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A cost-benefit debate

Disappointed that a request to present their findings on a study they conducted on the possibility of absenteeism in person voting facility went unheard, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa has written to the election commission of Bhutan.

The political party is requesting the commission to at least let them present their findings before killing the idea of the Bhutanese voters having the luxury of voting from the place of residence.  The commission ruled out the possibility because of the cost factor.  It has estimated that at least Nu120.65 million would be required to arrange residential voting for the next parliament election.


Division on thromde status extends to dzongkhag level

The relative virtues of Nganglam and Denchi are as much debated at local level as in parliament

Township: The Parliament, not being able to decide on a thromde for Pemagatshel, has not gone down well with the people.  Shocked, disgrace, confused and unhappy are the terms used to describe the decision to postpone the finalisation of the thromde, which has now become the bone of contention between Nganglam and Denchi.


BJP for close cooperation with Bhutan

IMG_0583Vijay Jolly with the Prime Minister

A delegation led by senior BJP leader Vijay Jolly is in the country from June 14 to 21

Diplomacy: A Delhi-based non-governmental organization, Delhi Study Group (DSG) and RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work for disadvantaged women in Bhutan and India.

The MoU was signed on Wednesday during the ongoing visit of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members led by Vijay Jolly, who is also the Indian NGO’s president. The NGO is comprised of a group of intellectuals and professionals like doctors, engineers, and lawyers, who generate public awareness through discussions and exhibitions.


News report of Bhutan – China air link dismissed

Aviation: The national airline and the Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) have dismissed news reports that Drukair has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China’s Sichuan Airlines to launch a Chengdu, China to Paro route, via Kathmandu.

The Chinese aviation website, Wcarn.com, first reported the news, which was picked by other aviation news websites.  However, at least one of the aviation websites disabled the link to the article, after this paper contacted them.


The one-armed hoopster

11038104Rinchen Khandu goes for a layup during a match against Jaguars

Rinchen Khandu takes his handicap in his stride

Basketball: It is a fast paced game.  Rinchen Khandu gets the ball.  He tries to fade away, avoiding a block, and shoots.  The ball bounces back from the rim.  In a flash, Rinchen is back in defense.

Rinchen’s Freshers (H) was playing Phojas, three-time finalist of the Coronation Cup.  Freshers lost the game, badly.  But it was Freshers, which won the hearts of the spectators.  Rinchen, who is also the team captain, has one arm missing.  But that has not deterred him from competing at the highest national level tournaments.


Two arrested for stabbing

Crime: A 20-year-old man was arrested on June 15 for stabbing a man in front of the Shearee Square in Lungtenphu, Thimphu on the night of June 13.

Around 11:40pm on the night of the incident, a staff of Shearee Square informed Changjiji police that a man was seen bleeding in front of the mall, and taken to hospital by his friends.


Picture story

Changed: The nearly complete “meat-processing unit” at Serbithang, Thimphu, is now the Livestock Product Value Addition Centre


Residential voting not possible: ECB

According to the commission’s estimate, the costs involved would be prohibitive

Election: It will cost the government at least Nu 120.65M (million) to arrange residential voting for the next parliament election, estimates worked out by the Election Commission of Bhutan show.

Presenting the estimates at the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) and gewog tshogdu (GT) conference yesterday, election commission officials said that, besides the huge budgetary implication, requirement of human resource was also an issue.


Preparing for possible disaster

The government says it is planning to procure search and rescue equipment

Meeting: A national disaster management plan is expected to be ready in the next five months, after which the government will start procuring rescue and search equipment, and train people to prepare for disasters in the country.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of the ongoing 12th regional consultative committee meeting on disaster management in Thimphu, home minister Damcho Dorji on Tuesday said a special committee had been formed on the cabinet’s directive to immediately frame the disaster management plan.


Fifth session of second Parliament concludes

20150617-2C4A8496Closing: His Majesty The King graced the concluding ceremony of the fifth session of the second Parliament yesterday

Closing: After five weeks of vigorous deliberations on two new bills, seven amendment bills and demarcation of thromdes, the fifth session of the second parliament concluded yesterday.

His Majesty The King graced the closing of Parliament.

Members of parliament from the ruling, opposition and the National Council expressed their appreciation to His Majesty The King for the guidance and support rendered to the people through various initiatives and kidu.  The members also thanked His Majesty The King and the Gyaltsuen for traveling to remote villages in the country to meet the people and cater to their needs.