• DNT and DPT to contest general round

    As Bhutanese remained glued to television sets and mobile phones last night for the provisional results of the primary election, they witnessed a close race between one of the oldest parties, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), and a new party that gained popularity in recent months, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT)

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PDP president completes campaign in Samtse

Starting from Tading gewog, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tshering Tobgay yesterday completed his campaign in Samtse after meeting the people of Phuentshogpelri (Gomtu). PDP won all the four constituencies in 2013. The party has however, changed the candidates for Ugyentse-Yoeseltse and Tashichhoeling constituency this election. From roads to …

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With construction of new buildings, Samtse town develops

New buildings in Samtse town

With new buildings standing tall in the town, the double-storey arcade town of Samtse has made a significant change. In the ongoing development of the town, there are two bakery shops today. Standard hotels and more restaurants have come up. The town also has a coffee café for the first …

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DPT president visits Samtse and Chukha

The DPT president meets with the people of Chapcha yesterday

The president of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) met with supporters and members of the public from Chapcha gewog in Chukha at Chapcha middle secondary school yesterday afternoon. Earlier in the morning, he held a meeting with members of the business community of Tsimasham and the people of Bjachok gewog. At …

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Drukair to fly from Paro to Singapore via Guwahati

Drukair is expected to launch flight route between Paro and Singapore via Guwahati, India today. The target is to provide travellers from North East India, in particular from Assam, non-stop flight to Singapore and back. The event was part of celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and …

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Major roadblock at Ossey

Three excavators have been deployed to clear the block at Ossey, along the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway.

The road at Ossey, which is about 27km away from Gelephu, has been blocked for about two weeks now. An official with the Department of Roads (DoR), CB Mongar, said: “There has been recurrent blocks in the area. The place becomes foggy which impedes the work. The safety of the …

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Candidates pledge to review social media policy

The candidates of all four political parties from Drametse-Ngatshang constituency in Mongar agreed to review  the social media policy and implement it. They said that social media in Bhutan has been a cesspool of abusive behaviour, vanity, and petty, myopic views. They cited a Facebook group called Bhutanese News and Forums, …

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Literary attempts of Jakar HSS students

From left to right: Evan Purcell, Tila Rupa Chhetri, Amandika Thapa, and Dorji Wangchuk

Write-up of three students of Jakar Higher Secondary School (JHSS), Bumthang will be published in the books I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids volume 9 and Sewing Seeds of Peace. The students submitted their work to two American  organisations – InSpiritry, and iWRITE – with the help of …

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RICBL opens branch office in Babesa, Thimphu

The Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Limited (RICBL) will open a new branch office at Babesa in Thimphu today. The branch office will offer insurance, loans and financial services to the clients. The branch will cater to all clientele needs, offering an entire range of insurance products and financial services …

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ECB dispatches first set of facilitation booth postal ballots

Officials at the Election Commission of Bhutan headquarters prepare the postal ballots yesterday to dispatch the first set of ballots for facilitation booth voters in Bumthang, Pemagatshel, and Samdrupjongkhar

Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) will dispatch the first set of postal ballot for facilitation booths in Bumthang, Pemagatshel, and Samdrupjongkhar today. The three dzongkhags have nine facilitation booths — two in Bumthang, three in Pemagatshel, and four in Samdrupjongkhar. Of the 438,663 registered voters in the country, 97,873 have …

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Poor turnout at chiwog level common forums force candidates to forgo it

Party candidates from all four political parties in Samtse’s two constituencies, Phuentshogpelri-Samtse and Ugyentse-Yoeseltse, have decided to forgo the chiwog level common forums. Candidates say the common forums are not turning out as expected. This comes after only 29 people turned up at a chiwog common forum under Phuentshogpelri-Samtse constituency. …

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How DNT would narrow the gap

DNT launches its manifesto on August 23 in Thimphu

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has said that the party’s manifesto is the people’s manifesto. Party leaders said the manifesto was an outcome of consultations with the people over the last five years. To align the country’s priorities with that of the party’s, DNT also reviewed the draft 12thPlan. “Our manifesto …

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  • What the results say

    The verdict is out. Bhutanese electorate, as many assume, are not ignorant. They remain, as unpredictable as ever. Before the poll day and when the provisional results started coming in last night, many thought that the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were the real shoo-in. As …

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  • Nation goes to the polls

  • The case of NICU

  • May the nation win!