Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - 7:03 PM

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The Olympic Day Celebrations (ODC) took place in Gedu, under Chukha Dzongkhag on May 2 coinciding with Birth Anniversary of the 3rd Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The event flagged off with the Olympic Day Fun Run by His Majesty’s Representative and the President to Bhutan Olympic Committee His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck. The Olympic Day serves to celebrate [... Read More]

Eastern United wins JDW memorial archery tournament

SportsThe winners of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national memorial tournament, Eastern United, and friends do the victory lap at the Changlimithang range after beating Chhari Tshen yesterday in the two-day final.

Eastern United beat Chari Tshen to win the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk national archery tournament on traditional bamboo bow, played over the weekend at the Changlimithang archery range in Thimphu.

Chhari Tshen Having won the first set on Saturday 25-12, Eastern United had scored 22 in the second set while Chhari Tshen trailed at nine points when the match continued on Sunday morning.

Eastern United scored 25 points in the 6th round leaving the opponent at 15 points. [... Read More]

How the primary round will be held

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]

Gap between haves and have-nots has not grown

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]

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In the sun: Students of Zangkhar Primary school in Lhuentse use the weekend to air their blankets and study outdoors

DPT’s latest two entries raise some eyebrows

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]

Punakha candidate chosen through intra-party election

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]


In the public eye

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]

Thank You Sir sweeps awards

flimawardTshering 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]

The good practices of rammed earth buildings

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]