• 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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Fuel prices drop

The fuel prices in the country dropped from midnight yesterday. Following a price revision, the price of petrol has dropped by Nu 3 a litre and diesel by Nu 2.95, according to a press release from the department of trade. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Mountain Echoes return to celebrate Many Lives, Many Stories 

The tenth edition of the mountain echoes, a festival of art, literature and cultural will be held from August 22 to 25 in Thimphu. Themed Many Lives, Many Stories, the festival, according to the press release, will mark its 10th anniversary with modern Bhutanese music, a fresh take on Bhutanese …

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Go local: The first harvest of watermelons from Zhemgang reached the Centenary Farmers’ Market in Thimphu. (Photo: Karma Dupchu)

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Feeling recognised and included

Homosexuality is not against the order of nature.  This, the National Assembly recognised and decriminalised by repealing two sections in the Penal Code of Bhutan, without the LGBTIQ community even having to fight for their right.  The move is welcomed by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer …

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Two arrested for alleged attempted murder and robbery of dzee

Police in Trashiyangtse arrested two men, aged 27 and 18, for alleged attempt of murder and robbery of a dzee, commonly called as cat’s eye. The incident took place on the morning of June 6 when a 62-year-old woman was herding cattle near Trashiyangtse town. According to police, the two …

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Police investigating burglary case in foreign ministry

Thimphu police are looking for people involved in an alleged burglary incident in the foreign affairs ministry office. Police sources said ministry officials reported to police on May 24, stating that some miscreants had broken the main door of the accounts section and stole Nu 64,000 belonging to the government. …

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Hydropower revenue benefits only 5 percent of population, says NC

Only five percent of the population reaps the benefit of national wealth, hydropower according to the National Council. When it comes to financing the pay revision, is the government counting the chickens before they hatch? This was one of the concerns the National Council raised to finance minster Namgay Tshering …

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PM leaves for Brussels

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering will be visiting Brussels, Belgium from June 18-19 to participate in the 13th Edition of the European Development Days (EDD) at the invitation of President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Lyonchhen leaves for Brussels today according to the Prime Minister’s Office Facebook page. The …

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Parliament committee to review SOEs’ budget proposals 

Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel (file photo)

All stated owned enterprises (SOEs), either fully owned or with majority share holding by the government, henceforth must submit their annual budget proposals to the Parliament for review, the National Assembly (NA) decided on June 13. However, whether or not the decision would be implemented will have to be seen …

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REDCL to be converted into CSI bank

Finance Minister Namgay Tshering (file photo)

The government will convert the Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Limited (REDCL) into a Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) bank, the finance minister informed the National Assembly on June 13. The economic and finance committee had also recommended the same and the decision came up during deliberations on the annual budget …

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Boulder export from Gelephu to Bangladesh yet to resume

Trucks carrying stone aggregates and dusts leave for Assam from Gelephu

Exporters and transporters are growing impatient with the export of boulders to Bangladesh from Gelephu still on hold. Export of other riverbed materials (RBM) – stone aggregates and dusts to Assam, India resumed on June 10 in Gelephu. Phuentsholing also resumed its boulder export business to Bangladesh five days ago. …

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Detainee dies from stroke

A 48-year-old detainee of Samdrupjongkhar jail died of stroke at the hospital around 7:30am yesterday. The deceased along with four other detainees were made to clean the jail surroundings around 6:30am. The police officials on duty heard the detainees shouting inside the jail and found him unconscious on bed. To …

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