• Debt to GDP projected to decline to 76 percent

    The country’s external debt is expected to fall from 105 percent of GDP in the current fiscal year to 76 percent by the end of 12th Plan, the finance ministry projects. However, in absolute terms, Bhutan’s external debt would increase from Nu 204B to Nu 215B. This is because the country’s GDP is expected to grow by an average of 6 percent in the 12th Plan. Expansion of GDP base would automatically reduce the debt to GDP ratio, meaning the decline in ratio would not translate into absolute decline in external debt.

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990 postal voters cast their ballots in Zhemgang

Of the 1,125 that registered to use postal ballot facilitation booth (FB) service in Zhemgang, 990 turned up in the last three days to cast their ballots. In upper Kheng, of the 884 registered voters, 782 turned up, 450 female and 332 male.  On first day, September 7, the FB was …

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1,184 vote at facilitation booths in Tsirang

After the facilitation booth close, electoral officials mobolise equipment to train polling and presiding officers at Melanthang in Tsirang

With at least 1,184 voters of the total 1,388 turning up to vote at the two facilitation booths in Tsirang, election officials claim the turnout was good. At the facilitation booth at Mendrelgang Central School, 151 voters cast their ballots while 1,033 voted at Damphu Central School facilitation booth. Damphu …

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Election officials in Trongsa seal the electronic voting machines yesterday before deploying the machines to the 22 poling stations in the dzongkhag

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78 percent voter turn out in Chukha and Samtse

A lone woman comes to vote on September 9 evening at the Phuentsholing MSS FB

Of the total 12,651 registered facilitation booth voters in Chukha, 9,962 people cast their votes at the four facilitation booths and one mobile booth across Chukha from September 7 to September 9. The dzongkhag recorded a 78.7 percent turnout. Of the total who voted, 5,154 are women and 4,808 men. …

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83.4 percent voter turnout in Pemagatshel

Postal ballot facilitation booths in Pemagatshel that remained open for three days from September 7 to 9 saw a voter turnout of 83.4 percent. The three polling booths saw 2,075 of the total 2,492 registered voters cast their ballots. There were 943 male and 1,132 female voters in all. The …

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Three die in accident

Two Bhutanese and a non-Bhutanese succumbed to injuries after the Indian registered vehicle they were travelling in fell 400 metres off the road at the 3.5km point on the Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway. The incident occurred at 8:30pm on September 9. The two Bhutanese, a man and a woman died at the …

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Hundreds of devotees and students received blessings from a sacred relic of Zhabdrung Khamsum Zilnon and the monks of Choetse Rabdey when they moved to its winter residence in Trongsa from summer residence in Bumthang yesterday. The monks will spend eight months in Trongsa

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ECB asks Dasho Sonam Kinga to remove Facebook post, DPT to denounce violence 

The Central Election Dispute Settlement Body (CEDSB) has asked former National Council chairperson Dasho Sonam Kinga (PhD) to remove his Facebook post with immediate effect, until the completion of the 2018 National Assembly Election period. It decided that the respondent (Dasho Sonam Kinga) be issued a cautionary notice under section …

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Over 7,250 voters in Punakha and Wangdue cast their votes

Sangay Pelden was the last voter at the postal ballot facilitation booth at Bajo, Wangdue

As the voting hour drew to a close for the postal ballot facilitation booth voters, Sangay Pelden, 35, rushed to Bajo Higher Secondary School, one of the facilitation booths in Wangdue. She walked out the exit door with a satisfied smile. Sangay Pelden said that she had to wait for …

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Nanong-Shumar observer reports to ECB on PDP campaigning after 6pm

The National Observer (NO) of Nanong-Shumar constituency in Pemagatshel has reported to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) that it found the president of People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Tshering Tobgay campaigning after 6pm on September 4. The NO also reported to the ECB that the party was found organising dinner …

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DPT president urges Zhemgang residents to vote responsibly

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president, Pema Gyamtsho, while meeting with the people of Zhemgang yesterday told them that they are there to elect a public servant, not a leader. He asked people if they would like to have a candidate who orders them? The president and the team couldn’t …

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26,587 voters cast their ballots in Thimphu

The five polling booths saw 9,551 voters

In the last three days, postal ballot facilitation booths in Thimphu saw a voter turnout of 77.8 percent since the opening of the postal ballot facilitations and mobile booths on September 7. Of a total 22,663 registered voters in north Thimphu, the six postal ballot facilitation booths saw 17,036 voters …

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