• USD hits record high at Nu 73

    Indian rupee (INR) has been sliding against the USD in recent months and Bhutanese ngultrum, because it is pegged to INR, is under pressure. Losing 12 percent this year, INR is labelled by the Bloomberg as Asia’s worst performing currency.

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CSO employee warned for campaigning

The election commission has issued a warning to a Tarayana foundation official Sonam Jamtsho, who is currently working in Ney in Gangzur gewog for allegedly campaigning for Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) in the villages including Tsaenkhar in Lhuentse. The decision came following a case filed by DPT’s dzongkhag coordinator alleging …

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Trashigang sees 31 more postal voters

Election officials at the returning officer’s office in Trashigang open envelope A of the postal ballot yesterday

The two political parties would be anticipating a higher postal ballot support in the general elections in Trashigang. Of the total 47,614 registered voters in the dzongkhag, the highest in the country, 19,298 would be voting using the postal ballot facility (conventional and facilitation booths). This is an increase of …

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Interim government members attend the closing of the annual navaratri druga puja yesterday at the Durga mandirin Thimphu. A team of nine pundits led by Pt Madhav Adikhari performed the puja from October 10-18. The vijaya dasami celebration will be held with the offering of Dasai Tika tomorrow from 10am.

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Gelephu-Zhemgang highway opens for light vehicles

Light vehicles pass through Ossey after the road opened to traffic on October 16

Road officials in Sarpang opened the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway at Ossey to light vehicles in the afternoon of October 16. The highway had remained completely closed to traffic for 35 days since September 9 due to landslides. Ossey is about 27 kilometers away from Gelephu town. The highway is expected to …

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Bumthang set for a dispute free election

Bumthang dzongkhag is on a mission, an important one. As the dzongkhag stand ready for the poll day, its mission is to accomplish a dispute free election and generate the highest voter turnout. To do so, the dzongkhag has requested 22 families from Chhumig, who were gearing to migrate to …

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Phangkhar residents unlikely to be influenced


Although some villagers in Phangkhar gewog of lower Kheng claimed they have received calls from unknown people, asking them to vote for the party of their choice, it would not influence their votes tomorrow. The people claim they received the calls after the primary elections. They did not, however, reveal …

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Trashigang all set for the poll day

Some 371 officials were deployed across the 75 polling stations in Trashigang

With the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) checked and sealed and polling officials and security personnel briefed and deployed, the dzongkhag with the highest number of registered voters in the country (47,614), is set for the poll day tomorrow. Following the two-day refresher’s course, Trashigang dzongkhag has deployed 371 polling officials …

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Tsirang receives 5,654 postal ballots

At least 437 officials have been deployed to its 44 polling stations

Of the 5,654 postal ballots Tsirang received as of yesterday evening, three ballots were rejected. The returning officer of Sergithang-Tsirangtoed constituency received 2,177 facilitation booth ballots and 530 conventional postal ballots and Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang returning officer received 2,425 ballots from facilitation booth and 522 conventional ballots. Officials declared that two rejected …

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Sarpang all set for the general election

Polling officials sort out Envelope A at Pelrithang gewog, Gelephu constituency yesterday

With 220 polling officials deployed to the 45 polling stations in the dzongkhag, Sarpang is all set for the poll day tomorrow. Shompangkha constituency has 21 polling stations and Gelephu constituency has 24. The returning officer of Gelephu, Tshering Wangchuk, said that the polling officials reached their designated polling booths …

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Free Wi-Fi for passengers in Paro airport

To facilitate passengers who were travelling, Bhutan Telecom (BT) began providing free Wi-Fi at the departure terminal of the Drukair airport for about two months now. Director at Department of Aviation and Transport, Karma Wangchuk said that this service was enabled for users. “These services are one of the key …

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Gasa ready for the poll day

The dzongkhag election office will collect postal ballots until 5pm today

Polling officials of Rakashong polling station (PS) in Lunana were the last batch of polling officials to reach the PS in Gasa yesterday. The officials reached the PS after a two-day walk. The PS caters to the voters of Raminang chiwog, residing with their herds in Rakashong at this time …

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