• DNT and DPT to contest general round

    As Bhutanese remained glued to television sets and mobile phones last night for the provisional results of the primary election, they witnessed a close race between one of the oldest parties, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), and a new party that gained popularity in recent months, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT)

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Farmers grow broom grass to combat landslide

At least seven areas of Tashiling community forest is covered by broom grass

During a monsoon in 1986, Chandralal Nepal’s house in Semjong, Tsirang, got buried under a landslide. The five family members escaped through the roof that remained uncovered under the muck. Eight houses in the village were washed away that night, killing two people. Since then, Tashiling village, suffered from landslides …

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo donates seven ambulances

His Holiness the Je Khenpo, after performing the purification rituals (Lhabsang Thruesel), handed over seven ambulances to the health ministry yesterday. The seven King Long ambulances which cost about Nu 7.76M (million) were offered to His Holiness by the devotees from abroad. Three ambulances will be given to the regional …

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A traditional healer in Rongthong for sprain and fractured bones

Tashi Wangdi has fixed more than a thousand fractures and sprains

It’s 11pm and the pain on Sangay Dorji’s left ankle has intensified even after medical assistance. The 28-year-old had sprained his ankle during a basketball game recently. He was then rushed to Rongthong village in Kanglung where a traditional healer resides. The healer, Tashi Wangdi, examined the injured leg as …

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NC members dissatisfied with govt.’s lack of response to its resolution

Gasa NC member Dorji Khandu

The National Council (NC) members raised questions on the government’s respect for the house after the deputy chairperson, Samdrupjongkhar NC member Jigme Wangchuk submitted that the government did not respond to the 20th session’s resolution on providing legal aid to indigent persons. While some members of the house said they …

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LG members leave entitlement not implemented: NC

NC will revisit the LG entitlement rules and regulations 2017

The National Council (NC) decided to revisit the report submitted by the government on the local government members’ leave entitlement. NC chairperson, Tashi Dorji, said the deputy chairperson, Jigme Wangchuk and other members who deliberated on the response should work together and revisit the LG entitlement rules and regulations 2017. …

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Baylangdra GC road deferred to 12th Plan

The National Council yesterday accepted the government’s plan to blacktop the remaining 14km of Chuzomsa-Baylangdra gewog connectivity road in the 12th Plan. National Council earlier raised concerns with the government after it found that a budget of Nu 130.441 million (M) was approved by the Parliament in the ninth session …

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Methane explosion likely cause of blast at NAHP

The bodies of the deceased were recovered around 5pm on June 16 and handed over to the family members

A labourer who was injured during an explosion inside the drift tunnel of Powerhouse II of Nyera Amari Hydropower Project on June 15 is in critical condition. The 26-year-old victim is undergoing treatment at Down Town hospital in Guwahati, India.  According to the hospital, the victim has sustained about 60 …

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JDWNRH canteen operator appeals to High Court

A canteen operator of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) appealed to the High Court on May 28 saying she was dissatisfied with the dzongkhag court’s May 17 judgement. She filed a case against the hospital for terminating a five-year contract agreement between her and the hospital before …

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NC revisits G2C services discussion

Chairperson Tashi Dorji asked members to relook on the G2C related issues

National Council (NC) yesterday decided that the members would deliberate Government to Citizen (G2C) services and to further recommendations to the government. After members proposed numerous recommendations on the various issues with the services, NC Chairperson Tashi Dorji instructed that Member of Parliament from Bumthang, Nima and a few others …

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samdrupjongkhar fire

A fire in Samdrupjongkhar town gutted a hardware and electronics shop on June 16 morning. The owner of the hardware shop, Baijnath Gupta, said he lost hardware and electronics items worth Nu 7 million. He said the fire was suspected to have started from an electric short circuit. The shop …

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Dophuchen farmers take up modern beekeeping 

Romnath Acharja inspects a modern bee hive

For the people of Dophuchen (Dorokha) in Samtse, the return of a native who worked in a beekeeping cooperative in Bumthang was enough to take up modern beekeeping. The residents, who practiced traditional beekeeping, have now become members of a beekeeping group and practice modern methods. Romnath Acharja, 34, of …

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Improving road connectivity is PDP’s biggest achievement: PM

About a thousand women turned up for the PDP women convention yesterday

“What is the greatest achievement of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during its tenure as a ruling party?” asked the Prime Minister to about a thousand women supporters who had gathered at the RAPA hall yesterday during the Party’s women convention in Thimphu. “Helicopter! Bolero! Power tiller responded the crowd …

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  • What the results say

    The verdict is out. Bhutanese electorate, as many assume, are not ignorant. They remain, as unpredictable as ever. Before the poll day and when the provisional results started coming in last night, many thought that the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were the real shoo-in. As …

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  • Nation goes to the polls

  • The case of NICU

  • May the nation win!