• 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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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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Tour operators demand single authority

Rafting in Punakha was not allowed since August 13

Following the rafting accident involving a death of a person, tour operators were not allowed to operate rafting in Punakha from August 13. Managing director of one of the rafting companies, Sonam Tobgay, said that banning of the activity just because of the accident was not acceptable. “Accidents happen everywhere. …

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Language, a barrier at common forums in the south 

Voters take a closer look at the campaign banners of political parties after the common forum in Doonglagang gewog in Tsirang

As election campaigning through common forums is held across the country, the people in southern parts of the country struggle to understand what the candidates speak. Language continues to remain a barrier to convey the message to the people during common forum campaigns. In Tsholingkhar, Tsirang, the common forum began …

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The Chief Advisor, Chief Justice Dasho Tshering Wangchuk is in  Kathmandu, Nepal to attend the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, which begins today.

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PDP president urges voters to vote responsibly

PDP president in Samtse gewog

Given its high number of voters, Samtse is a crucial dzongkhag for all four political parties in the upcoming elections. It has 47,360 registered voters. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tshering Tobgay is in Samtse since August 28. Yesterday, he met with the people of Samtse gewog, which falls under …

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Bhutan Japan holds 13th annual economic consultation

The 13th annual consultation between Bhutan and Japan on Economic Cooperation was held in New Delhi, India on August 28. A press release from the Bhutan embassy in Delhi stated that the two sides discussed the achievements of the 11th Plan, integration of the SDGs into the 12th Plan and …

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GNHC seeks fund for climate change projects

The three-day dialogue between GNHC and GCF ends on August 31

To reduce the indicative resource gap of about Nu 20 billion, the first national structured dialogue between Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC), and Green Climate Fund (GCF) began yesterday at Thimphu. The three-day dialogue will assist Bhutan to access GCF for the country’s climate change projects. GCF established in December …

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DNT and BKP presidents caution voters against freebies

Those gathered for the common forum at the Phuntshothang gewog hall in Samdrupjongkhar yesterday were dished a large serving of philosophical lecture when Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa president Lotay Tshering, and Bhutan Kuen-Nyam president Neten Zangmo addressed the gathering in succession. Like in all other common forums held in the constituency, …

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Most cultural events on during election period

Chukha’s dzongkhag administration has postponed dzongkhag tshechu to November 16-18 to avoid coincidence with poll day of National Assembly (NA) election. The dzongkhag administration’s notification issued on August 24 stated that the second day of the annual festival coincided with the poll day, which is on October 18. According to …

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DPT hopes to pull a surprise in Sombaykha

The DPT president interacts with the public of Sombaykha constituency

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president Pema Gyamtsho yesterday completed his visit to the Sombaykha constituency of Haa, the home dzongkhag of the PDP president, as part of the campaign for National Assembly elections. It was his second visit to the dzongkhag in less than a week. Earlier on August 24, …

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