After the presentations: Candidates of the four political parties take a breather
The Dakarla gewog common forum heard some criticism of the previous government
Apart from the impressive pledges on developmental activities all parties have prioritised, South Thimphu’s common forum at Dakarla gewog yesterday was also about taking on the previous government.
Except for the Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) candidate, the two from Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa and People’s Democratic party (PDP) questioned about some of the issues undertaken by the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa government.
Kinley Dem, DCT’s 27-year-old started off [... Read More]
YHSS student representative receive the best athletics award on behalf of the school
Lungtenzampa MSS bagged the most medals at the Thimphu thromde inter-school athletics championship that ended yesterday at the Thimphu athletics stadium. Of the 20 schools that participated, Lungtenzampa secured 14 gold, 13 silver, and 10 bronze medals in the middle secondary category beating runners up Dechencholing MSS’ seven gold, 10 silver, and six bronze. Druk School came third with three golds and two bronze medals.
In the higher secondary school category, Yangchenphug HSS won 13 golds, [... Read More]
Foul: An EMRS player shoots from the free throw line
The club championship was over, coronation cup was not yet on, but the indoor basketball court in swimming pool complex reverberated with spectators’ cheers.
It was friendly match between a local basketball team Charos and Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) girls team from Sikkim, whom the Bhutan Basketball Federation invited.
Thimphu’s women basketball veterans Charos were no match against the students aged between 15 and 18 years who kept the pressure on the local team causing them [... Read More]
Bumthaps at a DCT meeting yesterday in Jakar
The party president’s personal history struck a chord with the largely female audience
More than 150 Bumthaps attended the Druk Chirwang tshogpa public (DCT) meeting yesterday, of whom about 90 percent were women, many of whom were touched by DCT’s plans and objectives.
When DCT’s president Lily Wangchhuk related her personal story about the hardships she faced, and how she became independent, the gathering let out a sigh of sympathy.
“Only a woman can understand another woman’s problems,” [... Read More]
PDP president Tshering Tobgay meets with villagers after the gathering
Claiming they wanted to learn more about the party this time, unlike in 2008, some voters showed up to hear People’s Democratic Party president on his campaign trip in Samtse.
Villagers attending the campaign in Sipsu yesterday said while they knew the party candidates in their constituencies were competent, they wanted to know more about what the party had to offer.
“But that doesn’t mean we’ll not attend other party presidents’ campaigns,” a villager said.
But in trying [... Read More]
Who’s right: Pedestrians rush across the road near Memorial chorten
Fourteen of your tribe have so far been hit on the road this year in the capital alone
Although no reports of pedestrians being hit was reported last week when Bhutan was observing the “pedestrian safety” week, at least two pedestrians are hit by motor vehicles every month in Thimphu.
Records with traffic police show 14 pedestrians have been hit so far this year on the roads in Thimphu. Between 2011-12, there were 46 cases of “minor” [... Read More]
Yonphula airport will be closed from November this year
Major makeover needed to render Yonphula domestic airport operational
Trashigang’s Yonphula domestic airport will be closed for at least a year for major structural changes or improvements.
The domestic airport will be closed from November this year until at least January 2015, according to department of civil aviation (DCA) chief administration officer, Karma Wangchuk.
During the closure, the hump on the airport’s runway will be removed, along with the two hillocks found on either side of one end [... Read More]
Caught in the act: An armyworm seen feeding on a paddy sapling in Punakha
The worms, experts said were nocturnal
As the season for paddy transplantation draws closer, a Lungkha farmer in Punakha Namgay, is predicting grim reap this year.
A few days ago, when Namgay visited his nursery where he had grown paddy saplings to be transplanted on his two-acre paddy field, he saw they had turned yellowish.
Not knowing why it turned so and dry, he went closer to the plants and took a keen look at them only to [... Read More]
DCT President Lily Wangchhuk
Punakha served as launching pad with party president addressing workers and well-wishers
Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) kicked off its campaign for the primary round from the western district of Punakha, with party president Lily Wangchhuk meeting party workers and supporters at the Khuruthang vocational training institute’s multipurpose hall.
Before her speech, the president apologised for keeping the gathering of around 50 waiting for two hours. The campaign had been scheduled to begin at 2pm.
The party chose Punakha, [... Read More]
BAFRA’s present quarantine station in Phuentsholing
The BAFRA office relocation has created a doubt about this vital citadel against disease
With the landowner asking Bhutan agriculture and food regulatory authority (BAFRA) office in Phuentsholing to move, officials are wondering if Phuentsholing will now have a plant and animal quarantine station.
This is because the new land identified by Phuentsholing thromde for BAFRA, for which documentation is still under process, can accommodate only the administrative block but not the quarantine station.
Without a quarantine [... Read More]