• 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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Delegation returns from Japan 

The seven-member delegation to Japan returned home on April 28 from an 11-day visit that was made to study and address issues faced by Bhutanese youth place under the Learn and Earn programme. Labour minister Ugyen Dorji led the delegation. Lyonpo met with Japanese officials and Bhutanese youth in various …

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The women leaders of Tsamang

Mangmi Deki Pelden with Banjar villagers

Tsamang gewog in Mongar is remote but it has created history by electing four women local leaders. It is also the gewog of Mongar’s National Council member Sonam Pelzom. The gewog has 350 households and 3,140 people. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Biosphere reserves for integrated conservation

The ninth South and Central Asia Man and Biosphere Network (SACAM) meeting in Thimphu that concluded on Saturday sought to build regional capacity in biosphere reserve management. It also explored opportunities for citizen science in fulfilling the logistic function. UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) aims to improve the …

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Sewerage plant under pressure from solid waste

Dumping solid waste including plastics in the sewerage treatment plant in Gelephu is overwhelming the thromde

Every monsoon most part of Gelephu town remains flooded with rainwater. While the core town area is connected with a series of drainage system, the rate of discharge into the drains is slow due to heavy rainfall. Besides the waterlogged streets, residents also have to deal with overflowing sewerage water. …

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Construction company penalized for dumping waste

Construction waste dumped near Wangdue bridge

The environment office of the Wangdue dzongkhag administration has asked a construction company in Khuruthang to clean the waste an employee of the company dumped. A truckload of construction waste was dumped near the Wangduephodrang bridge on April 25. On investigation, the dzongkhag found that the waste came from a …

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Urban Sprout wins National Startup Weekend

Winner of second national startup weekend

Urban Sprout was recognised as the best idea for the Bhutan National Techstar Startup weekend yesterday. The idea behind the project that was awarded of Nu 600,000 is to produce sprouts in three days using grow monitoring device called pulse to meet the high demand for expensive imported sprouts. To …

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Independent team to investigate eight deaths at NICU 

Meet the Press: Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering responds to questions from the media on the neonatal deaths at the national referral hospital.

While hospital officials claim that the death of eight babies at the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the national referral hospital, Thimphu was not due to hospital-acquired infection (HIA), the parents claim otherwise. Parents Kuensel talked to say that about eight babies died between March 11 and first week …

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All Bhutanese should respect immigration rules: Immigration director

Investigations into the Rangtse Nye accident in Haa have revealed that the contractor brought in foreign workers illegally under the cover of darkness to bypass border immigration checkpoint. In the accident that occurred at the wee hours of April 24, three non-Bhutanese workers were killed and 10 injured. The driver …

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Woman charged for child trafficking and torture

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has charged a 31-year-old woman from Punakha for child trafficking. The case is on trial in Bumthang dzongkhag court. Five hearings were conducted after the case was registered in December last year. OAG submitted their rebuttal on April 22 and claimed the woman, …

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Hundreds of devotees are attending the three-day Chenrigzee Drubchhen that His Holiness the Je Khenpo is presiding over at the Tashicholing Gyelrab Zorig Pelkhang in Tangsibji, Trongsa.

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Numbers and salaries for Bangladeshi specialists not fixed: Govt

The government has not yet specified the numbers, the specialty and the salary package for specialists that it plans to bring from Bangladesh. Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said the Bangladesh government has in principle agreed to the government’s request to send specialists and sub-specialists. To read more, please subscribe by …

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Reform to double tax contribution to GDP from 2020

Lyonpo Namgay Tshering

The tax reform the government is preparing to implement is expected to double tax contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), finance minister Namgay Tshering said. With the current taxation policy and the systems in place, Lyonpo said the tax base has been eroding. To read more, please subscribe by registering …

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