Khark sa Khark sa: Abi Bumpa arrives at Thamdrang
The campaign kicked off on April 4 from Saling and later Silambi gewogs
In a full grey kira tugged high, revealing blue gumboots and a patang (knife) tucked at her waist, she looks like a herder in the thick forests of Kheng Silambi.
This is Bumpa, 60, from Wama village in Silambi gewog, and she walked three hours from her home to listen to the campaign speeches of the three council candidates from her district.
Her short-cropped hair [... Read More]
Surrendered: Dham Thangka wet land that Kinley Penjor cultivates
The claim is that the farmer shortchanged the monastic body of its share of the harvest
The zhung dratshang (central monastic body) has asked a rice grower of Dham Thangka village in Punakha to surrender the wetland on which his family has been cultivating as a sharecropper for the institution for the past four decades.
A three-member team, led by the principal of Hongtsho Tashigang geonpa in Thimphu, in whose name the dratshang’s land is registered, visited [... Read More]
Which brings its total to 41, but leaves it still six short of the mark
From bureaucrats to entrepreneurs and fresh graduates, aged between 25 and 61, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa yesterday launched another set of eight candidates.
Having made official 41 candidates so far, the party is now left with six more candidatures to declare.
Kinley Dorji, Radhi-Sakteng constituency, Trashigang
The oldest among the eight new candidates, Kinley Dorji, 61, former director of human resources under the labour [... Read More]
Drukpas’ defence double team Archons’ center man
With that, the party’s official candidate launch is at 31
Karma Jurmi, 42, will represent Kanglung Samkhar constituency in Trashigang.
He is an educationist, a linguist, information and technology (IT) professional, an artist and a consultant.
“Given my background, I hope to make education system more interesting by including the use of IT in classrooms,” he said. “For instance, using ‘Twitter’ in classrooms would be advantageous for students who are shy to make their opinion heard.”
Karma Jurmi, [... Read More]
Like in the 2008 elections, the government will pay a daily allowance of Nu 500 each to 18 voters from Eusuna, the remotest village in Gasa, who will have to walk five days to the closest polling station in Ramina chiwog (group of villages) to vote in the council election on April 23.
Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, Eusuna village, with 38 people living in four houses, sits on top of a ridge, making it near inaccessible [... Read More]
The cost of building the 1,200MW Punatshangchu project has escalated to Nu 94B, according to revised estimates presented yesterday at the project authority’s 12th meeting in Thimphu.
This is almost two thirds of the 10th Five Year Plan budget.
“Geological and hydrological considerations, design changes, inadequate provisions and inflation have contributed to the escalation,” PHPA managing director, RN Khazanchi, who presented the revised estimates to the representatives of the government of India at the meeting, said.
Khazanchi said [... Read More]
About 16 people have filed a case in Paro court against a woman in Bondey, Paro, for not paying back money she borrowed from them last year.
The Bondey resident is alleged to be operating a ponzi scheme, and borrowed money from Paro and Haa residents, promising to pay a monthly interest. It is not confirmed what rate of interest was agreed to, but sources allege the woman took money at 5 percent interest, and lent [... Read More]
Know the language: Kamal Bahadur Gurung prepares for his televised debate speech
Reading newspapers, particularly those in national language, perusing law books is what Kamal Gurung, one of the six National Council candidates, had been doing for the past two days.
The candidate from Mendrelgang has been preparing for the common forum scheduled for today.
“I’ve been reading Dzongkha newspapers with an effort to improve my command over the language,” he said, adding he invested two days to draw a two-page speech containing some of his key messages.
Unable to [... Read More]
More in the basket: Mobile ‘phones is one of the new items in the market basket
The NSB will bring out radically revised consumer price index in May
Inflation, or changes in price of goods and services consumed by Bhutanese households, will now be measured every month, instead of every three months, with the first revised consumer price index (CPI) to be out in May.
To be published by the National Statistics Bureau, the main statistical agency in the country, the revised and updated CPI will not only be much more comprehensive and [... Read More]
What if a postal ballot application is rejected? Is that the end for a potential voter seeking to participate in the upcoming National Council election?
These are some questions that jog the minds of many a voter in the capital city, who have applied for postal ballots about a month ago.
While such concerns are pertinent, its timeliness is a cause for wonder, because it is coming on the eve of the election to be held on [... Read More]