• Confluence: The muddied Phochhu, after two subsidiary lakes breached on Thursday night, increasing the water volume, meets the Mochhu river at Punakha. (Photo: Tshering Palden)

    Experts to visit Thorthormi today

    The water level flowing out of Thorthormi lake in Lunana was normal as of yesterday night. However, the stability of the moraine walls surrounding the main lake is uncertain.The chief of hydrology and water resources division, Sangay Tenzin said this is because of the two subsidiary lakes that breached on the evening of June 20. There is erosion and an outflow from the subsidiary II lake, which could destablise the moraine dams of the main Thorthomi lake. 

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Trashiyangtse chillies hit the market

A kilogram of chilli costs Nu 300 in Doksum today

The famous Trashiyangtse chillies have hit market and have arrived in Thimphu. A kilogramme costs Nu 300 in Doksum. Farmers in the fields making the first harvest and expect to make a good income. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Plastic waste, a threat to birds

Life in the skies would not keep the birds safe from the dangers of plastic waste (Photo: Thinley Wangchuk)

From bottle caps, toys, old clothes, chocolate wrappers, biscuit and noodle plastics, juice straws, used diapers and more litter the woods of Taba in Thimphu. Flocks of birds feed on these waste but little is known about its impact on the birds. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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Windstorm hits three gewogs in Chukha

The RNR centre at Suntalakha in Geling gewog

A windstorm on the night of April 16 damaged seven structures of three gewogs of Bongo, Darla, and Geling in Chukha, according to the dzongkhag disaster management officer. In Bongo gewog, roofs of four houses were damaged. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Samdrupjongkhar Rabdey Lam Neten Sangay Tshering appointed Jigme Chogyel, 31, as the new lam of the main temple, Buddha Vihar Assam in Guwahati, India yesterday. He was appointed as per the dratshang lhentshog’s approval. Samdrupjongkhar rabdey had requested the need of a lam to look after the lhakhang. The dratshang …

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RCSC waits for judgment to take action against DG 

The legal division of the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has completed its investigation into the alleged administrative lapses by labour ministry’s director general Sherab Tenzin in the overseas employment programme. However, the Commission said it would wait for the court judgment on the case to take action against the …

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Opposition reserves its opinion on pay commission report

The Opposition has reserved its opinion on the fourth Pay Commission report until the Cabinet comes up with a formal report. “Once the government formally comes out with its final report, we will thoroughly review the reports and prepare our findings and position both for public information and debate in …

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Labour minister leaves for Japan to meet Bhutanese youth

The government yesterday sent a high-level delegation to Japan after facing criticisms for inaction on the issues facing the “learn and earn” programme that has affected hundreds of youth. “The visit is being made to discuss the issues in connection to the learn and earn programme and seek support of …

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Four men detained for alleged gang rape

A 19-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by four men in Thimphu on April 14. Of the four suspects, two are 18-year olds while the other two are 19 and 20-year old. Police are interrogating the alleged suspects and the woman. According to sources, the alleged victim knew one of the …

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Four suicide cases in two weeks

Four suicide cases were reported to the national referral hospital in Thimphu in the last two weeks. The most recent involved a 23-year-old man committing suicide in Olakha, yesterday. According to forensic officials at the hospital, there is clear evidence that the 23-year-old crossed the river and took his life …

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Task force to study delinking of RITH

The first meeting of the third tourism council directed the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Secretariat to come up with a final proposal to delink Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH) from TCB. Director general Dorji Dhradhul, said the secretariat was working on forming a multi-sectoral task force including …

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Cabbies join the fight against waste

Starting yesterday all taxi owners in Gelpehu were asked to have a waste-collection facility in their vehicles

The taxi parking in Gelephu town, which is usually busy was empty yesterday. The taxi drivers had left their business to attend a meeting organised by the Taxi Association of Bhutan (TAB). To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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