• 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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Not many buyers for lychee

Fruit vendors at Centenary Farmers Market (CFM) in Thimphu saw a decrease in customers buying lychees in recent days. According to a fruit vendor, she used to sell about ten bundles of lychee in a day in the past. However, yesterday, she couldn’t sell even a single bundle. To read …

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NC calls for gratuity ceiling

Chairperson Tashi Dorji

The National Council yesterday unanimously adopted the Pay Revision Bill 2019 with some major recommendations. The House recommended that the existing gratuity ceiling to be maintained unchanged within the maximum ceiling of Nu 1.5million and not as passed by the National Assembly where the gratuity ceiling is removed. To read …

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Thimphu to have a dzongkhag hospital

Health minister Dechen Wangmo

Patient load at the national referral hospital is expected to ease with the construction of a dzongkhag hospital in Thimphu. Health minister Dechen Wangmo said the ministry is currently working on the Blueprint of the 20-bed hospital that would be constructed in Kawang gewog. Government of India, she said, has …

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His Holiness The Je Khenpo consecrated a Jarong Khashor choeten in Tsirang on June 12. The choeten was constructed at a cost of about Nu 4.8 million. It took two years to complete the construction. His Holiness also consecrated a Dremay Namni choeten in Tsirang. 

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Committee says budget allocation is not decentralised

Economic and Finance Committee’s chair Kinley Wangchuk

The economic and finance committee of the National Assembly yesterday reported that budget allocation for the fiscal year 2019-20 was not in keeping with the 12th Plan’s core theme of enhanced decentralisation. The committee reported that the overall allocation to local governments for the new fiscal year is Nu 18,683.419 …

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Japan to provide 174 million Yen for HRD scholarship

Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan Kenji Hiramatsu and Ambassador of Bhutan to Japan Maj. Gen. Vetsop Namgyel will sign the Exchange of Notes for a grant aid project to Bhutan under Japan’s ODA scheme on June 19, at the Embassy of Japan in New Delhi. The Project for Human Resource …

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Employee terminated for not participating in cultural programme

The labor ministry is investigating a case where a former employee of the State Trading Corporation of Bhutan (STCBL) alleged she was terminated for not participating in a “dance” programme. The employee lodged the complaint on June 5, stating she was terminated from work on May 27 for withdrawing from …

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Saying no to plastics, the Tsirang way

More than 50 volunteers participated in the cleaning

The recent Moenlam Chenmo in Tsirang saw thousands of devotees attend the religious event leave with gratitude and satisfaction. This is because apart from the religious events, there was a good waste management strategy. A group of volunteers from schools, scouts association and non-profit organisations helped maintain the Moenlamthang, the …

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What does “not getting a job” mean?

In what was a case of lost in explanation, the National Statistic Bureau (NSB) had listed “not getting a job” to explain “never worked before” as the top reason for being unemployed in the 2018 labour force survey report that it recently released. Other reasons for unemployment stated in the …

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Thimphu Thromde switches to digital TV

Analogue TV signal was shut down in Thimphu Thromde and periphery areas beginning June. The move that was initiated to switch to digital TV was finally accomplished following the extension of the implementation deadline twice, first on January 1 and later on February 1. This initiative was first announced in …

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Cylinders or token cards, the rush is the same

People in Gelephu are issued token cards against their empty subsidised LPG cylinders

In an attempt to avoid long queues and crowding at the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) outlet in Gelephu, officials have started issuing token cards to customers. However, the initiative was unsuccessful as more than 1,000 people swarmed the outlet to collect the token yesterday. The LPG depot ended up issuing …

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Stem borer affects maize fields in Yangner

About 33 household are affected

Maize fields belonging to about 33 households in Yangner gewog, Trashigang are affected by what is suspected to be steam borer, an insect pest. Maize is the staple food in the gewog. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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