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Detainee dies from stroke

A 48-year-old detainee of Samdrupjongkhar jail died of stroke at the hospital around 7:30am yesterday. The deceased along with four other detainees were made to clean the jail surroundings around 6:30am. The police officials on duty heard the detainees shouting inside the jail and found him unconscious on bed. To …

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Power tariff revisions worry Pasakha industries

A ferrosilicon company in Pasakha (file photo)

With the three-year power tariff cycle ending this month, industries in Pasakha industrial estate in Phuentsholing have started to worry. The revision with increased proposals would do more harm than good to the already weak market, industrialists fear. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Single to three phase switch to take time

Economic affairs minister Loknath Sharma

Lack of budget and huge investment requirement has delayed the conversion of rural electrification from single to three phase, economic affairs minister Loknath Sharma said. However, Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC), he said, will take up the conversion works when investment becomes financially viable. To read more, please subscribe by registering …

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Embracing Educaring in modern education

A yoga session in ELC, the school believe in wholesome education (Photo: ELC Facebook page )

A group of students along with their teacher in Early Learning Centre primary school (ELC) discusses bullying as one of the pertinent problems. They imagine solutions to the problem, implement and then share with each other what they learned. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Lean season causes sand shortage

People queue up to get approval for sand permit

Beginning this week, the limit for sand was set to 50 truckloads a day. House owners and contractors were given an approval of one truckload each a week. Customers availing sand have to queue for tokens. Lately, there has been a long queue of customers at the sand procurement section at the …

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Not many buyers for lychee

Fruit vendors at Centenary Farmers Market (CFM) in Thimphu saw a decrease in customers buying lychees in recent days. According to a fruit vendor, she used to sell about ten bundles of lychee in a day in the past. However, yesterday, she couldn’t sell even a single bundle. To read …

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NC calls for gratuity ceiling

Chairperson Tashi Dorji

The National Council yesterday unanimously adopted the Pay Revision Bill 2019 with some major recommendations. The House recommended that the existing gratuity ceiling to be maintained unchanged within the maximum ceiling of Nu 1.5million and not as passed by the National Assembly where the gratuity ceiling is removed. To read …

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Council to adopt pay revision Bill today

After deliberating the Pay Revision Bill for two days, the National Council’s ad hoc committee on the review of the Bill will table its final recommendations to the House today. The Council members raised about 26 questions on the pay revision to the finance minister who introduced the Bill to the house of review on June 11. 

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Thimphu to have a dzongkhag hospital

Health minister Dechen Wangmo

Patient load at the national referral hospital is expected to ease with the construction of a dzongkhag hospital in Thimphu. Health minister Dechen Wangmo said the ministry is currently working on the Blueprint of the 20-bed hospital that would be constructed in Kawang gewog. Government of India, she said, has …

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Picture story

His Holiness The Je Khenpo consecrated a Jarong Khashor choeten in Tsirang on June 12. The choeten was constructed at a cost of about Nu 4.8 million. It took two years to complete the construction. His Holiness also consecrated a Dremay Namni choeten in Tsirang. 

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Committee says budget allocation is not decentralised

Economic and Finance Committee’s chair Kinley Wangchuk

The economic and finance committee of the National Assembly yesterday reported that budget allocation for the fiscal year 2019-20 was not in keeping with the 12th Plan’s core theme of enhanced decentralisation. The committee reported that the overall allocation to local governments for the new fiscal year is Nu 18,683.419 …

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Japan to provide 174 million Yen for HRD scholarship

Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan Kenji Hiramatsu and Ambassador of Bhutan to Japan Maj. Gen. Vetsop Namgyel will sign the Exchange of Notes for a grant aid project to Bhutan under Japan’s ODA scheme on June 19, at the Embassy of Japan in New Delhi. The Project for Human Resource …

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Employee terminated for not participating in cultural programme

The labor ministry is investigating a case where a former employee of the State Trading Corporation of Bhutan (STCBL) alleged she was terminated for not participating in a “dance” programme. The employee lodged the complaint on June 5, stating she was terminated from work on May 27 for withdrawing from …

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