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The politics of tit for tat

PDPOur pledges are real: The PDP president visits shop in Damphu town

“DPT mocks our pledges, while we highlight their failures” : PDP president 

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president, Tshering Tobgay, told the people of Phuntenchu, one of the farthest gewogs in Tsirang yesterday, whatever the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has said about PDP’s pledges are not true.

He said that the DPT did it, because it fears losing the power of forming the government. “They’ve mocked us of our promise to supply a power tiller each in [... Read More]

Will Samtse swing this time?

In the primaries, the district hovered, giving each party (DPT and PDP) two seats each

The voters of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa(DNT) and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa(DCT) in Samtse might lean more towards the People’s Democratic party than Druk Phuensum Tshogpa on poll day, if talk in the district’s four constituencies is anything to go by.

DCT had secured a total of 4,029 votes, while DNT had secured 3,723 votes during the primary round.

Most voters, Kuensel talked to, say [... Read More]

Governance is a responsibility, not opportunity: JYT

jytAt the hustings: In Chumey

The DPT president warns Bumthang voters about the dangers of change for the heck of it

In Bumthang, it was at Chumey that the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president Jigmi Y Thinley started his campaign at a hall adjacent the gewog office yesterday.

DPT president Jigmi Y Thinley was speaking to villagers of Chumey in Bumthang, the only place in the dzongkhag where the support for the party was proven weak during the primary election.

The heavy rain [... Read More]

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About 20 vehicles were stranded for almost two hours after a speeding truck nearly went off the road in Chhumig, Bumthang yesterday while reportedly trying to dodge a cow. The truck was pulled to safety with the help of another truck.

Mostly copacetic in Bumthang

bumthangResolving the misunderstanding: The two parties at the office of the returning officer

Short of a minor misunderstanding, the political climate stays cool in high summer

Except for a “minor” misunderstanding that occurred yesterday in  Chhoekhor-Tang constituency, Bumthang is one of those dzongkhags that rarely saw controversies in the ongoing election process.

Yesterday, the candidate and supporters of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were surprised to see Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) candidate (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho at the common forum in Dhur in Choekhor gewog, who was supposedly in another dzongkhag.

On his [... Read More]

Death – Existential cul de sac or viaduct across the Great Divide?


Whichever side of that fence one sits on, there’s no escaping this fact of life common to all

Deconstructing death: A lifelong lesson should be taken in small doses

The grim reaper’s scythe mows us down in three broad swathes: death by ailment or accident, at the hand of self or other, and in the course of nature; of old age, as it’s said.

And hey, guess what – there are three broad views as well on the [... Read More]

ICT summit held in Thimphu

Showcasing what Bhutan has to offer business in this vibrant sector

An information communications technology (ICT) summit to display what Bhutan’s ICT market has in store for businesses was held yesterday in Thimphu.

Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) chairman, Om Pradhan, opened the international meet, by pointing out that the event would benefit in terms of networking and building partnerships for ICT requirements of the country.  He added that it was equally important that the foreign participants [... Read More]

Difficult choice for Radhi-Sakteng voters

radiA voter puts forth question after the public debate

While they doubt whether the experienced candidate is in it to serve the people, or further his own interests, the other candidate is inexperienced

As general elections draw closer, people of Radhi are growing all the more candid about their preferences and dislikes for candidates of their constituencies.

They have been downright in saying the PDP Radhi-Sakteng candidate Kinley Dorji has made no significant contribution to his own village, Togshingmang, under Radhi in 33 years of working [... Read More]

The shifting sands of real estate

buildingLooking for tenants: A new structure in Babesa

Despite a freeze on building activity, empty flats are going a-begging

More than a year ago when the capital city resembled a sprawling construction site, with new buildings sprouting all over the valley, people said housing in Thimphu would still be a problem.

This was because the city’s population was growing by around 7,000 annually, and the new constructions would never be able to catch up.

Then, in March last year, the central bank froze housing loans to [... Read More]

A glimpse into the 11th plan

A strategy to deal with the recurring INR shortage is a prominent inclusion

If everything goes as per the draft 11th plan, INR hydropower grants that the new elected government receive will not enter the financial system, but instead be parked at Bank of Bhutan (BoB) branch in India, to make payment for purchase of hydropower project machinery directly.

“This parked fund will be the stabilisation fund for growing INR demand in the country and, doing so, [... Read More]