• 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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The seven runners of the world’s toughest calibration run

The participants will complete in the 300km race in five days

Dorji Tshewang, 38, was herding yaks in the mountains of Sephu, Wangduephodrang, when his son, a class XI student, told him that there would be a running competition in the mountains. His son was home on summer break. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Dengue cases increasing again in P/ling

Phuentsholing general hospital: Dengue patients with the bed nets

The number of dengue fever cases that declined at the beginning of this week in Phuentsholing has started to increase again. Phuentsholing general hospital recorded 54 positive cases yesterday. On September 18, 80 dengue positive cases were recorded from the 128 samples collected. Only seven cases reported on September 15, …

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From the river to the banks

Vishwakarma Puja: Thromde officials prevented more than 200 statues from going into the Thimchhu.

Following the restrictions on immersing statues in the river, more than 200 statues of Lord Vishwakarma from construction sites in Thimphu are lying at the banks of Thimchhu at Babesa. The forest department on September 16 issued a notification prohibiting immersing statues in the river after the Vishwakarma puja. The …

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HC upholds lower court’s judgment in favour of BoB employee

The High Court (HC) on September 17 upheld the Thimphu district court’s judgment that ordered Bank of Bhutan (BoB) to reinstate their employee, Kesang Wangmo to her former position after the bank compulsorily retired her. According to the HC order, the judgment passed by the lower court on April 11 …

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Flawed proposed activities concern local leaders

Gewogs in Thimphu will not have any new construction or activities in the 12 Plan if the planned activities under Common Minimum Infrastructure (CMI) cannot be changed. Eight gewogs in Thimphu could only have maintenance activities under CMI in the Plan since the planned activities submitted to Gross National Happiness …

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Construction workers in Paro immerse a statue of Lord Vishwakarma in the Pachhu at Shaba. Workers said the ritual is incomplete without immersing the statues in the river. 

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Potato auction slows down due to hoarding

The usually busy auction yard without much action yesterday

The Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited’s (FCBL) auction yard in Phuentsholing, which would normally be bustling around this time was empty yesterday. Potatoes from Chapcha and Jabana are yet to arrive at the yard. The arrivals from Phobjikha, Khatokha, Gangtey and Bumthang are also not as much as it used …

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Fifth biennial health conference to deliberate on two bills

About 280 health officials from across the country are attending the three-day fifth biennial health conference themed “Enhancing integrated people centered health services,”, which began on Tuesday. Addressing the conference as the chief guest, finance minister Namgay Tshering said the incidence of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is increasing in the …

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Aestheticism: when artists and thromde do not see eye to eye

The chairs

It’s that long sewerage line across the Thimchhu. When the planning of the line was beginning to take shape, not so long ago, the artists at Voluntary Artists Studio, Thimphu (VAST) suggested that it be taken from under the new bridge at Chubachu—that it need not be so uncomfortably conspicuous. …

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Outdoor gym equipment in dire need of maintenance

Outdoor gym-turned playground in Gelephu

In absence of a proper playground, a favourite playing field for students in Gelephu town is the open-air gymnasium located near the public ground. Groups of children are seen flocking the area everyday after school. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Sekha (Autumn collection) bags first product development award

Kencho Wangmo with her collection (Photo: RTA)

Kencho Wangmo, 36, from Kabisa, Thimphu was declared the winner of the first product development award with her product titled Sekha (Autumn collection) at the closing ceremony of the first product development and design training workshop at the Royal Textile Academy  ( RTA) in Thimphu yesterday. RTA will sign a …

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Ensuring patient’ safety

The raise awareness about patient safety comes at a time when the medical service, hospitals, and health professionals are coming under close public scrutiny

Bhutanese need not resort to social media to vent their frustrations on poor medical service or alleged mistreatment of patients with the launch of a Grievance Redressal Hotline. The hotline, 1414, launched along with the Patient Safety Day during the fifth biennial health conference in Tsirang, is expected to help the …

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