• 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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Food Matters: Students of Gyalpoizhing Higher Secondary School in Mongar catch up over a meal of rice and chickpeas during their lunch break. Schools have however already complained that the centralsied procurement system has not helped them feed better meals to students.    

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Airlines, passengers affected by Kathmandu airport closure

Aviation: Almost 250 Drukair and Bhutan Air (Tashi Air) passengers were affected as a result of the closure of Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan international airport on Wednesday. The airport was closed after a Turkish Airlines aircraft, carrying 224 passengers, skidded off the runway on landing and ended up on the adjacent grass …

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Land transfers can begin in Trashigang

Lagthram:  With the issuance of new lagthrams (land ownership certificate) to the remaining 10 gewogs in Trashigang, land transactions can now occur in the dzongkhag after being withheld for more than four years. The land records office issued 15,466 of 15,862 new lagthrams to landowners by mid-February. The pending 396 …

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22 cows killed in gutted Tomla farmhouse

Fire: About 22 cows were killed, when a fire gutted the three-storied traditional house in Tomla village in Dangchu, Wangdue around 11:30pm on March 4. 25 cows were kept in the ground floor, and three managed to escape during the fire.  Eight were pregnant. A couple, 66-year old Wangdi and …

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Possible foundations’ tie-up in Monpa cause

Tarayana: The founder and president of the Tribal Trust Foundation, USA, Barbara Savage, and her colleagues Kelly Burke and Nancy McGrath donated Nu 250,000 to support Tarayana Foundation’s social impact initiatives. The group, during their visit to the country, discussed possible collaboration between the two foundations, including partnership to support …

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The Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale yesterday handed over a cheque of Nu 6.97 million to the Royal Civil Service Commission Chairperson, Karma Tshiteem, for the Nehru-Wangchuk Scholarship Scheme (NWSS). The Nehru-Wangchuk Scholarship Scheme was instituted on June 19, 2009 with a signing of a MoU. The MoU’s duration …

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GoI hikes aid to Bhutan

Bhutan’s share of assistance this year comprises 63 percent of total grants and loans  Budget: The government of India (GoI) has significantly increased the financial aid package to Bhutan to Rs 61.6 billion in its annual budget for 2015-16 presented in the Indian parliament last week. This is an increase …

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No Parking: To avoid congestion and allow easy thoroughfare for ambulances, the JDWNRH, starting yesterday stopped allowing vehicles to park in the emergency department premises                                               

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Bengaluru college appears to renege on agreement

Tuition/hostel fees that were earlier waived for Bhutanese students are now being claimed Education: Bhutanese students, studying in the Indo Asian Academy in Bengaluru, India, are frantic after the college recently refused to accept their examination fees, and are now asking them to pay the tuition and hostel fees in …

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The Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale launched a book, Bhutan – On The Wings of The Peaceful Dragon by DG Mallikarjuna yesterday at the Nehru – Wangchuck Cultural Centre, Thimphu. A photograph, book cover and stamp exhibition was also organised by KS Muddappa Smaraka Trust in collaboration with the …

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Waste segregation introduced in two Phuentsholing localities

SUNYA: Residents and students of housing colonies of the National Pension and Provident Fund (NPPF) and College of Science and Technology (CST) in Phuentsholing are currently practicing methodical waste management as part of SUNYA—Towards Zero Waste project. The project is being implemented by the Phuenthsoling thromde. Phuentsholing is one of …

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The story of the mule’s egg

History: Pema Dorji has a story, of mule’s egg in Trashiyangtse. There is total silence in the room. The mule’s egg came to the museum in Paro in 1928. How it did, no one really knows. But then the believe is that Tshongpon Wangdi, a businessman, had two mules, Kezang …

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