… face the consequences of breaking the ‘blackout’ law, warns ECB, which has extended its deadline
Primary The election commission of Bhutan (ECB) will give anonymous users violating its social media rules and regulations until 9am to comply or face legal action.
This means anonymous users, who have continued to ignore ECB’s 48-hour blackout period by posting or sharing material supporting or opposing any political party or candidate, are being given an extended period [... Read More]
Gelephu plays host to a stream of guests en route to their village polling stations
Primary In the past few days, Gelephu town saw many new faces. They were people, who were on their way to their villages to cast their vote in the primary round today, and had stopped to buy gifts for their folks in the village.
Harka Maya, 39, is one of them. She left her home in Doban to settle [... Read More]
Primary It started raining since 5.30am. The already muddy and narrow road of Gasa got even more slippery. Amid thick fog outside, landslides started occurring at almost every turn.
Ngawang Namgay, a 32-year-old dzongkhag driver, who drove election teams to three polling stations of Kamaed gewog, namely Damji, Zhazhukha and Khachhu Pangkha in a white-Bolero pick up truck was being extra cautious.
That was on May 29 when the team had set out to put [... Read More]
Eye sore: The landslide is expected to be cleared this morning
Voters coming to Gasa are worried that they won’t be able to cast votes if the roadblock at Gathana, Damji remains un-cleared even today.
The roadblock at Gathana that is about 4kms ahead of Damji on Punakha-Gasa highway was blocked since yesterday morning following major landslides after two days of continuous rainfall.
“The road clearing works that started at 7am in the morning until 7pm, yesterday evening almost cleared the block except the small portion,” said the [... Read More]
In accordance with electoral laws, Phuentsholing border is sealed for 24 hours starting 6pm today.
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While it showered heavily outside, about 10 men, all in a row, spent the night in a small room of an outreach clinic in Thangza, a remote community in Gasa.
Today, the group that walked for seven days to make it there, will do a final touchup of the hut by adorning it with plastic sheets, converting it to a polling station for the over 240 registered voters.
“We’re playing our part, by coming forward to conduct [... Read More]
Although unspecified, ECB said drastic measures would be taken against those refusing to remove posts defaming, or approving a party
As expected, a number of anonymous social media users ignored the election commission’s 48-hour blackout period.
The 48-hour blackout or no campaign period until the close of polls disallows anyone from publishing, broadcasting, or transmitting any item that is of the nature of election campaign supporting or opposing any political party or candidate.
The blackout period began at [... Read More]
They are all over: Bidha in her wheat field
Even as the people in upper Haa joke about army worms coming to campaign in their wheat fields, the infestation is no laughing matter for farmers, whose wheat fields have just started flowering.
Since May 26 noon, an army of armyworms was spotted in the wheat fields of about eight chiwogs of three gewogs, Uesu, Katsho and Bji in Haa.
“Just as the wheat plants have started flowering, the worms are eating it all up,” farmer Bidha, [... Read More]
This brings to 16 the total number of dzongkhags affected so far
The army worm caterpillar infestation has now spread to Haa and Bumthang in the past week, taking the number of dzongkhags affected to 16, according to agriculture officials.
About 740 litres of insecticides were distributed to 14 dzongkhags as of last week. “We’re provisioning another 700 litres as back up in case the army invades new places,” an official with the plant protection centre said.
While [... Read More]