Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - 4:39 PM

Cooling off the heat

brothersFriendly opponent: DPT’s Thinley Palden Dorji and PDP’s Norbu Wangchuk

Candidates of two parties fear Kanglung-Samkhar-Udzorong constituency was getting negative publicity

Breaking away from their usual campaign, the Kanglung-Samkhar-Udzorong constituency candidates of the two parties chose to declare through the media of their mutual support for each other and dispel any sense of disagreements people sensed.

The candidates, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) Thinley Palden Dorji and People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Norbu Wangchuk said they wished to take on a noble attempt to ease up the heat brewing [... Read More]

DPT accorded census issue high priority

jyt“Don’t listen with your ears, but your minds,” Jigmi Y Thinley

The president told some 600 people in Tsirang of how DPT government went about it

Have you ever felt, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president Jigmi Y Thinley asked yesterday, the DPT government was not your government?

Was any one of you here, he added, a victim of nepotism as DPT has been projected to be?

The president in his more than three-hour speech told the people that DPT had and would always stick to its principle of “equity [... Read More]


Whose baby

In recent days several media reports have brought up an issue that is not quite on the campaign agenda – abandoned newborns.

In one case, some villagers heard the cries just in time to save him.  Two days ago, children playing near a housing colony in Thimphu mistook the head of a newborn to be that of a doll.  It is assumed that strays might have eaten the body.

This is not the first time babies have [... Read More]

One urologist going spare

If the system doesn’t get its act together, it may lose for good a valued medical professional

An attendee to a 48-year-old patient has been doing the rounds at the Thimphu referral hospital for more than a month now.

He is waiting for the hospital to refer his uncle, who suffers from a urinary-related disease, to India, after the patient was referred some eight months ago from one of the district hospitals.

The 48-year-old is among some 200 [... Read More]

Party workers switch sides

With the exit of the father and the son, Jigme Tshultims, as candidates from Radhi-Sakteng constituency, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa is apparently losing some of its ardent supporters.

Palden (name changed), a DPT faithful until the primary round, has now joined People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as jabchorpa (party supporter) from Dekiling in Radhi gewog.

“Over 20 households from Pangthang and Dekiling, mostly my connections, have decided to support PDP since my exit from DPT,” Palden said.

This could mean [... Read More]

Lhuentse common forum – A mere formality?

MenbiFor the public to judge: Tshering Tenzin and Yeshey Dorji

Menbi-Tshenkhar constituents seem to have already made up their minds

Officials and some contractors occupied the few chairs in the room, but the rest sat cross-legged on the floor and, after an hour, they began to murmur about the numbness taking over their ankles.

“Our ankles are hurting, it doesn’t matter who comes to power, first we need chairs in the meeting hall,” one of those sitting cross-legged said.

This is how the public debate, held in the [... Read More]

Guma common forum throws up no surprises

punakhaDPT’s Namgay Penjore speaks to Guma voters

“Travelling on this farm road won’t be a bumpy ride anymore it seems,” a villager of Guma in Punakha, pointing to the dust spawned road that connected gewog centre nearby, said.

She was talking to her friend after having attended a common forum held at the gewog centre, where the two contesting candidates, Namgay Penjore of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and Dophu of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) pledged to develop and blacktop all five existing farm [... Read More]

Bumthang hospital’s ultrasound machine defunct

The ultrasound machine in Bumthang hospital has not been functional since April this year. Soon after it broke down, the ultrasound machine of Trongsa hospital was brought to Bumthang because it was not used in Trongsa, which didn’t have an ultra-sonographer. Patients in Trongsa were then referred to Bumthang for ultrasound.

But on May 25, the machine was taken back to Trongsa hospital as they got an ultra-sonographer employed by the Mangdechhu project.

Since then, not a [... Read More]

A test case of the efficacy of the common forum

DinaPDP’s Dina Nath Dhungyel goes ahead with the common forum alone

The Phuentshopelri-Samtse constituency has one candidate present and the other absent

After the candidates of Ugyentse-Yoeseltse in Samtse, one more, Rebecca Gurung of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, has decided to give the common forum a miss in the election campaign for the Phuentshopelri-Samtse constituency.

She did not show up at the first one held in Gomtu yesterday, while  her opponent, Dina Nath Dhungyel of People’s Democratic Party, went ahead.

She had submitted a letter to the officiating returning officer [... Read More]

Surgical camps to clear more than 400 cases

An exercise initiated by the ministry to clear the backlog of cases

Starting July 1, the health ministry will be conducting surgery camps for several cases in Punakha to clear its backlog of more than 400 cases that have piled up over the year, health officials said.

The surgery camp will start with gynaecology cases, where 143 women will undergo tubectomy, a surgical procedure for birth control, while 18 men will undergo vasectomy.

The health ministry is working [... Read More]