• DPT enters general round with existing 47 candidates

    Amid speculations about its strategy for the general election, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has confirmed that the party has no plans to replace its candidates to contest in the general round next month. DPT spokesperson Dorji Wangdi told Kuensel the party has already instructed all the existing 47 candidates to file in their nomination with the respective returning officer. “We have asked our candidates to remain in their constituency to file in their nomination,” he said.

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Fire safety measures in place in new Wamrong town

Some 25 fire hydrants are placed in the town to contain fire incidents in the future

Almost a decade after a fire incident gutted 12 shops and residential houses in Wamrong Trashigang, the town is a booming business hub today. Located about 81kms from Trashigang towards Samdrupjongkhar, the town initially started as motels for businessmen plying along the highway in the late 1980s. “There were no …

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Denchi town in Pemagatshel gets a fuel depot

The construction of the fuel depot started in April this year

Pemagatshel dzongdag, Phuntsho, inaugurated the fuel depot in Denchi on July 30. Bhutan Oil Corporation (BOC) constructed the oil depot worth Nu 8 million. The dzongdag said although there was BOC service at Kheri Goenpa, people travelled to Samdrupjongkhar, Nganglam, and Wamrong as the service at Kheri Goenpa was not …

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World Ranger Day honours women rangers

The female foresters were gifted a Swiss knife each

“It’s never easy staying away from loved ones and wandering in the forests,” a ranger, Tshewang Lhamo, said. She was among the 100 or so women rangers gathered in Thimphu to mark the World Ranger Day yesterday. The day, themed ‘Stand with the World’s Rangers’, was aimed at recognising women …

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As part of final meet the press session, the Cabinet ministers met the members of the mass media yesterday at the National Assembly conference hall in Thimphu

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Forestry officials to use drone to chase elephants from Gelephu thromde

Forestry officials in Gelephu, in coordination with the dzongkhag administration and Royal Bhutan Police (RBP), are exploring ways to use a drone to locate and chase elephants away from the Gelephu thromde area. Forestry officials say the plan would possibly be executed sometime next week. They say they opted to …

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High Court slams company for commercial fraud

The High Court’s Bench I yesterday ordered SKW Tashi Metals and Alloys Pvt Ltd to pay Nu 10.95 million (M) to its client, a company based in Mumbai, Minex Metallurgical Company Ltd (MMCL) within a month. MMCL and SKW Tashi Metal and Alloys Private Ltd had done business between 2013 …

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Corporatisation of JDWNRH issue injure achievements in health sector

With the purchase of two helicopters and the introduction of emergency medical evacuation service, the government has fulfilled its pledge to improve access to medical facilities. This was one of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) pledges for the health sector in 2013. Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services was launched on November 6, …

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Falling boulders block Damchu-Chukha bypass

The Damchu-Chukha bypass road block

The Damchu-Chukha bypass saw its first major block yesterday since it opened to traffic on July 18. Continuous rainfall caused boulders to roll at the road portion below Youth Development & Rehabilitation Centre (YDRC) of Tsimasham and blocked the road between 4pm and 4:30pm. Since the road is blocked between …

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Mother charged for voluntary manslaughter in P’ling baby case

Charging the mother for voluntary manslaughter and statutory rape, Phuentsholing police has forwarded the case of the newborn that was thrown out of a hotel window in Phuentsholing town in April this year to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). Police officials say they traced the newborn baby’s father, …

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Towards better unity and benefit of the hospitality industry

There are about 150 members registered with HRAB today (Photo: HRAB)

For better unity, support and enhanced benefits among restaurants and hotel businesses, about 18 hoteliers in Bumthang joined the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan (HRAB) on July 19. This is part of the organisation’s aim to promote cooperation among hoteliers and other stakeholders. The organisation has close to 150 …

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Saving the environment

Wangduephodrang What activities were carried out to address waste management issues? Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag is faced with similar waste management related issues. In the past years to address the issue, dzongkhag administration has carried out several activities. Some of the significant activity areas: Starting of monthly cleaning to the chiwog …

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Lack of budget halts national assessment for technical trainees

With no budget allocated to conduct the national assessment for those graduating from technical training institutes, about 144 public and private technical training institutes will have to bear the expenses for a national assessment for the July – December period this year. The department of occupational standards with the labour …

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