• 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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Spirituality and religious involvement could promote mental health

Prevalence of common mental disorders (CMDs) in Bhutan was found to be higher, at 29.3 percent, 19 percent more than the Gross National Happiness Study, 2015 found. This was according to a cross-sectional secondary analysis of data of the same GNH study. The secondary data analysis by Gyambo Sithey et al …

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Malaria-free target takes a bite 

Bhutan’s effort to achieve malaria free status by 2021 was hampered after the country detected six indigenous malaria cases last year. The country had initially aimed to achieve zero indigenous malaria status by 2018. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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P/Ling thromde turns to young traffic regulators

In action: A traffic regulator briefs a driver

In its latest idea to ensure smooth flow of traffic and prevent congestion, the Phuentsholing thromde has resorted to using young traffic regulators. Sixteen class X and XII graduates were hired on a part-time basis to sensitise motorists on traffic rules in the Zangtogpelri area, Goedoe Lam and Deki Lane. …

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Incomplete construction affects Kidheykhar CS 

Even with an incomplete hostel and classrooms, Kidheykhar Central School in Mongar took in 300 more boarding students this year

The number of students enrolling in Kidheykhar Central School (CS) in Mongar increased this year but the school lacks adequate infrastructure and facilities to accommodate the students. The school has more than 700 students. The construction of the 200-bed boys and girls hostel and 12-unit classroom, which was scheduled to …

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Rain helps mop up Bjimina forest fire

Firefighters saved the Dadogoenpa from the fire yesterday

While more than 300 firefighters have managed to contain the Bjimina fire by 4:30pm yesterday, the evening rain helped mop up, according to the divisional forest officer, Gyeltshen Dukpa. “Now we don’t have to worry that the fire might reignite,” he said. The fire, which started from the colony of Gidakom hospital …

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Opposition demands govt. to address Japan issue

The Opposition Party has demanded the government to do everything in its capacity to address the problems faced by the Bhutanese youth studying and living in Japan under the “Learn and Earn Programme.” In the press release issued by the party, it states that the government’s persistent inaction to address …

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No parking space for trucks in Trongsa

With no designated parking space, trucks are today parked along the highway

The truckers of Trongsa are facing trouble finding a space to park their trucks in the town. In the past, trucks were parked at Thruepang. However, the space has now turned into a parking lot for light vehicles. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Farmers wait for government to buy back cardamom

A worker at a cardamom depot in Phuentsholing (file photo)

It is cardamom season but price has not been improving. Farmers in Tashichholing, Samtse are saying the government’s buy-back initiative ruined the market. Suppliers said that when the government announced that it would buy cardamom from farmers late last year, many farmers stocked the produce to sell it to the …

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The Chief Executive Officer of Green Bhutan Corporation Limited (GBCL), Damber Singh Rai, was named as one of the “51 Most Impactful Green Leaders” at the eighth edition of the World CSR Congress held at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India on February 18. Global Green Future Summit and Leadership Awards …

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Ranjung in dire need of a fuel depot

Without a fuel depot at Ranjung town, vehicle owners and seven gewogs of upper Trashigang have to travel to Trashigang to refuel their cars and exchange liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders. Residents say the fuel depot is located in Kheri, which is 21kms away from town. To read more, please …

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Auditors attend hydropower auditing training

More than 50 auditors attended a three-day training on hydropower system auditing in Tsirang. Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) deputy auditor general, Ugyen Dorji, said that the programme was conducted to further broaden the understanding of hydropower projects in the country. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Fifteen women including six who are visually impaired completed five months of spa therapy training from Norbu Academy of Spa & Massage Therapy yesterday.  All trainees have secured employment while one has decided to start a business. The training was organsied by Disability Persons’ Association of Bhutan and funded by the …

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