• DPT enters general round with existing 47 candidates

    Amid speculations about its strategy for the general election, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has confirmed that the party has no plans to replace its candidates to contest in the general round next month. DPT spokesperson Dorji Wangdi told Kuensel the party has already instructed all the existing 47 candidates to file in their nomination with the respective returning officer. “We have asked our candidates to remain in their constituency to file in their nomination,” he said.

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Police fields team to Sertena to investigate P’ling baby case

Phuentsholing police sent a team to Sertena village in Haa on June 19 to investigate the case of the newborn that was allegedly thrown out of a hotel window in Phuentsholing on April 15, according to sources. Police officials refused to comment. But Kuensel learnt that the two men, the …

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Trashigang replaces old water distribution tank

Construction of the water storage tank is expected to complete next month

After the commissioning of an automated water treatment plant last year, residents of Trashigang town and Melphey faced water shortage this year also. The residents complained that the quality of the water has deteriorated since the onset of monsoon this year. A hotelier said water quality worsens every time rain …

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Three institutions to host technology and innovation support centres 

TISC will provide access to global and locally based technology information documents

To establish Technology and Innovation Support Centres (TISCs), the economic affairs ministry signed agreements with three institutions in the country on June 20 in Thimphu. The National Focal Point, the Department of Intellectual Property signed the agreement with the three hosts institutions- College of Science and Technology, Jigme Namgyel Engineering …

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Ossey block closes Gelephu-Zhemgang traffic

More than 100 meters of the road’s base has been washed away

With more than 100 meters of the road’s formation width washed away at Ossey, 28km away from Gelephu, the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway has remained closed to traffic for the last three days.  Landslides are occurring continuously and Department of Road (DoR) officials said the situation at the site is critical. Officials …

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The Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway, which was blocked since June 19 following a landslide is expected to open to traffic evening today. The road was blocked near the Kuri-Gongri confluence, which is about 42 kilometres away from Gyalpoizhing town.

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One year given to resolve audit irregularities

MPs support the time extension recommendation to resolve irregularities with a show of hands

Speaker Jigme Zangpo had to call members to vote for the second time to determine whether or not to extend the time by a year for agencies to resolve audit irregularities during the deliberation on the review of the financial audit report (ARR 2010-2016) yesterday. The Joint Sitting of the …

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Construction owners asked to procure sand from Gelephu, Lhamoidzingkha

Citing sand shortage as the reason, Natural Resources Development Corporation Ltd. (NRDCL) has notified construction owners that each construction site will be eligible for only one truckload of sand per week. However, this rule applies only to procurement of sand from the Sha/Wangdue region (Punatsangchhu river basin). NRDCL on Saturday …

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Search on for escaped detainee

A search team has been deployed to nab a detainee who escaped from Thimphu dzongkhag court around 10:30am on June 19. A police official said that the detainee, a 28-year-old man, was under trial and he was taken to the court for hearing when the incident occurred. Dorji Gyeltshen from …

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Consultation meeting for Bhutan for Life initiative

The final consultation meeting for Bhutan for Life initiative began in Thimphu on June 18 to ensure strong network of protected areas and biological corridors in the country. More than 170 people are attending the five-day meeting. The meeting would also discuss coordination gaps and issues in the field offices. …

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About 20 mines and quarries to sign the compliance agreement

The last compliance agreement was signed in 2015

At the meeting held in Thimphu on June 19, about 14 issues of non-compliance in the mines and quarries including waste management, poor drainage systems, delayed restoration processes, and poor knowledge on mine plan were highlighted. The findings of National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) were shared with representatives from mining …

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Bhalujhora bridge collapse affects Pasakha residents

Bridge over Bhalujhora river collapsed partially five days ago

The bridge over Bhalujhora river in Pasakha, which collapsed partially five days ago, has affected commuters. With traffic closed for light vehicles, people are now carrying the rations manually. Heavy vehicles, however, ply through Bhalujhora river as usual. At the bridge site on June 19, more than 30 light vehicles …

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The Bank of Bhutan (BoB) opened its 49th branch at Pasakha industrial estate on June 15. The branch would cater to the banking needs of the workers, residents, and non-Bhutanese with work permits can remit funds to their families in India and abroad. On June 16, as part of its …

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