• 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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BOD fuel depot part of facelift plan for Trongsa

The new Trongsa fuel depot

The dzongkhag administration in Trongsa is not happy with lack of response from BOD management. A letter was sent to the BOD management on April 15 regarding the need for the development of fuel depot for Trongsa. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Man gets seven years imprisonment for attempt to rape a minor

Gelephu drungkhag court sentenced a 37-year-old man from Samtenling in Gelephu to seven years in prison for attempting to rape a minor. Tshewang Palden, who works for the Army Welfare Project, was found guilty of attempting to rape a nine-year-old girl in September last year when the girl and her …

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Taking tourists to the top

About 300 horses are engaged to carry tourists to Taktsang

It is 8am and Kelden Tshering Dorji, 13, is at the Taktsang base eagerly waiting for the horse contractors to ask him to be their syce for the day. Like him are several other students who spend their vacation escorting tourists on ponies to the Tiger’s nest. For students like Kelden in Tsento, …

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Yak-farming becoming less attractive

The main reason for the decline in yak rearing is considered to be slow economic return (File photo)

The highland communities are now increasingly feeling the impact of modernisation. For the once nomadic communities, yaks are the tell-tale signs. The traditional lifestyles in the highlands are changing by the day. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Haa, a potential tourist destination

The two-day Summer Festival begins in Haa today

Urbanisation has not touched Haa fully yet. Outsiders, particularly tourists, often describe it as ‘almost-medieval’. The people of Haa still depend largely on livestock and agriculture. It appears that the dzongkhag was left out by development mainly due to its location. Haa is cold; winter in Haa is very cold, …

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 The roadblock at Narphung at 61-69km in Samdrupjongkhar, which was cleared yesterday afternoon, was blocked again following continuous rain. With landslides occurring, road officials said it is still not safe to travel along Narphung and Melongbrak.

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RCSC extends PGDE course to 18 months

The duration for the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) course has been extended to 18 months after the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) 2019. This was according to the proposal the education ministry made to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). The RCSC has notified that the candidates who …

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From classroom to Parliament

Having presided over two sessions of Parliament, Wangchuk Namgyel from Nyisho Sephu constituency in Wangdue, is carving a niche for himself as a non-partisan Speaker. From reminding the prime minister about the need to carry debate materials in the House to voting against the Cabinet’s opinion, the Speaker has been …

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Moenlam Chenmo ends in Haa today

Thousands gather to receive blessing from HH the Je Khenpo

Despite continuous rain, thousands of people gathered in Haa to receive blessings from His Holiness the Je Khenpo. The dzongkhag administration of Haa launched the 19th Moelam Chhenmo magazine that features important religious sites and culture in the dzongkhag. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Incessant rainfall triggers multiple roadblocks 

Shetikhari stream swelled following heavy rainfall in Gelephu

Following heavy and incessant rainfall on July 9, multiple roadblocks were reported across the country. A major landslide has blocked the recently opened road at Ossey along Gelephu-Zhemgang highway. Department of Roads (DoR) officials in Sarpang said that continuous rainfall has hindered clearing works in the area. “The road is …

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Roadblock at Sunkosh cleared

A roadblock at Sunkosh, which is about 20km away from Damphu towards Dagana, was cleared yesterday evening. A flash flood at 3am yesterday caused the roadblock, waking up the Sunkosh town residents and stranding the commuters. According to the Sunkosh’s flood warning in-charge, DP Rimal, the flash flood lasted until …

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