• DNT and DPT to contest general round

    As Bhutanese remained glued to television sets and mobile phones last night for the provisional results of the primary election, they witnessed a close race between one of the oldest parties, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), and a new party that gained popularity in recent months, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT)

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Conference calls for ethical use of social media

Emphasising the rapid increase in the use of cell phones as a means for life and work in South Asia, including seeking information, governing, shopping, banking, advertising and parenting, an academician called for a research within the region on the mobile experience. The academician, Dr Xiaoge Xu, presented his research …

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As Damchu-Chukha bypass opens, business at Tsimasham closes


Restaurants and hotels business in Tsimasham that cater to public transport buses and other vehicles plying the old highway has dried up after the Damchu-Chukha bypass commenced on July 18. While some restaurants opened late, some were closed yesterday. Karma Hotel, one of the most active hotels in Tsimasham that …

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Saving the environment

As part of environment day celebration this year, a competition was held among dzongkhags and thromdes to encourage waste management initiatives for environment protection. The dzongkhags and thromdes were judged on activities carried out over the last one year. Kuensel will publish a series on the initiatives taken since June …

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Four mobile Apps and a website launched

Four android mobile Apps, GOV.BT website and Bhutan government website standards were launched in Thimphu yesterday. Information and communications minister DN Dhungyel, said it was important to develop Apps, which have the potential to go global. Four mobile Apps that include City Bus Service, Dzongkha learning for kids, M-contacts and …

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RemitBhutan records USD 3.5M until May

One year and eight months into operation, RemitBhutan has recorded a total of USD 3.5M inward remittances by non-resident Bhutanese. RemitBhutan is a platform facilitated by Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) for non-resident Bhutanese to operate foreign currency accounts with any authorised bank in Bhutan. It was launched in September 2016. …

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NA women candidates get to know CSOs and youth

The programme aimed at strengthening women participation and representation in leadership

There is a need for a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) policy, collaboration between the CSOs and the government, an education system with values to address youth issues and equal representation of youth and CSOs in decision and policymaking process of the government. This was discussed during the platform for preparing …

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Environmental adjudication for the judiciary of Bhutan

Climate change policy will specify roles and responsibilities of sectors

A workshop on environmental adjudication for the judiciary of Bhutan, recommended awareness programmes, need to include climate change in the education curriculum, strengthening coordination among stakeholders, and capacity building to combat climate change in the country. An official from NEC said that there is a need for awareness on climate …

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Solar fencing proves effective in Gangkhar village

A total of 4.7km of solar fencing surrounds Gangkhar village in Udzorong today

Until last year, farmers in Gangkhar village in Udzorong gewog, Trashigang spent sleepless nights in temporary sheds guarding their crops from wild animals. Even during the day, farmers were engaged guarding their crops. Located atop a hill, the village is surrounded by dense forest making it an easy target for …

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Sand from Sunkosh to meet increasing demand

Natural Resource Development Corporation Ltd will begin extracting sand from Sunkosh to meet the growing demand for sand in the western and south-central region. Having sought all clearances from the department of forests, NRDCL is waiting for the water level in Sunkosh to recede. Mineral Resource Division’s general manager, Deo …

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Thailand PM arrives today

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Retd) arrives in the country today. He is on a two-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and is accompanied by his spouse, Associate professor Naraporn Chan-o-cha, Thailand foreign minister Don Pramudwinai and other senior …

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  • What the results say

    The verdict is out. Bhutanese electorate, as many assume, are not ignorant. They remain, as unpredictable as ever. Before the poll day and when the provisional results started coming in last night, many thought that the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were the real shoo-in. As …

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  • Nation goes to the polls

  • The case of NICU

  • May the nation win!