• No transfer, no salary

    To ensure that transferred health professionals leave to their new workplace, the health ministry’s human resource committee had written to the medical superintendent of JDWNRH and the dzongkhags to stop payment of salary to health personnel who are not relieved with immediate effect. The April 11 letter stated that as mandated by section 14.7.5 of the Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2018, civil servants who are transferred should be relieved within 30 days from the date issue of the transfer order. Health professionals are civil servants.

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Labour minister leaves for Japan to meet Bhutanese youth

The government yesterday sent a high-level delegation to Japan after facing criticisms for inaction on the issues facing the “learn and earn” programme that has affected hundreds of youth. “The visit is being made to discuss the issues in connection to the learn and earn programme and seek support of …

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Four men detained for alleged gang rape

A 19-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by four men in Thimphu on April 14. Of the four suspects, two are 18-year olds while the other two are 19 and 20-year old. Police are interrogating the alleged suspects and the woman. According to sources, the alleged victim knew one of the …

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Four suicide cases in two weeks

Four suicide cases were reported to the national referral hospital in Thimphu in the last two weeks. The most recent involved a 23-year-old man committing suicide in Olakha, yesterday. According to forensic officials at the hospital, there is clear evidence that the 23-year-old crossed the river and took his life …

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Task force to study delinking of RITH

The first meeting of the third tourism council directed the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Secretariat to come up with a final proposal to delink Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH) from TCB. Director general Dorji Dhradhul, said the secretariat was working on forming a multi-sectoral task force including …

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Cabbies join the fight against waste

Starting yesterday all taxi owners in Gelpehu were asked to have a waste-collection facility in their vehicles

The taxi parking in Gelephu town, which is usually busy was empty yesterday. The taxi drivers had left their business to attend a meeting organised by the Taxi Association of Bhutan (TAB). To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Cardamom buyback price disappoints farmers

FCBL managed to buy only 2.7MT of cardamom in Gelephu

The cardamom buyback scheme has not worked well in Sarpang, one of the biggest producers of the spice in the country. Food Corporation of Bhutan Ltd (FCBL), the implementing agency of the buyback scheme managed to buy only 2.7 metric tons (MT) of cardamom against the estimated 25MT from the …

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Dungkar Goenpa tshechu attracts more visitors 

The tercham was performed on April 11

The four-day annual tshechu of Dungkar Goenpa in Khar, Pemagatshel, concluded with the Gyalpo and Gyalmo (pholek molek) mask dance and a torphang(disposing of ritual cakes) ceremony on April 15. Goenpa kudroe (disciplinarian), Jangchub Namgyel, 51, said the pleasant weather attracted more people to witness the tshechu this year. To read more, please …

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Three years on, GC blacktopping works remain incomplete

The blacktopping works was supposed to complete last April

People of Korphu gewog in Trongsa are unhappy with the progress of the blacktopping works on the gewog centre (GC) road. The 19.5km GC road that starts from the Trongsa-Zhemgang highway at Wangdigang is blacktopped only about 200ms. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Picture story

His Majesty The King offered prayers at the Punakha Dzong on Zhabdrung Kuchoe on April 14. Later in the day, His Majesty granted an audience to the 33rd batch of DeSuups in Tencholing.

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Cabinet extends gaydrung’s tenure by three years

The Cabinet on April 2 decided to extend the gaydrung’s (gewog clerk) tenure by another three years in accordance to the resolution of first National Assembly session. In January this year, the National Assembly had decided to retain the post of gaydrung and to regularise their service as civil servants …

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Bhutan and Bangladesh sign five bilateral instruments

Shipping secretary of Bangladesh, Md Abdus Samad and economic affairs secretary, Dasho Yeshi Wangdi

Bangladesh and Bhutan signed five bilateral instruments to augment cooperation on inland waterways, health, agriculture, tourism and public administration training during the prime minister’s four day state visit to Bangladesh. The signing took place after official talks between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering at the …

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Non-Bhutanese arrested for robbing tourists

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) last week charged a 23-year-old man from Jaigaon, India for alleged larceny and possession of controlled substances. OAG prosecutor Phuntsho Namgyal told Phuentsholing drungkhag court that the accused was arrested after police received a report that he had robbed two Indian tourists from …

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