Strong turnout: Around 300 voters turned up to attend the meeting.
Jigmi Y Thinley makes a strong defense of his govt.’s record
Primaries With four political parties participating in the primary round, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president Jigmi Y Thinley reminded people to be cautious when choosing the right party.
“Remember all the political parties dream of taking previous ruling party’s seat,” he said. “So you’ll hear many allegations on the previous party on corruption and that the party isn’t good.”
This is how the DPT president, speaking in [... Read More]
After the session: Voters were skeptical about candidate pledges
Too many generalities spoken if and not enough specifics was one common gripe
Primaries Though the four party candidates spelled out what is there in their manifesto during the South Thimphu common forum held at Meawang gewog yesterday, voters said that pertinent issues concerning the gewog didn’t surface at all.
After the common forum, voters also remained quite skeptical as to whether the countless pledges made by the candidates would even materialise. And the worst [... Read More]
At the launch: Young workforce
A year and a half after opening, Thimphu TechPark has its first commercial tenant
IT Park The first commercial tenant of the information technology (IT) park in Babesa will commence business operations today, almost a year and a half after the park came up.
The company, a US-based photograph and video digitalising and editing firm, ScanCafe, inaugurated its office, comprising 10,000sqft of floor space, yesterday.
The company has been providing on-the-job training to 100 young Bhutanese [... Read More]
Tourist succumbs to injuries sustained from a fall on a trail above Machi Labdroen
Accident A Swedish tourist died of multiple injuries sustained after she slipped and fell below Bumdra, located high above Taktsang monastery, on Sunday.
The 52-year-old woman, Eva Kristina Efraimsson, fell about 25m below a foot trail located above the Machi Labdroen monastery, according to tourism officials.
The woman was accompanied by her husband, son, and a Bhutan Travel Bureau guide. She was a [... Read More]
Samtse hospital yesterday referred the lone survivor of the mushroom poisoning case to Thimphu referral hospital for further tests, and to be on the “safer side.”
The man, neighbour to the family that died of mushroom poisoning, was admitted to Samtse hospital on May 11. The family, comprising the husband in his 30s, his 33-year-old wife, their 10-year-old son and the seven-year-old wife’s brother, had eaten the mushroom on May 11 evening. They were from Mujuar [... Read More]
So states the revised NHDC draft housing rule
Housing People who have lived in the many living quarters of the National Housing Development Corporation (NHDC) across the country for more than 10 years, going by its draft revised housing rule, will have to move out.
The revised rule, if it comes through, will apply to all occupants irrespective of whether they have resigned from civil service.
The rule will come into effect on the day [... Read More]
Chopper dropper: The helicopter did 41 trips to the two gewogs of Gongdue and Silambi to drop 28 transformers that each weigh 430kg
A helicopter has been hired to hasten electrification works
Power Villagers in the remote gewog of Gongdue and Silambi in Mongar are happy at the mere sight of transmission wires reaching their village.
If the wires are here, they said, the electricity supply should not be far behind.
Power officials said the village should receive electricity by the end of July.
To speed up electrification work, the local contractor has hired a helicopter from Nepal to transport [... Read More]
The lack of numbers is of particular concern to the new parties in the fray
Elections Poor voter turnout at common forum for campaigns held in Udzorong gewog in Trashigang has candidates worried.
Despite having more than 1,197 eligible voters, only around 40 people attended the common forums held in Chiya and Benshingmo under the gewog yesterday.
Benshingmo alone has over 121 households, and Chiya has 125 households.
Political parties, especially the new ones, are concerned [... Read More]
Exactly two weeks after the disqualification of the party from contesting the ongoing primary round of assembly elections, Kuensel speaks to Bhutan Kuen-Nyam party president Sonam Tobgay on issues that transpired following the event.
Q&AWhat now for BKP as a political party?
BKP’s political mission goes beyond qualifying the Letter of Intent or winning an election. The party has been formed resulting out of a past connection among its candidates and supporters. The acute agony [... Read More]
About 60 people who were involved in a village lhakhang renovation helped contain the fire on a two-storied traditional house on May 18 at Dangchu gewog, Wangdue. The fire had started from a LPG gas leak and caught onto the bamboo ceiling burning the roof down. The rescue team could save CGI sheets and re-roofed the house the same day. Except for the [... Read More]