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Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley with the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small lsland Developing States (UN- OHRLLS), Ambassador Gyan Chandra Acharya yesterday in Thimphu.


The few much in demand

While the entire country is still talking about and analysing the verdict of the Gyalpoizhing land allotment case, with opinions going from one extreme to the other, the political parties have other things on their mind.

And that is to get confirmed candidates from all 47 constituencies, a prerequisite to be able to contest the elections.

With the clock ticking, parties are basically trying to reach out for the same group of people, and even announcing on [... Read More]

Month-long display in Bhutan of Heart Shrine relics

guruletterOne of the letters written on a banana leaf by tantric consort Yeshe Tshogyel to Guru Rinpoche

Maitreya Buddha Statue, Kushinagar: The department of culture will exhibit, later this year in Bhutan, ancient sacred Buddhist relics that are meant for the heart shrine of the 500ft tall bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha to be constructed in Kushinagar, India.

Chief cultural property officer, Tshewang Gyalpo, said the relics’ exhibition was scheduled for October 15 to November 15, and would travel to western, central, eastern and southern parts of the country for the [... Read More]

Candidate count enters the 30’s


A thumb sketch each of the latest eight to make up the numbers

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa: By launching another set of eight candidates yesterday, Druk Nyamrup tshogpa took its official candidate count to 33 so far.

The group introduced also bears some of their women candidates, who, so far, have been among the youngest.  Aged between 25 to 46 years, the group comprises recent graduates, former civil servants and entrepreneurs, among others.


Dorjee Wangmo

The youngest of [... Read More]

Samtse gets a sixth


Election 2013: Samtse has yet another aspiring council candidate with Chungdu Tshering, 32, declaring his intent to contest in the upcoming National Council election.

From Samtse thromde, Chungdu Tshering is the sixth council aspirant from Samtse.  He said he was motivated to participate after listening to His Majesty’s speech to take part in the democratic process.

“We have to solve the unemployment issue immediately,” he said. “The National Council as a review house can change [... Read More]

More than 500 acres of forest razed

Trashigang forest officials are investigating the source of a fire in Tongshang gewog in Trashiyangtse that destroyed about 500 acres of forest and razed an old empty temple.

The fire started around 3:30pm on March 10 above Duksum in Tongshang gewog, Trashiyangtse, about 15km from Trashigang.

More than 100 foresters, villagers, policemen, Desuups, and dzongkhag officials from Trashigang and Trashiyangtse battled the fire until 5pm yesterday.  A fire engine also helped to douse the fire from the [... Read More]

‘You on the list?


The draft roll shows more women than men eligible to vote in the upcoming council election

About 74,000 more Bhutanese have joined the list over the years to be eligible to make their votes count for the second National Council election, scheduled for April 23.

That is an increase by more than 19 percent, as compared to the final list of voters during the first council election in 2007.

The draft electoral roll, election commission of Bhutan released [... Read More]

Committee members decry Mongar court judgment

Gyalpoizhing Land Case: Disillusioned, enraged, confused and in despair would be the states of mind in which Gyalpoizhing land allotment committee members are in, following the recent judgment.

It was more the end of their careers, which some of them described as an anticlimactic stop to more than two to three decades of working as civil servants.

Former Gyalpoizhing land allotment committee member secretary, Dechen Singye, whom the Mongar court last week sentenced to a [... Read More]

To make it under its own steam

Druk Chirwang Tshogpa: Despite it managing to launch five candidates of the required 47 for the elections that is nearing, Druk Chirwang Tshogpa members dismissed uncertainties of it falling through this time.

Besides, they also denied the possibility of the party teaming up with any of the four other political parties.

Party president Lily Wangchuk said although the party was initially open to the idea of merging with another one that was no longer the [... Read More]