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The party presidents debate

Experience matters  Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president Pema Gyamtsho’s arguments at the first presidential debate revolved around the party’s vision of self-reliance by 2025 and vouched on its experience both as the ruling party and as opposition. The DPT president said that the Asian Development Bank rated Bhutan as the …

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Dzongkha is difficult because of the spelling, says Prof van Driem 

Professor George van Driem (Photo: Tarayana Foundation)

Although widely spoken, Bhutan’s national language is difficult when written. Professor George van Driem on the second day of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival discussed on Dzongkha script, and its phonological characteristics that changes over time. Professor George van Driem is the chair of historical linguistics at the University of Bern in Switzerland. …

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Party workers slog in Samtse

Samtse town

Considering the number of voters on the electoral roll, Samtse is the second most important dzongkhag, after Trashigang, for the four political parties in the primary round, forcing the party workers to work hard to secure vote counts. Samtse currently is People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) stronghold with all constituencies won …

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Yeti and myth surrounding its existence

What does a yeti look like? Who has seen one? Is it still around, in this day and age, to spook us in the dark edges of the deep forests? But yeti continues to live on in the collective belief of the mountain people. In the olden days when there …

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BKP pledges an inclusive government

Manifesto was launched on August 25

If elected, Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) pledges to provide sound political and economic leadership and work with all Bhutanese, including those in the opposition party, thereby consolidating peace, harmony, security and stability as the basis for the prosperity of our country. The manifesto, that the party leaders said was drawn …

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Gelephu Thromde urges residents to keep a storage tank

Gelephu Town

It has almost been a week since residents of Gelephu thromde have been facing irregular water supply, resulting in water shortage. Residents say the water supply timings are also irregular. They say the thromde initially released water twice a day, between 6am to 10am  and between 2pm to 10pm  but …

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Postal ballots dispatch begins

Election officials at the Democracy House prepare postal ballots yesterday for the primary round of the National Assembly elections

The Election Commission of Bhutan will dispatch postal ballots for the primary round of the National Assembly elections to overseas voters today. ECB officials said that of the numerous overseas destinations, they would complete dispatch at least to New York, USA, and Australia where there is large concentration of Bhutanese.

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Money in politics, an open secret

The presidents of the two new political parties, Neten Zangmo and Lotay Tshering, said on air that their biggest challenge in the upcoming elections is corruption through money factor. The Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) presidents, in an interview with Bhutan Broadcasting Service’s (BBS) programme on …

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6,582 graduates could not sit main examination since 2015

Bhutan Civil Service Examination’s preliminary examination (PE) screened more than 6,500 graduates in the last four years. Close to 51 percent of the total PE candidates were screened out from sitting the main examination this year. Of the 3,218 graduates who sat PE in August this year, 1,589 secured 50 …

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