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Planning development needs vision

Political parties are selling the dream of national self-suffiency like a song. But the people know better. And, for us the way we go, there is the weather to storm along the way. As the final round of election is heating up, party candidates are doing the rounds in the …

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The general election

The general election period has begun. The political parties have fielded their initial candidates and, unlike the last round, this election period, despite the rumours, saw no candidates swapping parties. As the country launches itself to elect the third government, the election commission has to be commended for the efforts …

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What does HDI rise mean?

United Nations Development Programme’s human development indices and indicators 2018 show Bhutan has climbed a step up in the ranking. The country Bhutan ranks 134 out of 189 countries. Index with the value at 0.612 puts the country in the medium human development category. Between 2005 and 2017, Bhutan’s HDI …

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For a more inclusive election

In the 2018 National Assembly primary round election, postal ballots – conventional and those cast through the facilitation booths – was one of the factors that determined the results. The number of people who used the facilities was impressive. About 81 percent or 108,580 people used the facility set up …

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As we head to the general round

As we head to the general round Election is done but not dusted. The primary round of the third National Assembly is over. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa came out victorious. For many the result of the election was a shocker. But then, for many others, the outcome …

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What the results say

The verdict is out. Bhutanese electorate, as many assume, are not ignorant. They remain, as unpredictable as ever. Before the poll day and when the provisional results started coming in last night, many thought that the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were the real shoo-in. As …

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Nation goes to the polls

Finally, the election day is upon us! As the polls open at nine in the morning today, stations and election officials will be greeted by thousands of voters waiting in the queue. And in a fortnight’s time, the nation will go to the polls again for the general round that …

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The case of NICU

In explaining the deaths of the 11 infants at the neonatal intensive care unit, the national referral hospital has blamed the thromde, the health ministry, and the media. Its clarification, which has come more than a month after the tragic incident justifies its negligence and the deaths that the hospital …

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May the nation win!

The two-day no-campaign period begins today. This means 48 hours from now the nation will go to the poll for the first round of the third National Assembly election. For the party candidates and constituents, it has been a long and tiring journey what with relentless campaigning and party meetings …

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Your vote matters

The 2018 national Assembly election has already started. Thousands of Bhutanese have already exercised their franchise last week, as they cast their ballot through the facilitation and mobile booths. The numbers are impressive and encouraging. A voter turnout of 77.55 percent is a good indication. In numbers, out of the …

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