• GDP growth slips for the second time: ADB

    While the South Asian region is projected to emerge as the fastest growing region in the world, Bhutan’s economic growth projection is trailing behind the regional average. The country’s economic growth slipped for the second time as the construction of hydropower projects slowed and electric power production declined, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) outlook.

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Missing girls found in Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing police yesterday detained two girls both aged 17 who were reported missing from Samtengang Central School in Wangdue since March 16. The girls were found in Phuentsholing around 1pm. Both the girls are in grade IX. Following a report from one of the mothers of the girls, Wangdue police …

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Accelerating mother and child health to cost Nu 238M annually 

At the existing daily wage rate, implementing the programme to accelerate mother and child health in the country would cost the government about Nu 238.97 million annually. In one plan period, the budget requirement is estimated at Nu 1.195 billion. Health Minister Dechen Wangmo said the ministry is exploring with …

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Discotheques in Thimphu to remain open until 5am

Starting March 15, discotheques in Thimphu city were allowed to remain open until 5am on Fridays and Saturdays. The move comes after thromde officials observed that partygoers did not go home straight after the discotheques closed at 1am. It was reported that partygoers often got involved in brawls after partying …

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More hotels than houses in Phuentsholing?

About 11 residential buildings were converted into hotels in the last five years

In the last few years, Phuentsholing town has seen increasing number of hotels. This, many feel, would have adverse affect to hoteliers in the long run. Many residential buildings in the core area of the bordering town have been renovated and transformed into budget hotels in the last two years. …

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Vendors to propose an increase in beef price

Beef stalls were empty for almost two weeks earlier this month

Should their proposal come through, the price of beef is likely to increase. Meat vendors in Thimphu, in a committee meeting yesterday decided to write to the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry to revise the price of beef by Nu 25 to 30. To read more, please subscribe by …

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Frustration increasing when out of gas

Thimphu residents queue to refill their LPG cylinders at the fuel depot in Motithang

They are in line in the morning and online during the day. The frustration of not getting or having to wait for hours to change their empty liquid petroleum gas (LPG) with a filled one is not ending. On social media, there is a post almost every day calling for …

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World Down Syndrome Day observed in Kanglung

About 100 people participated in a walk that was held to observe the world down syndrome day yesterday in Kanglung, Trashigang.

The Draktsho Centre in the east and Ability Bhutan, observed the World Down Syndrome Day in Kanglung yesterday with a walk from Sherubtse College gate to the centre. The theme for the day this year is “leave no one behind”. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Picture story

A thousand butter lamps were lit and special prayers offered for world peace and happiness at the Kuenray of the Tashichhodzong in Thimphu yesterday to mark the international day of happiness. The international day of happiness was first celebrated in March 2013 following the United Nations General Assembly resolution of …

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Students top offences related to controlled substances in Thimphu 

More than half of those arrested in Thimphu last year were youth, according to records with the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP). Thimphu police arrested 1,180 people in 2018, 163 more than the previous year. Of which, 643 were youths.  Of the total arrested, only about 13 percent are from Thimphu and the rest …

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Government approves Nu 50M to buy cardamom

FCBL would start buying cardamon in about two weeks

The Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) will now buy cardamom from farmers across the country. Chief executive officer (CEO) with FCBL Naiten Wangchuk said the government has approved about Nu 50 million (M) to FCBL to facilitate this scheme. With Nu 50M approved, FCBL would now have a total …

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Plugging the energy leaks

To plug wastage in power, energy intensive industries would be required to follow energy efficiency codes and guidelines on energy auditing. The renewable energy department is working on developing the codes and auditing guidelines, which would be ready by next year. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Drepong gewog lacks reliable drinking water supply

Residents in Drepong gewog of Mongar face drinking water shortage every winter. With water taps in front of their houses running dry, residents are seen ferrying jerry cans on their back to fetch water. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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