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Paro has six candidates vying for NC seat

Dhamngoi zomdu (nomination meeting) in Paro ended at Paro throm on Monday with 22 voters signing confirmation that the throm did not have a candidate. The dzongkhag thromde has 222 registered eligible voters. Of the eight aspiring NC candidates from the dzongkhag, six made through the first round of the …

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Man charged for voluntary manslaughter

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on March 12, charged a 24-year old man with second-degree felony for murdering a 33-year old speech impaired man at the Samdrupjongkhar dzongkhag court. According to the charges, the accused was charged for voluntary manslaughter. The incident happened on January 15 this year at Chidungkhar in …

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BKP declares two more candidates

Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party yesterday announced on the party’s facebook page candidates for Menbi-Tshenkhar and Tsirangtoe-Sergithang constituencies. Carrying 14 years of experiences and having served as an executive engineer with the Department of Roads, 40-year-old Sherub Phuntsho will contest from Menbi-Tshenkhar constituency in Lhuentse. A father of two, Sherub Phuntsho served …

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Space crunch halts waste management efforts

The company collects 6.7 tonnes of waste a day in Wangdue

After being in operation for almost two years, land issues have halted activities for Eco Waste Solutions, a waste management company in Wangdue. Dhan Kumar Shyangden with his friends had formed the company to generate income, inspire more entrepreneurs and to manage waste in June 2016. The company’s activities are …

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Conserving traditional Bhutanese architecture

Tandin’s Zam house in Changjokha, Punakha, is one of the three proposed buildings to be preserved (Photo: DoC)

At the deliberation on the survey on traditional rammed earth buildings yesterday in Thimphu, three traditional houses from western region of Bhutan were proposed for preservation. These buildings are in Kabisa in Thimphu, Changjokha in Punakha, and in Talung Toed in Haa. The survey began in 2012 and is ongoing.  …

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Samdrupjongkhar has five NC candidates

Voters at Orong gewog yesterday

Dhamngoi zomdu in Orong, Samdrupjongkhar yesterday elected the dzongkhag’s female candidate, Tshelthrim Dukar, 39, for the NC seat. Tshelthrim Dukar, former HRD officer with BBS, secured 270 ‘yes’ votes against 59 ‘no’ votes. Martshala gewog elected Ugyen Dorji, 41, with 286 ‘yes’ and 118 ‘no’ votes. Ugen Dorji worked as …

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Gasa nominates three NC candidates

Gasa, the largest and least populated dzongkhag, has three candidates for the NC seat. Khatoed gewog had the highest number of aspiring candidates although the gewog has only 318 registered voters. Gasa’s Sangay Khandu, the incumbent, lost to Dr Phurb Dorji. He secured about 27 percent of the 237 votes. …

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Efforts on to make Sarpang vegetable sufficient

A vegetable garden with chili in Chuzangang

Sarpang dzongkhag, in theory, could produce enough vegetables to supply to Thimphu. But despite such potential, farmers today are buying imported vegetables. Most farmers from four gewogs of Sengye, Shompangkha, Gakiling, and parts of Dekiling go to buy vegetables from Murray, a neighbouring town across the border. On weekends, Bhutanese flock the …

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Thimphu nominates five council candidates

Voters at Maedwang gewog

With the last dhamngoi zomdu (nomination meeting) scheduled in Naro gewog today, Thimphu dzongkhag will wrap up its zomdu with five candidates vying for a seat in National Council (NC). There is no NC aspiring candidate from Naro gewog so far. Of the 10 aspiring candidates from eight gewogs and …

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3 business licenses cancelled for involvement in prostitution

Following a prostitution racket that was busted in Phuentsholing last October, the trade office has cancelled licenses of two massage parlours and a hotel recently. The notification for cancellation was given about two weeks ago and the firms – Green Valley hotel, Lhazey saloon, and Sunshine saloon had closed shop …

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BNB disburses first PSL loan for potato farming

The Bhutan National Bank (BNB) has disbursed its first loan of Nu 500,000 under the priority sector lending (PSL) scheme to a farmer from Bjena gewog in Wangduephodrang for potato farming, according to a press release from the bank. “BNBL is proud to be a part of the sector to …

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Bumthang nominates one more candidate

Voters queue at Wangduchoeling LSS

The last Damngoi Zomdu in Bumthang on March 10 for the Thromde nominated 36-year-old Kencho Tshering. Kencho Tshering, who secured 306 ‘yes’ votes and 97 ‘no’ votes, served as a gewog administrative officer for last 10 years. A total of 403 voters turned up for the Dhamngoi Zomdu that took …

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