• Issues that render LGs ineffective

    Limited understanding of the roles of local governments (LGs) at the local level and lack of LG administrations’ capacity to implement decisions have affected the effective functioning of Dzongkhag Tshogdus (DTs) and Gewog Tshogdes (GTs), a study has revealed.

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Finding solutions to climate change coverage

Enhancing coverage on climate change, improving climate-related reportage through in-depth stories and making climate-related stories relevant through human interest stories are some of the new ideas Bhutanese media will undertake in their coverage of climate change. This was declared yesterday at the end of  two-day media workshop on climate change, solutions …

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Gelephu hospital restoration almost complete

Final phase of restoration underway at the hospital

Restoration work at the central regional referral hospital in Gelephu is nearing completion. Following media report on damaged structures at the new hospital, the health ministry carried out an investigation earlier this year. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Ngawang Dramtoe’s own angel of change

Over a break: Thinley Bidha distributes refreshment

Thinley Bidha’s work starts as early as 7 am. As a field officer with Tarayana Foundation, she has an important role in the isolated Ngawang Dramtoe, a Lhop (Doya) community in Tading, Samtse. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Merak people question DT decision to blacktop GC road from Chaling

Road from Chaling (left)

People of Merak in Trashigang are unhappy with the dzongkhag tshogdu’s (DT) decision to blacktop the gewog centre (GC) road through Chaling. There are three routes to Merak—from Chaling in Shongphu, from Khardung in Radi, and from Karma Goenpa in Phongmey. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Draft policy outlines clear roles for LG

The Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) is reviewing a national decentralisation policy, which outlines clear roles and responsibilities for local governments (LGs). The policy was drafted to facilitate gradual devolution of power, functions, and authority from the central government to LGs. After the policy passes the GNH screening test, the …

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FCB’s OD facility benefits 549 farmers

The government supported the Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) to purchase 50.2 metric tonnes of cardamom worth Nu 20.75 million (M) using the Nu 50M Over-Draft Facility last year. This scheme benefitted some 549 farmers from eight cardamom-growing districts, according to the department of agricultural marketing and cooperatives’ annual …

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Revised stipend for RUB yet to be implemented

The Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) is yet to implement revised monthly stipend and house rent allowance for students of RUB which was revised in the last National Assembly. The students still receives monthly stipend of Nu 1,500 in a month. On the recommendations of the National Assembly on June …

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Interpreting data through human stories

Participants discuss story ideas and need for data

Temperature rise in the mountains is higher, which means global temperature increase of 1.5˚C would translate to 2 or 2.5˚C in the mountains. Data on climate change is often perceived as too technical and that there is a degree of uncertainty in scientific research which frustrated journalists. At the media …

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Karaoke to be allowed in Daga town

With most of the local leaders agreeing on the need of entertainment in the town, the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) approved a karaoke buineess in Dagana town on August 27. A Daga town businessman had proposed to operate a karaoke in the dzongkhag. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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Bhutan to table elimination of cervical cancer at WHO SEA RC

Bhutan is also among the few countries in the developing world to adopt a comprehensive approach to cervical cancer prevention

A six-member delegation led by Health Minister Dechen Wangmo is attending the 72nd World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia (SEA) Regional Committee (RC) meeting in New Delhi that began on September 2. WHO representative to Bhutan, Dr Rui Paulo De Jesus, is also accompanying the delegation. To read more, please …

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Living with the fear of elephants 

Bakti Maya Rai tries to collect whatever is left from the September 2 attack

Samdrupling, Gelephu – Bakti Maya Rai puts her children to sleep and gets back to her sewing work. It is 9.20 pm. A loud thud distracts the 35-year-old widow. Elephants have surrounded her little hut. She does not move for what seems like a long time. Suddenly, in consternation, she …

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Tourism development for Trongsa to begin soon

The dzongkhag administration of Trongsa in collaboration with the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) and Association of Bhutan Tour Operators (ABTO) will work on the development of the Heritage Palace tour and restoration of traditional routes. This was discussed during the meeting between the dzongkhag administration and the TCB on …

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