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How do we deal with the emerging issues?

The triumph of the social media will show now that the no-campaign period is finally called. We are here already! But this is no celebration time. Candidates representing the different political parties will, of course, rest but supporters may not. We have already seen to what extent the supporters can …

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Trashiyangtse town residents ask thuemi to step down

Residents of Trashiyangtse town, who are unhappy with the revised collection fee on solid waste the municipality imposed recently, asked the dzongkhag tshogdue (DT) to remove their thuemi. The collection fee was increased from Nu 20 to Nu 100 a unit since June following the DT decision. However, the residents are not happy …

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Lhaimetog Exports and Imports under ACC radar

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has suspended the business operations and activities of Lhaimetog Exports and Imports based in Chubachu, Thimphu with immediate effect after finding a prima facie case of corruption. Kuensel learnt that the Lhaimetog Exports and Imports has reportedly evaded tax while exporting goods worth Nu 90 million …

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Trongsa receives 2,658 postal ballots so far

As of yesterday, the two constituencies of Trongsa received a total of 2,658 postal ballots, of which 778 were conventional postal ballots and 1,880 were facilitation ballots. Constituency-wise, Draagteng- Langthel received more postal ballots than Nubi-Tangsibji. The office of the Returning Officer in Draagteng- Langthel constituency received 1,361 postal ballots, of …

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Tshugla Lopen honoured

In recognition of his contributions towards Buddhism, the Tshugla Lopen Samten Dorji of the Central Monastic Body was honoured with the international Buddhist peace award last week in Bangkok, Thailand. He received the award from the Chairman of the World Buddhist Scout Council. At a separate event in Bangkok, the Tshugla Lopen was also …

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Pantang residents want Chamkharchu project to begin

A group of youth help roof a village elder’s temporary shed in Pantang

It’s just 6am but for a group of youth, mostly class 10 and 12 dropouts from Sangseri village in Phangkhar, Zhemgang, it’s time to discuss the day’s work. Few had even undergone vocational training and are now back in the locality. They gather near the village’s eco-lodge, the only place that has …

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Lhuentse tops voter turnout in facilitation booths

Polling officials for 17 of the 33 polling stations in Lhuentse left for their respective polling stations yesterday. A total of 130 polling officials and 99 security officials are deployed for the poll day with 66 EVMs. The dzongkhag has 16,581 registered voters.

Lhuentse saw a 95.8 percent voter turnout at the postal ballot facilitation booths (FB), the highest among the dzongkhags. The dzongkhag saw 92 percent voter turnout in the primary round, also the highest in the country. Dzongkhag election officials attribute the outcome to the rigorous advocacy programme and the follow-up …

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Dogar priortises cardamom over election

Jab Tshering in his cardamom field in Dogar

While farmers in other parts of the country are harvesting paddy, those in Dogar village of Dophuchen (Dorokha), Samtse are engaged in their cardamom fields. Nozay Dukpa, 56 and her husband Jab Tshering, 73 are busy harvesting cardomon and election is not a priority for the couple. The couple has …

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