It’s not the constituencies that count, but the total votes cast on party symbols across the country
Even if a political party emerges victorious from maximum number of constituencies in the country, but the overall votes it secures is less than two other parties in the race, its chances end there.
This is exactly what will happen when Bhutan has its first ever primary round of National Assembly elections, the poll day for which is slated for [... Read More]
A person belonging to the richest 20 percent of the Bhutanese population consumed, on an average, 6.7 times more than the poorest 20 percent of the population.
This was the case five years ago, and it has more or less remained the same today, according to the poverty analysis report 2012.
The gap between the rich and poor is measured by the Gini coefficient index. Bhutan scored 0.36 on the index in 2012, according to the poverty [... Read More]
In the sun: Students of Zangkhar Primary school in Lhuentse use the weekend to air their blankets and study outdoors
One’s a former secretary, who resigned under a cloud, and the other was once found guilty of a petty misdemeanour
Although former health secretary Dr Gado Tshering resigned on moral grounds in the midst of a corruption investigation, he has “fulfilled” the requirements to be a candidate for a public office, Druk Phuensum tshogpa (DPT)’s spokesperson and former economic affairs minister, Khandu Wangchuk, said yesterday in Thimphu.
Dr Gado Tshering, 54, was introduced as DPT’s candidate for [... Read More]
Following discussions that went on for two days between the supporters and candidates of Druk Phuensum tshogpa (DPT), a vote by the candidates yesterday chose Dr Sonam Wangyel Wang over former MP Namgay Wangchuk to represent Lingmukha-Toewang constituency in Punakha.
More than 80 supporters from Punakha had showed up in Thimphu to express their opinions on who would be the most suitable candidate.
DPT’s spokesperson, Khandu Wangchuk, said it was difficult for the party to choose from [... Read More]
With only three days left to submit the letter of intent to the election commission to contest the primary round, it’s now or never for the five political parties.
At this stage, for most parties, it is perhaps no longer about going for the best candidate, but going with what you have.
Some of the requirements of the letter of intent are parties must have confirmed candidates for all 47 constituencies, along with attested academic transcripts, a [... Read More]
Tshering Gyeltshen (left) bagged three awards including the best actor (male)
However Jarim Sarim Yeshey Tshogyel won the best film of the year
Just as Bhutan celebrated Teachers’ Day, the film “Thank You Sir” bagged 11 awards at the twelfth Bhutanese film festival yesterday at Youth Development Fund hall in Thimphu.
Tshering Gyeltshen, who played the lead role in “Thank You Sir”, won the best actor, the best scriptwriter and the best director. Thank You Sir’s Tshering Zam was awarded the best newcomer female, while Namgay Zam and [... Read More]
A study by the division for conservation of heritage sites spells out the dos and don’ts
Yellow coloured soil is the most preferred to construct rammed earth buildings that are dominant in rural homes of central and western parts of the country.
According to a study on good construction practices of rammed earth buildings by the department of culture’s division for conservation of heritage sites, this is because the colour of the soil relates to proportionate clay [... Read More]
The 90-mm polythene pipe that never brought in water
A Nu 4M worth project is, if you’ll excuse the expression, dead in the water
Villagers in Radhi, Trashigang, had eagerly waited for completion of the Nu 4M-worth irrigation channel that would enable them to cultivate paddy even in winter.
But forget irrigation, not a drop of water trickled from the four-kilometre irrigation channel built from Yudhiri via Tokshimang to Jomodogsa, using a 90mm polythene pipe.
“It never functioned since the day of its inauguration in 2012,” a [... Read More]
According to BLSS 2012, common law marriage has grown common amongst youth
It was a “day to remember” when Gyeltshen and Tshoki, both in their late 20s, moved in together.
Having been in a relation for quite some time, they thought it was the right time to do so, while the arrangement also worked well to counter “killing” apartment rents in Thimphu.
However, this does not mean they are married, despite their parents knowing about it. They like [... Read More]