• 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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Makers of deshog hopeful with plastic ban

Shortage of manpower is one of the main challenges

Bumdeling in Trashiyangtse is known for deshog, traditional Bhutanese paper made from the bark of Daphne plant. There is demand for the paper, but shortage of raw materials and manpower is affecting the production in the two factories in Phangten village, not very far from the Trashiyangtse town. Goenpola, 65, said he …

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Feral dogs becoming serious problem in Gangtey and Phobji

Stray horses in Phobjikha

The communities of Phobjikha and Gangtey have raised safety and hygiene concerns due to increasing feral dog population. Dorji, a farmer in Gangtey, said there was a drastic rise in the number of dogs recently. “And they come in packs.” To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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The Dasho Ugyen Dorji Memorial traditional archery tournament in Phuentsholing concluded yesterday. Rinyang Export and Transport won the tournament, while PST Construction is the runners up.

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 The reconstruction of Drukgyel dzong in Paro is 44 percent complete. About 200 workers are involved in the reconstruction works, which began in April 2016. The works are scheduled to complete by December 2022.

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Stray dog problem to be addressed with waste management

There are about 5,000 free roaming dogs in Thimphu(File photo)

The project to address stray dogs problem would be included in a waste management flagship programme the government is planning to initiate. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering shared this during the fourth meet the press session on March 8. He said that the problem of stray dogs is becoming serious. …

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ACC detains two 

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has detained the proprietor of Rigsar Construction and former Phuentsholing thromde’s executive secretary on March 8. ACC officials did not comment. Kuensel however, learnt that the two were detained for interrogation for their alleged involvement in Torsa diversion and dredging works. Sources said Rigsar Construction’s proprietor …

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Nu 20M endowment fund for crop loss 

The finance ministry has approved opening a current deposit (CD) account for an endowment fund with an allocation of Nu 20M in the financial year 2018-19. Agriculture minister Yeshey Penjor said that the crop insurance scheme in place was not efficient and sustainable as there was not enough fund. “Farmers …

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TOP card rule for taxi drivers scrapped 

The government is discussing on parking spaces for taxis with four thromdes (File photo)

Following discussions with taxi tshogpas, the government has done away with the taxi operating permit (TOP) card system. Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said the intention to introduce the TOP system was to decongest Thimphu by allowing taxi owners or drivers to operate only in their dzongkhag or region they are …

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Protecting women and girls from violence

The National Study on Women’s Health and Life Experiences recommends conducting studies on the prevalence of violence against women and girls every 5-10 years. The report, which was released on March 8 on International Women’s Day, stated that more than two in every five women experienced partner violence either physically, …

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Ura-Shinghar farm road not maintained in 20 years

Shingkhar valley

For the last 20 years, Ura-Shingkhar farm road has not seen any maintenance, according to residents of Shingkhar in Bumthang. The 8km road, which connects Shingkhar to Ura was constructed by Austrian Development project in 1995. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Thirteen female civil servants in the executive, specialist, and managerial positions attended a mindfulness retreat camp at the professional development centre in Tsirang from March 4- 8. The Royal Civil Service Commission initiated the programme in collaboration with the Central Monastic Body to enhance emotional intelligence among the civil servants.

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Singing away for change

A skit about addiction and change by the members of CPHC

An up-and-coming band of young boys hit the stage and begin to holler Ben E. King’s enduring classic “Stand By Me”. When the night has come And the land is dark And the moon is the only light we’ll see No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid …

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