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The mechanics of moving voters

For almost a week, Pem Dorji from Trongsa has been making several trips to the Lungtenzampa bus terminal, trying for a ticket back home, so that he can go and vote for his choice of candidate on July 13.

Deprived of luck so far, Pem Dorji is considering hiring a cab, which, he said, would cost him Nu 1,500.

Of late, ticket counters have been sending back many people like Pem Dorji, who came enquiring for ticket [... Read More]

300-hour economic blockade

Much to the relief of many commuters, including students stranded in various border towns, the two-day strike in Indian state of Assam by Bodoland territorial autonomous districts ended today, with vehicles bound to ply via Assam allowed to move in convoy from the border gates of Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrupjongkhar.

But with the All Koch-Rajbanshi students union (AKRASU) in Assam demanding separate state status calling a 300-hour economic blockade, businessmen in the south-central and southeastern parts [... Read More]

Old stock sold out

Even as official discussions continue on bringing back the subsidy on LPG and kerosene, consumers in Thimphu and the eastern district of Mongar flocked to gas depots to collect the last of the subsidised LPG cylinders.

As directed by the trade department of the ministry of economic affairs, the old stock of refills was sold at the previous subsidised rates.

Trade director Sonam Wangchuk said all regional officers were instructed to ensure the old stock was disposed [... Read More]

Interim govt.’s intervention sought to sustain LPG subsidy

It was with much concern in his expression during his campaign speech at Dremetse yesterday that Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president said he wondered why the country’s relationship with its neighbouring nations had to be drawn into politics.

Within just two months since DPT government’s winding up, he said the other political party began planting into the minds of people of the weakening relationship with India all the more vehemently and held DPT government responsible for [... Read More]

“We will back out” DPT

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) will back out of the ongoing elections, if the party has undermined the greater interest of the nation.

The announcement was made by DPT’s South Thimphu candidate Yeshey Zimba at the public debate yesterday, while justifying allegations against the party on how it has hampered the good relations between India and Bhutan.

“In placing national interest above all, we should be willing to step aside, even at cost of our lives, what’s a [... Read More]

Objectionable materials undermine elections

ECB appeals to media and social media users to conduct themselves with decorum

Observing that the media and social media users are undermining elections, the election commission of Bhutan (ECB) has issued an appeal for “good conduct in the media for the general elections 2013”.

It is pointed in the July 1 appeal that the ECB “regrets that the media and social media users are found writing, uploading, transmitting, carrying and displaying objectionable materials, which not only [... Read More]

Election team leaves for Lunana tomorrow

gasavotersEducating the voters: With the permit to collect cordyceps expiring today, election officials in Gasa expect a good voter turnout on poll day Photo courtesy: Gasa election officer

An election team of 19 officials will leave for Lunana tomorrow to conduct the parliamentary election on July 13.

The team comprises a presiding official, five polling officers and 13 army personnel, including a medical specialist, and is accompanied by nine ponies.

“Unlike last time, this election team will take the Laya-Lunana route by crossing Ganglagangjung,” district electoral officer Dorji Wangdi said, “as the snow has melted and cleared the Laya-Lunana route.”

“They’ll reach Lunana two days early, [... Read More]

Documenting lost tongues

linguLearning the linguist way: Community members learning how to transcribe

A project is underway to record native languages on the verge of extinction

In the far-flung village of Rukha in Adha gewog of Wangduephodrang, Olay, its native language, which has been the medium of communication for some thousand years, is now on the verge of dying, with only a woman in her late 80’s able to speak it fluently.

Along with it are many other local languages in Bhutan that are on the verge of extinction, and [... Read More]

If PDP comes to power …

pdpconfrenceA stimulus plan: The PDP president briefs the media in Mongar

… it has a economic stimulus plan to tackle the nation’s fiscal woes, says the president

If Bhutan elects the People’s Democratic party (PDP), it will set in motion a stimulus plan to address the country’s economic problems, the party’s president, Tshering Tobgay, said yesterday at a press conference in the eastern district of Mongar.

“Within the first three months, the PDP government will infuse the banks with fresh capital, by injecting Nu 3 billion to allow [... Read More]