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Yeti and myth surrounding its existence

What does a yeti look like? Who has seen one? Is it still around, in this day and age, to spook us in the dark edges of the deep forests? But yeti continues to live on in the collective belief of the mountain people. In the olden days when there …

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BKP pledges an inclusive government

Manifesto was launched on August 25

If elected, Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) pledges to provide sound political and economic leadership and work with all Bhutanese, including those in the opposition party, thereby consolidating peace, harmony, security and stability as the basis for the prosperity of our country. The manifesto, that the party leaders said was drawn …

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The problem of distrust

The stakes are high this election period – for the country, the political parties, and for the people. It is one of those times when the Bhutanese cannot be trusted. We become distrustful and suspicious of each other. We vent on social media. Politicians and parties, the media and the …

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Gelephu Thromde urges residents to keep a storage tank

Gelephu Town

It has almost been a week since residents of Gelephu thromde have been facing irregular water supply, resulting in water shortage. Residents say the water supply timings are also irregular. They say the thromde initially released water twice a day, between 6am to 10am  and between 2pm to 10pm  but …

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Last Bhutanese athlete to compete in the Asian Games today

Tshering Samdrup (left) lost to Uulu Kadyrebk Argen of Kyrgyzstan in the second preliminaries yesterday

Of the 24 Bhutanese athletes competing at the ongoing 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, 23 have been eliminated as of day eight. The three-men compound team lost to Iran by 217-231 in the 1/8 elimination round at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) archery range in Jakarta yesterday. The men’s …

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Postal ballots dispatch begins

Election officials at the Democracy House prepare postal ballots yesterday for the primary round of the National Assembly elections

The Election Commission of Bhutan will dispatch postal ballots for the primary round of the National Assembly elections to overseas voters today. ECB officials said that of the numerous overseas destinations, they would complete dispatch at least to New York, USA, and Australia where there is large concentration of Bhutanese.

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Money in politics, an open secret

The presidents of the two new political parties, Neten Zangmo and Lotay Tshering, said on air that their biggest challenge in the upcoming elections is corruption through money factor. The Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) presidents, in an interview with Bhutan Broadcasting Service’s (BBS) programme on …

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6,582 graduates could not sit main examination since 2015

Bhutan Civil Service Examination’s preliminary examination (PE) screened more than 6,500 graduates in the last four years. Close to 51 percent of the total PE candidates were screened out from sitting the main examination this year. Of the 3,218 graduates who sat PE in August this year, 1,589 secured 50 …

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Convincing the voters

With all four political parties in full-blown campaign mode, the voters are overwhelmed with promises and pledges. The next five years and beyond, going by the promises, looks brighter. Parties want to ensure reliable irrigation water for farmers, 24-hour drinking water for urban residents, jobs for the jobless, salary raise …

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Economic necessity drive women into business

Economic necessity – need to earn livelihood, sustain a family, and to educate children – were reasons why most women got into entrepreneurship. This is according to research conducted by National Statistics Bureau. Divorce, tendency to secure social and economic independence, martial breakdown, personal interest, and personal satisfaction were other …

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BKP’s challenge is changing people’s mindset

How prepared is your party for the upcoming elections? Preparations have been rigorous. Getting candidates was tough. We are ready.   What is the biggest challenge for your party this election? The biggest challenge is cutting through the mindset of people on the perception of politicians. People should look beyond …

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