• 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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Trongsa records a voter turnout of 83.6 percent

Voters at the College of Language and Culture Studies PBFB in Trongsa

Postal ballot facilitation booths in Trongsa saw a voter turnout of 83.6 percent. A total of 2,803 voters, 1,341 male and 1,462 female cast their ballots in the three postal ballot facilitation booths (FB) over the last three days. Trongsa saw a good number of female voters turning up to …

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Who would Wangdue choose?

Villagers thresh paddy in Tshogongm gewog in Wangdue

The people of Wangdue say they are happy with whichever party forms the government so long the candidates from their villages get elected. A 31-year-old man from Kazhi gewog, Ugay, said all candidates are Bhutanese and would only want good for the people and the country. “We are unable to …

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Man penalised for violating electoral rules

Pemagatshel dzongkhag election dispute settlement body (DEDSB) warned and imposed a fine of Nu 6,450 to Namsey Wangdi from Kerong village of Choekhorling, Nganglam drungkhag on October 9 for violating electoral rules. The DEDSB found that Namsey Wangdi, in a WeChat group, told the people of Khar-Yurung constituency to vote …

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Candidates meet voters at work

Candidates go to the fields as most people are in the fields harvesting paddy

Election period this year has coincided with the harvest season. In Paro, the candidates are going to the fields to meet people. Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) candidate in Lamgong-Wangchang constituency, Phub Tshering, said that he had already completed door-to-door campaign thrice. “This is my fourth time. I feel that in …

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Road connectivity key to economic viability of Sarpang town

Few buildings are being constructed at Ranibagan, Gakiling gewog

Economic development in the newly identified Sarpang town is expected to gain but only if it can be connected with new roads with the gewogs and the neighbouring dzongkhags. The government has identified 22.9 acres of land above the Sarpang’s police checkpoint for development of the new town at Ranibagan …

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Yangtse tense as it prepares for poll day

Over the last few weeks, residents of Yangtse town claim to have noticed new faces arriving in the town

With less than a week left for the poll day, speculations of the outcome are spreading in Trashiyangtse. The quiescent settlement that was stirred with the initiation of the Kholongchu project is once again buzzing with contemplations surrounding the elections. Some people have resorted to reading signs of the election …

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BKP and PDP supporters could decide Zhemgang’s election result

The Zhemgang election result could depend on which party the supporters of the two parties that exited  the primary round, Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), supports. The supporters of BKP and PDP are tightlipped, leaving the party workers and coordinators of Druk Phunsum Tshogpa (DPT) and Druk …

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As Gomdar looks at the party candidates

Getting ready: An excavator operator changes into gho to cast his vote in S/Jongkhar

In Gomdar gewog in Samdrupjongkhar, people keep a sharp eye on the politicians when they come knocking at their doors for votes. For the people in Narphung village, lack of proper drinking water and road are some of the major issues. Both the candidates have promised to address the issues. …

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Samtse facilitation booth voter turnout increases

A woman waits for her turn to cast her ballot at the Samtse HSS polling station

The number of people who turned out to vote through the facilitation booths in Samtse increased compared to the primary round. A total 3,936 people cast their ballots at facilitation booths in the last three days, which is 82.1 percent voter turnout, an increase from primary round’s 78.4 percent turnout. …

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First responders made aware on fire risk and disaster in heritage sites

A mock drill was held during the training

A hands-on training in fire detection and fire fighting system was conducted at the reconstructed Trashigang dzong on October 10. Some 44 participants from the dzongkhag administration, monk body and police attended the daylong workshop organised by the Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites of the Department of Culture. Officials …

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Social media contents top complaints lodged with ECB 

The Election Commission of Bhutan’s (ECB) media arbitrator office found 22 Facebook posts objectionable as of yesterday evening, according to a press release. It stated that of the 22 posts, the originating users deleted four posts, Facebook authorities deleted six while 12 posts are under process and being followed up. …

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DNT president thanks Samtse for support

DNT president speaks to about 100 people in Gesingaon, Gomtu in Samtse

Nowhere has a new party beaten those established parties by a huge margin like the way Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) did in the primary elections here, the party president Lotay Tshering said in Samtse yesterday. “All thanks to you,” he said. “I feel happy but at the same time, I’m …

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