• 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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The Dorji Lopen of the Central Monastic Body awarded certificates to the graduates of the Institute of Science of Mind at Tashichhodzong yesterday. The 28 students who received certificates are the first batch of Buddhist Philosophy graduates from the institute in Semtokha.

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Cross-border collaboration crucial for malaria elimination 

After failing to achieve zero indigenous malaria cases last year, efforts continue to eradicate the fever. If it weren’t for the six indigenous malaria (locally transmitted) cases detected last year, Bhutan would have achieved malaria-free status by 2021. A new target has been set. The country had initially targeted to achieve zero indigenous malaria cases …

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RCSC yet to deliver on DG’s suspension

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) is yet to deliberate and decide on the suspension of labour ministry’s director general (DG) Sherab Tenzin. The Anti Corruption Commission, on August 26, sent a letter RCSC asking the Commission to suspend the director general. An official from the legal division said that …

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Stick rule to control dengue

At work: Dessups explain the dengue issue to tenants

In their effort to control dengue, residents of Phuentsholing failing to keep their surroundings clean and let mosquitoes breed would be penalised. The thromde would severe the water connection if people do not maintain their area.  To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Beautification of Trongsa town

Trongsa town

Civil servants, corporate and regional office employees and residents of Trongsa town will dedicate every Friday afternoon to beautify the town. A consultation meeting between the dzongkhag and other relevant stakeholders was held last month, where six groups were formed. Team leaders of the group should submit a quarterly progress …

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10 students leave for seven-day trip to India

The week-long trip was arranged by the Indian Embassy and the Ministry of External Affairs

Eight students from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) colleges along with a mentor from Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) left for a week-long trip to India today to witness the landing of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on the southern side of the moon on September 7. The landing will be witnessed …

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Decrease in potato yield this year in Trashiagang

Potato is the main cash crop in the dzongkhag

Encouraged by good price, many farmers in Trashigang started growing potatoes. The total yield reached 13,729.68 metric tonnes (MT) last year. However, the potato yield dropped by 1,308.03MT this year.  To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Pressure on trees from smoke offering

Changangkha, Thimphu — Early morning, the city is still in deep slumbers. At the lhakhang that is now a popular tourist destination, though, the day has already begun with the usual prayers and rituals. Slowly, as dawn approaches, the faithful come in ones and twos, prayer beads in hand, to …

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Local manufacturers feeling the heat

High cost of production and cheap imported materials are hampering local manufacturers

Local manufacturers of construction materials are struggling to stay in business despite construction being one of the biggest sectors in the country. The former government issued at least five executive orders, stating that government agencies must consider procuring construction materials from local manufacturers to curb imports and create jobs. The …

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Mongar referral hospital in need of specialist

People wait at the Mongar regional referral hospital

The regional referral hospital in Mongar is in short of Ear Nose Throat (ENT) specialists, psychiatrists and a full time pediatrician. While the hospital administration expects an ENT specialist to join early next year, they are concerned about the lack of psychiatrists and a pediatrician. Although the hospital got a …

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Fuel price down by a few Chhetrums

After four consecutive hikes in fuel price this year, the prices of petrol and diesel was slashed by Nu 0.06 and Nu 0.09 respectively. The price cut came into effective since last midnight. The price of petrol in Thimphu is now Nu 62.73 per litre, down from Nu 62.79. Similarly …

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