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Dog population management strategy to reduce rabies cases

Should things work out as planned, the implementation of the new national dog population management strategy will reduce rabies cases in human to zero by 2030. The last rabies case in human in the country was reported in May 2016. The ultimate goal of the strategy is to not have …

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MPs’ wait for better office continues

The Cabinet is yet to decide on a proposed plan to relocate the PMs’ office from Langjophaka, Thimphu to a convenient place, according to officials in the Prime Minister’s Office. MPs have long been demanding for a better office, where they have privacy with their constituents and better amenities. A …

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Drying paddy fields worry farmers 

It was Ugyenla’s turn for paddy plantation on July 2 in Mikachen Pam in Bje,  Trongsa. His power tiller remains parked in the dry field. The 50-year-old farmer said that, each of the 17 households get a night and a day’s share of water in the fields. To read more, please …

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STH low in Bhutan

According to soil transmitted helminths (STH) survey conducted among school children attending classes three to eight in Bhutan in 2017, the overall prevalence of any STH or intestinal worms infections among students in Bhutan was low at 1.4 percent. STH infections are among the most common infections worldwide and affect the poorest and …

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Sakteng grapples with mounting waste

The temporary dumpsite is not enough to manage waste in Sakteng

Sakteng, a rural village in Trashigang is grappling with a problem that is more visible in the urban centers – waste. Although cleaning campaigns initiated by the drungkhag administration, school and Sakteng wild life sanctuary has helped the community stay green, but the community lacks a proper place to dump …

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Zeroing in on waste

About six metric tonnes of waste was collected

To observe “Zero Waste Hour,” more than 150 individuals in collaboration with the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) dedicated at least an hour to collect waste in the capital on July 2. Led by the Prime Minister, the officials and volunteers from government agencies, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and institutions cleaned the …

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Fire leaves 35 homeless

Eight families lost their homes in a fire that started around 2.30am in Changzamtog, Thimphu yesterday

A fire that broke out around 2:30am at Kay Dee Sawmill in Changzamtog, Thimphu yesterday razed four furniture-manufacturing units, nine temporary sheds and a store. Eight families living in the temporary sheds lost all their belongings in the fire. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Fire damages transformer in Pasakha

Pelden Enterprise in Pasakha

One of the ferrosilicon industries in Pasakha industrial estate, Pelden Enterprise may not be able to carry out production for some months now. A fire that broke out due to an alleged short circuit gutted the plant’s transformer yesterday. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Heat wave and delayed monsoon caused Thorthormi to breach

Lake Thorthormi: GLOF hazards from Thorthormi, Rapstreng and Lugge still remain high (Photo: NCHM)

The breaching of subsidiary lake II of Thorthormi lake on June 20 helped drain out about 2.73 million cubic metres (mcm) of water from the main lake, avoiding a disaster.Officials from the national centre for hydrology and meteorology (NCHM) say the breaching was in a way like the artificial mitigating measure conducted in 2009-2012, but through a natural process. Between 2009-2012, lake Throthormi’s level was lowered in what was called Operation Thorthomi to reduce risk of glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF).  

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CSMI’s open to FDI

Should the draft foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy 2019 come through, small-scale production and manufacturing activities would be allowed to explore foreign partners and investors with its approval and clearances fast tracked. This is one of the major changes in the proposed draft FDI policy, which is with the Gross …

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Contractor faces termination for poor progress

he Nu 89M project began in May 2016

The works and human settlement ministerial level-tendering committee has decided to terminate the contractor that is involved in the construction of a 2.5 million liter water treatment plant (WTP) at Pinchina in Samdrupjongkhar. The committee forwarded its decision to the Samdrupjongkhar thromde on June 13, however, the thromde administration didn’t …

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PM Modi to visit Bhutan next month

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Bhutan on a two-day visit next month, according to the foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji. Lyonpo shared the information to the media during the Friday Meet on June 28. The foreign minister met with the Indian Ambassador yesterday to discuss the details …

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