While most National Council members, 16 to be precise have resigned from office to re-contest, some already partaking in the nomination processes and one even having lost it, the ambiguity with regards the election law continues.
The question on the need for a quorum does not arise anymore because a majority have left anyway and besides the Parliament formally concluded its last session a couple of weeks ago.
Although election commission required members to resign should they [... Read More]
Thimphu valley: A housing boom has slowed down in the past year
The banks’ loan freeze on constructions has precipitated a drop in land prices
It’s more than two months since Wangmo completed her building at Olakha, a Thimphu precinct, which transformed into a dense housing colony from vacant paddy fields in no time.
The enormous five-storied grey structure sticks out among the other relatively new structures painted yellow, pink or a light shade of green.
Wangmo’s property boasts ample parking space and regular water supply, two services that tenants [... Read More]
Pema Tenzin (left) was nominated over Karma Dorji
The zomdu drew a good crowd of voters
Securing 610 votes out of 976 cast, 33-year-old Pema Tenzin was nominated from Chapcha to contest for the National Council election to represent Chapcha yesterday.
His opponent Karma Dorji secured 366 votes.
Unlike in many parts of the country where zomdus (public meeting) for nomination of council candidates were held, Chapcha probably saw a good crowd of voters by far.
It appeared more like people congregating to attend some religious ceremony [... Read More]
Bhutanese students’ woes
When Penden, the former principal of Tsakaling Primary School was offered a seat in Bachelor of Education in Paro in 2012, he was elated but declined the offer. He wanted to do B.A. which would secure him a strong base in language and literature. Now second semester into the B.A. Programme in the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, he is unsure if he had made the right choice. “Spanish really hampers [... Read More]
Starting anew: A 180 acres of forest was cleared for the new settlement
The weather is pleasant, the soil fertile and land flatter than those in most of eastern Bhutan. The place is called Ney, under Gangzur gewog in Lhuntse, where 55 landless households of eight gewogs of Lhuntse are being resettled.
New settlement activities are in full swing on about 180 acres of forestland that was cleared. The kidu farmers are happy to start farming activities and some have already planted potatoes and sown chilli seeds to start [... Read More]
A student of Rangtse primary school in Haa takes a personal initiative to plough his House Agriculture Field as part of the agriculture programme in schools.
Photo courtesy: Tashi Wanghuck, principal
As the first democratically elected government nears its exit, Kuensel tries to get a feel of what it was like for opposition leader Tshering Tobgay while also discussing other issues
Q How have you grown since the time you became the country’s first opposition leader and today as you exit your first five-year term?
It’s not for me to say whether I’ve grown or not in the past five years. I certainly hope I’ve grown. But that’s for [... Read More]
Checking the air: Match officials ready for the game
A fund crunch has led to a slashing of league matches that will be played in the ongoing Thimphu basketball league, but more games will be played once teams enter playoffs, say Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF) officials.
Initially, in the pre-tournament meeting between BBF officials and basketball club managers, it was decided that the 12 teams will play two matches – home and away – with each team in the league. But with the change in [... Read More]
Drukstar FC won the Thimphu ‘C’ division football championship, the final of which was played on March 23. It beat Losseling FC 2-1.
Bhutan Football Federation officials awarded the winner Nu 20,000 while, Losseling FC took home Nu 10,000. In the coming month of April the ”B” division of Thimphu football championship will kick off.