• 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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Coinciding with the world immunisation week observed from April 24-30, health officials in Gasa immunised 92 children against polio and measles. Over 655 people between 9 months and 45 years were immunised against rubella. (Photo: DHO, Gasa)

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Mangmis, tshogpas accuse gups of misusing fund

The mangmi and chiwog tshogpas of Phuntshothang gewog in Samdrupcholing dungkhag, Samdrupjongkhar have lodged a complaint against their gup for using the capacity development grant (CDG) without the gewog tshogde approval. The complaint letter was lodged to the Department of Local Government (DLG), Royal Audit Authority (RAA) and Anti-Corruption Commission …

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Former RICBL ED rebuts 

Former RICBL executive director rebutted to the charges of conflict of interest, forgery, and abuse of function against him at the Thimphu dzongkhag court on April 29. His lawyer Yeshey Wangdi requested the court to dismiss the case.  He said the investment in Nubri Capital was a legal transaction, in …

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Gaydrung’s tenure extended to April 2022

The home ministry on April 29 officially issued an order stating the gaydrung’s (gewog clerk) tenure is extended until April 2, 2022. The extension came into effect on April 2 this year. The office order comes after the Cabinet on April 2 decided to extend the gaydrung’s tenure by another …

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Rain forecast due to Cyclonic storm Fani

The National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology (NCHM) forecast rainfall in the country in the next two to three days as a result of a cyclonic storm, Fani. The storm had formed over the southern Bay of Bengal around 27th April. According to NDTV, a 24-hour Indian news channel, the …

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The Bhutan Democracy Forum 2019 on “Democracy, path to good governance” was held at the RUB conference hall, Thimphu yesterday. Politicians, academicians, students and teachers were among the attendees. Speakers at the forum took stock of 10 years of democracy. The forum was organised by Bhutan Centre for Media and …

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Balancing environment and development

When it comes to environment conservation, we cannot totally trust the government and the private sector, according to Dr Ramachandra Guha, a world-renowned historian and sociologist. Dr Ramachandra Guha was speaking on “Environment Development” at Zhichenkhar in Thimphu on Monday, organised by the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH. To …

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The young farmers of Banjar

Minjur Wangmo and Chimi Seldon at a cardamom plantation

A group of youth in Banjar, Mongar has returned to their village to take care of their ancestral land. The youth after finishing class 8, 10 and 12 turned to farming after they couldn’t find jobs. Today, they are successful farmers and take pride in preventing their ancestral land from …

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Wangdue’s 60-bed hospital ready for operation

The new hospital is also identified as an EmONC and trauma centre

Following numerous inspections from the department of medical supplies and health infrastructure, the 60-bed hospital in Wangdue is likely to open in May, official from the department said. Officials last visited the hospital in mid April. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Rural revitalisation key to food security: IFPRI

There is an urgent need for rural revi­talisation to address persistent crises in the world’s rural areas and to improve food security, according to the Global Food Policy Report 2019. Agriculture Minister Yeshey Penjor and the director general for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Dr Sheggen Fan, launched …

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Eight arrested in prostitution racket 

Phuentsholing police on April 28 arrested seven women and a man, all non-Bhutanese, for alleged involvement in prostitution. One of the women is a repeat offender, who was arrested and convicted for six months in 2014. The arrest was made at the lower market and at a hotel, police confirmed …

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Keeping the civil service small? A big task!  

Being the single biggest employer of the workforce in the country, maintaining a small, compact and efficient civil service remains a daunting task for the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). According to its annual report released last week, the commission states that the civil servant to population ratio of 1:25 …

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