• 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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Play centres for Thimphu kids

At an hourly fee, these provide safe and fun environment for little children to spend time in    RECREATION: A few indoor playground centres have come up in the capital to cater to the growing number of children in the city. Play Garden is the newest in town.  The centre …

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OAG reiterates charges against former dzongda

Update: Maintaining its stand on the two charges framed against the foreign minister, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), which is prosecuting seven defendants at the Haa district court yesterday submitted that the tender committee had apprised the chairman of the lowest bidder’s rate being 100 percent above the …

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Good on corruption, not so on competitiveness

Speakers at an ADB workshop appraised Bhutan’s business climate thus  B-Index: Bhutan has done well on the corruption rate, the most difficult parameter of ease of doing business index, however its “open but closed” trade system is resisting national competitiveness. National competitiveness is the ability and performance of a country …

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Sixteen new thromdes getting readied

Parliament is expected to endorse and open them up for early elections Township: If work to carve out the 16 new dzongkhag thromdes goes as planned, the country will see elections in all 20 thromdes in the second local government elections due early next year. Boundaries of the new thromdes …

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Green Bhutan: Thromde workers plant willow trees on the banks of Thimpchu.  The plantation is a part of the Green Project that aims to make Bhutan greener by planting flowers and trees across all towns.                                                                 

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Scholarships to study in New Zealand

Opportunity: Under a dedicated bilateral programme, the New Zealand Aid Programme has announced to offer offer up to 12 postgraduate scholarships over a five year period, starting 2016 academic year. A press  release from the New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi, India  states that the New Zealand Development Scholarships were …

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Bleak prospect for ferrosilicon industry?

Just when ferrosilicon industries face a downturn, their BIT exemption comes to an end Slump: Ferrosilicon industries along the southern belt of the country are feeling the impact of the basic economic principle of demand and supply. There is no demand, ferroalloy stock is piling up and prices are going …

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Help to ward off wildlife

Agriculture: Villagers of Limbukha chiwog in Punakha can now look forward to harvesting extra bags of rice and other crops. The 29 households of Limbukha chiwog yesterday received 7.5km of electric fencing, through funding support from the National Plant Protection Centre.  Agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, inaugurated the fencing. District agriculture …

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Surgery camp helps scores to see clearly

Matured cataract the most common cause for failing vision  Health: Daza, 70, was losing her vision to cataract.  Her vision blurred with age, and she had difficulty recognising people.  Everyday, the woman from Dewathang worried about going blind soon. She was not alone.  Almost all of the 50 other people …

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Thimphu football league prize money upped 300 percent

… following the arrival of a new sponsor  Football: In what could further improve the standard of the sport, the prize money for the winners of the upcoming Yanmer Thimphu Premier League, previously known as the Thimphu A division league, has been increased to Nu 400,000. The renaming of the …

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Woola workers testify

The court is trying to verify whether they did indeed contribute labour to the project Update: Of the 18 names submitted to the court, 14 people testified that they worked for the Lhakhang Karpo project in the ongoing case at the Haa district court on March 20. They also submitted …

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13,732 rural households face drinking water problem

The status on rural water supply was shared as Bhutan observed the World Water Day Water: About 13,732 rural households across the country are facing drinking water problem, according to a rural water supply inventory, 2014 that the public health and engineering division (PHED) conducted. Chief engineer Rinchen Wangdi presented …

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