• 10 men charged for smuggling 52kg gold

    The chase for gold smugglers from the northern borders has finally resulted in police seizing more than 77 kilogrammes (kg) of gold and arresting several men in the smuggling racket.Police handed over the case to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) who has charged 10 men, in Paro court on June 13, for smuggling 52kg of gold biscuits amounting to Nu 151.664 million into the country from northern border.

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Nima and Dawa Palden to reach home tomorrow

The twins were separated four months ago (Photo: Dr Karma Sherub)

Nima and Dawa Palden, the first conjoined twins from Bhutan will return home today, five months after they arrived in Melbourne, Australia for a separation surgery. The girls who are now 19-months old and their mother Bumchu Zangmo will land at the Paro International Airport tomorrow. To read more, please …

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KMMU camp saw 4,455 people in Samdrupjongkhar

His Majesty’s Kidu Mobile Medical Unit, which set up camps in four gewogs of Samdrupjongkhar last month successfully helped deliver twins via C-Section in Jomotshangkha. The mother and babies are healthy.

His Majesty’s Kidu Mobile Medical Unit (KMMU) saw 4,455 people in 12 days last month in a series of medical camps held in Samdrupjongkhar. The medical camps were held in the BHUs of Gomdar, Lauri, Jomotshangkha and Phuntshothang from February 9 -24. The KMMU offers specialised clinical services in places …

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His Majesty’s Representative and the President of the Bhutan Olympic Committee, His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck was reappointed as the Chairman of the International Relations Committee (2019-2023) of the Olympic Council of Asia during its 38th General Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand on March 2 and 3. HRH was …

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Committee terminates contract for poor progress on EW highway works

Of the 14 packages on the Northern East-West highway widening works from Chuserbu to Nangar in Bumthang, works are ongoing for four packages.

The Department of Roads’ (DOR) regional office in Trongsa would terminate the contract works of Druk Lhayul Construction in Trongsa tomorrow. The construction company was executing a package of the Northern East-West Highway widening works from Viewpoint to Bjeezam in Trongsa. It was learnt that a ministerial-level committee decided to …

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Mongar aims 100 percent egg sufficiency this year

There are about 20 commercial and semi commercial farms in Mongar today

With about Nu 5.17 million (M) worth of eggs produced in Mongar last year, the dzongkhag was 87 percent egg sufficient. The dzongkhag is estimated to have produced 7.27 million eggs. The dzongkhag livestock sector plans to increase its egg production by 13 percent this year and become 100 percent egg sufficient. The number of commercial …

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IHPP encourages raising persimmon nursery

Other varieties of fruits such as peach and plum were also grafted at Menchuna

To encourage and provide farmers with enough seedlings to grow persimmon, a team of staff from Agriculture Research and Development Centre (ARDC) at Bajo in Wangdue visited farms in Dagana last week to help raise nursery. Dagana’s focal person with the Integrated Horticulture Promotion Project (IHPP), Phuntsho Wangdi, said that …

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Government plans bi-annual all-party meeting

Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji

The government is planning all-party meetings to make governance inclusive. “We will be soon sitting with all the registered political parties to discuss several issues,” Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji said at the third meet the press on March 1. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Ossey bypass to open next month

Work and communications ministers visit the bypass construction site in Ossey

The Department of Roads (DoR) has completed the first cutting of 3kms new bypass road at Ossey in Gelephu. Officials said formation cutting works would complete by April and the 4.4km bypass would open to traffic next month. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Teacher couple takes up farming

Karma Wangmo and Tenzin Thinley

A teacher couple from Chukha, Tenzin Thinley, 46, and Karma Wangmo, 44, gave up teaching to return to Boeri village in Bongo, Chukha to become farmers. The couple wants to make use of their fallow land and encourage people to return to their land. Karma was a teacher of Tsimalakha …

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Red sander wood smuggler handed prison sentence

The bench II of the High Court upheld the Paro dzongkhag court’s judgment that sent a man smuggling  sander wood (Pterocarpus santalinus) to three years and a month in prison and fined Nu 657,650. The judgment was rendered last week. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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PHPA I seeks divine intervention

The three-day rimdro ended on March 2

Following numerous landslides and technical issues at the Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project I, a three-day rimdro was conducted at the dam site beginning February 28. An official said that although there were technical, scientific and engineering solutions, the problems continued. “So we thought we should seek divine intervention.” On January 22, …

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