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Shumar gives a thumbs-up to the incumbent

shumarShumar gewog sees the highest voters turnout in Pemagatshel

Shumar gewog has nominated former councillor Jigme Rinzin as their nominee to the council.

In the highest voter turnout for a zomdu in Pemagatshel so far, Jigme Rinzin, who was the sole aspirant from the gewog, secured 359 ‘yes’ votes of the 432 votes cast.

At the Dagor chiwog (group of villages) zomdu held on March 24, Jigme Rinzin got 53 yes votes and 4 no votes.  A separate zomdu was held for Dagor chiwog, since it [... Read More]

Goshing puts up ex-telecom employee

dorjikhanduDorji Kadin

Goshing gewog in Zhemgang has nominated Dorji Kadin, 41, as the candidate for the upcoming National Council election.

He secured more than 91 percent “yes” votes in the gewog zomdu held on March 25.

Of the 237 people gathered at the Goshing gewog centre, 216 voted “yes” for Dorji Kadin.

The nomination results for Bardo gewog in upper Kheng and Ngala gewog in lower Kheng will be declared this evening and tomorrow.

“This is because the chiwogs (group of [... Read More]

The house of bamboo

bambooThe new model house in Tendu gewog, Samtse

An initiative to showcase an eco-friendly and viable alternative building material

Save for the cement floor and CGI roof, the rest of the lone cottage built above the highway to Tendu in Samtse, its walls, ceiling and the door, is built with bamboo.

Unlike bamboo cottage resorts of Kerala, Goa, Vietnam and Indonesia, the lone three-room bamboo cottage has a rustic look and feel.

The cottage, along with a small lawn, has been hedged with bamboo trunks tied [... Read More]

How to fight a forest fire


A two-day workshop is being held to convey this valuable lesson

The first step in fighting a forest fire is knowledge and understanding on how a forest fire behaves.

Without this knowledge there is little chance in suppressing it, volunteers from the armed forces, forestry department, desuung and the local community learnt at a two-day workshop, which began yesterday in Thimphu.

Aimed at enhancing coordination and communication among fire fighters and the 530 registered members, participants learnt basic [... Read More]

On water day, Damphu gets enough

waterNo more dry: Taps in Damphu town flow twice a day

Damphu town got an apt gift on world water day – an end to water shortage with its existing supply tank finally connected to a new source.

With water now constantly flowing from taps that only let out a sucking sound town residents are smiling.

“It’s a great relief,” shopkeeper Lungten Zangmo said.

Residents said only the ground floor of buildings would receive water for about half an hour every day. This got worse in winter when water [... Read More]

The first Bhutanese downhill racer

bykeSonam practices at the Kuenselphodrang Nature Park

Mountain biker Sonam Tshering will be among the participants from Asia competing in the third national downhill championship to be held in Kathmandu on March 30.

He is the first Bhutanese to compete in the downhill that starts from Moksh and ends at Hattiban resort over a distance of 3km.  The top three winners qualify for the Asian championship in China from May 11 to 12.

“I’ve been a race marshal in the same event held in [... Read More]

Hoping to pick up the pieces

While the thought of leaving and living outside Chamgang prison filled his heart with joy, a 35-year-old inmate, who qualified for remission, is anxious over whether he will be able to locate his three children.

For many years he hoped to spend the rest of his life with his wife and three children after his 20-year prison term ends by mid this year.  But his dreams fell apart when his wife stopped coming to meet him [... Read More]

USD 35M to fill resource gap

adbFinance Minister Wangdi Norbu (left) and ADB's Director General for South Asia Department Juan Miranda

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a grant and loan of USD 35M to help Bhutan fill a gap in its resources and allow it to continue to develop its economy.

ADB’s director general for the South Asia Department Juan Miranda said Bhutan’s economy is growing strongly. “Under the program, the government commits to undertake policy reforms to ensure that the growth is sustainable and can continue to support provision of necessary services to its [... Read More]

Picture story

Class X and XII toppers with His Majesty The King

On-spot candidature declarant nominated

Samdrupjongkhar has three candidates to choose from, including the former council member

Samdrupjongkhar dzongkhag has nominated three candidates for the upcoming National Council election.

The last candidate, a 2008 council aspirant who did not make it then, Kunga Dorji, declared his candidature on the spot at the zomdu conducted yesterday in Orong gewog and was nominated.

He secured 161 “yes” and 74 “no” votes.

The other two candidates Kunga Dorji is up against are Sangay Lhendrup from Dewathang gewog [... Read More]