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Will there be a gender swing at the next elections?

Findings show a desire to see more women in elective offices … though not as mere token figures

ECB Study: While the Election Commission of Bhutan may have been squarely blamed either having less women participating in the electoral processes or for winning an election, for voters, it’s the capability of the candidate and not the gender that matters.

Despite various obstacles that restrict women participation in the electoral processes, a majority of voters are [... Read More]

Rumours of leaked questions being investigated

BCSEA: The Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) is investigating into the rumour that the English II question paper for Class XII’s board examination had leaked.

For the last three days, the council has been trying to trace the source of the rumour soon after word went out that questions worth between 30-50 marks had leaked through a SMS.

The council’s secretary of examinations, Kinga Dakpa, said they have formed a team to [... Read More]

‘Race against waste’ fills seven truckloads

DGPC awarded cash prizes to the winners and certificates to all schools that took part in the contest

Environment: Sixteen schools of Thimphu collected seven truckloads of non-biodegradable waste in the last eight months.

The waste has been sold to Greener Way.

Pet bottles (26 tonnes) made the highest in the list of waste, followed by paper (16 tonnes). Cardboard waste constituted 0.6 tonnes of the total collection. About 506kg of high-density polyethylene was also collected.

Druk [... Read More]

Fuel becomes cheaper by almost Nu 2

Petrol/diesel: Petrol and diesel prices dropped by nearly Nu 2 a litre starting 8pm yesterday, triggered by the heaviest fall in international oil prices in the past five years.

Petrol price dropped by Nu 1.86 to Nu 1.83 across the country, while diesel is cheaper by Nu 1.95 to Nu 1.97 a litre.

A litre of petrol in Thimphu costs Nu 61.72, Nu 59.79 in Phuentsholing and 58.46 in Trashigang.

Thimphu residents pay Nu 1.96 less [... Read More]

Samtse-Chamarchi gate opens to traffic

Border: The Samtse-Chamarchi border gate opened to traffic at 6:30pm yesterday, more than three weeks after it was closed for security reasons, following the death of an Indian maid in Samtse.

The border gate opened after a meeting between authorities from both sides.  District magistrate of Jalpaiguri, Paritha Sarkar, represented the Indian counterpart, while Samtse dzongda Karma Woezir represented Bhutan at the meeting.

“The Indian counterpart had assured us on security and safety,” the dzongda [... Read More]

Editorial

The 107th National Day

Sherubtse College in Kanglung, Trashigang is all decked up for the 107th National Day celebrations. Apart from the new look that the college got draped itself in, the story is more than just that of nation coming together.  December 17 is important and sacred.

Trashigang is holding the beat of the nation.

The cold weather and the light showers have not dampened the festive mood. The people here are on fire. They need this celebration to be [... Read More]

Farm road to make nye and tshachu more accessible

Once abandoned due to the absence of a bridge, the link has now been brought back to life

Connectivity: Visitors to Goentshaphu nye (sacred site) and Koma tshachu (hot spring) in Punakha will no longer have to hire horses or walk for hours, with restoration work on Shari farm road about to complete.

The seven-kilometre farm road that connects Shari chiwog of Goenshari gewog in Punakha to Gasa highway was initially constructed in 2005-06. However, [... Read More]

Two women at a man’s work

DSC_0102Khandu Zangmo and Karma Zangmo

The pair works with nine men as labourers, unloading goods from trucks

Occupation: Sixty-year-old Khandu Zangmo and thirty-five-year-old Karma Zangmo work as a labourers, who unload goods from trucks in Gelephu town.  They work with nine men.

Khandu and Karma started working as ‘unloaders’ three years back. When they started, there were five of them.  Three left.

Khandu Zangmo is from Pemagatshel.  She has three children studying in Gelephu higher secondary school.  She said she feels [... Read More]

Expat worker dies in mudslide mishap

Fatality: A 35-year-old expatriate labourer died while excavating a tower pit in Gonpopang, Zhemgang on the evening of December 15.

The labourer was working for an Indian power construction company and got buried, while excavating a pit along with a friend, when the mud wall collapsed.

The friend of the deceased, who was working for the same company, was rescued and taken to Yebilaptsa hospital, about 25km away from the place of incident.  The labourer [... Read More]

Spike in Kanglung commerce

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National Day crowds have sparked a mini business boom in the town

Occasion: Kanglung town is bustling with life, with thousands of people gathered for the national day celebrations.

Restaurateurs and shopkeepers are doing brisk business, while hotels are seeing a rush of customers.

A restaurateur, Wangchuk Namgyal, is busy attending to his customers.  Usually, he would have closed his shop and left for his village by this time.

“We generally don’t do good business in December. [... Read More]

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