• 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 wins Trashiyangste

All set: Women voters in Yangtse wait for their turn

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) sailed through the primaries in Trashiyangste yesterday winning a total of 5,443 votes in the two constituencies. In both the constituencies, DPT won in EVM and postal votes. In Bomdeling_ Jamkhar constituency, DPT won 1,425 EVM votes and 1,276 postal votes. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) won …

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DPT sweeps Samdrupjongkhar

Polling officials allow elderly voters to cast their votes first at Dewathang PS polling station in Samdrupjongkhar

Those at the dzongkhag counting centre witnessing the opening of the postal ballots yesterday afternoon got some hint of what was to come. Most of the ballots were for one party – Druk Phuensum Tshogpa. Samdrupjongkhar like the other eastern dzongkhags chose to support Druk Phuensum Tshogpa yet again. As …

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Zhemgang DT decision on dress code not implemented

For the residents of Zhemgang, the dress code rule does not make sense

A group of school dropouts, who are helping to construct a biogas plant in Pantang, a small locality at the bank of Mangdechu in Panbang, Zhemgang, take refuge under tarpaulin sheets. With temperature soaring above 35 degree Celcius, the youth are in half pants and topless. The youth say they …

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DPT coordinator accuses Kanglung gup of influencing voters

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) party coordinator in Samkhar gewog has filed a verbal complaint to the office of the returning officer (RO) in Trashigang against Kanglung gup Kinzang Dorji for influencing voters not to vote for the party. According to the coordinator, Kencho Gyeltshen, the gup had called seven …

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More than 6,600 postal ballots in Samdrupjongkhar

The border gate at Samdrupjongkhar will remain sealed until 6pm today

More than 6,600 postal ballots have reached the office of the two returning officers in Samdrupjongkhar. Jomotsangkha-Martshala constituency’s returning officer has completed opening the envelope A, but those for Dewathang-Gomdar constituency began yesterday and will continue today. The opening of envelope B that contain the ballots will be opened from …

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Thimphu ready for NA primary round poll day

Election officials set up the polling station at Jigme Losel Primary School in Thimphu yesterday

As the students leave the school, polling officials and the security personnel at Jigme Losel Primary School in Thimphu begin readying the polling station. Some of the polling stations in Thimphu located in schools had to wait until the schools closed for the day so that there was minimal disturbance …

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95 postal ballots rejected in Lhuentse

As the opening of envelope A of the postal ballot began on September 13 at the offices of the returning officer yesterday, 95 ballots were rejected in Lhuentse. There are 6,697 registered postal voters in two constituencies, of which only 5544 voters have cast their votes. Gangzur-Minjey constituency has 3,412 …

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145 postal ballots rejected in Mongar as of yesterday evening

Officials count the PB at the RO’s office in Mongar yesterday

The Mongar dzongkhag’s returning officers (RO) received a total of 10,854 postal ballots which 147 rejected after opening the envelope A as of yesterday evening. The officials opened the envelope in presence of political party representatives and candidates since September 13. Officials started opening the envelopes from 9am till 2am …

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Water shortage in Gumkarmo

More than half the households in Gumkarmo do not have dependable water supply

Gumkarmo chiwog in Punakha has been facing shortage of drinking and irrigation water for over a decade. There are 46 households in the chiwog. Dechen Zam, 54, said there has been water shortage for as long as she can remember. “The people always depended on the two spring water sources.” …

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Samtse set for poll day today

Election officials open and segregate postal ballotenvelope A yesterday at Tashichhoeling RO office in Samtse

About 350 officials are deputed in Samtse’s 68 polling stations for the primary round of the third parliamentary election. There are four constituencies in Samtse. Returning officers (RO) from all four constituencies said they are well prepared. According to Samtse’s election officer, Tshering Phuntsho, preparations at the polling stations were …

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Grading machines installed at FCBL auction yard

New potato grading machine at Phuentsholing auction yard

Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) in collaboration with Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan Limited (RSEBL) and Enhanced Integrated Framework under Department of Trade, procured and installed two additional potato grading machines at the FCBL auction yard at Phuentsholing. The machines, which cost Nu 9.3 million each, were procured to …

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Sarpang receives 6,557 postal ballots

The two constituencies of Sarpang received a total of 6,557 postal ballots, of which 1,686 were conventional postal ballots and 4,871 were facilitation ballots. Constituency-wise, Gelephu received more postal ballots than Shompangkha. The office of Returning Officer of Gelephu constituency received a total of 4,342 postal ballots, out of which …

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