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Who is right?

During the first party presidents’ debate on August 26, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tshering Tobgay said that he had asked Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) regarding its former employee Dawa, who is Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) candidate, accusing the government of his termination from BBS. Tshering Tobgay was responding to …

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TCB lodges complaint with police on fake notification

Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) has filed a complaint with the police last week about a fake notification issued using TCB’s letterhead saying Thimphu Drubchoe and Tshechu are cancelled. On August 25, the council notified on its Facebook page that the notification was fake. The fake notification has been in …

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Bhutanese athletes exit Asian Games without a medal

Nima Dorji (red) lost to Pakistan in the men’s bantam weight category yesterday

The last Bhutanese athlete at the ongoing 18th Asian Games, Nim Dorji, lost to Pakistani boxer Naquubullah in the men’s bantam (56kg) weight category at the Jakarta International Expo hall in Indonesia yesterday. Despite an impressive performance, the 23-year-old lost by a split decision in the second preliminaries of the …

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The party presidents debate

Experience matters  Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president Pema Gyamtsho’s arguments at the first presidential debate revolved around the party’s vision of self-reliance by 2025 and vouched on its experience both as the ruling party and as opposition. The DPT president said that the Asian Development Bank rated Bhutan as the …

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Dzongkha is difficult because of the spelling, says Prof van Driem 

Professor George van Driem (Photo: Tarayana Foundation)

Although widely spoken, Bhutan’s national language is difficult when written. Professor George van Driem on the second day of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival discussed on Dzongkha script, and its phonological characteristics that changes over time. Professor George van Driem is the chair of historical linguistics at the University of Bern in Switzerland. …

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Party workers slog in Samtse

Samtse town

Considering the number of voters on the electoral roll, Samtse is the second most important dzongkhag, after Trashigang, for the four political parties in the primary round, forcing the party workers to work hard to secure vote counts. Samtse currently is People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) stronghold with all constituencies won …

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