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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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Postal votes decide PDP’s loss in Tsirang

Much before the primary round, talks were rife that Tsirang was a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stronghold and people would continue to support the party. The assumption was that having won both the constituencies in 2013, PDP that was represented by Novin Darlami from Sergithang-Tsirangtoed and Yogesh Tamang from Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang …

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Why Samtse saw the least voter turn out?

Samtse with 47,360 registered voters saw a voter turnout of 60.3 percent on the poll day of the primary election, making it the dzongkhag with the least voter turnout. Of the total registered, 28,568 voted in the primaries. Compared to the National Council (NC) elections this year, Samtse saw an …

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Wangdue Dzong reconstruction enters final phase

About 61.5 percent of the reconstruction work at Wangdue Dzong has been completed by last month. The third phase of the reconstruction work has begun, which is expected to complete by 2021-2022.

More than 60 percent of the reconstruction work at Wangdue Dzong has been completed. The last phase of the project – the middle courtyard of the dzong – has already begun. The project is divided into three phases with three courtyards. About 70 percent of the work at the first …

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Why Pemagatshel remains a DPT stronghold

When it comes to parliamentary elections, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) can bank on Pemagatshel for votes. Pemagatshel gave the country its first elected prime minister and since 2008, the party has been enjoying landslide victory in the dzongkhag. In the recent primary round, DPT won a total of 10,682 votes …

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Two ministers lose in Trashigang as it votes for change

Voters queue outside Rongthong polling station in Kanglung

Trashigang is the only dzongkhag where two ministers lost in the recent primary round. The People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) move to garner support from Trashigang by taking in Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s candidates in 2013 and giving them ministers’ portfolios did not help change the people’s support for Druk Phuensum Tshogpa …

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The primary votes 

Voters queue at the Jigme Losel Primary School polling station in Thimphu on poll day

The people not only voted for change this primary round of the national assembly elections. The way they voted has also changed. In the first primary election where 82 percent of the total votes were cast on the electronic voting machine (EVM) and 18 percent through postal ballots, the second round …

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Voter turnout in Bumthang over 75 percent

Bumthaps have been with the cranes in every National Assembly elections. Of the two constituencies, Chhoekhor-Tang has been the stronghold of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) ever since the first election in 2008. This had further strengthened in 2018 primary as the DPT president hails from Tang. Prior to the polls, …

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Cranes roost in Trashiyangtse

Trashiyangtse is a home for the black-necked cranes. Every winter, the birds roost in the paddy fields of Boomdeling and in the fields above the small Yangtse town. The winter habitat provides a safe sanctuary for the migratory birds. Yangtsips love the bird that is protected by law. On Saturday, …

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