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Bhutan Week opens in India

Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu grace the opening of Bhutan Week at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi, India yesterday. Bhutan week is held to commemorate the golden jubilee celebration of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India.

Commemorating the golden jubilee celebration of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India, Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu graced the opening of the Bhutan Week at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi, India yesterday. Cabinet and foreign secretaries …

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Samtse residents await eco-park to be operational

The eco-park in Samtse

Samtse residents are waiting for the eco-park the dzongkhag administration developed to be operational. Some have also started asking if there was something wrong with the project. A resident said the project had been delayed for a long time. “The construction works are also not completed,” he said, adding that …

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Gabbar, the food vendor of Trashigang

Students are Gabbar’s main customers

Surrounded by school children, Sonam Wangdi, popularly known as Gabbar, is busy inside his white Maruti-Van in Trashigang. The crude form of food-truck serves some of the best and the only street-food service in Trashigang. Sonam Wangdi started his business in early 2008 in the dzongkhag. The 40-year-old entrepreneur began …

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DPT enters general round with existing 47 candidates

Amid speculations about its strategy for the general election, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has confirmed that the party has no plans to replace its candidates to contest in the general round next month. DPT spokesperson Dorji Wangdi told Kuensel the party has already instructed all the existing 47 candidates to file in their nomination with the respective returning officer. “We have asked our candidates to remain in their constituency to file in their nomination,” he said.

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Chukha and Jakar tshechus to be held as scheduled

The Cabinet of the interim government has lifted the embargo implemented during the election period that had led to the deferment of tshechus in Chukha and Jakar, Bumthang. The second day of Chukha and Jakar tshechu falls on the poll day, October 18. Chukha dzongkhag administration on August 24 announced …

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The electoral surprise

Even as the country enters the general round of election period, discussions continue on what was the bigger surprise of the primary round – Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) win or People Democratic Party’s (PDP) loss.  Until the results started pouring in, the perception was that PDP would get through the …

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Why Paro chose DPT & DNT

Voters queue at the Paro College of Education polling station during the poll day on September 15

DPT and DNT took a constituency each in Paro on September 15. Of the 18,684 registered voters in Paro, 13,652 people cast their votes. Voter turnout was 73 percent. More than 6,500 voters participated in the election from Dokar-Sharpa constituency where Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) secured the highest votes – …

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Bhutan Week to open on Sept 23 in New Delhi

At the invitation of the Government of India, Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck will grace the opening ceremony of ‘Bhutan Week’ on September 23 in New Delhi as the Chief Guest along with the Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu. The cabinet and foreign secretaries and other senior officials will …

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How DNT and PDP found their foothold in Wangdue

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) victory in Wangdue could be attributed to postal ballot votes the party got from two constituencies — Nyisho-Saephu and Athang-Thedtsho. Although People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and DNT were equally popular in Nyisho-Saephu, postal ballot votes led DNT to victory. DNT’s lead with about 350 postal ballot …

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