• Haa has the best hospital, but without doctors

    No doctors at Haa hospital

    The people of Haa boast of the best hospitals among the dzongkhags. But the new hospital has failed to live up to the expectation of the people without a doctor to attend to their needs.Aum Kinley, a resident of Haa shared her experience of having to call doctors from the military hospital when her daughter gave birth. “There is no specialist although we have a well-structured hospital. There is no use of having such a big hospital if we have no doctors or specialists.”

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OAG forwards Taktse case to Trongsa police

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has dropped charges against two serving lectures and a former lecturer of the College of Language and Cultural Studies (CLCS) in Taktse, Trongsa, and reduced the charges against three others to sexual harassment. OAG has also asked Trongsa police to prosecute the case …

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2018 saw highest number of vehicle accidents in seven years

With 1,360 cases, 2018 recorded the highest number of motor vehicle accidents in the last seven years. According to the police, of the 942 people were involved in vehicle accidents, 807 people were injured and 135 died in 2018.  Human error was the major cause of accidents, followed by road …

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  With water supply erratic, Samdrupjongkhar thromde residents are resorting to store rainwater to address their water shortage problems 

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Concerns raised on state of Pasakha industrial estate

The industries in Pasakha industrial estate may get to keep certain portion of the lease rent amount collected and plough it back to meet the maintenance cost the estate incurs today. The lease amount is today deposited into the government coffer. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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The roadblock along Manitar – Lhamoizhingkha at Kezangree Ch, 29km, which occurred on June 25, is still being cleared. Heavy rain has been one of the main challenges in clearing the block. (Photo and info courtesy: DoR)

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36 new HIV cases detected 

With the detection of 36 new HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) cases in the last six months, the case detection gap is closed by 2.4 percent resulting in an overall case detection gap of 47.6 percent. As of December 2018, the case detection gap was 50 percent. Of the total detected between January and June …

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OAG reviewing Taktse College case report

College of Language and Cultural Studies, Taktse (Photo: CLCS)

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is reviewing the case of the College of Language and Cultural Studies (CLCS) in Taktse, Trongsa, after Trongsa police and a special investigation team police sent from the headquarters forwarded their investigation report. According to the report, only four of the nine lecturers …

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Govt. to expand diplomatic relations

Amid differences, the government and the opposition are on the same page on the need to expand diplomatic relations. Five years after the former government completely froze expansion of diplomatic relations, the prime minister in his State of the Nation report announced that Bhutan would establish at least one embassy …

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Access to finance and rents top challenges for businesses

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USD 25.3 million for climate resilient agriculture

Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved USD 25.3 million for development of climate resilient agriculture in Bhutan. The five-year project from 2020 to 2025 is expected to benefit the rural communities through the provision of sustainable land and water management, climate-resilient irrigation, agriculture, and roads. To read more, please subscribe by …

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Plastic use declines in Samdrupjongkhar

Vendors use paper to wrap doma

The ban on use of plastic bags in Samdrupjongkhar thromde has been fairly successful with about 90 percent drop in use of plastic bags and doma wrappers. Shops across the Indian border towns have also stopped giving plastic bags to Bhutanese vendors and customers after the ban. To read more, …

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Transport, water problems top among NGOs, coops, and farmers’ groups

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