• 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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Trucks carrying boulders stranded at India- Bangladesh border

Bhutanese trucks stranded at Fulbari, Indian side of India-Bangladesh border

About 102 Bhutanese trucks with their drivers stranded in Banglabandha, Bangladesh since August 31 re-entered the Indian border, Fulbari yesterday evening.  Bhutanese trucks carrying stones and boulders to Bangladesh use the India-Bangladesh border, Fulbari-Banglabandha. The trucks drop the materials and return empty. However, the trucks and the drivers were held …

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Female voters turn up in large number in Bajo

By 11am, over 200 people cast their votes at the postal ballot facilitation booth in Bajo Wangdue

Thirty-six-year-old Chimi Dema was one of the many mothers who turned up to cast their votes with a baby strapped on their backs.  She left home at 8am to reach Bajo Higher Secondary School, where one of the three facilitation booths was located in Wangdue.  When it was her turn …

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Private sector people wish for FB facility in Mongar

A voter casts her postal ballot at the facilitation booth at Mongar public ground yesterday

Beth Nidi Sharma was an envious bystander yesterday in Mongar. The hotelier from Norgaygang, Samtse watched his friends cast their vote at the facilitation booth in the dzongkhag. As a businessperson, Beth Nath didn’t get the opportunity to use the facility. He will have to travel to Samtse if he …

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On a mission to redefine politics

Emboldened with the zeal and zest of its ever-energetic president, Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party has embarked on an ambitious mission of redefining politics in the country beginning this election.  It has endured humiliation on the eve of elections in 2013, after the Election Commission of Bhutan disqualified it for having a …

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DNT cannot be stronger than 2018’s team

Six years ago, a doctor, an engineer and a management specialist discussed the idea of starting a political party over a cup of tea and a plate of momo in a small restaurant in Thimphu. That was the birth of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), initially known as the Social Democratic …

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DPT pins hope on broad-based support

Shaken, but not discouraged by recent developments in social media politics, the Druk Phuensum Tsogpa (DPT) is all set for the primary round of the National Assembly election next week, which arguably will be the biggest political test since its formation in July 2007. Born out of the merger of …

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PDP salvaged the scars to gallop

On August 6, 2007, the People’s Democratic Party became the first registered political party in Bhutan after formally submitting its application for registration. In less than a month the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) approved PDP’s registration. This was the time when the country was in the midst of transitioning …

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Voting is not a secret in Panbang

Panbang town

With about a week left for the primary election, people in Panbang not only know who their candidates are but also know who is voting for whom. In Panbang town, which has about 2,000 residents, people say they are confused about who to choose between the three candidates of Druk …

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Candidates in Trongsa against door-to-door campaign

Security personal are ready to PBFB

Representatives of the four political parties in Trongsa’s Draateng-Langthel constituency have summited a letter to returning officer (RO) requesting not to conduct a door- to-door campaigning in the constituency. Party representatives of Nubi-Tangsiji constituencies have started door-to-door campaigning. The letter was submitted on September 5. Draateng-Langthel constituency’s BKP candidate, Karma …

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Constituency debate for Gasa concludes

About 50 voters attended the debate

More than 50 voters gathered at Bjishong Central School in Gasa to witness debate for Khamed Lunana constituency on September 5. Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s candidate, Dhendup, a graduate from Lunana said he joined politics to encourage young people in his community to pursue higher studies. “Having experienced the hardships and …

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Irrigation channel in Singeygang, a white elephant

The irrigation power house from where water is pumped from Jitti river

The Jitti lift irrigation at Singeygang in Tashichholing Samtse, which was developed to supply water for about 200 acres of land, has not benefited farmers as expected. It was constructed in 2017 and Nu 20 million was spent for the project. The lift irrigation system pumps water from Jitti river …

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DNT’s campaign in Paro stresses on pledges

DNT president hands over the party’s manifesto after the campaign

At Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) campaign in Paro on September 5, the party stressed on the importance of evaluating pledges of parties while choosing a party. DNT president Lotay Tshering said that if people can make out the difference between genuine and insincere pledges, then choosing a party wouldn’t be …

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