• USD hits record high at Nu 73

    Indian rupee (INR) has been sliding against the USD in recent months and Bhutanese ngultrum, because it is pegged to INR, is under pressure. Losing 12 percent this year, INR is labelled by the Bloomberg as Asia’s worst performing currency.

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Man detained for rape of a minor

Bumthang police on August 19 detained a 23-year-old man for rape of a minor. The case came to the limelight after a 15-year-old girl, who is the wife of the suspect, left home after an argument at dinnertime on August 18. According to the victim’s statement to police, she was …

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What PDP has for elections 2018

PDP president during a campaign in Dagana

The Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (PDP) manifesto touches all sectors. The party claimed that most of them are aligned with the 12th Plan. The party PDP claimed that while it stabilised the economic situation, the five jewels of the economy were under the spotlight to further strengthen the country’s economy. Economy …

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Apple production drops this season

A labour puts a tarpaulin sheet on a loaded apple pick up

The best apples are fetching about Nu 800 to Nu 900 a box in Phuentsholing this season, which according to exporters is a drop from what the price was about two weeks ago. It was Nu 900 to Nu 1,000 then. Graded apples and apples plucked before it turned reddish …

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Chengmari residents know party symbols, not the candidates

Farmers in Gairigoan in Norbugang gewog, Samtse weed their paddy fields. Politicians have visited the village but farmers are familiar with the party symbols and the presidents, not the candidates

It is 1:36pm in Gairigaon, a village in Norbugang (Chengmari) gewog, Samtse. The sky is covered in thick clouds and it’s drizzling – the best weather for farmers to weed their paddy fields. Purna Bahadur Ghalley, 60, has decided which party he would vote for to form the government. But neither does …

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Who is right?

During the first party presidents’ debate on August 26, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tshering Tobgay said that he had asked Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) regarding its former employee Dawa, who is Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) candidate, accusing the government of his termination from BBS. Tshering Tobgay was responding to …

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Parties pledge professional development of journalists

According to the manifestos released this month, all four parties have pledged to improve the state of media in the country through various activities. Bhutan ranks 94th out of 180 countries in its press freedom ranking, according to the 2018 World Press Freedom index. In 2017, Bhutan was ranked 84th. …

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All parties pledge to construct Shingkhar-Gorgan road

Residents discuss the issues after a common forum at Tsenkhar Menbi constituency in Lhuentse yesterday

Like in the past two elections, all four political parties in Lhuentse have pledged and prioritised the construction of Shingkhar-Gorgan road. Of the 56kms of the road, about 20kms of the road have been constructed so far. The remaining 36kms of the road could not be constructed after the National …

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TCB lodges complaint with police on fake notification

Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) has filed a complaint with the police last week about a fake notification issued using TCB’s letterhead saying Thimphu Drubchoe and Tshechu are cancelled. On August 25, the council notified on its Facebook page that the notification was fake. The fake notification has been in …

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Vote from your mind, not your heart: DNT President

DNT President Lotay Tshering speaks to the people of Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang constituency in Tsirang yesterday

The vote is precious and people have to vote wisely, according to the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) president Lotay Tshering. During his campaign in Tsirang yesterday, the president urged voters not to vote from the heart but the mind. He explained that if one votes from the heart, it would …

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Dzongkha is difficult because of the spelling, says Prof van Driem 

Professor George van Driem (Photo: Tarayana Foundation)

Although widely spoken, Bhutan’s national language is difficult when written. Professor George van Driem on the second day of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival discussed on Dzongkha script, and its phonological characteristics that changes over time. Professor George van Driem is the chair of historical linguistics at the University of Bern in Switzerland. …

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Party workers slog in Samtse

Samtse town

Considering the number of voters on the electoral roll, Samtse is the second most important dzongkhag, after Trashigang, for the four political parties in the primary round, forcing the party workers to work hard to secure vote counts. Samtse currently is People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) stronghold with all constituencies won …

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