• Haa has the best hospital, but without doctors

    No doctors at Haa hospital

    The people of Haa boast of the best hospitals among the dzongkhags. But the new hospital has failed to live up to the expectation of the people without a doctor to attend to their needs.Aum Kinley, a resident of Haa shared her experience of having to call doctors from the military hospital when her daughter gave birth. “There is no specialist although we have a well-structured hospital. There is no use of having such a big hospital if we have no doctors or specialists.”

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Parliament session concludes, leaves room for improvement

Even though the second session of the third parliament was largely fruitful given the resolutions, motions and recommendations passed, the need for improvement in the quality of proposed legislations and debates have been felt. In comparison to the second parliament, observers say debates in the last two sessions were generally …

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Govt. explores hiring medical specialists from India

While the government is following up on bringing in the medical specialists from Bangladesh, it is also exploring to hire some specialists from India. Foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji, at the Friday meet yesterday said many specialists in India have shown interest to come and work in the country. On …

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Comprehensive National Development Plan 2030 launched 

To address the issue of rural-urban migration and promote regionally balanced development, a Comprehensive National Development Plan (CNDP) for Bhutan 2030 was launched on June 27. CNDP identified various issues such as an increase in rural-urban migration, mainly from east to west contributes to labour shortage leading to increased fallow …

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Placing water sector in the centre

Water sector is challenged by poor drainage system in urban areas

With increasing problems of access to water in the country, the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) from 2019 to 2023 has placed water sector at the forefront of the project. A workshop to prepare relevant agencies on the adaptation plan was held in Thimphu on June 27. To read more, please …

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Towards protecting water source

Payment for Environmental Service (PES) will be instituted in Tsirang to protect and conserve the  Paokhola-Darachhu watershed area which source water supply for the entire Damphu town.  It will be the fourth scheme to be established in the country.  To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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“UNICEF is committed to support Bhutan” 

1) You have been in Bhutan since August 2016. As you set to leave, how would you describe your time here? As I leave Bhutan, as much as I am sad, I am also satisfied with my work. I was so impressed with the country where all the partners with …

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Grafting improves hazelnut production 

Field staff prepare a hazelnut tree for grafting at Chaskhar, Mongar (file photo)

Looking after one and a half acres of hazelnut trees for the last six years in Kidheykhar, Mongar, Tshewang Zangmo’s experience was no different from the rest of the farmers in the country. The wait to produce the nut at a large scale would continue for another two to three …

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Weak electric fencing in Bidung

An electric fence at Kakaney

The fields of Kakaney in Bidung, Trashiagng received electric fencing in 2015. Since then the farmers were able to harvest their crops. This year however, the technology has failed to keep the wild animals away compelling farmers to guard their fields. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Why did they not attend to our baby?

After losing their healthy newborn in the week hours of April 16, seven hours after the baby was born at Phuentsholing General Hospital (PGH), a young couple in Phuentsholing are still waiting for answers to what led to the baby’s death. Months after the baby’s death, a question still bothers …

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Parents sensitised on preventing drug abuse

With many Bhutanese parents recognising only marijuana as a drug, children tend to get away with other tablet and capsule drugs. This was discussed at an awareness programme to sensitise the importance of parenting in prevention of drug abuse among youth and adolescents that was conducted in Thimphu on June …

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Man caught for auto stripping 

Thimphu police arrested a 24-year-old man from Khariphu village, Mewong gewog on June 21 from Changbangdru in connection with three auto stripping cases. “Upon investigation, he was found to be unemployed and has been auto stripping light vehicles. He has been breaking the windows of cars and taxis,” said a …

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Govt. stands its ground on cut-off point

About 2,500 students would have been left out if the government had not rushed (file photo)

The last session of the National Council, the Parliament’s house of review, recommended the government to carry out a thorough impact analysis of the cut-off removal for Class 10, albeit it came a little too late. The House asked whether the Ministry of Education followed the protocol for policy formulation …

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