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Dramtoe women brave life without spouses

Without electricity, Jampem Doya prepares dinner before sunset

Inside her rickety and smoky hut, occasionally rubbing her teary eyes, Jampem Doya peels potatoes for dinner. It is only 5pm.At 42, the Lhop woman looks way beyond her age. She is sick and tired. But dinner must be cooked fast. Her three children are home from school and done with fetching water from a nearby stream. She collected some wild mushroom for dinner.

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Two students drown in Mochhu

A class-11-student died while search is still on for another student’s body washed away by the Mochhu river on August 24. Two other students and a freelance rafting guide escaped after they were also washed away. The incident took place around 1:30pm while the deceased along with other friends were …

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RDC to reduce transmission of acute respiratory illness

In an effort to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2027, three years ahead of the WHO South-East Asia regional target of 2030, the health ministry has been intensifying TB prevention screening and treatment intervention in recent months. On August 24, a respiratory disease clinic (RDC) started at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck …

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Canada to invest in Bhutanese projects

Ambassador Nadir Patel with PM Dr Lotay Tshering

The government of Canada through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives will invest in projects in Bhutan. According to the Canadian ambassador to Bhutan in New Delhi, Nadir Patel, who was in the country last week, his government will invest Nu 2.7 million (M) in three projects, which will be …

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Understanding the basics of technological revolution

An aspiring agriculture entrepreneur, Yam Bdr Gurung wanted to develop a mobile application that would encourage youth to take up farming. However, as a technoob, there was little he could do to realise his ambition. An opportunity was presented to the 35-year-old when he saw an announcement in Facebook about …

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Poor Matsutake yield in Ura

There were not many tourists at the festival this year

The people of Ura in Bumthang are not happy with the Matsutake yield this year. The mushroom is one of the main sources of income for them. People say they had been harvesting Matsutake for the last one month but they could not collect much. To read more, please subscribe …

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Exploring alternative energy for domestic use

With hydropower facing many challenges, alternative renewable energy could come as a rescue. As of today, hydropower remains the main source of energy. The country’s energy is completely dependent on rivers, which could pose challenges to energy security because of climatic changes, seasonal variations, and natural disasters. To read more, …

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BTO inaugurates Chabto

Chabto is a toilet for those who can’t go to toilet (Photo: BTO)

Bhutan Toilet Organisation (BTO) inaugurated a user-friendly and portable toilet called ‘Chabto’ in the office of the Royal Society of Protection of Nature (RSPN) at Kawajangsa in Thimphu on August 24. BTO’s executive director, Passang Tshering said the name ‘Chabto’ is derived from the small containers used as a night …

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Children park in Trongsa remains unutilised

Children park in Trongsa

With most equipment broken and no maintenance done, the children park in Trongsa remains unused. The two-unit toilet in the park compound has no water connection although it just located next to the Truepangchhu. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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The sand thieves of Sha region

Rinchengang, Wangdue—A full sail dredging is underway at the quarry. This happens six days a week from 7am to 7pm.The narrow stretch along the Punatsangchhu  is crowded with trucks zooming in and out, and this dizzying state of affair ever seems to stop. Sand from this quarry is ferried mostly to Thimphu and Paro. 

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Labour DG implicated in overseas employment programme

After almost a year of investigation and waiting, the Director General (DG) of the labour and human resource ministry, Sherab Tenzin is charged for four offences under two different overseas employment programme in Japan and India. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) yesterday filed the case in the Thimphu …

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Bumdeling gup imprisoned for 12 years for rape of a minor

Trashiyangtse dzongkhag court yesterday sentenced Bumdeling gup Mani Wangda to 12 years in prison for the rape of a child above 12 years. The gup, who is 46-years-old and a father of five, was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl on July 3 when her parents were away from …

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