make governance inclusive. “We will be soon sitting with all the registered political parties to discuss several issues,” Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji said at the third meet the press on March 1. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Ossey bypass to open next month

Work and communications ministers visit the bypass construction site in Ossey

The Department of Roads (DoR) has completed the first cutting of 3kms new bypass road at Ossey in Gelephu. Officials said formation cutting works would complete by April and the 4.4km bypass would open to traffic next month. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Teacher couple takes up farming

Karma Wangmo and Tenzin Thinley

A teacher couple from Chukha, Tenzin Thinley, 46, and Karma Wangmo, 44, gave up teaching to return to Boeri village in Bongo, Chukha to become farmers. The couple wants to make use of their fallow land and encourage people to return to their land. Karma was a teacher of Tsimalakha …

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Red sander wood smuggler handed prison sentence

The bench II of the High Court upheld the Paro dzongkhag court’s judgment that sent a man smuggling  sander wood (Pterocarpus santalinus) to three years and a month in prison and fined Nu 657,650. The judgment was rendered last week. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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ICAO red-flags Bhutan over aviation safety oversight

The Paro international airport is one of the main gateways to Bhutan

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) after its validation mission in August last year has red-flagged Bhutan for lack of effective implementations, especially in the Air Navigation Services (ANS). ICAO red flags countries whose oversight over the aviation industry does not comply with international standards and issues significant safety concern (SSC). ICAO’s latest audited list of states show four red-flagged countries - Bhutan, Eritrea, Haiti and Kyrgyzstan.

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PHPA I seeks divine intervention

The three-day rimdro ended on March 2

Following numerous landslides and technical issues at the Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project I, a three-day rimdro was conducted at the dam site beginning February 28. An official said that although there were technical, scientific and engineering solutions, the problems continued. “So we thought we should seek divine intervention.” On January 22, …

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TCB proposes three ways to take tourism to the top

Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) has proposed three approaches to achieve its vision of taking tourism to the top by 2023. The council, however, is yet to present the proposal to the Cabinet. The first approach is to focus on dzongkhags TCB has selected – Lhuentse, Zhemgang, Dagana, Gasa, and …

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Vacancies for B.Ed graduates to be announced soon

At the Meet the Press programme on March 1, Education Minister JB Rai said that there were enough vacancies to absorb all B.Ed. he added that there were, however, some technicalities to be completed. “All we asked is if they could wait until then because there are some approvals to …

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Bypass could leave Langthel cut off

Most shopkeepers are planning to move to Dangdung

With the construction of Rafey-Koshala bypass and commissioning of Mangdechhu Hydropower Power Project (MHPA) nearing, the people of Langthel town in Trongsa are worried. The coming of MHPA brought business opportunities in the town. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Bhalujhora Bridge to complete before monsoon

More than 70 percent of the works have been completed

Much to the relief of Pasakha residents and the industrial estate, the 123-metre pre-stressed concrete connecting Girder Bridge over Bhalujhora River would be ready before monsoon this year. Funded by the Asian Development Bank, it is one of the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) projects in Phuentsholing. To read more, please …

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People rush for LPG in Tsirang

About 240 cooking gas were issued yesterday

Hundreds of people queued at the only fuel depot in Tsirang yesterday with empty cylinders  for the cooking gas. After waiting for about two months, Dorji, a resident of Damphu, finally got cooking gas from the depot. “I have been waiting at the depot since morning after I heard that …

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