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No parking space for trucks in Trongsa

With no designated parking space, trucks are today parked along the highway

The truckers of Trongsa are facing trouble finding a space to park their trucks in the town. In the past, trucks were parked at Thruepang. However, the space has now turned into a parking lot for light vehicles. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Farmers wait for government to buy back cardamom

A worker at a cardamom depot in Phuentsholing (file photo)

It is cardamom season but price has not been improving. Farmers in Tashichholing, Samtse are saying the government’s buy-back initiative ruined the market. Suppliers said that when the government announced that it would buy cardamom from farmers late last year, many farmers stocked the produce to sell it to the …

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The Chief Executive Officer of Green Bhutan Corporation Limited (GBCL), Damber Singh Rai, was named as one of the “51 Most Impactful Green Leaders” at the eighth edition of the World CSR Congress held at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India on February 18. Global Green Future Summit and Leadership Awards …

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Ranjung in dire need of a fuel depot

Without a fuel depot at Ranjung town, vehicle owners and seven gewogs of upper Trashigang have to travel to Trashigang to refuel their cars and exchange liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders. Residents say the fuel depot is located in Kheri, which is 21kms away from town. To read more, please …

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Auditors attend hydropower auditing training

More than 50 auditors attended a three-day training on hydropower system auditing in Tsirang. Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) deputy auditor general, Ugyen Dorji, said that the programme was conducted to further broaden the understanding of hydropower projects in the country. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Fifteen women including six who are visually impaired completed five months of spa therapy training from Norbu Academy of Spa & Massage Therapy yesterday.  All trainees have secured employment while one has decided to start a business. The training was organsied by Disability Persons’ Association of Bhutan and funded by the …

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Making Economics an optional subject affects performance

Making Economics an optional subject is cited as one of the main reasons why students consistently perform poorly every year. Most teachers, Economics framework developers and subject officials Kuensel talked to shared that the Economics textbooks today are broad and have vast syllabus without relevant to the current scenario.

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Most suicide cases reported among farmers 

About 31.3 percent of people who either completed or attempted suicide in 2016 and 2017 were farmers, according to a review of the three-year suicide prevention action plan by the National Suicide Prevention Programme (NSPP). The review found that 26 percent of those who completed or attempted taking their own lives were …

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The Bhutanese community in New York celebrated His Majesty’s birth anniversary yesterday (Photo: Tshering Sam photography) 

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Austria commits 8.3M euros 

The foreign minister also called on Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering

Austria has committed 8.3 million euros to help Bhutan graduate the least developed countries group by the end of the 12th Plan. Gross National Happiness Commission secretary Thinley Namgyel and Ambassador of Austria to Bhutan based in New Delhi, Brigitte Oeppinger-Walchshofer signed the letter of exchange for the Bhutan Country Strategy …

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Fierce afternoon wind reignites Bjimina forest fire

A forest fire has damaged more than 200 acres of forest in Bjimina, Thimphu as of yesterday afternoon.

Fire fighters would start at 5am and try to contain a fire in Bjimina, Thimphu, before noon today. The fire that started from the Gidakom hospital compound on the evening of February 23 was still raging as of yesterday evening. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Education ministry revises guidelines for private schools 

The appointment of principal and vice-principal in private schools must be verified by dzongkhag and thromde administrations and endorsed by the education ministry, according to the revised Private Schools Establishment and Operational Guidelines 2018. As per the new guidelines, the principal must now have a minimum professional degree and an …

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Women involved battery and libel case still in detention

The three women involved in a case of abusing another woman at a resort in Paro are still in detention. A police official said the investigation was almost complete and few people were being located for questioning. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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