• More lapses surface in Amochhu dredging

    Amid an ongoing Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigation into suspected corruption on the dredging of riverbed boulders from Amochhu in Phuentsholing, more issues have surfaced. One of the major lapses on part of Phuentsholing thromde (PT) was awarding the dredging works directly to the contractor without following due process. 

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9 lecturers of Taktse compulsorily retired

The College of Language and Cultural Studies (CLCS) in Taktse, Trongsa, has compulsorily retired nine lecturers and a supporting staff for alleged sexual harassment of students. The college’s president, Lungtaen Gyatso, said the “unfortunate” incident came to his notice three weeks ago when some of the victims, alleging of sexual …

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OAG appeals for severe punishment

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) yesterday appealed to the High Court’s (HC) Larger Bench after the HC’s bench II upheld the Thimphu dzongkhag court’s judgment on the molestation case of the vice principal of Bjemina school. OAG appealed because the courts didn’t take into account the VP’s recidivist …

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House damaged by fire

A fire that broke out yesterday at Tsholingkhar in Tsirang destroyed a two-storey house. The cause of the fire is suspected to be short circuit. Only two people were in the house when the incident happened. It was learnt that there were no casualties and that the two people are …

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Stroke, leading cause of death in 2018

Last year, stroke took over pneumonia as the topmost cause of the death at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu. About 51 percent of the death in the hospital was caused by stroke, followed by Pneumonia and renal failure with 50 and 43 percent of the total deaths, according to the hospital’s …

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For improved health care 

More than 50 health officials attended the People-centred package of essential non-communicable diseases (PEN-Hearts) in Tsirang last week to reinforce people-centred care with the focus to provide better health care services. Health assistants in the dzongkhag henceforth will maintain records of patients, especially those with chronic illnesses to ensure that …

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Reconstruction of Changjiji Bazam to start in July

The Bazam has remained closed since June last year

Thimphu thromde will start reconstructing the cantilever bridge, the Bazam, that connects Changjiji to the expressway from July this year. Budget has been sourced and a designed readied by the works and human settlement ministry. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Taxi drivers not happy with new parking space

With increasing vehicle numbers, parking space is becoming a problem in Trashigang town

Taxi drivers in Trashigang are unhappy with the new location of taxi parking near the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) office. Sonam Dorji, a taxi driver, said that taxi drivers did not get even a single passenger the whole day at the new parking. To read more, please subscribe …

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Gelephu tshachu battles growing trash issue

Hidden under the overgrowth in Gelephu tshachu are hundreds of pet bottles

Necks deep in water, sweat dripping down their forehead, five men are engaged in a serious conversation. The mid-day sun is unforgiving and the heat from the geothermal hot spring (tshachu) in Gelephu adds to the calefaction.  The topic of their discussion is trash (garbage). “We have to control the …

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OAG saw 83 cases against women and children in 2018

All cases on children and women that were forwarded to Office of the Attorney General (OAG) last year were sexual offences. The OAG received 61 cases committed against children, a drop by two from the previous year, and 22 against women. All 61 offences committed against the child, and 22 …

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PDP suggests higher pay raise for the less privileged 

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday submitted a 10-point suggestions to the Cabinet on the fourth Pay Commission report, asking the government to consider the larger interests of the less privileged. The party secretariat has sent the suggestions more than a month after the Cabinet made public the report on …

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Hailstorm damages houses and vehicles in Sampheling

A couple unloads the CGI sheets they bought to fix their damaged roof at Alay village

The hailstorm in Sampheling gewog, Chukha that lasted for about 10 minutes on the evening of May 12 has left houses and vehicles damaged. Although gewog officials are still assessing the details of the damages, more than 30 vehicles and more than 30 households have been reported damaged by the …

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Druk Samdrupcholing dzong falling into disrepair 

Samcholing dzong

Druk Samdrupcholing monastic school in Samcholing, Trongsa, is in dire need of renovation. The school today houses 33 monks and three teachers including the principal. There is no hostel facility. The dzong was constructed during the reign of the Second King, Druk Gyalpo Jigme Wangchuck. The community of Samcholing handed …

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