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To win voters over

Amidst the mudslinging and allegations being bandied about, which is only to be expected in an election campaign, one thing that emerges is how candidates are going around campaigning to net voters.

Party candidates are finding novel ways to get to rural voters, who are busy with farm work as it is the height of the farming season.

Instead of trying to organise a meeting during the day, where nobody is likely to show up, candidates have [... Read More]

Citizenship kidu for abandoned baby sought before adoption

Boy’s mother and grandmother handed a one-and-a-half year prison term

After he survived abandonment by his mother soon after he was born, it’s his citizenship status that a 22-month old boy is now awaiting in Toetsho gewog, Trashiyangtse.

On August 13, 2011, the boy was found buried in the ground near a footpath in Dilisham village, not far from the Drangmechu riverbank.

A group of villagers, who had heard his cries from the forest, found the baby on [... Read More]

Ferrosilicon company officials robbed at gunpoint

Five SD Eastern Bhutan Ferrosilicon officials were robbed off INR 132,000 and Nu 3,000 at gunpoint on June 15 evening.

According to police, the officials were driving with the cash to the silicon factory from their head office in Samdrupjongkhar town when the incident occurred.  SD Ferrosilicon factory is about eight kilometres away from Samdrupjongkhar town.

There are no settlements in that stretch that runs along the border.  Except for coal transporting truckers from mines in Dewathang [... Read More]

Nine convicted for gold scripture burglary

These include the actual perpetrators plus those who aided and abetted

Zhemgang district court sentenced nine people, eight men and a woman, to prison terms ranging from two to 15 years imprisonment for their involvement in the burglary of a 330-page serge jatongpa, a religious gold scripture, from Nyakhar lhakhang in Zhemgang last January.

The Nyakhar village tshampa, a hermit, who lives a few metres away from the lhakhang, Kencho Dorji, was sentenced to 15 years in [... Read More]

Parents sue daughter over kidu land

disputeIn writing: Dorji and Gurmo wait outside a private legal office in Gelephu town to write their application

The disputed five-acre area is located at Chuzagnag, Gelephu

Among the people, who visit the Gelephu dungkhag court these days, are Dorji, 74, and his 70-year-old wife Gurmo.  They are fighting against their daughter for a share of resettled land they got a decade ago.

“My daughter has refused to give us our share, and I’ve come for justice,” Dorji said.

Originally from Tomiyangtse, Dorji said the family was given the 5-acre land at Chuzagang, Gelephu as kidu [... Read More]

PDP’s second Thimphu campaign draws smaller crowds

pdpshopShop-to-shop: PDP president Tshering Tobgay distributes party pamphlets

In an attempt to woo more voters in select villages of Thimphu that are Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) strongholds, the People’s Democratic party (PDP) invested campaign time in Chang, Chamgang and Mewang gewogs yesterday.

PDP president Tshering Tobgay chose to campaign door to door in Changjiji, by talking to several shopkeepers and residents.

The president accompanied by the South Thimphu candidate Tandin Wangmo, dzongkhag coordinator, a party worker, and a few other supporters also campaigned at Chamgang [... Read More]

Lobesa voters confess promise phobia

lobesaLobesa common forum yesterday

The electorate makes it clear they are fed up of pledges that go unfulfilled

A message that came out loud and clear from the common forum at Lobesa gewog yesterday was that the people of Kabji-Talo constituency did not want someone like their former parliament member.

Several people said it didn’t matter to the people of Lobesa if it was the former national council chairperson of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) or an agriculture official of People’s Democratic [... Read More]

Druk Green Team in quarter final

archerySome space here: A Druk Chapchhap player signals to a team mate

Druk Green team beat Druk Chapchhap in the deciding match in the on-going Silver Jubilee Coronation archery tournament at the Changlimithang archery range yesterday to qualify for the quarterfinals.

The teams had to continue for two days with Druk Green needing only two points to set the second game while Druk Chapchhap were down on 14 points.

The following morning, Druk Chapchhap came back strong to set a game and made it to the deciding match.

In the [... Read More]

Sell not your votes, says JYT

dptDPT president meets the people of Lobesa

Doing so would mean losing ones authority to hold accountable the government they might elect

Besides usual clarifications on issues the rival party associated Druk Phuensum Tshogpa with, its president Jigmi Y Thinley cautioned some 100 people from Lobesa he met at the gewog centre on June 15.

The president did the same with people of Kabisa and Thinleygang he met that same day.

He implored the people to not vote for a party that tried to lure [... Read More]