• Idle: Dumper trucks without work at Toorsa

    Transporters blame government, boulder business hits rock bottom

    When the boulder business picked up in early 2018, Phuentsholing residents wondered what was happening in the town. There suddenly was an explosion of trucks.The yellow-topped giant dumper trucks, hundreds of them, rushed to border and back. The export of boulders and surface materials to Bangladesh doubled and tripled leading into an overnight thriving transportation business.

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Banks approve only four out of 20 PSL proposals

When the priority sector lending (PSL) initiative was launched, businessmen in Monger welcomed the news with much eagerness. There is now a disappointed group today after financial institutions rejected their proposals although they claim their projects qualified for the loan. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Farmer groups and cooperatives to receive preferential treatment

Local farmers and agriculture cooperatives to supply farm produces for school feeding (file photo)

The ministry of agriculture and forest (MoAF) has established a RNR Enterprise Development, an opportunity support, unit with the department of agriculture marketing and cooperatives to feed students with nutritious food. Claiming it as ministry’s strategic plan “white paper” on school and hospital feeding programme, the support unit, which is …

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Haa farmers trained on organic farming technologies

The Agriculture Research and Development Centre in Yusipang and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) provided training on organic farming technologies to the farmers of Longpa and Nobgang villages in Samar, Haa earlier this month. More than 35 participants from 56 households attended the training, which is a …

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No decision on the 200 statues at Babesa

The statues at Babesa

The 200 or so statues that forestry and thromde officials prevented from immersing into the Thimchhu is waiting for its fate with the thromde and department of forest not being able to decide on an alternative. The statues, after the Vishwakarma puja celebrations, until now are immersed in rivers and …

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Tseza residents appeal to ACC to investigate canal construction

Residents of Tseza gewog in Dagana appealed to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to investigate why the 4kms irrigation canal constructed at Nu 10.1 million (M) is not benefitting them. The irrigation canal construction began in 2017 and was handed over to the dzongkhag last year. It was supposed to benefit …

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A guideline for reaching the unreached

In an effort to improve the overall health of the unreached communities in the country through outreach programmes, the health ministry has developed a guideline. The guideline was presented at the biennial health conference in Tsirang. Programme officer with the Department of Medical Services (DMS), Karma Tenzin, said that despite …

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The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) day was observed at the Indian embassy yesterday. Some 150 Bhutanese alumni attended the programme. On an average, about 300 Bhutanese avail trainings in India under ITEC programme annually. 

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DoR starts handing over GC roads to LG

Six GC roads would be retained with the DoR

The department of the road (DoR) has started handing over the management of Gewog Connectivity (GC) roads to local government (LG) since mid-August amidst concerns raised by gups on their capacity to maintain them. The roads are handed over through the dzongkhag administration.   This is following a directive issued in …

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BoB launches agency-banking service in Sakteng

The Bank of Bhutan (BoB) launched its agency banking services under BoB connect in Sakteng gewog, yesterday. The Sakteng gup and BoB officials launched the service by awarding a BoB connect authorized agent certificate to a Saktenglocal, Pema Gyleteshen. This is the 276th BoB agent in the country. The agent …

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UN SG calls for climate action, not fancy speech

UN secretary General Antonio Guterres at the press conference

By 2050, about 200M people across the globe, every year, could need international aid as a result of climate-related disasters and socio-economic impact of climate change. The funding requirement to address this could balloon to USD 20B every year by 2030. This was one of the findings of the International …

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SDF disburse USD 13 million loan to Drukair

The SAARC Development Fund (SDF) disbursed a loan of USD 13 million (around Nu 918 million) to Drukair Corporation Limited for the purchase of ATR aircraft in Thimphu, yesterday. “SDF financing would help Drukair Corporation Limited extend aviation connectivity with Bangladesh, India and Nepal and thus, providing economic connectivity and …

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