• Confluence: The muddied Phochhu, after two subsidiary lakes breached on Thursday night, increasing the water volume, meets the Mochhu river at Punakha. (Photo: Tshering Palden)

    Experts to visit Thorthormi today

    The water level flowing out of Thorthormi lake in Lunana was normal as of yesterday night. However, the stability of the moraine walls surrounding the main lake is uncertain.The chief of hydrology and water resources division, Sangay Tenzin said this is because of the two subsidiary lakes that breached on the evening of June 20. There is erosion and an outflow from the subsidiary II lake, which could destablise the moraine dams of the main Thorthomi lake. 

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Cracks in Gelephu hospital within months of opening

Noticeable cracks on the flooring of the hospital

Multiple cracks have appeared on the walls of the recently inaugurated 150-bed regional referral hospital in Gelephu. The hospital was opened seven months ago. While most of the cracks developed on the walls are thin, there is a noticeable crack developed from the expansion gap in one of the wards …

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Bhutan Media Foundation (BMF) and UNESCO signed an MoU on the project ‘Strengthening Investigative Journalism to Ensure Public Access to Information’ on March 12. The year-long project will support an investigative reporting workshop for journalists, production of investigative journalism contents in the Bhutanese media, and develop a resource centre for …

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Promises, promises 

The Cabinet held the fourth Meet the Press, which was supposed to be held on the last Friday of this month to March 8, to highlight its achievements during the first 120 days of its governance. Eleven of the 25 pledges, it claimed, were fulfilled. To read more, please subscribe …

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PCAL approves benefits to muster roll employees

Penden Cement Authority Limited (PCAL) has approved employee benefits to its 121 employees on muster roll starting January 1 this year, the labour office in Phuentsholing and PCAL officials have confirmed. All muster roll employees who completed a year of uninterrupted and satisfactory service with the company with clean track …

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Poor internet connection hampers e-services expansion

Poor Internet connection is affecting delivery of e-services at community centres (CC) in Mongar. Although only 10 of the 120 Government to Citizen (G2C) services are available at the gewog level in Mongar, most are delayed. Some are not even available due to erratic internet connection. To read more, please …

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HM grants citizenship to 359 people 

His Majesty The King granted citizenship kidu to 359 people, and granted an audience to them at the Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong yesterday. The recipients took part in a ceremony of Oath of Allegiance to the TsaWa-Sum. His Majesty reminded the recipients of the profound responsibilities that a Bhutanese citizen …

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His Majesty The King granted promotion to 32 officers of the Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bhutan Police and the Royal Body Guards yesterday. The officers were promoted from the rank of Lt Colonel to Colonel.

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Re-imagining development, post graduation

While achieving self-reliance and reducing dependency has always been a national goal, the benefits of development are not shared equally because of the growing income gap. Yet, foreign minister, Dr Tandi Dorji said Bhutan’s progression to graduation from LDC is deliberate and that it is perhaps a time to reimagine …

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HIV reported highest among productive group

The number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) on ART (antiretroviral treatment) has increased over the years. Today, almost 80 percent of PLHIV – 495 out of 627 – are on ART. Kabita Kharka, programme officer with Lhaksam, network of HIV positive people in Bhutan, said that in the past …

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Civil servants, the government’s machinery needs essential tools for productivity and happiness. That way they can effectively deliver public services. This could happen with mindful leadership and emotional intelligence. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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No dung to churn biogas in Trongsa

Construction of a biogas plant in Bemji

Local government leaders raised concern over the budget allocated for construction of bio gas plants in all five gewogs of Trongsa at the recently concluded Dzongkhag Tshougdu (DT). For the fiscal year 2019-2020,  Nu 1.06 million is allocated for the construction of 30 biogas plants in Trongsa. To read more, …

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Bimkhar village in need of electric fencing

More than 60 households of Bimkhar are waiting for electric fencing

In Bimkhar, the fresh sprouting of potatoes reminds farmers of spring. The early spring chill is still around. It is not the cold that farmers are worried about. It is the animals, the wild animals that had been tormenting them every time they plant something. A few farmers are returning …

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