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Poor turnout in Drametse for DNT president

Despite a poor turnout, the party president spoke to the people for more than an hour.

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) president Lotay Tshering was greeted with a lukewarm response at his meeting with the people of Drametse in Mongar. Only about 30 people from Woongkhar, Shakhang and Bageng villages gathered for the meeting at the Drametse Central School multipurpose hall yesterday evening. The hall was filled with …

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Trashigang court upholds judgment in BDBL forgery case

Trashigang dzongkhag court on September 28 upheld the Wamrong dungkhag court’s judgment involving a former teller of Bhutan Development Bank Ltd’s (BDBL) Wamrong branch office for forgery and tampering of public records. The court sentenced Karma Choden to three years and six months for forging signatures and misusing clients’ money …

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DPT cautions people on the impact of freebies 

DPT President Pema Gyamtsho speaks to the people of Wangchang gewog in Paro yesterday

It is better to lose an election than to allure voters by promising freebies for short gains and emptying the government coffer to fulfill pledges that are unsustainable, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) President, Pema Gyamtsho said while campaigning in Paro and Thimphu. Whichever party comes to power, he said the …

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Semchen Tsethar Tshogpa rescues four yaks

The herders brought 18 yaks at Chamgang, Thimphu

The Chamgang Semchen Tsethar Tshogpa yesterday released four yaks brought by the herders of Dagala at Chamgang, Thimphu. Dagala is a day’s walk from Chamgang, Thimphu. The herders had brought 18 yaks of which four were brought by the committee for Nu 40,000 each. In the morning yesterday, two of …

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Know your candidate: Paro

Paro: Lamgong-Wangchang DNT Ugyen Tshering Age: 53 Experience:  Former Parliamentarian, writer-documentarian. Education: Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate in Film Editing, Post Graduate in Television Studies. Describe yourself in three words. Honest, humble, humane. Your priority for the constituency.  Youth have so much to offer, and harnessing their potentials is my …

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Know your candidate: Pemagatshel

Pemagatshel: Khar-Yurung DNT Ugyen Tshewang Age: 58 Experience:  31 years in government service, Trashiyangtse dzongdag, Secretary of National Environment Commission Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Farm Animal Medicine and Production. Describe yourself in three words. Down to earth. Your priority for the constituency.  Efficient health services, Kuri-Gongri hydropower project, good …

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Timber demand exerts pressure on forests

With increasing number of constructions across the country, records with the forestry department show a rising demand for timber over the years exerting more pressure on the state forests. In the 11th Plan, an average of 10.89 million cubic feet (Cft) of timber were supplied every year. Of that, 7.88 million Cft were from the state reserve forest, 2.29 from the forest management units, 0.17 from wildlife sanctuaries, 0.11 from community forests, 0.03 from private forests, and another 0.42 from registered private forests.

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Bhutan’s first conjoined twins to be separated

Bhutan’s first recorded conjoined twins will leave for Melbourne, Australia today for  surgery, according to a press release from Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. Born by caesarean-section on July 13 last year at Phuentsholing General Hospital, the identical twin girls were joined at the thoraco-abdominal region which relates to …

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ModEx finds 217 civil servants need improvement

The first moderation exercise (ModEx), a ranking or rating of civil servants into different performer categories based on the agency categorisation framework (ACF) under the new Performance Management System (PMS) show that about 80 percent of the civil servants are in the “good” category. The rating categories are: outstanding, very …

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