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Bhutan’s first conjoined twins to be separated

Bhutan’s first recorded conjoined twins will leave for Melbourne, Australia today for  surgery, according to a press release from Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. Born by caesarean-section on July 13 last year at Phuentsholing General Hospital, the identical twin girls were joined at the thoraco-abdominal region which relates to …

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ModEx finds 217 civil servants need improvement

The first moderation exercise (ModEx), a ranking or rating of civil servants into different performer categories based on the agency categorisation framework (ACF) under the new Performance Management System (PMS) show that about 80 percent of the civil servants are in the “good” category. The rating categories are: outstanding, very …

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DNT accuses DPT party workers of spreading false information

With accusations against party workers rife in Trashigang, the need for party workers (tshogpas) in villages, which has been debated since the last two elections, has surfaced again. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) party coordinators in Trashigang have alleged that the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) gewog coordinator of Bidung gewog had …

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Party presidents rebut each other in campaigns

The two party presidents, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) Pema Gyamtsho and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) Lotay Tshering have started commenting on and rebutting each party’s pledges during their campaigns.  Speaking at Rangjung in Trashigang yesterday, DNT’s president, Lotay Tshering, reiterated the party’s commitment to encourage children to study until class …

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Politics should not foment division: DPT president

DPT president introduces party candidates to the people of Haa

“Parties may win and lose, but the country is here to stay,” the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president Pema Gyamtsho said, whose second leg of the campaign began from Haa yesterday.  He told the supporters of two parties that did not qualify to the general elections to not to feel …

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Woman files defamation case against Tsirang police

A 32-year old woman from Mongar has filed a case at the Gelephu drungkhag court alleging Tsirang police and a woman of charging her of theft and thereby defaming her. In her complaint letter, the woman alleged that Tsirang police arrested her without any investigation or witnesses.   She charged …

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Coffee cultivation project not as successful as expected

At coffee plantation in Singeygang, Sipsu

Eight years ago, villagers of Singeygang (Hangay) in Tashichholing (Sipsu), Samtse, saw a dream project of a mass coffee cultivation take shape in the locality. It gave local residents the hope to be a part of it to gain economically. However, the cultivation that stretches about 97 acres of land …

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Two Bhutanese men arrested for wildlife crime in WB

The Jalpaiguri wildlife special taskforce in West Bengal, India, arrested two Bhutanese men on September 28 for illegal possession of bear bile. The men, one from Mongar and the other one from Chukha, were arrested from across the border at Manglabari in Jaigaon. However, sources in Phuentsholing alleged that the …

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Know your candidate: Mongar

Drametse-Ngatsang DNT Jigme Dorji Age: 49 Experience:  Education Consultant, Researcher,  Trainer. Education: Masters in Educational Management. Describe yourself in three words. An empathetic person. Your priority for the constituency.  Reviving community glory, which would mean, happiness, cohesiveness and solidarity. These were the essence on which our forefathers built their lives …

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Know your candidate: Lhuentse

Gangzur-Minjey DNT Kinga Penjor Age: 44 Experience: Worked with BBS Television for 15 years.  Education: BA Dzongkha (Hons). Describe yourself in three words. Serious, particular, and dedicated. Your priority for the constituency.  Focus on agro-based economy, build better road network, Shingkhar-Gorgan, and Minjey-Trashiyangtse highway. One aspect you like and dislike …

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Trade deficit reaches almost Nu 18B

The country’s trade deficit in the second quarter between April to June this year, including trade in electricity, is estimated to be around Nu 7.7B, of which balance of trade with India alone accounts for more than Nu 6.7B in the red. The country experienced a trade deficit of Nu …

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DNT’s prospects positive in east, says president

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) quest to woo voters in the east has brought the party president, Lotay Tshering, in another Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) stronghold. The president has covered four of the five constituencies in Trashigang in the past three days. The president has identified three potential ministerial candidates from …

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