• 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)

    Experts to visit Thorthormi today

    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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Lack of irrigation water has led to fallowing in Bangtsho

Lack of irrigation channel in Bangtsho in Dewathang, Samdrupjongkhar has led to farmers leaving their land fallow. Some say it has been more than two decades the villagers stopped cultivating paddy. “It has made us more dependent on rice import,” said one farmer. To read more, please subscribe by registering …

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When cattle come to town

It was the source of livelihood, draught power and a symbol of wealth and social status. Cattle, called Nor, refers to wealth. That was a long time ago. As vehicles replace horses, imported dairy products replace cows and tillers replace bulls, the all-important animal has now become a nuisance in the capital. …

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New tents pitched to continue moenlam chenmo

After the tent collapsed and the injured were evacuated to the hospital, the moenlam chenmo resumes at Tencholing in Wangdue yesterday

Wangdue dzongkhag administration with help from army personnel worked through the night yesterday to pitch smaller tents at the Tencholing Training Centre ground for the on-going moenlam chenmo. Officials said they collected 28 tents from schools and gewogs. “The tents would be pitched and ready for the moenlam chenmo today.” …

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ACC suspends licenses in sewer lines construction case

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) suspended contract licenses of two construction firms on May 7 in connection with alleged corrupt practices involved in constructing the new sewer lines in Thimphu Thromde. The commission suspended the business operations or activities of Chime Phagma  Construction, Mongar and Sonam Yangdak Construction of Thimphu after …

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Bhutan presents report to UN Human Rights Council

Bhutan presented its third national report to the UN Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism on May 8 in Geneva, Switzerland. In his statement to the review body, foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji highlighted the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan as the foundation for protection …

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When public structures are damaged

In what is an irony, the entrance to the Dantak head office, the project, responsible for building and maintaining roads in the country had remained closed since Monday. The small stretch of road below Dantak’s head office was made unstable and therefore unsafe for commuters after a private construction dug …

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Taking ECCD to rural communities

The centre remains open the whole week with the help of parents

At Phawantoe-Kharphu Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre in Lhuentse, ECCD facilitator and parents take turns to operate the only mobile ECCD centre in the dzongkhag. A parent volunteers to run the centre for the first three days of the week and the remaining days by the facilitator who …

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Warmrong residents wait for ECCD centre

The residents of Warmrong town in Trashigang have been waiting for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre for the last three years. Sonam Choden, a mother of three, said there had been talks on opening an ECCD centre at Warmrong for years but nothing came up. To read more, …

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Reform improves LPG availability, but complaints persist

The queue at Motithang fuel depot every morning is still an occasional sight. People wait for hours to get their LPG cylinders refilled. However, with constant monitoring from the department of trade, there has not been shortage of LPG in Thimphu. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Influenza B outbreak in Paro under control

An outbreak of Influenza B last week has infected more than 500 students of three schools in Paro. A health official in Paro said that the number of cases has now dropped and the outbreak is under control. “It is more of Influenza B than A, which is H1N1.” To …

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Deep down under the surface

The Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS) and Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) are at war. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said this while clarifying the Cabinet’s order for suspending surface collection and dredging a few months ago. The two departments are at least at loggerheads, if not …

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MHPA awaits grid sync

While one unit of the 720 MW Mangdechhu Hydro Power Authority (MHPA) has successfully tested, a temporary arrangement has been made to evacuate power to India using the transmission line of Punatshangchhu I and II. This is because the transmission lines in the bordering Indian state of Assam, spanning 45KM, falls …

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