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DPT files complaint on circulation of news article

Till the issue arose, the Bumdeling-Jamkhar constituency had seen a clean cut campaign

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) in Trashiyangtse has lodged complaint against individuals from Yangtse thromde involved in photocopying and circulating an article from The Bhutanese newspaper’s June 26 issue.

The article, in the national language, is on former ministers from DPT and their wives owning land in the premises of education city.  It also contains an article about DPT’s Khamdhang-Ramjar constituency candidate, Kesang Wangdi “defaming” [... Read More]

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Chief Advisor of the Interim Government, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, joined the Royal Thimphu College for its second graduation ceremony yesterday where a cohort of 259 students completed their bachelors program. The ceremony was also attended by the college’s patron HRH Ashi Kezang Wangmo Wangchuck and the Venerable Tshugla Lopon.

P/ling truck parking impasse resolved

The thromde reached a compromise over fees in the new lot with the truck drivers

The new truck parking that has remained almost empty after truckers refused to park due to increased parking fee is now expected to see fleets after the issue between the Phuentsholing thromde (municipality) and truckers was resolved on June 24.

Thromde officials met six truck drivers, representing 127 truckers, who had submitted a petition to reconsider the parking fee thrice to the [... Read More]

Man fined for bribing voters in Mongar

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Action was taken after a probe into a complaint filed by the DPT dzongkhag coordinator

The dzongkhag election dispute settlement body in Mongar warned and penalised Sonam Dorji of Tagchu village, Mongar gewog a fine of Nu 3,000 (national wage rate of 30 days) on July 3, for bribing the people of Mongar constituency.

The dispute settlement body, following an investigation, found that Sonam Dorji had given three ghos and Nu 1,700 to three people of Tsakaling [... Read More]


Futsal to keep youth engaged

Despite the scorching sun and the humidity that rose from the tarred Changlimithang parking lot, dozens of youth gathered to witness the on-going open futsal tournament matches yesterday.

In the first match yesterday, Terton beat Druk Clearing 7-0. The first 15 minutes passed with Terton scoring the only goal. They continued to outplay their opponents and slotted six more goals to seal a win.

Three more games were played yesterday. Pep City FC beat Reunion 5-3, Jumpy [... Read More]


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Bhutan Football Federation is organising the first AFC Women ‘C’ Certificate Coaching course in Bhutan in Punakha. A total of 22 participants most of whom are school sports instructors and teachers are training at the Ugyen Academy. Those who pass the course would be given the opportunity to do a ‘B’ license course and refresher course. The course which began on July 3 [... Read More]

Annoyed voters

Win or lose, go slow on the allegations 

One thing people remembered from the South Thimphu public debate aired live on Tuesday evening was the 69-year-old woman from the audience, who stood and pleaded for a clean election process.

Aum Kinga asked the two parties in the fray to refrain from defaming each other.

Such activities, she said, were not just detrimental to the process, but would also deter voters from exercising their franchise.

Having echoed the sentiments of [... Read More]

The request to reconsider subsidy

The chief advisor of the interim government, Chief Justice Sonam Tobgye, has written to the Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid, regarding the withdrawal of subsidies on cooking gas and kerosene Bhutan imports from India.

The letter, which was sent on July 2, says the withdrawal would worsen in a highly significant way the cost of living of the bottom quintiles of the Bhutanese population.

“I am hopeful the royal government’s request will be seriously and urgently considered [... Read More]

DPT cuts short campaign

In the midst of general election campaign, the polls for which are just nine days away, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president and other senior candidates of the party have left the process mid way and returned to Thimphu.

DPT president Jigmi Y Thinley, who was on his way to Trashiyangtse, Trashigang and other parts of the east, returned from Mongar yesterday, having completed his last campaign in Yadi and Dremetse.

The candidates, who drove straight from Mongar [... Read More]