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Zhemgang results in a nutshell


Election: While both the constituencies of Zhemgang went for Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) during the primary, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) pocketed Bardo-Trong this time.

Postal votes and the former Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) candidate Lekey Dorji joining the PDP bandwagon, were the two major factor that bagged PDP a win from the constituency on July 13 general elections poll day, according to local observers.

Zhemgang now has DPT’s candidate from Panbang constituency, who is also [... Read More]

Who’s going to be the cabinet?

Now that the polls are done and dusted, this is the current hot topic of discussion 

PDP: From who is joining which party to which party would make it through the primaries and the general round of elections to why India lifted the subsidies, speculations have been at the centre of the election process in the country for the last three months.

Since the “people have spoken,” and the winning party’s president Tshering Tobgay has given [... Read More]

Future polls to be fully computerised

ECB: Imagine this.  Even without your voter identification card (VPIC), you walk into a polling station; don’t wait in the queue; vote and be on your way out within minutes.

It is an ideal way to conduct future Bhutanese elections. It will be quick, accurate, and transparent, thus, voter-friendly.  It also saves a lot of paperwork as everything goes online.

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has built, tested and put in place a software, [... Read More]

Juice ad draws flak

Some viewers were of the opinion that the commercial was in poor taste and totally inapt

BBS: A few public complaints have been raised that a juice commercial that was aired during the elections by the national TV broadcaster was inappropriate and should not have been broadcast.

The juice commercial begins with a girl walking down a street sipping on a juice box.  She then happens upon a group of boys, who stare in her [... Read More]

“We have won by losing” : Jigmi Y Thinley

rongthungFare thee well: JYT greets voters in Rongthung

The party has been given a chance, according to its president, to strengthen opposition

DPT: Consoling supporters Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president Jigmi Y Thinley said the party had won by losing the chance of forming government to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“You don’t have to be sad, because we have won by losing,” Jigmi Y Thinley said to a crowd of about 150 people from Trashigang and Trashiyangtse who had gathered at Rongthong [... Read More]


The cabinet choice

While debate and discussion continue on the election results and the manner in which it was achieved, jostling for space and equal attention is the speculation on who will be the ministers and therefore cabinet members of the new government.

The discussion is probably the most heated in the government ministries, which have to brace themselves for an entirely new face to provide the political and decision making leadership.

While the elected party leadership is probably already [... Read More]

Trashiyangste’s split surprises voters

Elections: PDP managing to take one constituency in the eastern district of Trashiyangtse has taken even voters there by surprise.

PDP’s Sonam D Dhendup’s secured 2,475 votes against DPT’s Kesang Wangdi’s 2,304 votes in the Khamdhang-Ramjar constituency.

In Bumdeling-Jamkhar constituency PDP’s Thukten secured 2,232 votes not very far behind of DPT’s Drupthob who secured 2,346 votes.

In the primary round PDP secured only 1,200 votes against DPT’s 2,087. In Bumdeling-Jamkhar DPT had won by a slim [... Read More]

Ex-education minister rejects media analysis of his loss

The issue of land ownership, he asserts, had nothing to do with his electoral defeat

Reaction: The former education minister and DPT candidate from Dophuchen-Tading constituency, who lost in the July 13 election, said attributing his loss with the education city issue, as reflected in the media, was nothing but intended to add salt to his wounds.

Thakur Singh Powdyel said Kuensel was involved in character assassination of him in the pre-election in 2008, and [... Read More]

Choekhor cordyceps auction kicks off

buyerBy the gram: A buyer pays cordycep collectors their due

In the collectors’ own estimate, this year’s yield is low in quantity and quality

Fungus: Hundreds of cordycep collectors of Choekhor gewog in Bumthang waited outside the gewog centre to sell their collections yesterday, signalling an end to the elections and a return to their daily work.

Taking advantage of the auction were businessmen and women, who set up stalls to sell household items, religious items, clothes, food and second-hand vehicles, among others.

About 16 cordyceps [... Read More]


The Costs and Benefits of the Green Economy

Often, the task of “greening” the global economy is cast in terms of fundamental tradeoffs-between environmental sustainability and economic progress, development, and the preservation of nature. I argue that, on the contrary, transitioning from a brown economy to a green economy holds great economic opportunity, whether we measure it in GDP, or by newer, more inclusive standards for evaluating human progress.

We can determine the tradeoffs associated with switching from a brown to a green economy [... Read More]