Amid confusion over the issue, incumbents are bound for zomdus to seek nomination
National Council members, who declared their interest to re-contest in the upcoming election, have started leaving for their gewogs to seek nomination through zomdu process being held across the country at the moment.
Others have their travel plans aligned with the dates negotiated with dzongkhag election officials for the conduct of zomdu in their gewogs. For now, they are in the process of readying [... Read More]
The electorate is not exactly set on fire by the prospect of the coming NC elections
Among the 74 voters was Baytru, 74, short grey hair over a face marked with deep lines of time.
Being old, he was relieved by his family from fieldwork and sent to Nahi gewog centre in Wangdue, the location for the zomdu (public meeting) to finalise a nomination from the gewog for the council election.
On the morning of March 14, Baytru [... Read More]
This brings to 12, the total number who have sought recourse to the High Court
Another six members of municipal committee in 2005 and 2006 that allotted plots in Gyalpoizhing when home minster Minjur Dorji was the Mongar dzongda have appealed to the High Court.
The defendants, who were sentenced to a year in prison, with option to pay thrimthue, by the district court on March 8 for official misconduct, said they were appealing, as they had [... Read More]
A stratagem parties have adopted to gain standing and lure candidates
Every now and then, a name is dropped here and there.
While many a time, it is to get things done, it is also being practised to expedite the process in place, like seeing a doctor, seeking a child’s admission, or while applying for jobs.
The names used are those of “prominent” people, or someone who has good relations with the so-called dealing person. And many times, [... Read More]
The construction of Punatsangchhu hydroelectric power projects (PHPA I and II), in Wangdue, which together has a peak generation capacity of 2,190MW, are progressing and will be completed within deadline according to project officials.
“We are happy to say that all works which are uncertain involving underground constructions are complete,” the managing director of PHPA I and II, RN Khazanchi, said. “Overall 60 percent of works is completed for PHPA I and 40 percent completed for [... Read More]
If the country’s political affairs continue to confuse people, its apolitical aspect has proven to be even more confusing.
As National Council aspirants begin emerging, going to zomdus, and some finding people’s support, many following developments are beginning to raise issues about a few of them.
Those in the new political parties have raised their concerns over some aspiring council candidates, who, they pointed out, had strong affiliation with the ruling party of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT).
They [... Read More]
Progress on the Wangdue-Thimphu bypass has been blocked by budgetary limitations
Lack of budget, expertise and safety factors have stagnated the progress of the bypass tunnel that hopes to connect Thimphu and Wangduephodrang, according to officials of the department of geology and mines (DGM).
Chief geologist Ugyen Wangda said DGM must be absolutely sure that the support system of the tunnel road is strong and will not collapse.
“For such an assurance, the department has to go for [... Read More]
The Bhutan infoComm and media authority (BICMA) has directed the country’s internet service providers (ISPs) to block the anonymous website, Bhutanomics.
Kuensel learned that the block is the result of a Phuentsholing district court order. It has also been learned that a person filed a defamation charge against the website. Further details could not be obtained.
BICMA did not comment on the issue as of last night.
While three of the country’s four ISPs confirmed the BICMA directive [... Read More]
Two more council aspirants from the Samtse dzongkhag have got through the first round of selection process by being nominated by their gewogs as candidates.
Villagers of Pemaling gewog (previously known as Biru) gave 320 “Yes” votes to select 46-year-old DK Ghalley as their NC nominee. A total of 71 did not want the former educationist, a principal of Betakha middle secondary school in Paro, to be their nominee, the electronic voting machine (EVM) showed.
The lone [... Read More]