• DPT enters general round with existing 47 candidates

    Amid speculations about its strategy for the general election, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has confirmed that the party has no plans to replace its candidates to contest in the general round next month. DPT spokesperson Dorji Wangdi told Kuensel the party has already instructed all the existing 47 candidates to file in their nomination with the respective returning officer. “We have asked our candidates to remain in their constituency to file in their nomination,” he said.

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PM leaves for India today

At the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will leave today on a three-day official visit to New Delhi, India. Finance minister Namgay Dorji and senior officials are accompanying the prime minister, a press release from the foreign ministry states. During the visit, Lyonchhen will …

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SDF aims to become a regional development bank

SAARC Development Fund (SDF), the umbrella financial institution for projects in SAARC member countries, is working to strengthen its credit portfolio and tap the financial market, before converting itself into a full-fledged SAARC Development Bank, according to a press release from SDF. At the SDF Partnership Conclave in New Delhi, …

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Five die in two separate accidents in Jumja and Darla

Two children and three men died in two separate incidents yesterday in Jumja and Darla. In Jumja, a boulder hit a Hilux and an eight-year old boy died on impact. His younger brother, who was a year old died on the way to the hospital. The Hilux was travelling to …

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Man dies after falling off a cliff

A 20-year-old man from Bumthang had a fatal fall from a cliff on the way to Kuenselphodrang, above Druk School in Thimphu on June 28. The incident happened between 10 to 11pm when the deceased, a class 12 graduate was with his friend, a 17-year-old girl. The girl who is …

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Village tshogpa gets two months for spreading false alarm on khekpa

Trashiyangtse dzongkhag court on May 31 sentenced Serpang-Shali tshogpa, Dorji Wangdi, of Khamdang gewog to two months imprisonment for spreading false alarm on the presence of headhunters (khekpa) in the gewog. According to the verdict, the tshogpa confessed to the offence as per section 84 and 85 of the Evidence …

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Nurturing Bhutan’s organic dream

In an attempt to become a fully organic country, the agriculture ministry has initiated the concept of organic model village, agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji said. “The concept developed through funds from the Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (AFACI) will help in establishing the basis to replicate in other villages, …

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NPPF sues 29 tenants for occupying flats illegally

Twenty-nine tenants at the National Pension and Provident Fund (NPPF) colony in Phuentsholing are occupying the flats unlawfully. Failing to vacate the flats in December 2017, the case has been forwarded to the court. NPPF’s regional head in Phuentsholing, Tshering Gyeltshen said these tenants are not active provident fund contributors. …

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Works on to clear roadblocks

Heavy rain blocked the Gelephu - Zhemgang highway at three locations since July 2. The block at Aie slip (pictured) and Box Cutting has been cleared while works are still on to clear the block at Ossey. (Photo: DoR) 

With more than four highways blocked due to heavy rains this week across the country, works are ongoing to clear roadblocks. The Gelephu-Zhemgang highway got blocked on July 2, at Ossey said the Chief engineer of Department of Roads (DoR) at Gelephu, CB Mongar. The Gyelpoishing-Nganglam highway had been  blocked …

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Landslides block Gelephu – Zhemgang highway at Ossey

The Gelephu – Zhemgang highway has been blocked again after a series of landslides washed away portions of the road at different locations since July 2. According to road officials, there are three major roadblocks at Aie slip, Box cutting and Ossey.  Efforts to clear the block were delayed because …

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ECB asks for tentative list of candidates from political parties

To keep track of parties’ preparation for the upcoming National Assembly elections, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has asked all four parties to submit a list of tentative candidates. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) have submitted the names of their candidates to the ECB. DNT …

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Samtse, Tsirang, Thimphu thromde recognised for waste management efforts

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen awarded certificate of recognition to Samtse, Tsirang, and Thimphu thromdes for their contribution to waste management and environmental activities in the dzongkhag and thromde. The certificates were awarded at the opening of the annual environmental officers’ conference organised by the National Environment Commission (NEC) yesterday in …

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