• 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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Back to school: Students and teachers across the country returned to school from February 16, marking the beginning of a new academic session                                                           

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Lone candidate for Mongar gup post loses

Not a single postal ballot was availed in the election Election: The lone candidate, who contested for the post of Mongar gup in the bye-election yesterday, was not elected. Tshewang Dorji, 32, returned home disappointed, when it was announced that by 23 ‘No’ votes on the EVM, he had lost …

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Opposition party against police frisking youth

Public opinion on the issue is divided  Security: Despite concerns raised by the opposition party that frisking youth after 10pm would be equal to the suspension of freedom of movement and criminalisation of youth, the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) will continue the already enforced measure. The opposition leader, Dr Pema …

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Fuel imports fall in 2014

Imports: Bhutan imported 1.7 percent less fuel last year compared to 2013 but still had to pay more. The country imported 166,433.64 kilo litres (KL) of fuel worth Nu 8.4B. In 2013, the total volume imported was 169,315.33KL for Nu 7.9B. The maximum drop occurred for diesel fuel, decreasing by …

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BIL launches Lopthru Nyenchoel policy

A backup for students’ education in case of accidental disability or death of parent/guardian Insurance: Covering accidental demise and permanent total disability (PTD) due to accident, Bhutan Insurance limited (BIL) launched the student care insurance, Lopthru Nyenchoel policy yesterday in Thimphu. Parents or guardians up to the age of 65 …

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Community school shutdown shocks parents

But the writing was on the wall, as the remote institute had barely enough students Education: Unlike students in other parts of the country, the school going children of Banjar village in Mongar had no school to go to when the academic session began yesterday across the country. After it …

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Shortlisted candidates question re-advertisement of post

PHPA I: The two candidates, shortlisted for the post of chief environment officer of Punatsangchhu I hydroelectric power authority (PHPA I) some four months ago, were confused when they saw the post re-advertised once again this month. The two candidates, both senior forestry officials, were shortlisted by the economic affairs …

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HP to open product and service centre in Bhutan

Tech: In what should enhance technical and trouble shooting support for technological devices in Bhutan, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has partnered with a local company Yangkhor IT Solutions, to provide after sales services in Thimphu. As the company is also involved in the education sector, it has also chosen to sponsor the …

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253 counts of charges in Gelephu dungpa’s case

ACC to forward its investigation report to OAG within a week Corruption: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has finalised its investigation on one of the biggest embezzlement and fraud cases in the country in recent years. The 500-page report with evidence implicates 253 counts of charges against Gelephu dungpa Pema Wangdi …

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The nine-day Phurpa Namcha Purdri drupchen at Takila, where Guru Rinpoche’s statue is under construction in Minbi, Lhuentse concluded on February 14 with a Tsewang by Dzongsar Jamyang Khentse. More than a thousand people attended the drupchen that the Druk Odiyana Foundation organsied.                                              

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Launch: HRH Princess Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck arrives at the inaugural of the Bhutan International Festival on February 14 at the Centenary Park in Thimphu.                                                                

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This town’s not big enough for two of us

Is how Drukair feels about Tashi Air vis-à-vis its plan to fly to Singapore  Aviation: In an indication that the international sector is not big enough for two airlines, the national airline Drukair has recommended that private airline Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air) reconsider its intention to fly to Singapore, on …

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