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ECB dispatches first set of facilitation booth postal ballots

Officials at the Election Commission of Bhutan headquarters prepare the postal ballots yesterday to dispatch the first set of ballots for facilitation booth voters in Bumthang, Pemagatshel, and Samdrupjongkhar

Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) will dispatch the first set of postal ballot for facilitation booths in Bumthang, Pemagatshel, and Samdrupjongkhar today. The three dzongkhags have nine facilitation booths — two in Bumthang, three in Pemagatshel, and four in Samdrupjongkhar. Of the 438,663 registered voters in the country, 97,873 have …

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Language and politics

Politics has given the biggest push to promote Dzongkha. In the process, we have all gained respect for the art of public speaking and the elegance of the national language. But for some aspiring politicians the national language is proving to be quite a hurdle in getting their messages across. …

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How DNT would narrow the gap

DNT launches its manifesto on August 23 in Thimphu

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has said that the party’s manifesto is the people’s manifesto. Party leaders said the manifesto was an outcome of consultations with the people over the last five years. To align the country’s priorities with that of the party’s, DNT also reviewed the draft 12thPlan. “Our manifesto …

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Tour operators demand single authority

Rafting in Punakha was not allowed since August 13

Following the rafting accident involving a death of a person, tour operators were not allowed to operate rafting in Punakha from August 13. Managing director of one of the rafting companies, Sonam Tobgay, said that banning of the activity just because of the accident was not acceptable. “Accidents happen everywhere. …

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Mountain economies and BIMSTEC

The Fourth Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is taking place in a Himalayan country for the first time. The Summit will be held in Nepal on 30 and 31 August 2018, amid great expectations from the participating countries. Mountains and hills …

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Language, a barrier at common forums in the south 

Voters take a closer look at the campaign banners of political parties after the common forum in Doonglagang gewog in Tsirang

As election campaigning through common forums is held across the country, the people in southern parts of the country struggle to understand what the candidates speak. Language continues to remain a barrier to convey the message to the people during common forum campaigns. In Tsholingkhar, Tsirang, the common forum began …

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Picture story

The Chief Advisor, Chief Justice Dasho Tshering Wangchuk is in  Kathmandu, Nepal to attend the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, which begins today.

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PDP president urges voters to vote responsibly

PDP president in Samtse gewog

Given its high number of voters, Samtse is a crucial dzongkhag for all four political parties in the upcoming elections. It has 47,360 registered voters. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tshering Tobgay is in Samtse since August 28. Yesterday, he met with the people of Samtse gewog, which falls under …

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Bhutan Japan holds 13th annual economic consultation

The 13th annual consultation between Bhutan and Japan on Economic Cooperation was held in New Delhi, India on August 28. A press release from the Bhutan embassy in Delhi stated that the two sides discussed the achievements of the 11th Plan, integration of the SDGs into the 12th Plan and …

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