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RAA recovers Nu 106.3M from irregularities

In 2018, the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) recovered Nu 106.368 million (M) after issuing 597 audit reports. There are unresolved irregularities of about Nu 604.380M. This was revealed yesterday by auditor general Tshering Kezang while releasing the annual audit report, 2018. It stated that Nu 100.993M of the recovered amount …

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To mark the 60th birth anniversary of Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tshering Yangdoen Wangchuck, the Bhutan Nuns Foundation held a prayer ceremony at the training and resource centre for nuns at Tshalumaphey yesterday. Dharma talks by nuns were held in the afternoon, attended by devotees and people working in the …

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P/ling and Gelephu Thromdes fail to implement RAA recommendations

Eminent member Phuntsho Rapten

The two thromdes of Phuentsholing and Gelephu have not implemented any of the recommendations the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) made following a performance audit on revenue collection and management in the thromdes. This was the highlight of the joint sitting yesterday as the review report of the public accounts committee …

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Govt. to sign APA with BCCI

The joint sitting of Parliament yesterday endorsed the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) recommendation to sign an annual performance agreement (APA) with Bhutan Chamber of Commerce (BCCI) to enhance its performance. The PAC reported that BCCI was not able to tap its revenue potential and was not able to meet the …

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Boulder export from Gelephu to resume today

Back in line: Truckers in Gelephu wait in queue to avail the weight slip from the recently restored weighbridge

After almost two months of standstill, export of riverbed materials (RBM) to Bangladesh from Gelephu is expected to resume with the operationalisation of the weighbridge. At least 19 trucks carrying boulders are expected to leave for Bangladesh today. The regional revenue and customs office in Gelephu on June 20 notified …

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Two periods a month for Life Skills Education

The education ministry has instructed all schools to allot Life Skills Education (LSE) classes for at least two periods a month from this academic session. However, not all schools have implemented the rule. According to the education ministry’s deputy chief officer with the School Health and Nutrition Division, Karma Dechen, …

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LSE research findings shared three years later

The findings on the implementation of Life Skills Education (LSE) in school either indicates it is an effective measure that should continue or the research did not capture what lacks in LSE. This is how most of the participants who attended the seminar yesterday to present the findings of the …

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Zero Waste Hour for Zero Waste Society by 2030

Bhutan still grapples with mounting waste

Bhutan will observe at least an hour on the second day of every month as the “Zero Waste Hour” to achieve Bhutan’s vision of Zero Waste Society by 2030. The National Environment Commission’s (NEC), “My waste, my responsibility”, which was launched by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen on June 2, coinciding …

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Same old system, same old problem in Gaselo

The busy paddy transplantation or Changla has begun in Wangdue. But with very little water to share among three chiwogs, the season is more tiring for farmers in Gasetsho Gom gewog. The scarcity of irrigation water has like every year resulted in disputes even as some guard their share day and night …

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Dry spell affects paddy plantation in Radhi

Radhi gewog in Trashigang

A dry spell has stopped farming activities in Radhi, in Trashigang, considered to be bowl rice in the east. A farmer, Tashi, said that the water source was far away from gewog. “Without rainfall, irrigation water is not enough. The households higher up cultivate first. Only then we get the …

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Int’l yoga day celebrated

Engrossed: Participants sit for a yoga posture

More than 200 Bhutanese and Indian yoga enthusiasts celebrated the fifth International Day of Yoga (IDY) yesterday at the Phuentsholing Sports Association’s (PSA) multi-purpose hall. The yoga day was organised by the office of the Consulate General of India in Phuentsholing. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Bhutan-Thailand friendship drive flags off from Bangkok

A team of 21 officials from the Royal Thai government, Royal Bhutanese Embassy, Thairung Union Car Public Company Limited and two youth, representing Bhutan and Thailand,  yesterday, left for Bhutan from Bangkok in the first road journey from Bangkok to Thimphu. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Experts to visit Thorthormi today

Confluence: The muddied Phochhu, after two subsidiary lakes breached on Thursday night, increasing the water volume, meets the Mochhu river at Punakha. (Photo: Tshering Palden)

The water level flowing out of Thorthormi lake in Lunana was normal as of yesterday night. However, the stability of the moraine walls surrounding the main lake is uncertain.The chief of hydrology and water resources division, Sangay Tenzin said this is because of the two subsidiary lakes that breached on the evening of June 20. There is erosion and an outflow from the subsidiary II lake, which could destablise the moraine dams of the main Thorthomi lake. 

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