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Jakar type threatened by increasing feral dog population

Only about 24 households own sheep in Phobjikha today

Conservation of the indigenous Jakar type sheep breed in Phobjikha, Wangdue has become a big challenge due to increasing feral dog population in the valley. Jakar type sheep are found only in Bumthang and Phobjikha. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Fire destroys more than 1,500 acres of forest in Udzorong

Damage: A fire in Udzorong, Trashigang destroyed more than 1,500 acres of forest.

More than 60 people, comprising of forestry officials and local residents, contained the forest fire in Udzorong, Trashigang yesterday afternoon. The fire that started around 2:30pm on March 18 damaged more than 1,500 acres of community forest. It also damaged more than 6,000 saplings. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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Govt. redefining role of SOEs

The government will redefine and streamline the role of state enterprises in about three months time which could lead to privatisation of some state owned companies. A task force has begun the review process already.

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Constituency-based MP office on need basis

The government’s pledge to establish an office for MP in every constituency failed to make it to the priority list. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that the government pledged office for MPs in the constituencies but that would be set up based on need. He said that it was …

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Ensuring stable communications network during disasters

Beginning next year, should a disaster hit the country, Bhutan Telecom Ltd. would be able to maintain communication services without disruption, officials from the company said. BTL general manager, Jambay Sither, said that the company expected to complete the development of Business Continuity Plan for Disaster Control (BCP) policy by …

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Civil work delaying resumption of MRI service at JDWNRH

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) service at the national referral hospital in Thimphu will be further delayed by a few more months due to logistics problems. Since October last year, the hospital was not able to provide the service as the only MRI machine in the country was in the process …

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Farmers’ groups to supply vegetables to central schools

There are about eight farmers’ group in Drujeygang

The Dagana dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided to let farmers’ groups participate while bidding for tender quotation to supply vegetables to the central schools in the locality. Drujeygang gewog put the proposal, requesting to allow farmers to supply vegetables to nearby central schools by linking the farmers’ groups to the school …

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Heli-hiking, new tourism product

A tourist can sign up for the heli-hiking after their arrival in Bhutan without any pre-arrangement as the general tour package (Photo: Tsewang Rinchen, Terma Linca Journeys)

Since the launch of helicopter service in November 2015, the two choppers have operated 1,542 flights between 2016 and 2018, according to the 10th annual info-comm and transport statistical bulletin. Annually, the chopper service is largely engaged in keeping with its mandate for medical evacuations. The helicopters conducted 180 medical evacuations …

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Making most of the waste ban

Make hay when the sun shines: A labourer segregates pet bottles from other plastic wastes at TN Scraps in Toorsa, Phuentsholing, to be sold across the border before the ban on import of waste is implemented.

What if Bhutan cannot export its recyclable waste to India? The fear is Bhutanese would drown in waste, but those in the waste business, have better ideas and are optimistic of better prospects. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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High and dry in Gasa for vendors

A customer from Laya at the makeshift market

Many vendors, who have come to Gasa tshechu to sell goods with high hopes of making money, returned disappointed. Vendors said that they brought lots of stock, as they made good money during the previous tshechus. Some said they came to try their luck hearing that Layaps buy everything. To read more, please …

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Picture story

Strong winds have hampered efforts to douse a major forest fire in Udzorong that has razed more than 150 acres as of yesterday evening. The cause of the fire that started around 2.30pm is unknown.  (Photo: Tshering Denkar)

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Allowance for mother and child health from August 

To improve the health of mother and child in the country, the health ministry is expected to initiate implementing a programme called Accelerating Mother and child Health-1,000 Day Plus by August this year. The programme was earlier called maternity allowance and later breastfeeding allowance.

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No more lull in Lull village 

In 2013, Tashi Bidha, 51, was the lone farmer living in Lull – a village located about 40km from Bajo, Wangdue in Kazhi gewog. With only eight households, the village was identified as one of the most remote in Wangdue. Today, Lull is Wangdue’s first successful organic village. This began …

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