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Work on new Gelephu hospital to begin by mid June

Work to construct the new Gelephu regional referral hospital will begin in less than a month’s time, health ministry officials say.

On completion, the hospital would have 150 beds and 15 cabins, almost double what the existing hospital has.

“The work is awarded to M/s Mindu Construction at Nu 619.562M, and the work should begin by mid June,” project manager, Sahabir Gurung, with the ministry’s health infrastructures development division (HIDD) said.  Funded by the government of India, [... Read More]

Generation dips to its lowest

By Passang Norbu
The dragon didn’t really thunder last year as far as the hydropower sector was concerned; it recorded its lowest energy generation last year since 2007.

This came at a time when the economy was already reeling from a liquidity crunch. Revenue from hydropower sale to India dipped by a billion ngultrums.

The managing director of Druk green power corporation, Dasho Chhewang Rinzin said the country registered its lowest hydropower generation since the DGPC was [... Read More]

Chemicals is the only option


By Passang Norbu 

While the infestation of the ‘army worm’ (Spodoptera spp) appears to be going beyond green foliage to drains, footpaths and retaining walls, its spread in paddy fields has been brought under control, say plant protection officials.

We’ve been distributing chemicals (pesticides), and advising farmers to carry out top dressing of urea after paddy transplantation,” National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC) [... Read More]

A congregation of regional legal experts

Judges, academics, law teachers and public officials will share on “Child Protection and Constitutionalism”

Befitting the chain of political developments unfolding in the country, election and voter apathy will be one of the subjects that will be discussed during the three-day SAARCLAW conference, which will be held from May 24-26 at the convention hall in Thimphu.

Themed “Child protection and constitutionalism”, judges, academics, law teachers and public officials from SAARC-member states will be sharing experiences related to [... Read More]

DNT serving meal to voters reported to ECB

It was found out the candidates’ relatives has stood for the meal

The election commission had asked its Bartsham-Shongphu constituency’s returning officer in Trashigang to file in a report of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) serving meals to over 500 voters yesterday after its president’s meeting in Rangjung.

“I have been asked to submit a report to ECB immediately,” national observer, Bishal Rai, who came to check for himself at the spot where meals were served in Rangjung, [... Read More]

Empower not the powerful…

dntcampDNT president in Trashigang

A turn out of more than 500 people in Trashigang yesterday to listen to Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) president’s speech stood testimony to the party’s picking pace among people.

Many voters from Radhi-Sakteng, Kanglung-Samkhar and Bartsham-Shongphu constituencies walked out of Rangjung Higher Secondary School, where DNT president presented her party to the people, with renewed ideas of democracy.

Some voters said the party made sense on its stance on democracy, rights and equitable distribution of wealth.

“It was [... Read More]


The closed circuit

It goes without saying that Bhutan has been undergoing a period of unprecedented change for quite some time now.

While the GNH paradigm provides a broad and long term guiding vision of future direction at an individual and national level, change is occurring at all levels.

Take, for example, the head of the family social structure.  In an increasingly money-based economy, where currency does all the talking, a younger member of a family, who brings in the [... Read More]

DNT’s response to DPT worries

dntThe three DNT candidates who spoke in favour of the common forum yesterday

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa candidates refuted the concerns that Druk Phuensum Tshogpa candidates recently expressed with regards the country’s growing national debt, politicisation of armed forces and the monk body and cancellation of common forums.

Sometime last week, DPT’s south Thimphu candidate Yeshey Zimba, during a press conference had said common forums were becoming unproductive with candidates exchanging derogatory remarks and in the process infuriating the tshopas.

DNT candidates yesterday held a press conference of its own, in [... Read More]

A common forum not a moment too soon

kengkharpartyVote for us: Party workers distribute pamphlets to voters after the common forum in Mongar

A week before P-Day, and most locals did not know the number of parties in the fray

Poll day for the primary round is a week from today yet, in the remote village of Kengkhar in Mongar district, the electorate did not know how many parties are contesting.

That is why more than 300 people attended the common forum for Kengkhar-Weringla constituency at Kengkhar gewog yesterday.  But some voters were disappointed, because the parties had sent representatives [... Read More]

Trongsa sets a GNH example

trongsaforumAll together now: Leisure time after the common forum and lunch

Following in the footsteps of some NC contestants, the rivals here kept things civil

Parties contesting the primaries have a lot more to learn from the eight candidates of the four political parties in Trongsa.

In going from one chiwog to another for common forums, they spend a lot of time together, travelling, sharing meals, enjoying hearty conversation, helping each other put up banners, and take them down after the events, and rendering moral support to one [... Read More]