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Breaching the Maokhola bridge promise

Residents of Umling return home after attending a campaign meeting in Sarpang

As it happens every election time, Maokhola has become a subject of discussion for the people in Gelephu these days. With candidates and party workers recognising the need of the people living on the other side of the river, everyone promised the residents of Serzhong, Chuzergang, Umling and Tarithang gewogs …

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When you contest together, you eat together

Common forum for the Athang-Thedtsho candidates ended yesterday (Photo: Election officer)

For the candidates of Athang-Thedtsho constituency in Wangdue, it does not matter how they question and critique each party’s ideology and pledges. Once the common forum concludes, the candidates come together to share their meals. As Athang-Thedtsho constituency’s last common forum session came to an end yesterday, the candidates of …

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Different ideologies but serving the same nation

The last common forum in Paro will be held on September 9

Despite minor glitches during the common forum, all four candidates’ friendly disposition was what grabbed the attention of the people and officials alike at the Lungnyi gewog centre in Paro yesterday. Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s candidate Chencho Dorji said they started sharing their meals and eating together since the start of …

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ECB exempts party leaders from common forums

Except for party presidents and vice presidents, attending common forums for political candidates for the primary round is mandatory for all candidates, according to the Election Commission of Bhutan. But the commission has also considered cases where some candidates for unavoidable circumstances were unable to attend the scheduled common forums. …

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Delhi Declaration to improve access to essential medical products

Health representatives of the member countries (Photo: WHOSEARO FB page)

Health ministers and officials of the 11 member countries of WHO South-East-Asia Region (SEAR) signed the ‘Delhi Declaration’ to improve access to essential medical products at its 71st Regional Committee (RC) session in New Delhi, India yesterday. Regional director WHO SEA, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said access to safe, effective …

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Fish import from India to be allowed with health certificate from EIC

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) has notified that starting August 1 imports of chilled fish and crustacean from India would be allowed only with a health certificate issued by the Export Inspection Council (EIC) of India. The fish importers are asked to import fish from suppliers that are …

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Gasa residents reluctant to discuss politics

The preparation for the upcoming national assembly election is limited to candidates going round the village sharing their party ideologies and pledges to the people in Khatoed gewog of Gasa. The election advertising board in Gasa town is empty and the residents are reluctant to discuss the upcoming national assembly …

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Good turnout at Wangdue’s common forums

The common forum session was also extended for Gorgona village, which is located about one an half hour drive from the gewog centre in Gangtey (Photo:Nyisho-Sephu consituency National Observer)

Unlike in some eastern and southern dzongkhags, party candidates in Wangdue are pleased with the voter turnout during the common forum sessions. However, they raised issues with the limited time and the prohibition of question-answer sessions.  Although only 2,127 of the 20,084 registered voters in Wangdue turned up to attend …

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Sarpang candidates begin door-to-door campaign

With the common forums completed for both constituencies in Sarpang dzongkhag, candidates of the four political parties in Shompangkha constituency have started their public and door-to-door campaign. Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party’s (BKP) candidate, Basant Rana, 48, started his door-to-door campaign from Gakidling gewog on August 31. He was in Chudzom gewog …

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JDWNRH rolls out consultation by appointment in 10 departments

With the rolling out of the appointment system in seven more outpatient departments (OPD), the national referral hospital in Thimphu now provides consultation by appointment in ten departments. Dentistry, dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, paediatrics, psychiatry and surgery departments at the hospital started the appointment system yesterday. Hospital officials said through such …

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