Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - 9:07 PM

‘Weakness’ in the east a myth: PDP

weakParty supporters welcome PDP president Tshering Tobgay in Kanglung

So says the party president, who hopes to win as many as 11 of the 17 seats on offer there  

That the People’s Democratic party (PDP) is weak in eastern Bhutan is a misconception, the party president Tshering Tobgay said.

“It’s a “misconception” that PDP is weak. particularly in places like Radhi, Khanglung and Bikhar,” Tshering Tobgay said.

Even in the midst of poor results in the primary round, PDP is confident to win as many as [... Read More]

DPT has no standing on LPG, kerosene: PDP

pdpPDP president with the party’s candidates at the press conference yesterday

While the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) appreciates Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) move to end negative campaigning, it fails to understand the need for all the former DPT ministers to cut short their campaign and congregate in Thimphu, the PDP said in a press conference yesterday in Kanglung, Trashigang.

“PDP appreciates DPT’s cooperation to conduct the remaining days of campaign peacefully to fulfill the aspirations of our people,” PDP’s spokesperson Jigme Zangpo said.

But PDP said that DPT [... Read More]

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One in the net: Dog catchers trap a stray dog as part of the month long mass sterilisation and vaccination campaign in Thimphu Thromde


One way or the other …

A week from today Bhutan will once again go to polls and by evening it should be known whom the people have chosen to form the government for the next five years.

As it stands now, it has become near impossible to predict which party the people will choose.  Five weeks ago, after the primaries were held, it looked like one party had a good chance.  Since then a lot has changed, or appears to have [... Read More]

More than 50,000 votes made by post to date

With a week left before polling stations open for the third time this year, more than 50,000 voters have already taken advantage of the chance to vote by post for the upcoming general elections on July 13.

In all four regional post offices (GPO) of Thimphu, Gelephu, Phuentsholing and Samdrupjongkhar, more than half of the total postal ballots sent out have been returned to returning officers offices, post officials said.  There are about 80,000 plus registered [... Read More]

DPT releases economic action plan

If returned to power, the party promises to turn the present crisis around

Druk Phuensum tshogpa (DPT) released their economic action plan (EAP) yesterday at the party head office in Thimphu.

If DPT forms the government, the EAP will be a blueprint to address immediate problems of rupee shortage, access to credit, private sector development, sector-wise strategy, to boost exports, reduce imports and create employment during its first year of the government, DPT’s north Thimphu candidate, Kuenga [... Read More]

Chorten vandals sentenced to 15 and 18 years

Monger district court yesterday sentenced a 24-year-old man to 18 years imprisonment, and a 22-year-old man to 15 years imprisonment in connection to the vandalism of different Chortens (stupas) in Mongar.

According to the court verdict, the 24-year-old Sangay Duba from Drepong gewog in Mongar was not only involved in Chorten vandalism, but also smuggled leopard bones for which he was given another three years imprisonment.

Yonten Drakpa, 22, from Balam and Sangay Duba had intentionally vandalised [... Read More]

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Pull and Push: Unable to pull an east-bound truck laden with sand, the excavator gets a little help from a tipper truck that pushes the truck that held up traffic for more than an hour at the base of Nobding, en route toTrongsa from Wangdue yesterday.

Campaign turns accompanying youth off

youthbTesting politics: Hem Raj Gurung and his friends at Sarpang

Getting down and dirty with politicos on the trail proved to be an unwelcome  eye-opener

After voluntarily travelling with a party candidate to villages “to learn about rural lives, democracy and politics”, these young people are convinced that they would rather not join politics in future.

Hem Raj Gurung, 21, and his two friends, Phuntsho Wangmo, 19 and Ugyen Pelmo, 20, accompanied Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s candidate, Nandalal Rai, from Sarpang during the general election campaign to ‘gain [... Read More]

Gasa fears repeat blackout on poll day

On the evening of the primary round poll-day, people residing near Gasa dzong and a few government officials squeezed in a small room below the dzong to learn election results.

It was returning officer’s office and the only place that had power.  It was lit with the help of mini power generator.  Rest of the houses, however, did not have light at all.

With power blackout being a persistent problem in Gasa, people fear it might go [... Read More]