• The roadblock at Box-cut along the Gelephu-Trongsa highway was cleared on July 13. DoR officials say the road is likely to be blocked again (Photo: DoR, Sarpang)

    23 highways blocked in central and eastern Bhutan

    Monsoon this year has not only disrupted road transportation but also hit domestic air services in the country. Flight cancellations due to bad weather are reported from all three domestic airports. Gelephu airport reported a last minute cancellation following unfavourable weather condition yesterday. The airport recorded five cancellations so far. 

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Airport shuttle bus service to start soon

Each bus can carry 32 passengers

An airport shuttle bus service between Thimphu and Paro international airport is set to start soon. Initiated by the former cabinet secretary Kinzang Wangdi, the move is meant to make travelling comfortable, ease traffic congestion, and reduce environmental pollution. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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20 unique projects from 20 dzongkhags?

A scene from the brainstorming session

Caving in Dragmar – a three-hour pilgrim and OM AH HUNG Journey – touring Omba Ney, Aja Ney and Humba Ney. This is Mongar’s unique tourist attraction plan at the brainstorming consultation meeting held last week to identify tourism flagship programmes.  To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Nimshong farmers to cultivate paddy without water this year

Paddy without water to be cultivated

After leaving their paddy fields fallow for more than four years, the people of Nimshong in Trongsa will cultivate paddy, but without water this year. Without irrigation water, the people were forced to leave the fields barren, which then turned into bushes forcing more than 90 percent of the residents …

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Grooming youth for employment 

26 participants from 11 dzongkhags are attending the training

Twenty-six unemployed youth from 11 dzongkhags are attending a training on hairdressing in Gelephu. The 10-day training aims to provide key skills on hair cutting and dressing to participants, which includes five female. The programme also targets to create employment opportunities in the cottage and small industry. To read more, please …

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Education City still unutilised

Four years after the former government shut down the Education City, the government is yet to decide on the utilisation of the land opposite Wang Sisina, Thimphu. The Education City whose authority is with the works and human settlement ministry has since remained idle and entry into the site locked. …

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Tea replaces alcohol in Mongar

The community’s initiative is implemented in all gewogs of Mongar today

Kidheykhar, Mongar. It is 4pm. A group of farmers are busy weeding. They break for tea. The farm’s owner, Chimi Dema serves tea as Laichang. One prefers to drink locally-brewed ara to tea. In 2011, to reduce alcohol consumption and its implications in the community, it was decided that tea would be …

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Bhutanese student commits suicide in India

A 20-year-old third year Bhutanese student studying Interior Designing in Acharya Group of Institutes in Bengaluru, India committed suicide on May 2. She was a recipient of government’s undergraduate scholarship. Indian media reported that the girl lived in the college hostel with three of her friends. She left college at …

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Five commercial banks make Nu 2.3B net profit

The country’s five commercial banks made a combined net profit of Nu 2.3B last year, according to the audited financial statements of the banks. The financial statements also show that all the banks recorded an increase in profit compared with that of 2017. Bhutan Development Bank came out of the …

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JAB to change award rules from next year

Recognising their exceptional contributions, 34 journalists from print and broadcast media received awards at the fifth Annual Journalism Awards (AJA) organised by the Journalists’ Association of Bhutan on the World Press Freedom Day (May 3) in Thimphu. English newspapers took 12 awards, including one for photojournalism; Dzongkha newspapers took five; …

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Court penalises three for failure to report crime

Tashi Dendup and his friends brutally beat up a person near the fuel depot in Chubachu, took his mobile phone and fled from the scene on September 29 last year. His friends, four of them, stood there witnessing the crime but did not report the incident to the police. In …

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Work begins to merge referral hospitals, drafting of a health Act 

Health minister Dechen Wangmo and JDWNRH president Lhab Dorji release the annual JDWNRH report on May 2

To have a progressive policy and legislation in place, the health ministry is drafting a Health Act. Health minister Dechen Wangmo, during the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital’s second foundation day on May 2, said that for the health system to grow, there must be a good enabling environment. …

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Management of heritage buildings should be well integrated

Cultural landscapes are the combined works of nature and man

The protection of heritage sites and sustenance of cultural landscape has become a daunting challenge in the face of rapid development, urbanisation, and increased tourism activities in the country. According to senior architect with Department of Culture (DoC), Pema, management plan would clarify the roles and responsibilities of management partners …

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