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Protecting women and girls from violence

The National Study on Women’s Health and Life Experiences recommends conducting studies on the prevalence of violence against women and girls every 5-10 years. The report, which was released on March 8 on International Women’s Day, stated that more than two in every five women experienced partner violence either physically, …

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Ura-Shinghar farm road not maintained in 20 years

Shingkhar valley

For the last 20 years, Ura-Shingkhar farm road has not seen any maintenance, according to residents of Shingkhar in Bumthang. The 8km road, which connects Shingkhar to Ura was constructed by Austrian Development project in 1995. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Picture story

Thirteen female civil servants in the executive, specialist, and managerial positions attended a mindfulness retreat camp at the professional development centre in Tsirang from March 4- 8. The Royal Civil Service Commission initiated the programme in collaboration with the Central Monastic Body to enhance emotional intelligence among the civil servants.

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Singing away for change

A skit about addiction and change by the members of CPHC

An up-and-coming band of young boys hit the stage and begin to holler Ben E. King’s enduring classic “Stand By Me”. When the night has come And the land is dark And the moon is the only light we’ll see No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid …

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Private school owners cry foul 

Most private schools owners across the country who admitted class X students on government scholarship say the government did not keep its word on the fee structure and admission process. Proprietors and principals Kuensel talked to said that the government initially agreed to provide scholarship of Nu 30,000 for day scholar and Nu 50,000 for boarder students and then parents would top up the remaining fees depending on respective school’s fee structure.

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Two in five women experience partner violence

More than two in every five women experienced one or more forms of partner violence in their lifetime, according to a study the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) conducted. The study, conducted in 2017, was released yesterday at the National Textile Festival organised to commemorate the International Women’s …

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Most of the 25 pledges fulfilled: PM

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering

The government came out with a flattering self-assessment of its performance in the first 120 days after it took over the reins of governance on November 7 last year. Except for the pledges on converting Samrang project into a vegetable farming project and removing the five percent voucher tax, Cabinet …

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Share prices surge, RSEBL revises circuit breaker

In the wake of abrupt increase in market value of shares, the Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan Limited (RSEBL) has revised the circuit breaker from 15 percent to five percent. This means that trading of shares above five percent of the last market value would be put on halt. Earlier …

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From aid to trade

Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji

Bhutan will move from an aid-based country to one that will engage in trade with other countries, Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji has said. He was speaking about the 14th Round Table Meeting (RTM), which will be held from March 12 to 14 in Thimphu, at the fourth meet the …

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Gelephu running out of gas (LPG)

Residents of Gelephu town and nearby gewogs queue in front of the LPG outlet as early as 6:30am

People waiting in long queues in front of the Bhutan Oil Distributors’ (BOD) Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) outlet in Gelephu has become a common sight for the last one week. The central LPG outlet in Gelephu stopped receiving LPG cylinders since February 14 affecting six other dzongkhags of Sarpang, Tsirang, …

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Construction safety questioned after fire incident

At a construction site yesterday: Labourers work without any safety gear

A fire that broke out from the safety net surrounding the Gol Building on March 7 has raised safety concerns at construction sites in Phuentsholing. The welding sparks had fallen on jute sacks at the base where the Gol Building is being dismantled. The safety net caught fire. The fire …

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Direct employment scheme on  hold

Evaluation of the direct employment scheme (DES), which is on hold, is likely to complete by the end of this month. The evaluation, being carried by the Gross National Happiness Commission for the last six months would determine the efficiency of the scheme initiated by the labour and human resources …

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Festival celebrates women artisans

To celebrate international women’s day, the 14th national textile festival was held at the Centenary Park in Thimphu yesterday. The festival, where about 15 stalls displaying textiles were opened was held to advance gender equality and empower women in relation to social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable …

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