Worms Just as Dorji, a canteen operator in Thimphu, was about to splash a jug of water from the bucket on his vegetables as he usually did every morning, his hands suddenly swerved and misfired.
His eyes caught the sight of several tiny black worms and wondered if they were the same insects he had heard people talk about at the office.
On a closer look, much to his dismay, they were. That was on [... Read More]
Campaign With a commitment to Wangtse Chhirpel, devolving power and authority to the people, the People’s Democratic party, if elected, pledges to empower the local government by giving more administrative and financial decision-making powers.
To empower the gewogs, the PDP pledges in its manifesto to initiate an annual grant of Nu 2M for every gewog. Should it form the government, the party within the first week would ask the Pay Commission to look into the [... Read More]
Court The High Court yesterday dismissed the Office of the Attorney General’s appeal and affirmed lower court’s verdict in connection with the charges against four health officials that took sponsored trips to Germany and China in 2009.
The High Court ruled that the charges of bribery and official misconduct against the health officials were baseless just as the lower court had ruled.
But the court, however, did not accept compensation claims by the four defendants [... Read More]
Incidents of pack attacks in the capital and elsewhere are evidence of a growing menace
Time out For a while it appeared like the problem of strays had been brought under control.
But if recent incidents are anything to go by, the canines are back with a vengeance, both in urban and rural areas, chasing cars, pulling down cyclists, attacking pedestrians and, sometimes, even going after police personnel on night patrol.
Of the many that [... Read More]
The country’s first fund management company is “doing pretty well”
Investment Despite the domestic economy going through a liquidity crunch, the country’s first fund management company, which started commercial operations three months ago, is seeing a positive response from investors.
In another few weeks, the company is expecting inflows that would double the present turnover.
“The company is doing pretty well and, had not for the liquidity crunch, the turnover would have been in billions,” the [... Read More]
Save for candidates, their representatives and party workers, not a single voter showed up
Primaries The last South Thimphu common forum, which was supposed to be held yesterday at Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School for the Thimthrom voters was called off.
Save for some 20 people that included party candidates, their representatives and party workers, not a single voter, election officials said, showed up.
After a long fruitless wait, election officials conducting the common forum and candidates [... Read More]
The four political parties have exactly a week of official campaigning period left before the primary round, the first one ever held.
On that day, only two parties, the ones with the highest votes, will move ahead to contest the general round in the second week of July.
This is excluding the 48-hour blackout period before poll day, May 31, where political parties are not supposed to campaign, and the media is not supposed to write stories [... Read More]
Primaries A group of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) party workers from Kanglung-Samkhar constituency has been conducting a separate round of campaign on its own from May 15.
For every common forum in the constituency, a handful of DPT party workers followed their candidate. Right after the common forums ended, the party workers took over to do their bit.
On May 20, a similar meeting was held in Udzorong, which went on for some time, almost disrupting [... Read More]
Politicisation of military and monastic community among others
Primaries Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s South Thimphu candidate, Yeshey Zimba, yesterday called a press conference to justify on issues that other political parties have been using to woo voters and defame DPT.
Yeshey Zimba started with other parties making pledges to garner votes from the security forces through better payment and allowances. “We are talking about a huge number of voters and their families, which could make all [... Read More]
Verdict Thimphu district court sentenced a businessman to six months in prison for breaching contract, fraudulent insolvency and contempt of court on May 17.
Nidup Dorji, 39, of Jigdrel Entertainment was found guilty of breaching the contract he had signed with Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan on February 9, 2011 and selling off the mortgage of the Nu 2M loan he took from RICBL.
He had mortgaged the musical instruments of Jigdrel Entertainment when he [... Read More]