• DPT enters general round with existing 47 candidates

    Amid speculations about its strategy for the general election, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has confirmed that the party has no plans to replace its candidates to contest in the general round next month. DPT spokesperson Dorji Wangdi told Kuensel the party has already instructed all the existing 47 candidates to file in their nomination with the respective returning officer. “We have asked our candidates to remain in their constituency to file in their nomination,” he said.

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Chukha and Jakar tshechus to be held as scheduled

The Cabinet of the interim government has lifted the embargo implemented during the election period that had led to the deferment of tshechus in Chukha and Jakar, Bumthang. The second day of Chukha and Jakar tshechu falls on the poll day, October 18. Chukha dzongkhag administration on August 24 announced …

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The electoral surprise

Even as the country enters the general round of election period, discussions continue on what was the bigger surprise of the primary round – Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) win or People Democratic Party’s (PDP) loss.  Until the results started pouring in, the perception was that PDP would get through the …

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Why Paro chose DPT & DNT

Voters queue at the Paro College of Education polling station during the poll day on September 15

DPT and DNT took a constituency each in Paro on September 15. Of the 18,684 registered voters in Paro, 13,652 people cast their votes. Voter turnout was 73 percent. More than 6,500 voters participated in the election from Dokar-Sharpa constituency where Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) secured the highest votes – …

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Bhutan Week to open on Sept 23 in New Delhi

At the invitation of the Government of India, Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck will grace the opening ceremony of ‘Bhutan Week’ on September 23 in New Delhi as the Chief Guest along with the Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu. The cabinet and foreign secretaries and other senior officials will …

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How DNT and PDP found their foothold in Wangdue

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) victory in Wangdue could be attributed to postal ballot votes the party got from two constituencies — Nyisho-Saephu and Athang-Thedtsho. Although People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and DNT were equally popular in Nyisho-Saephu, postal ballot votes led DNT to victory. DNT’s lead with about 350 postal ballot …

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Emotional intelligence important for leaders: RCSC chair

An emotional quotient (EQ) is as important as intelligence quotient (IQ) for leaders, according to the chairman of Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) Dasho Karma Tshiteem. He said this while conducting a session on developing emotional intelligence at a professional development workshop on leadership for Australia Awards alumni in Thimphu …

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Chaskhar’s agricultural dilemma

Fallow fields in Chaskhar Pam

People of Chaskhar in Mongar depend on livestock and agriculture products.  However, more than 100 acres of wetland belonging to over 106 households in pam and Dungsingma, Chortong and Chainang have been left fallow due to shortage of irrigation water. Resident of Gaitshang said shortage of irrigation water got worse …

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Minister loses in Gasa

Unlike the out come at the national level, postal ballots did not make a difference in Gasa. In Khatoed Laya constituency, Damchoe Dorji, the former foreign minister and one of the two-opposition members in 2008 lost to Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s Tenzin by 129 votes. Damcho Dorji secured 278 votes, 63 …

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BKP’s time will come: Aum Neten 

Aum Neten Zangmo submits her final bills of expense to the National Observer

Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP), its president said, respects and accepts the decision of the people with humility. Despite securing the least number of votes in the primary round of the elections on September 15, BKP has more reasons to celebrate, party president Neten Zangmo said. “We must celebrate for creating …

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How Trongsa chose DNT and PDP

Ministership could have been a factor in Draagteng-Langthel constituency Breaking Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) stronghold, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) won the Nubi-Tangsibji constituency in Trongsa this time. DNT is represented by Yeshey Penjor and DPT by Nidup Zangpo, who has represented the constituency as a member of the parliament (MP) …

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Bhutan ranks 134 on Human Development Index

Bhutan ranks 134 out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI) in 2017, climbing a step up from its 135 rank in 2016, according to the Human Development Indices and Indicators: 2018 Statistical Update that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released online yesterday. Bhutan’s HDI value at …

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