Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - 9:32 PM


Blind date with politics

For most young candidates, who tried their hands at politics, it was like any other job they applied for, perhaps sat interviews and not make it.

The only difference is that they had to present themselves in the most impressive of manners in front of an unusually large panel of examiners, the people of their village and others in their constituencies.

Anyway, they had considered politics as they did many other job opportunities, an opening at which [... Read More]

Contractors behind NPL

thimphuCompeting for space: Construction sector has been said to contribute to NPL

From quoting low rates for contracts, to not receiving payment on time from government projects, the causes are varied

The country’s commercial banks are experiencing a rise in non-performing loans (NPL) with the number of defaulters increasing by the day. Contractors, the banks have found, were its main contributors.

An NPL is one in which the payments on the interest or principal have not been received for 90 days.

NPL, Druk Punjab Bank chief executive officer NK Arora [... Read More]

Kengkhar-Weringla rivals keep it civil

weringlaKeeping it clean: DPT’s Rinzin Jamtsho and PDP’s Sonam Jamtsho stick to their points

A pair of young candidates may have a thing or two to teach their elders

Unlike their colleagues from the Mongar constituency, candidates of Kengkhar-Weringla, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) Rinzin Jamtsho, 34, and People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Sonam Jamtsho, 26, managed to maintain their cool during the public debate held on June 21.

Some hot exchanges on several issues took place between Mongar candidates, Jigme Zangpo and Karma Lhamo, during the debate held a day before.

Many said [... Read More]

Lunana common forums were a solo affair

Only the DPT candidate made it to the sparsely attended meetings 

The election team that went to conduct common forums in Lunana gewog for the general elections managed to do so in two places that saw about 23 people, as of yesterday.

The team, comprising a returning officer, an observer, two security personnel and the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s Khamed-Lunana candidate left for Lunana on June 18.

“On the first night, when the team reached Ramina, there was no [... Read More]

Having a dig at each other

dagaMore seats than there are people: Candidates try to woo them nevertheless

The two candidates spent more time trying to score points than making pledges

It was not so much of impressing voters with pledges, but more of criticism for the opponent, justifications to follow.

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) candidate, Pasang Thrinlee, asked People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Tandin Wangchuk on procurement of helicopters, how its maintenance would be carried out for time to time, as it would reach deep into the country’s coffers.

Standing before 11 voters at Daga gewog’s [... Read More]

Foul play in cordycep collection?

A five-member foresters will be at cordycep collection sites in Sephu to investigate involvement of gewog officials and fellow forester’s

A five-member forestry team will soon be at the cordycep collection sites at Sephu, Wangduephodrang to gather statements of 12 porters who accompanied them earlier but stayed back to collect the priced fungus before the permitted time.

The move comes after the department initiated an investigation to establish the authenticity of the anonymous complaint letter against the [... Read More]

Nigerian plays for Bhutanese club

footballDzongree FC’s Chichi has scored in all his matches for the club

The player pumped life into the game

A Nigerian footballer, who joined one of the local Thimphu football clubs to play in the last Thimphu ‘A’ division competition not only boosted the morale of the players but also helped them realise what it felt to be among the top teams.

The 22-year-old player from Nigeria, Chichi who joined Dzongree FC, one of the bottom ranked team, helped propel it into the top three list of teams.

Dzongree team [... Read More]


Picture story

Team Yarkey Group beat Good Friends in the quarter-finals of the on-going Silver Jubilee Coronation archery tournament at the Changlimithang range yesterday. Yarkey will play Green team on June 27, while the defending champions, Damchen will face team KTC on June 25 in the semi-finals.