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Issues circling postal ballot

No system is perfect but this one seems less so 

At a time when voting process for country’s general elections has begun through postal ballots, filling up and sending them back to the constituencies, questions on its effectiveness and reliability have surfaced yet again.

Just last week, postal ballot packages had reached some empty colleges and schools, whose trainees, students and teachers have left for their summer break.

Although officials attempted to “re-direct” the packages to those postal [... Read More]

Search still on for two missing

Police in Chirang and Kokrajhar districts of the neighbouring Assam, India, are conducting joint search operations to reach the ‘group’ suspected of kidnapping the two Bhutanese men on the evening of June 27 from Shantipur.

Shantipur is on the Gelephu-Santaibari road.  The small town is 19km from the Gelephu town.

The additional superintendent of police in Chirang district, Nabaneet Mahanta, said police had identified some suspects, and the Kokrajhar and Chirang district police were combing the dense [... Read More]

The ghost town phenomenon

An unforeseen spin-off of the hydro projects is the ‘lapsed’ settlement

With some major hydropower projects ongoing and several more to come up soon, the unplanned settlements that come along with these projects could get deserted when the projects wrap up.

This issue was raised by the president of Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Ugyen Tshechup, in a conference held at the Royal Thimphu College on macro-economy of Bhutan.

He said, “ghost towns” were created because [... Read More]

Tuskers feast on Umling maize fields

Apart from the party candidates, there are new visitors that the people of Umling gewog in Gelephu have been seeing lately.

A week ago, three elephants, a cow and two calves, entered the maize fields in Umling.  The elephants were initially spotted in Dungmin village a week ago, and were found to have moved to Dangling village two days later,  Umling gup Ugyen Norbu said. “The elephants could reach Chuzagang if they crossed Dangling,” he said.

Gup [... Read More]

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A fish market: In the absence of beef, a meat stall in Thimphu sees brisk sales of imported fresh fish


The trouble with the postal ballot

Amongst the electorate, the general consensus on the postal ballot is that, if the facility is extended to as many people as possible, more would vote.

There is some logic here, when considering the number of people, who are not concerned about the elections because they do not intend to vote.

This is because they lack the means to go back to their villages to cast their vote in person.  Going home would involve taking several days [... Read More]

PDP president promised a Dungkhag at Chuzagang

pdpNot a bridge over Mao khola but a dungkhag - PDP president Tshering Tobgay told some 100 people of Chuzagang in Gelephu on June 29

However, he made it a point not to promise, like DPT have twice, a bridge over Maokhola

The People’s Democratic Party president, Tshering Tobgay promised a dungkhag (sub-district) at Chuzagang in Gelephu, Sarpang for the benefit of its people when he met some 100 of them on June 29.

“If the dungkhag is here, you will get two benefits, one – you get good road and second-you get a bridge,” he said, adding that with the establishment [... Read More]

JYT campaigns in Dungkar

jytBefore his campaign, DPT president Jigmi Y Thilnley visits Dungkar Nagtshang in Kurtoe

Some 40km up from Lhuentse, more than 2,000 metres amid lush forest and fields stayed nestled Dungkar, the root of the monarchs, the Wangchuck dynasty.

The early hours of the day presented the gewog surrounded by green hills with streaks of mists, crowned like halo atop their peaks against the backdrop of which, on a gentle hill-top stood Nagtshang, the home of Jigme Namgyel, an isolated structure hedged by maize fields and houses, a few of [... Read More]

Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway to be ready by 2013 end

gyalpoizhingThe rocky terrain has slowed the pace of work, but the Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway is expected to be complete by the end of this year

By the end of this year, formation cutting of the 75km Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway will be completed, opening up many parts of interior eastern Bhutan by 2014, road officials said.

To date, 67.4km of formation cutting work has been completed, with 24.8km completed from the Gyalpoizhing side and 42.6km completed from Nganglam in the foothills, where Bhutan’s largest cement plant Dungsam, is coming up.

The remaining 7.6km formation cutting would be completed by 2013 end.  The formation is [... Read More]

Ex-DNT candidates grilled on changing sides

Former Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) president, Dorji Choden and her colleague, Norbu Wangchuk, were quizzed about “grabbing the opportunity” to contest in the general round from former People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidates in Trashigang during their public debates.

Dorji Choden replaced PDP’s primary round candidate Sonam Penjor from Thrimshing-Kangpar, while Norbu Wangchuk came in place of PDP’s Kanglung-Samkhar candidate, Dorji Dukpa.

DNT’s Radhi-Sakteng candidate, Kinley Dorji, replaced PDP’s former candidate, Gongsar Karma Chhophel.

Following the debate, a young [... Read More]