• 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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DPT cautions people on the impact of freebies 

DPT President Pema Gyamtsho speaks to the people of Wangchang gewog in Paro yesterday

It is better to lose an election than to allure voters by promising freebies for short gains and emptying the government coffer to fulfill pledges that are unsustainable, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) President, Pema Gyamtsho said while campaigning in Paro and Thimphu. Whichever party comes to power, he said the …

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Semchen Tsethar Tshogpa rescues four yaks

The herders brought 18 yaks at Chamgang, Thimphu

The Chamgang Semchen Tsethar Tshogpa yesterday released four yaks brought by the herders of Dagala at Chamgang, Thimphu. Dagala is a day’s walk from Chamgang, Thimphu. The herders had brought 18 yaks of which four were brought by the committee for Nu 40,000 each. In the morning yesterday, two of …

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Know your candidate: Paro

Paro: Lamgong-Wangchang DNT Ugyen Tshering Age: 53 Experience:  Former Parliamentarian, writer-documentarian. Education: Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate in Film Editing, Post Graduate in Television Studies. Describe yourself in three words. Honest, humble, humane. Your priority for the constituency.  Youth have so much to offer, and harnessing their potentials is my …

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Know your candidate: Pemagatshel

Pemagatshel: Khar-Yurung DNT Ugyen Tshewang Age: 58 Experience:  31 years in government service, Trashiyangtse dzongdag, Secretary of National Environment Commission Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Farm Animal Medicine and Production. Describe yourself in three words. Down to earth. Your priority for the constituency.  Efficient health services, Kuri-Gongri hydropower project, good …

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Bhutan’s first conjoined twins to be separated

Bhutan’s first recorded conjoined twins will leave for Melbourne, Australia today for  surgery, according to a press release from Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. Born by caesarean-section on July 13 last year at Phuentsholing General Hospital, the identical twin girls were joined at the thoraco-abdominal region which relates to …

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ModEx finds 217 civil servants need improvement

The first moderation exercise (ModEx), a ranking or rating of civil servants into different performer categories based on the agency categorisation framework (ACF) under the new Performance Management System (PMS) show that about 80 percent of the civil servants are in the “good” category. The rating categories are: outstanding, very …

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DNT accuses DPT party workers of spreading false information

With accusations against party workers rife in Trashigang, the need for party workers (tshogpas) in villages, which has been debated since the last two elections, has surfaced again. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) party coordinators in Trashigang have alleged that the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) gewog coordinator of Bidung gewog had …

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Party presidents rebut each other in campaigns

The two party presidents, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) Pema Gyamtsho and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) Lotay Tshering have started commenting on and rebutting each party’s pledges during their campaigns.  Speaking at Rangjung in Trashigang yesterday, DNT’s president, Lotay Tshering, reiterated the party’s commitment to encourage children to study until class …

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Politics should not foment division: DPT president

DPT president introduces party candidates to the people of Haa

“Parties may win and lose, but the country is here to stay,” the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president Pema Gyamtsho said, whose second leg of the campaign began from Haa yesterday.  He told the supporters of two parties that did not qualify to the general elections to not to feel …

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Woman files defamation case against Tsirang police

A 32-year old woman from Mongar has filed a case at the Gelephu drungkhag court alleging Tsirang police and a woman of charging her of theft and thereby defaming her. In her complaint letter, the woman alleged that Tsirang police arrested her without any investigation or witnesses.   She charged …

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Coffee cultivation project not as successful as expected

At coffee plantation in Singeygang, Sipsu

Eight years ago, villagers of Singeygang (Hangay) in Tashichholing (Sipsu), Samtse, saw a dream project of a mass coffee cultivation take shape in the locality. It gave local residents the hope to be a part of it to gain economically. However, the cultivation that stretches about 97 acres of land …

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Two Bhutanese men arrested for wildlife crime in WB

The Jalpaiguri wildlife special taskforce in West Bengal, India, arrested two Bhutanese men on September 28 for illegal possession of bear bile. The men, one from Mongar and the other one from Chukha, were arrested from across the border at Manglabari in Jaigaon. However, sources in Phuentsholing alleged that the …

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